Author Archive: Annie Bostrom

Annie Bostrom is Associate Editor, Adult Books, at Booklist. She is a cat person, but also really likes dogs. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Annie.

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Hello, Rachel Khong: Talking with the Former Lucky Peach Editor about Her Debut Novel, GOODBYE, VITAMIN

Hello, Rachel Khong: Talking with the Former Lucky Peach Editor about Her Debut Novel, GOODBYE, VITAMIN

Rachel Khong’s first novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, is a story of regular people dealing with irregular things. It dials down the looming menace of that which we fear the most for ourselves and our loved ones, while underlining just how extraordinary it is to be a person surrounded by other people. Vitamin‘s narrator, Ruth, moves home […]

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Talking with Barbara Bourland about her Debut Mystery, I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD

Talking with Barbara Bourland about her Debut Mystery, I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD

  Barbara Bourland’s debut mystery, I’ll Eat When I’m Dead (Grand Central), unfolds from the offices of the fictional RAGE Fashion Book, a groundbreakingly ethical magazine. I loved the book’s characters, especially tough, smart fashion editor Cat Ono, its industry-insider mood with just the right amount of froth and gloss (in other words, a lot), and the way […]

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Talking with Julie Buntin about her Debut Novel, MARLENA

Talking with Julie Buntin about her Debut Novel, MARLENA

Julie Buntin’s debut novel, Marlena, speaks straight to readers from its first line: “Tell me what you can’t forget, and I’ll tell you who you are.” What narrator Cat can’t forget is her yearlong best-friendship, at age 15, with Marlena: a girl her opposite in some ways, but with whom she instantly, deeply bonds. Buntin’s emotionally vivid […]

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For Fans of The Night Of: What to Read the Morning After
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For Fans of The Night Of: What to Read the Morning After

In The Night Of, an eight-part series that aired on HBO this past summer, college student Nasir Khan’s innocent but unauthorized borrowing of his dad’s taxicab sets off a series of events that leads to his imprisonment and trial for murder. In the first episode, closed circuit shots of Naz, exiting the Queens tunnel on […]

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Epistolary Novels, Postcard-style

Epistolary Novels, Postcard-style

The main character in Alice Hoffman’s novel Faithful, out next month, receives encouraging postcards that help her through some seriously dark times. This got me searching for other instances of postcards-as-plot-devices in fiction. Postcards are great. On one side, you have a pleasing photograph, pint-sized fine art print, or splashy vacation scene—and that’s just the […]

October 2016 LibraryReads
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October 2016 LibraryReads

October 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten October titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. (And look for the Booklist review of The Mothers in our September 15 issue.) Any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today. News of the World, by […]

July 2016 LibraryReads

July 2016 LibraryReads

July 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten July titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available (and look for the rest to be reviewed in our next issue). Did you know that any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads? Learn more about how to do that here.   […]

BEA Comes to Booklist

BEA Comes to Booklist

For the past several years, Booklist staff have traveled to Book Expo America (BEA), but this year things are different. This year, BEA comes to Booklist. By which I mean, this year BEA is in Chicago. We’ll definitely miss the off-hours fun that having BEA at the Javits Center allowed, where we got to traipse around NYC, but […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Work Like Any Other

Adult books editor Donna Seaman heralded Virginia Reeves’ historical novel Work Like Any Other (Scribner), out this month, in Booklist‘s first Spotlight on Book Discussions, December 15, 2015 issue, predicting the novel’s many themes to spark inspired discussion among readers of all kinds. If you anticipated book-club demand in your own library and ordered several copies—or if you didn’t yet—you’ll […]

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Stick with Booklist at #PLA2016

Stick with Booklist at #PLA2016

April 5th through 9th, Booklist will be in Denver for our favorite biennial public library conference: PLA! Booklist booth swag has hit a Rocky Mountain high, if we don’t say so ourselves, with the brilliant book-love-proclaiming buttons and stickers at right. Come grab yours, along with complimentary issues of April 1 Booklist and April Book Links, at booth #1633. We’ll also be […]