Author Archive: Donna Seaman

Donna Seaman is adult books editor at Booklist. Her radio interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books (2005). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Donna.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Books by and about Women Journalists

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Books by and about Women Journalists

As we celebrate more than half of the human race on International Women’s Day—during a time of “fake news” and yet another cycle of escalating human rights violations, prejudice, hate crimes, and a general failure of compassion—we feel moved to pay tribute to women journalists, valiant reporters on life’s many front lines who are dedicated […]

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The Carnegie Interview: Michael Chabon

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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The Carnegie Interviews: Patricia Bell-Scott

The Carnegie Interviews: Patricia Bell-Scott

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 The Firebrand and the First Lady, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by noon CST tomorrow (December 20, 2016) using the hashtag […]

The Carnegie Interviews: Zadie Smith

The Carnegie Interviews: Zadie Smith

This is the first in a series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. For your chance to win a copy of Swing Time, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by midnight CST tonight (December 14, 2016) using the hashtag #Carnegie2017giveaway. We’ll announce […]

Dancing on the Edge: Zadie Smith’s SWING TIME

Dancing on the Edge: Zadie Smith’s SWING TIME

Zadie Smith choreographs a provocative novel about the arts of dance and survival, integrity and friendship. The unnamed narrator in Smith’s agile and discerning bildungsroman is entranced and provoked by a Fred Astaire dance number in the movie Swing Time. “Swing time” is also a feat her narrator performs as she pivots from the disastrous […]

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All in the Family: Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer

All in the Family: Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer

The disintegration of a Jewish family launches a Talmudic outpouring of analysis and debate over all things large and small. Family and what it means to be Jewish, subjects of infinite complexity, are novelist Foer’s preoccupation and inspiration. In his first novel in 11 years—a far longer, edgier, and more caustically funny tale than Everything […]

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Riding the Underground Railroad: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Riding the Underground Railroad: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Whitehead mixes history and myth in this reimagined vision of the Underground Railroad. Over the course of his previous five novels, Whitehead (Zone One, 2011) has conducted an imaginative, droll, and eviscerating inquiry into the blurred divide between American mythology and American history, especially the camouflaged truth about racism. In this magnetizing and wrenching saga, […]

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Andrew Carnegie Medal-Winner Discussion Guides

Andrew Carnegie Medal-Winner Discussion Guides

Last week, Andrew Carnegie Medal-winners Viet Thanh Nguyen and Sally Mann accepted their awards at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. This week, we present you with reading group discussion guides for each book, put together by members of the Carnegie Committee: chair Nancy Pearl, three former members of RUSA CODES Notable Books Council, and three Booklist editors or […]

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Tree People: Annie Proulx’s Barkskins

Tree People: Annie Proulx’s Barkskins

Proulx’s commanding epic about the annihilation of our forests is nothing less than a sylvan Moby-Dick. Barkskins are tree people, which includes not only loggers and foresters but truly all of humankind, given our reliance on these pillars of life. In her copious historical woodland saga, Pulitzer Prize–and National Book Award–winner Proulx tells the stories […]

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Protected Places: Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land

Protected Places: Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land

The longtime advocate for the environment celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service with a meditative report on her tour of a dozen parks across the country. Williams (When Women Were Birds, 2012), an ardent, often rhapsodic, always scrupulous witness to the living world and advocate for the protection of public lands, celebrates the […]

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