Archive for July, 2017

2017 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

2017 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

Always one of my favorite literary awards, the winner of the 39th annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced: The Commuter Pig Keeper: A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Pigs when Time is Your Most Precious Commodity, by Michaela Giles, edged out runner-up Renniks Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors: The Premier […]

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 5: Is the Real Monster Old Age?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 5: Is the Real Monster Old Age?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 10-12 & THE THIRD INTERLUDE So now we shift to the adults. Like nearly everything else in IT, King serves us up an irresistible scenario: a class reunion of sorts. Is anything (beside maybe […]

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Best New Books, Week of July 31, 2017

Best New Books, Week of July 31, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist! Adult Fiction  Beast, by Paul Kingsnorth  The Blinds, by Adam Sternbergh  The Clockwork Dynasty, by Daniel H. Wilson  The Cottingley Secret, by Hazel Gayton  The Half-Drowned King, by Linnea Hartsuyker  The Promise of Dawn, […]

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2017 RITA Winners Announced

2017 RITA Winners Announced

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) have announced the 2017 winners of the RITA Awards, honoring works of outstanding romance fiction. Named after the first president of the RWA, Rita Clay Estrada, the awards were given to the following titles: Best First Book Once and For All: An American Valor Novel, by Cheryl Etchison Contemporary Romance: Long […]

Reviews of the Week, with Shel Silverstein, Jesmyn Ward, Joshua Green, and more!

Reviews of the Week, with Shel Silverstein, Jesmyn Ward, Joshua Green, 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 July 24 through 28 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   July 24 Devil’s Bargain, by Joshua Green After finishing this account of the Steve […]

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Learning to Write Children’s and YA Nonfiction from the Masters

Learning to Write Children’s and YA Nonfiction from the Masters

Cindy: After more than three decades reading and reviewing other authors’ books, in the last few years I’ve started writing my own. Writers work alone, but they don’t succeed alone. You may have noticed a rise in solo posts by Lynn here at Bookends and that is a result of her generous offer to provide […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THE LIBRARY OF FATES

In this week’s video, YA author Aditi Khorana introduces her “feminist historical fantasy,” The Library of Fates (Penguin/Razorbill). Set in a magical ancient India, the book tells the story of Princess Amrita, a young woman whose harmonious kingdom is suddenly threatened by the brutal Emperor Sikander. To appease him and save her people, Amrita offers […]

2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

Earlier today, the judges of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction revealed their longlist. The winners will be announced, and their authors honored, at a ceremony in London on October 17. Visit the Man Booker website for exclusive interviews, articles, and other news about the shortlist authors. Following are the nominated titles, listed by country of […]

Cover Trend Alert: Millennial Pink

Cover Trend Alert: Millennial Pink

Are you sick of millennial pink yet? Too bad! The color of the moment seems to have become a favorite of book designers. My Booklist colleagues and I came up with this list in under five minutes, so if we missed any, please drop a link in the comments. For a list of titles with […]

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Further Reading: Transgender Soldiers

Further Reading: Transgender Soldiers

One year after the Defense Department’s landmark decision to lift its military ban on transgender people, President Trump took to Twitter to announce that he is prohibiting transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity in the U.S. military.” With an estimated 15,000 transgender people currently in service, it’s unknown how his administration intends to implement […]