Archive for January, 2013

4 must-listen lists
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4 must-listen lists

Top audiobooks named by American Library Association, from birth to adult. Last weekend, committee members debated the merits of the best audios of 2012 in Seattle. The complete results are now final & posted on the ALA website. Click the links below for the top recommended titles for school & library purchases – and for […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book Awards
Book Trailer Thursday: YMA Winners
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Book Trailer Thursday: YMA Winners

I was out sick last Thursday, so here’s my belated birthday gift to trailerdom: not a-one, not a-two, but a SIX trailer BTT post. The Youth Media Awards were announced bright and early this past Monday morning in Seattle at the ALA Midwinter conference, and here are just a few of the lauded titles in […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Sharp Objects
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Sharp Objects

I guess you can teach an old reader’s advisory dog a new trick. Last week I did something I have never experienced before.  I sat through a book discussion in the afternoon led by someone else and then led a discussion that evening on the same title.  It was an interesting day to say the […]

Posted in: Book Groups
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay

Lynn:  “Lulu was famous for animals,” is the opening sentence of the engaging Lulu and the Duck in the Park (Albert Whitman 2012), the first in an irresistible new series for early readers.  Fortunately for Lulu, her mother’s rule is “the more the merrier as long as Lulu cleans up after them.”  Unfortunately for Lulu […]

Moving and Memorable: Jodi Picoult’s “The Storyteller”
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Moving and Memorable: Jodi Picoult’s “The Storyteller”

Jodi Picoult will be coming to my library again in March. She came through Seattle last year with the release of Lone Wolf and was warm and generous with her fans. While I have enjoyed much of Picoult’s work over the years and appreciate her as a writer and a person, I was unprepared by […]

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Youth Media Awards
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Youth Media Awards

Well, that was a whirlwind hour, and I only say that because I was not in Seattle but here in Chicago, frantically trying to keep up with the rapid-fire Youth Media Awards announcements on our Facebook page (check out all the covers!). I’m sure for real-life attendees of yesterday’s announcements, the presentation was full of […]

Posted in: Book Awards
An award moment as a teaching moment

An award moment as a teaching moment

The Virginia Commonwealth University’s MFA program in Creative Writing is using the classroom setting to create young writers who then turn into first novelists. The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award is a competitive program that puts its student writers through competitive paces. The program is only open to ten students. In addition to working on […]

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Short Stories in the Spotlight

Short Stories in the Spotlight

When the NYT proclaims,  “George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year,” readers take notice. When readers learn that Tenth of December is a collection of short stories, many of them say, “Oh.” You and I both know that what people self-report about reading short stories and what they actually check out are […]

Posted in: Backlist
Books, Lovers, Readers, & Covers

Books, Lovers, Readers, & Covers

This is the sort of book non-readers (who are secretly jealous) give to readers. The non-readers may think they’re nudging their reader-friends, but really, we readers are just a teensy bit smug because we get all the in-jokes. Judging a Book by its Lover by Lauren Leto is a snarky fun look at the reading […]

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10 Best Discussions of 2012

10 Best Discussions of 2012

Before I let the first month of the new year get past me, I want to list the ten books that provided the best book group discussions last year. This is not as easy as it sounds since I facilitate three regular book groups and then work with book groups connected to The KCPL’s special […]

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