Archive for June, 2015

Make Room for This Book: Marie Kondo and the Art of Decluttering

Make Room for This Book: Marie Kondo and the Art of Decluttering

The other day, a coworker asked me why there were still dozens of holds on our copies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. The reason is that Kondo and her book have started a revolution—a revolution to declutter our material lives. Here’s what you need to know: Marie Kondo is the Lebron […]

Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

This summer, The Seattle Public Library partnered with Seattle Arts and Lectures to create a very fun reading program for teens age 16 and over, and adults throughout the city. It’s called Summer Book Bingo! Participants enter one of two prize pools by either completing their whole card by September 8th or filling out one […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Libraries
Anthony Doerr and Bryan Stevenson Awarded the 2015 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Anthony Doerr and Bryan Stevenson Awarded the 2015 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The eagerly awaited announcement of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction took place last night at the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. Anthony Doerr, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All The Light We Cannot See was awarded the Carnegie medal for fiction, and Bryan Stevenson, author of Just […]

Posted in: Book Awards, Book News
Top 7 Weird ALA Conference Memories

Top 7 Weird ALA Conference Memories

It’s time once again for the ALA Annual Conference, when the Booklist crew girds themselves with overpacked schedules, bandoleers of business cards, 5,000-SPF sunblock (ALA’s most common summer location is the Surface of the Sun), sensible cardigans (meeting rooms, however, are so cold you could store corpses in them), and the desperate hope that we can get out […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from June 22–26 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, June 22nd Big Top Burning, by Laura A. Woollett On July […]

Posted in: Book Lists
Bookends is San Francisco Bound!

Bookends is San Francisco Bound!

Lynn and Cindy: Bookends is San Francisco bound for ALA Annual 2015! Woo hoo! Forgive our giddiness, but we LOVE going to the ALA conferences. Masses of book people, news about new books, free galleys of new books, old friends, time spent talking books with masses of book people, great program sessions, fun book events, […]

Posted in: Bookends, Libraries

Book Trailer Thursday: Thank You, Goodnight

In one of the more committed-to-the-form book trailers I’ve seen in a long time, protagonist Tommy Tremble of Adam Abramowitz’s Thank You, Goodnight (2015) is interviewed on a Wayne’s World–style TV show. (And the commitment doesn’t end there—Tommy’s fictional band has a real website!) Booklist editor-at-large Joanne Wilkinson calls this book a “very funny, deftly […]

Welcome, Robot Overlords! 12 Books to Help You Prepare for the Coming Singularity

Welcome, Robot Overlords! 12 Books to Help You Prepare for the Coming Singularity

Robots have been trending in literature and film for a long time. But constant advances in technology give us more and more to think—and worry—about. The New York Times video series, Robotica, and the Atlantic article, “A World Without Work,” got me thinking: how is artificial intelligence affecting our lives? Robots already contribute to our labor […]

All the Best Books Compilation: Biographies and Memoirs

All the Best Books Compilation: Biographies and Memoirs

It’s time to highlight another category of the best books of 2014, as measured by the ABBC, which compiles all of the honors bestowed on books by 172 different authoritative sources. Today, we’ll count down the nine most frequently praised biographies and memoirs. Tied for eighth place is Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon. Roberts set out to […]

Two YA Beach Books with Brains, Heart, and Perfect Pitch

Two YA Beach Books with Brains, Heart, and Perfect Pitch

Lynn: Who doesn’t love a fun, engaging beach book for a summer day’s reading? I certainly do and, honestly, I love a beach book just about any time of the year! Recently, I was listening to an audio of a best-selling author’s latest book for adults, a new entry in a series I categorized as […]