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Thu, April 26th, 2012
“What rough beast slouches at your keyboard?” and Other Brutal Rejections
Posted by: Keir Graff

These people keep sending me the harshest rejection letters—but I guess I’m asking for it. I should never have submitted to them. Dear Writer, The void awaits us all, but your prose was a gaping hole of premature death. From your submission darkness seeped, the groaning collapse of the inept, in throes. It shocked us […]

Sun, April 22nd, 2012
Earth Day 2012
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Books inspired and continue to fuel the environmental movement, from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and to today’s frontline writers, including David Gessner, Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Carl Safina, Terry Tempest Williams, and many more. Consequently, The Orion Book Award honors environmental writing. The finalists have been announced on the eve […]

Tue, April 3rd, 2012
Remembering Adrienne Rich
Posted by: Donna Seaman

As National Poetry Month begins, poet Adrienne Rich is much on the mind of poetry readers in the wake of her death at 82 on March 27, 2012. Adrienne Rich’s poems are works you turn to when the fog of stress grows too thick and the static too loud, when the world seems cruel and […]

Fri, March 30th, 2012
Not Asked: Does Anne Tyler Wear Ann Taylor?
Posted by: Keir Graff

A week before the publication of Anne Tyler’s twentieth novel, The Beginner’s Goodbye, NPR’s Morning Edition has aired an interview with the famously publicity-shy author (“The Art of the Everyday: The Alchemy of Anne Tyler,” by Lynn Neary). “Famously publicity-shy” sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but I think it works. “When I finish a book, I send the […]

Thu, February 23rd, 2012
So That’s What She’s Been Up To
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

Almost as soon as Harry Potter et. al. took their final ride on the Hogwarts Express in 2007, readers began to speculate what the next big project was for J.K. Rowling. Now we know. She has finished an adult novel, though the publication date is still under wraps. What was disclosed in a press release is that […]

Thu, January 12th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Fault in Our Stars
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Even without a visit to the boardwalk to consult your most reliable fortune teller, you might have guessed this week’s Book Trailer Thursday pick (though perhaps you should still make that trip for the popcorn and cotton candy–due to predicted snow in Chicago, Booklist‘s carrier pigeon snack delivery system has halted service). Coinciding with the […]

Mon, December 5th, 2011
The Poetry of Medicine
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The connection between medicine and literature is a long and noble one, including the works of Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, to name the two most readily cited. Women and men become doctors because they want to help and heal others, which are acts of compassion, and compassion is born of the imagination. To feel […]

Tue, October 18th, 2011
Two Authors, Double the Fun
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Step one, read Saul Bellow’s lengthy masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March. That is this fall’s selection for One Book, One Chicago, the 10th anniversary of the Chicago Public Library program. I read Augie March years ago, and was amazed to find that I remembered most vividly the sections set in Mexico, and recalled little […]

Tue, September 6th, 2011
He Did Nothing Wrong
Posted by: Brad Hooper

In July, my colleague Donna Seaman and I participated in ALA’s virtual conference. We were the lunchtime “entertainment.” We interviewed an author apiece, and we were each able to chose an author for whom we have great admiration; and “my” author was the distinguished historian David McCullough, author of, most recently, The Greater Journey, a […]

Mon, August 15th, 2011
Save the Monstrumologist
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Pellinore Warthrop, the arrogant, brilliant hero of Rick Yancey’s thrice-starred Monstrumologist series, is in trouble. Snap to, Will Henry, and rescue your master! Or that’s what we would say if this was a story. Unfortunately, it’s a very real tale of art versus commerce, and the only one who might be able to help is […]

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