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Fri, July 8th, 2011
Booklist editors Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman at ALA Virtual Conference
Posted by: Keir Graff

Whether you couldn’t make it to ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans or you did make it and want to recapture that conference glow, you’ll probably want to register for the ALA Virtual Conference to be held next week on July 13 and 14. My Booklist colleagues Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman will be playing important […]


Fri, May 27th, 2011
Happy Birthday, Dear Dashiell . . .
Posted by: Keir Graff

As the Writer’s Almanac reminds us, today is the birthday of Dashiell Hammett. Even if you think you know his story, give it a read: In 1931, Hammett began a 30-year affair with a script girl who would eventually become a playwright: Lillian Hellman. Their relationship inspired the characters of Nick and Nora Charles, the […]


Mon, May 2nd, 2011
The Case of the Missing Author: Solved!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you haven’t read the Mystery Showcase feature “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” read it right this instant. Don’t do it for me; do it for Joseph P. DeSario, the author of Sanctuary–I novel I fell in love with when I was 15 and read repeatedly until three months ago when I tracked down DeSario and discovered […]


Thu, March 17th, 2011
Steven Kroll, R.I.P.
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

Steven Kroll has died (“Steven Kroll, an Author of Children’s Books, Dies at 69,” by Dennis Hevesi, New York Times). From history to Hanukkah, Kroll wrote about it all. The author of 96 (96!) books for children, he started his career at Chatto and Windus publishing house in London and moved to Holt, Rinehart and Winston […]


Tue, March 8th, 2011
Green Alert: Ted Danson and Oceana
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Ted Danson spoke about his ocean activism at ALA’s Midwinter conference in San Diego, and now he’s making the media rounds to talk about his smart and beautifully produced book about the state of the oceans, Oceana, reviewed in Booklist‘s Spotlight on the Environment in the March 1 issue. This is no passing moment of […]


Thu, February 17th, 2011
Robert Lipsyte, The Contender, and the Cutting Room Floor
Posted by: Bill Ott

I’ve written thousands of reviews for Booklist over the last 30-plus years, but I don’t think I’ve ever written one where there wasn’t something left unsaid. When your reviews rarely exceed 200 words, the cutting-room floor is always well carpeted with points that might have been made, phrases that might have been turned. Perhaps most […]


Wed, February 9th, 2011
Brian Jacques, R.I.P.
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

Before the Harry Potter books—and after them, too—there was the Redwall series (The Sable Quean, 2010), over 20 books set in different eras and different parts of the Mossflower woods and featuring the robust cast of characters who inhabited them. Jacques’ death on February 5th (“Brian Jacques, Writer of Redwall Series, Dies at 71,” by […]


Fri, January 14th, 2011
Today Show: Snooki Trumps Newbery, Caldecott
Posted by: Courtney Jones

In case you need more proof that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is a monster and must be stopped, she’s written a book. She wanted to surprise everyone by writing fiction.  Don’t get too excited, A Shore Thing is basically a novelization of her life, with plenty of GTL* for everyone. To add insult to injury, the Today […]


Wed, January 5th, 2011
A New Short Story from Craig Johnson
Posted by: Keir Graff

Craig Johnson, author of the top-notch Wyoming mystery series starring Sheriff Walt Longmire, has a great holiday tradition. Every year, he e-mails his fans a brand-new, unpublished short story. This year, he cut it a little bit closer to Christmas Eve than usual, and so I was away on vacation by the time it arrived. Now […]


Mon, November 29th, 2010
A Family Affair
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The next year will bring a torrent of arresting literary memoirs, memoirs by writers about literary parents or husbands or near-relatives. Joyce Carol Oates remembers her late editor husband, Raymond Smith, in A Widow’s Story. Anne Roiphe chronicles her stint as muse to her unstable first husband in a forthcoming memoir. Gail Godwin sheds light […]





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