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Booklist Readers: Keir Graff

Booklist Readers: Keir Graff

If it seems strange to profile Keir Graff, the editor emeritus of the Booklist Reader,  consider that we’re using this feature to profile all Booklist staff, whether hired this year or back before the turn of the century. (Keir hasn’t been here that long—but almost.) We find many of them in new roles, as we do […]

We’d Prefer Not To: Novels about the Misery of Work

We’d Prefer Not To: Novels about the Misery of Work

This week marks the release of The Ferryman Institute, Colin Gigl’s excellent debut novel about an immortal tasked with escorting the deceased to the afterlife. Spoiler alert: supernatural jobs can be filled with just as much drudgery as terrestrial ones. Gigl’s the latest in a long line of Anglophone novelists who’ve tackled the misery of work. Here […]

The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

We can’t explain why men who work with their hands and know their way around a toolbox are so sexy, but there’s no denying that they are. This list contains more than 20 hunky men—and a couple of talented women—who know what to do with a hammer. Gimme Some Sugar, by Kimberly Kincaid Being one half of a celebrity […]

This Week on Well Read: Anuradha Roy Talks about Sleeping on Jupiter

This Week on Well Read: Anuradha Roy Talks about Sleeping on Jupiter

This week on Well Read, award-winning author Anuradha Roy will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her latest novel, Sleeping on Jupiter (2016), a Man Booker Prize nominee released September 6. Through the lives of townspeople and travelers—Badal the tourguide; Nomi the filmmaker; Vidya the vacationer— in the fictional town […]

New Adult Romance: An Introduction

New Adult Romance: An Introduction

New Adult is a romance subgenre that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Despite this popularity, the phrase “New Adult” leaves most people scratching their heads. The basic, underwhelming criteria for New Adult is that the style falls somewhere between the Young Adult and Adult genres, and the age of the protagonist is between 18 […]

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2016

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2016

“Sweet sassy Satan!,” as Old Granny Kraus used to cackle. (No, she didn’t.) Is it that time of year again already? Now that you mention it, October’s approach does explain a few unsettling visions I’ve been blaming on an outdated glasses prescription. How when I get on the train every morning, I expect everyone to turn toward […]