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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss: A Match Made in Nerd Heaven

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss: A Match Made in Nerd Heaven

Praise Tehlu! Earlier this week, creative powerhouses Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss announced that they are teaming up to adapt Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy (The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, and the forthcoming The Doors of Stone) into film and television. (And “other media.” Is it too much to hope for […]

Reading to Remember: Books from 2016 to Revisit in 2066

Reading to Remember: Books from 2016 to Revisit in 2066

2016 has been a very long year. How will the world remember it? Through books, of course. Short of bottling its scent, our best bet for recreating the feeling of being alive in 2016 will be to read the stories, both fiction and nonfiction, that survived it. Below are a handful of titles to keep in […]

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? […]

Trump for Kids! Forthcoming Children’s Books about the President Elect

Trump for Kids! Forthcoming Children’s Books about the President Elect

The first children’s book about the Trump presidency arrived in the Booklist offices today. Due in April, Lerner Publications’ Donald Trump: Outspoken Personality and President by Jill Sherman is a 48-page, illustrated presidential profile aimed at readers aged 9 through 14, and the first of the bumper crop of biographies for kids that follow every presidential election. I’ll leave […]

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 […]