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Leonard Prize Longlist Announced

Leonard Prize Longlist Announced

Last night, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for the John Leonard prize, their award for first books. Here they are, linked to their Booklist reviews:  The Girls, by Emma Cline  Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, by Max Porter Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Dennis-Benn Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi  The Nix, by Nathan […]

Booklist Readers: Briana Shemroske

Booklist Readers: Briana Shemroske

Our current Booklist Reader? Briana Shemroske, editorial assistant for Booklist’s Books for Youth Department, who joined us in 2015. In her day, she sifts through and logs in incoming mail (children’s books galore!), corresponds with freelance reviewers and publishers, and slowly but surely hones her Microsoft Excel skills. What do you do when you’re not at Booklist? […]

10 Books for Fans of PBS’s SOUNDBREAKING

10 Books for Fans of PBS’s SOUNDBREAKING

Over the last week I have discovered PBS’s new documentary series Soundbreaking. I have not caught up on all eight episodes yet, but what I have seen was immediately addicting. The show starts with the producer’s role in the creation of pop music and expands to include histories of punk, hip-hop, and MTV—all the while mindful of […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

In this week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday, we’re taking to the sea! Marina Julia’s supernatural tale, The House on the Cliff, takes place in a picturesque oceanside town, sharply divided by the actions of one woman. Long ago, a witch emerged from the waves, bringing along her ample powers, as well as a team of […]

Where Lives Are Long and Death Is Gone: Neal Shusterman’s SCYTHE

Where Lives Are Long and Death Is Gone: Neal Shusterman’s SCYTHE

Shusterman’s latest investigates a future world without struggle or desire. Without these, he asks, are we even human? In the year 2042, humans conquered death. Now, in the postmortal society of MidMerica, people can live for millennia, either reanimated from fatal accidents or “turning the corner” when they get old by resetting themselves to a […]

Booklist Readers: Chris Simon

Booklist Readers: Chris Simon

Chris Simon, our resident Production Editor/Graphic Designer, joined Booklist in 2015. He helps lay out the magazine and designs art and graphics for our print and online products. What do you do when you’re not at Booklist? Most of my time is spent looking around for cool rocks, reading about space on the internet, cooking, thinking […]