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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Poetry, Football, and Dentistry? Nancy Pearl shares the story behind her first novel, GEORGE & LIZZIE

Poetry, Football, and Dentistry? Nancy Pearl shares the story behind her first novel, GEORGE & LIZZIE

Nancy Pearl’s first novel, George & Lizzie, comes out in September. How did she do it? Why did she do it? Booklist contacted the author of Book Lust, one of the nation’s favorite readers’ advisory librarians, and one of public radio and television’s most influential book and reading champions, to find out everything about how she became […]

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Talking Poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Life with Poet Patricia Smith

Talking Poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Life with Poet Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is a clarion poet, uniting with passion and finesse the personal and the political. Her six acclaimed poetry collections include Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), winner of the Rebekah Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy American Poets, and the Phillis Wheatley Award in Poetry, […]

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A Conversation with Poet and Poetry Advocate Kevin Coval in Celebration of National Poetry Month

A Conversation with Poet and Poetry Advocate Kevin Coval in Celebration of National Poetry Month

  When Kevin Coval’s poetry collection, Slingshots: (A Hip-Hop Poetica), came out 11 years ago, Booklist was full of praise: “Potent metaphors, muscular turns of phrase, a keen political conscience, and a Studs Terkelesque openness to humankind’s countless stories fuel Coval’s percussive calls for compassion and connection.” In our review of his next collection, Everyday People […]

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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
By December 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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
By December 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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
By December 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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
By November 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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
By September 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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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