Archive for October, 2014

Austin Almanza Wins #CostumesforBooks!
By October 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Austin Almanza Wins #CostumesforBooks!

We have a winner of this year’s #CostumesforBooks! Congratulations to Austin Almanza of Harbor Lights Middle School in Holland, MI for “A Clockwork Clown.” Austin, you’ll receive the Booklist Mystery Box on your doorstop next week (then you can tell us what’s in it)! Judge Dan Kraus had this to say about Austin’s entry: “A […]

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More Funny Ladies Like Amy Poehler? Yes, Please!

More Funny Ladies Like Amy Poehler? Yes, Please!

Smart Girl champion Amy Poehler’s candid, funny memoir Yes, Please came out to rave reviews this week. Use the buzz to talk up some other funny ladies making the switch from screen to stacks. Bossypants, by Tina Fey Girl Walks into a Bar…: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, by Rachel Dratch Happy Accidents, […]

Posted in: Backlist, Book Lists

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China

“In the late 90s, I moved to Beijing,” begins Val Wang’s narration of the trailer for Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China (Gotham). Wang goes on to share images, video, thoughts, and the secret artistic wishes that framed her experience there, throwing in some sweet mom-versations for good measure. Reviewer Kristine Huntley […]

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May the Best Costume Win!
By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

May the Best Costume Win!

We’ve received a stunning variety of submissions for our Halloween #Costumesforbooks competition thus far—from library assistants to candy-hungry-middle schoolers. There’s still time to submit your costume. Post your picture to Booklist‘s facebook page, or tweet using the hashtag #costumesforbooks by noon on Friday, October 31st for a chance to win the Booklist Mystery Box. Author and […]

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The Questions Authors Hate to Answer
By October 30, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

The Questions Authors Hate to Answer

I had a great time moderating two panels, “Ask the Publishers” and “Writing for the Younger Crowd,” last weekend at the Chicago Writers Conference. Preparing for the latter, I asked authors Allan Woodrow and Erica O’Rourke which questions they hate answering. Between them, they offered three—in a moment of perversity, I considered then asking them THOSE […]

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Audiobook News You Can Use: Free Stephen Colbert and Much More!
By October 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Audiobook News You Can Use: Free Stephen Colbert and Much More!

Hear Stephen Colbert read “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury for free thanks to this post on the i09 website, which includes the Colbert segment from Symphony Space’s A Touch of Magic Selected Shorts (NPR, 2010). Plus a link to even more Bradbury freebies! “The Grownup Pleasure of Bedtime Stories: Audiobooks Will Read Adults to Sleep,” […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book News
The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on the Arts
By October 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on the Arts

The November 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 267 new reviews and 6 new feature articles. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for […]

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Trick or Treat! #CostumesForBooks Offers a Fun and Easy Contest for Your Library

Trick or Treat! #CostumesForBooks Offers a Fun and Easy Contest for Your Library

Cindy: I love contests in my library, especially when someone else comes up with the idea and the prize! Keir Graff is holding a “Costumes for Books” contest that is frightfully easy to do—and he’s offering a mystery box of goodies as the prize. The full directions can be found in this post, but basically you […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Return to Oz for a Fantastic Book-Group Theme
By October 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Return to Oz for a Fantastic Book-Group Theme

My fantasy and science fiction group discussed the theme of “Fantasy before Tolkien” last week, and I decided to use the opportunity to go somewhere I hadn’t been in over thirty years: Frank Baum’s Oz. More than any other series of books, these titles are connected to my development as a reader. I remember loving them, […]

Dusty Book: Our Kind, by Kate Walbert

Dusty Book: Our Kind, by Kate Walbert

Kate Walbert’s novel in stories, Our Kind (2004), moves from collective to individual voices as country-club housewives from the 1950s pass through the ’60s to the ’70s, transitioning from newlyweds to empty-nesters, from selfless to independent. A dark, brave, sad humor can be found in many observations in the book. The women accept but secretly lament lost loves […]

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