Archive for January, 2012

Maurice Sendak on the Colbert Report
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Maurice Sendak on the Colbert Report

I don’t have anything to add to this, but if you haven’t seen Stephen Colbert’s two-part interview with Maurice Sendak (Bumble-Ardy, 2011; Where the Wild Things Are, 1963), you’re missing out. Some side-splittingly funny moments here. Quoth Sendak: “I didn’t set out to make children happy.”  

Book Trailer Thursday: Taft 2012
By January 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Taft 2012

Proving that campaign advertising and election season could be infinitely more interesting if only time travel were involved, here’s the trailer to accompany Jason Heller’s Taft 2012, out this month. Vanessa Bush makes the premise sound downright simple: President William H. Taft returns to the scene “100 years after the end of his presidency to […]

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An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner

An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner

Lynn: “It was a quiet morning at preschool until Adelaide annoyed Bailey.”  An escalating alphabetic chain reaction follows right up to the drenching moment when Zelda zaps Adelaide.  Miss Mabel asks Adelaide to apologize and soon calm returns to the school as everyone settles in for story time. Bottner’s delightfully droll disasters are cleverly captured […]

2012’s best adult audio
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2012’s best adult audio

A new honor for top narration: the Listen List, compiled by the Reference and User Services Division of the American Library Association. I am thrilled that adult audio fans and selectors now have this tremendous resource to add to ALA’s recognition of the best in youth audiobooks. The evaluation criteria really gets to the heart of why we […]

Analyzing the ABBC: Historical Fiction 2011
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Analyzing the ABBC: Historical Fiction 2011

Here are the top five vote-getters so far in historical fiction from the 2011 All-the-Best-Books Compilation. You can see all 91 titles in this genre that have received votes or review any of the other genres by downloading the full ABBC spreadsheet via Blogging for a Good Book at Williamsburg Regional Library. Tied for fourth […]

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What we’re reading in 2012: Women Who Dare

What we’re reading in 2012: Women Who Dare

The Women Who Dare book group at Kansas City Public Library likes to discuss books that are written by women and that focus on women’s relationships, concerns and issues. This is a group that reads women’s fiction with depth and literary quality. Here’s the list for the coming year. January: When She Woke by Hillary […]

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Odyssey, Notable Recordings, Amazing Audiobooks
By January 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Odyssey, Notable Recordings, Amazing Audiobooks

The year’s best listening named by the American Library Association’s youth divisions in a just-completed conference in Dallas. Yes, the total list of award-winners announced yesterday has plenty of great titles, too. But there are three committees that focus on the unique attributes of audiobook production and narration when selecting the best. ALSC, the Association for […]

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2012 Oscar Nominations and Their Literary Antecedents
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2012 Oscar Nominations and Their Literary Antecedents

This isn’t the first blog post to note the many literary antecedents of this morning’s Oscar nominations, but it may be the most comprehensive. I’ve linked the movie titles to the Booklist reviews (when available) of the books and stories that inspired them. Read on, and let me know if you see anything I’ve missed. […]

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists
By January 24, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

This weekend, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for this year’s award. The winner of each category will be announced on March 8th. In the meantime, read the finalists and choose your favorite! Fiction Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides Open City, by Teju Cole Stone Arabia, by […]

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2012 RUSA Awards
By January 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

2012 RUSA Awards

Let’s not forget about RUSA in the midst of all the YMA excitement! The RUSA awards were announced on Sunday night at ALA Midwinter. Here are the lists . We’ll post lists with links to Booklist reviews soon. Notable Books for Adults Dartmouth Medal Outstanding References Sources Sophie Brody Award The Listen List The Reading […]

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