Archive for August, 2016

Group Reading in the Digital Age: The Wired Book Club

Group Reading in the Digital Age: The Wired Book Club

We may never see a book club as singularly influential as the one Oprah Winfrey included as a segment on her show, particularly since the influence of nationally syndicated talk shows has diminished so drastically since Oprah put away her stickers and laid her club to rest. In subsequent years, other televised book clubs sprang up to replace the Oprah-shaped void in the […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Sports

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Sports

The September issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 354 new reviews and 11 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 registered for […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Jamal Campbell’s The Immortal Nadia Greene

Webcomics Wednesday: Jamal Campbell’s The Immortal Nadia Greene

Normally, when I start a Webcomics Wednesday post, I focus on the plot first and get to the artwork somewhere in the middle. But when it comes to Jamal Campbell’s The Immortal Nadia Greene, the art—which is immediately what drew me in—deserves top billing. (Not that I’m ignoring the story or anything; we’ll get there, I promise). Campbell’s […]

Romancing the YA Cover Art

Romancing the YA Cover Art

Some book cover trends are easy: “Hey, this photo of a girl in a ballroom gown drowning in water was popular? Well, let’s try 38 more of them!” These trends can be attributed largely to genre, because genre has typical trappings, and trappings are signals, and signals penetrate our puny human brains so that the right people pick up the right […]

Fall in Love with Booklist’s #SeptemberRomance

Fall in Love with Booklist’s #SeptemberRomance

As a chill hits the air, driving us ever closer to one another, we celebrate romance fiction at Booklist. Each September, we publish an issue dedicated to all things romantic, from star-crossed lovers to happily-ever-afters—and this year, on the Booklist Reader, we’re taking things way past first base. You’ve heard of our famous Mystery Month? […]

Booklist Readers: Sarah Grant

Booklist Readers: Sarah Grant

  Sarah Grant recently made the leap from editorial assistant to marketing associate at Booklist. She now spends her days coordinating webinars, generating advertising reports, and managing our Facebook page. She holds a master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she studied modernist literature and theater. She also works in Chicago’s theater scene. Follow […]

Going Boutique: Have You Customized Your RA Services?

Going Boutique: Have You Customized Your RA Services?

Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a panel for our RA Conversations series co-sponsored by ARRT and Novelist, “Becoming the Face of RA.” You’ll hear all about it in the September issue of “Corner Shelf,” but something said by Polli Kenn, Book Sherpa at the Lawrence Public Library, has really stuck with me: She […]

Stranger Things: 13 Supernatural Stories for 80s Horror Fans

Stranger Things: 13 Supernatural Stories for 80s Horror Fans

Fans of red-fonted horror novels of the 1980s and all the pop-culture feels that go with them are geeking out over the late-summer release of “Stranger Things” on Netflix. Patrons who love creepy reads can keep the chills alive with these supernatural stories. The Boy Who Drew Monsters, by Keith Donohue Boy’s Life, by Robert McCammon […]

They All Saw a Cat: A Matter of Perspective

They All Saw a Cat: A Matter of Perspective

Lynn: Brendan Wenzel’s excellent They All Saw a Cat (2016) relies on the brilliantly simple concept of a how variety of subjects perceives the same object in different ways. The object in question is a cat, a cat who “walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears and paws.” Each page-turn reveals a wide, two-page spread showing how various […]

Reviews of the Week: Amy Schumer, Megan Shepherd, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Amy Schumer, Megan Shepherd, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 22 through August 26 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   Monday, August 22 Trump Revealed, by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher Let’s start with […]

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