Archive for February, 2016

Middle-Grade Novels Have Gotten 173% Longer over the Last 40 Years

Middle-Grade Novels Have Gotten 173% Longer over the Last 40 Years

As the editorial assistant for Booklist’s youth department, I work with hefty ARCs (advanced reader copies) on a daily basis: unpacking and bringing them up from the mailroom, logging them in to our database, moving them from place to place, and sending them out for review. The sheer, physical size of these books is undeniable—and sometimes seems […]

Resurrecting an American Writer: Constance Fenimore Woolson
By February 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Resurrecting an American Writer: Constance Fenimore Woolson

A new biography and a newly compiled story collection bring attention to the unjustly forgotten Constance Fenimore Woolson. Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840–94) was once so famous that debates about her intrepid fiction raged in the press on both sides of the Atlantic. But soon after her death, if she was remembered at all, it was […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Regency Romance Takes a Spooky Turn in Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Club

Regency Romance Takes a Spooky Turn in Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Club

Lynn: Here’s something you might not have guessed about me: I’m a closet Georgette Heyer fan from way back. It’s true. When I’m yearning for a comfort read, I often turn to the creator of Regency romance and her murders-with-manners. Her books have gotten me through some sad days and I’m here to say that I think […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Reviews of the Week: Donna Leon, Maggie Stiefvater, Perri Camille, and More
By February 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week: Donna Leon, Maggie Stiefvater, Perri Camille, and More

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 February 22–26 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday February 22 The Waters of Eternal Youth, […]

Posted in: Book Lists
Diagram Prize Shortlist for Oddest Book Title Announced
By February 26, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

Diagram Prize Shortlist for Oddest Book Title Announced

Now in its 38th year, The Bookseller‘s Diagram Prize honors books, not for the strength of their content, but for the oddness of their titles (though that’s not to say the two are mutually exclusive). The prize’s administrator, Horace Bent, refers to this year’s shortlist as “one of the strongest in living memory.” Winners are […]

Posted in: Book Awards, Book Lists
Let the Reader Be One Step Ahead: Bookends Rules of Humor #3

Let the Reader Be One Step Ahead: Bookends Rules of Humor #3

Lynn and Cindy: The Booklist Reader is moving on, but we enjoyed the debut Spotlight on Humor so much we’re not quite ready for the fun to end. Here is our last rule—for now—about what makes little kids laugh. Rule #3: Kids Love Knowing More than the Characters Everyone likes to feel smart and little kids […]

By February 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The Haters

In the trailer for his new novel The Haters (Abrams), Jesse Andrews says everything goes “completely horribly” when he tries to talk and play his guitar at the same time. Clearly, the same thing doesn’t happen when he’s writing and being funny, or turning his first book, the much loved Me and Earl and the […]

8 Great Books to Pair with Your Favorite Podcasts
By February 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

8 Great Books to Pair with Your Favorite Podcasts

Podcast fans talk about their favorite radio shows with the same enthusiasm readers talk about their favorite books. The Kansas City Public Library and KCUR 89.3 have smashed the two formats together into one event, reBOUND, an annual book exchange and podcast party hosted by the Young Friends of the KCPL and Generation Listen KC. At […]

LA Times Book Prize Finalists
By February 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

LA Times Book Prize Finalists

The Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalists were announced Tuesday, February 23. This year, two authors will be honored, Juan Felipe Herrera, with the Robert Kirsch Award for his literary contributions and work in multiple artistic forms, and James Patterson, who will receive the Innovator’s Award for his service to libraries, booksellers, and young readers. […]

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The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2016 Best Lists and Spotlight on Women’s Fiction
By February 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2016 Best Lists and Spotlight on Women’s Fiction

The March 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 236 new reviews and 10 new feature articles and lists. 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 […]