Author Archive: Briana Shemroske

Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Editorial Assistant for Books for Youth. She recently graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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This Week on Well Read TV: Mark K. Shriver Talks about PILGRIMAGE

This week on Well Read, former Maryland state legislator Mark K. Shriver (son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver) will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest work of historical nonfiction, Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis (2016), released November 29. In it, Shriver yearns “for a church […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Special “Working with Words” Episode

In this special episode of Well Read, host Elisa Jaffe will be speaking with New York Times best-selling author Garth Stein (A Sudden Light, 2014) and Seattle Times book editor (and Well Read co-host) Mary Ann Gwinn about the writing process. In addition to these interviews, the episode will feature clips from past guests on subjects […]

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We See a Little Silhouette-o of a Book Cover Trend

We See a Little Silhouette-o of a Book Cover Trend

From the dawn of time (er, black-figure pottery anyone?) to the rise of Hamilton, the silhouette—arguably the epitome of evasive elegance—has lent itself to portraiture, photography, fashion design, and more. It’s no surprise that silhouettes also feature prominently in book cover-design, appearing on such classics as Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 and Arthur Miller’s Death of a […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Jayne Ann Krentz Talks about WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE

This week on Well Read, New York Times best-selling author Jayne Ann Krentz will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent romantic suspense novel, When All the Girls Have Gone (2016), released November 29. Her twenty-eighth stand-alone writing under her married name (Krentz writes historical romance as Amanda […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Not a Chair!

Unfortunately for Giraffe, a timid critter with a regrettably flat back, fellow jungle creatures have taken to mistaking him for a chair. Here, a massive rhino, hulking hippo, and “human with questionable taste in décor” take turns lounging upon the increasingly irked ruminant as he struggles to find his voice. What will it take for […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Dava Sobel Talks about THE GLASS UNIVERSE

This week on Well Read, award-winning author Dava Sobel will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent work of scientific nonfiction, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars (2016), released December 6. After investigating Galileo’s eldest in Galileo’s Daughter: […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Emma Donoghue Talks about THE WONDER

This week on Well Read, best-selling, award-winning author Emma Donoghue—of Room (2010) fame—will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent novel, The Wonder (2016), released September 20. A historical thriller set in 1859 Ireland, Donoghue’s latest introduces English nurse Lib Wright and her “unsettling mission”: the care of 11-year-old […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Caterpillar Dreams

Caterpillars have dreams, too—“Incredible, impossible-seeming” ones, at that. And Henri, the pint-sized star of Clive McFarland’s latest picture book, Caterpillar Dreams (Harper), out January 17, knows it. Determined to leave the garden he calls home, Henri floats atop birds, flowers, and fish—all before sprouting wings of his own—in this wonderful watercolor adventure. As Randall Enos […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Margot Livesey Talks about MERCURY

This week on Well Read, New York Times best-selling author Margot Livesey will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her latest novel, Mercury (2016), released September 27. The tale of a Thoroughbred racehorse (the book’s namesake), ex-equestrian Viv Stephenson, and the depths of dangerous obsession, Mercury, writes Booklist reviewer Carol […]

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Instant Cult Classic: STORIES FOR WAYS & MEANS

Have you ever wanted to hear Danny DeVito narrate a pseudo-children’s story written by the Pixies’ Frank Black? Jeff Antebi, founder of Waxploitation Records and mastermind behind the upcoming “deluxe art book” Stories for Ways & Means, has. Ten years in the making, Stories for Ways & Means features short stories and illustrations from 29 songwriter/painter […]

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