Author Archive: Eugenia Williamson

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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A Celebration of Authorial Mustaches

A Celebration of Authorial Mustaches

Booklist loves Jim Shepard (and so does, like, everyone). In her starred review of his latest collection of short stories, The World to Come—out today!—Donna Seaman praises Shepard’s new stories as a “masterful [and] profoundly involving.” Shepard gets oodles of praise for his writing, and deservedly so, but do you know what else is masterful and […]

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The Latest BOOKLIST: Spotlight on Biography

The Latest BOOKLIST: Spotlight on Biography

The February 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 258 new reviews and eight new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but […]

LibraryReads March 2017

LibraryReads March 2017

LibraryReads has just announced its March 2017 selections! Check out the ten titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible. Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today.   FAVORITE OF FAVORITES  The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti […]

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Best New Books: Week of February 6, 2017

Best New Books: Week of February 6, 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  The 12.30 from Croydon, by Freeman Wills Crofts  The Bertie Project, by Alexander McCall Smith  A Book of American Martyrs, by Joyce Carol Oates  The Burning […]

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Further Reading: The Bowling Green Massacre

Further Reading: The Bowling Green Massacre

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines. Kellyanne Conway has dominated the headlines since her most recent appearance on Hardball, when she cited “the Bowling Green Massacre” as the reason for President Trump’s travel ban. The massacre was, of course, easily disputed as fiction—but Conway’s hardly […]

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BOOKLIST Does the Great Blackwell’s Balance-Off

BOOKLIST Does the Great Blackwell’s Balance-Off

When we saw the Great Blackwell’s Balance-Off on Twitter—a competition in which people try to put lots of books on their heads—we knew we had to get in on it. Why are we participating in an English bookstore’s publicity stunt? Because we wanted to put lots of books on our heads. (Duh.) Booklist had three […]

Booklist Readers: Courtney Eathorne

Booklist Readers: Courtney Eathorne

Today’s Booklist Reader is Courtney Eathorne, our fall 2016 intern. A senior at Columbia College Chicago pursuing a degree in playwriting, she won us all over very quickly. [Editor’s note: Myself included! She’s such a good writer and such a quick study and has so much energy.] Briana Shemroske agrees: “Courtney has been an enthusiastic, witty, hard-working machine […]

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Further Reading: Airplanes

Further Reading: Airplanes

The weekend news cycle, dominated by the fallout from President Trump’s travel ban, focused, in part, on those stranded in and protesting at airports across the United States. Planes and airports have long fascinated writers and readers alike. To follow, a list of titles about air travel, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible.   Biggles […]

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Further Reading: Martial Law

Further Reading: Martial Law

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines.     Yesterday, President Trump announced that he’ll “send in the Feds” if Chicago’s crime rate doesn’t drop. Luckily, we here in Chicago have plenty of historical precedent to guide us if this comes to pass. The following history […]

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Congratulations, Mary Burkey! Booklister Wins the Louis Shores Award

Congratulations, Mary Burkey! Booklister Wins the Louis Shores Award

Mary Burkey, who writes the Booklist column Voices in My Head and our very own Audiobooker column, has won the Louis Shores Award.  Her win, announced Sunday at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards, recognizes “an individual who has demonstrated outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.” Per the announcement: The audiobook […]

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