Archive for December, 2016

Reviews of the Week: Angie Thomas, Victor Lodato, Sarah Durant, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Angie Thomas, Victor Lodato, Sarah Durant, and More!

Monday, December 19  Edgar & Lucy, by Victor Lodato Edgar Fini is an unusual eight-year-old, marked by albinism, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and weird predilections. When his mother, Lucy, seems too busy with booze and a new boyfriend to notice his unbearable grief, a stranger in a truck is suddenly there to offer the solace Edgar craves.  Lodato’s […]

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90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Newbery-er and Filmier Than Ever

Whatcha doing with the kids over holiday break? Are you making a video entry for the sixth annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival? Founded by children’s author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish), it features videos of 90 seconds or less based on a winner of the Newbery Medal (see above). The deadline for submission is January 7. Here’s some inspiration: The […]

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The Booklist Reader is Napping

Guys. We’re not going to post anything until January 3. Know why? Nobody’s around. I mean, I’ll be around and on Twitter and stuff, sharing reruns and getting up to general tomfoolery, but we won’t have anything new on the site. If you get lonely, holler at me. See you in the new year!

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving, 2016

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving, 2016

It’s always a headache shopping for certain people on your list, particularly when it comes to books. But we’re here to help—again—with an oddly specific gift guide. Check out our entries from last year if you need further suggestions. For your pregnant friend, who’s determined to raise his or her future son to be a feminist Interstellar […]

Carte Blanche: Columnist’s Choice, 2016
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Carte Blanche: Columnist’s Choice, 2016

Another year distinguished by a glut of good books has flown by. One of my hardest jobs in the face of such abundance is winnowing the lot to a manageable few of the best; in this case, that means a baker’s dozen selected from an initial list of 27. Ah, the labors of Hercules! Anyway, the […]

The Year’s Midnight, and the Day’s: Winter Solstice Books
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The Year’s Midnight, and the Day’s: Winter Solstice Books

The Winter Solstice. In the northern hemisphere it marks the shortest day, and thus the longest night, of the year. The solstice has long been seen as a time of change and uncertainty—the perfect atmosphere for modern writers to set stories that reflect the chill of the haunting dark with murder and mayhem as well […]

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The Carnegie Interviews: Matthew Desmond
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The Carnegie Interviews: Matthew Desmond

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by 2pm CST tomorrow (December 22, 2016) using […]

Happy Holidays from Bookends!

Happy Holidays from Bookends!

Cindy: If you work in a public library and have a Pinterest account, chances are you’ve built a Christmas tree out of books for a holiday display—we certainly did. This year, fireplaces are all the Pinterest rage. I put our Something About the Author series (pictured) to use in one library, and our recently withdrawn New […]

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Booklist Readers: Michael Ruzicka

Booklist Readers: Michael Ruzicka

This week’s Booklist Reader is our new office manager, Michael Ruzicka. Michael hails from suburban LA, owned an independent bookstore in Alabama, and has worked in library services for Vanderbilt University, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. What do you do when you’re not at Booklist? I like to […]

The Carnegie Interview: Michael Chabon
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The Carnegie Interview: Michael Chabon

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of Moonglow, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by noon CST tomorrow, December 21, 2016, using the hashtag #Carnegie2017giveaway. We’ll announce the winner on […]

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