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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Kwame Alexander Named 2017 Summer Reading Champion

Kwame Alexander Named 2017 Summer Reading Champion

The Collaborative Summer Library Program has named Kwame Alexander as this year’s Summer Reading Champion. The poet, educator, and Newbery Award-winning novelist takes over the post held most recently by Kate DiCamillo, who championed summer reading for two successive years. As part of his duties, Alexander will compile a summer reading list, built around this year’s […]

Further Reading: Russia

Further Reading: Russia

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines.   You can’t trip over a rock without hearing something about Russia these days. And what’s true for the news is also true for good, recent fiction for adults. The following recommended novels about Russia and Russians, linked […]

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A New Award for Midwestern Crime Fiction

A New Award for Midwestern Crime Fiction

On Saturday, during the first annual Murder and Mayhem crime fiction conference in Chicago, organizers presented Sara Paretsky with the very first Sara Paretsky Award, designed to honor great crime fiction from the Midwest. Paretsky, the author of more than 20 books, created the beloved crime protagonist V. I. Warshawski, a Chicago private investigator. The one-day conference—a […]

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Booklist Readers: Daniel Kraus

Booklist Readers: Daniel Kraus

For this installment of Booklist Readers, we tracked down Daniel Kraus, our books for youth editor, who has been very busy talking to the New York Times about S. E. Hinton and reading 80s horror paperbacks.   What do you do when you’re not at Booklist? I write novels. This is a terrible idea. It’s like working in a […]

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LibraryReads April 2017

LibraryReads April 2017

FAVORITE OF FAVORITES Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout   TOP 10  American War, by Omar El Akkad Beartown, by Fredrik Backman Gone Without A Trace, by Mary Torjussen  Miss You, by Kate Eberlen  The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann The Shadow Land, by Elizabeth Kostova The Stars Are […]

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2017 PEN/Faulkner Finalists Announced

2017 PEN/Faulkner Finalists Announced

As The Washington Post notes, this year’s just-announced PEN/Faulkner finalists reflect a range of American voices from diverse backgrounds. Here are the titles, linked to their Booklist reviews. Winners announced April 4.  After Disasters, by Viet Dinh   Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue  LaRose, by Louise Erdrich What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell Your […]

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Further Reading: Phone Taps

Further Reading: Phone Taps

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 As the nation and the world consider President Trump’s allegations that President Obama bugged his phone, readers might consider investigating the following novels, linked to their excerpted […]

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The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2017 Lists and a Spotlight on Women’s Fiction

The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2017 Lists and a Spotlight on Women’s Fiction

The March 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 240 new reviews and 18 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 haven’t […]

Changes Afoot for Several YALSA Select Lists

Changes Afoot for Several YALSA Select Lists

If you’re interested in kidlit awards (and if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you are), you might have heard how, at the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting, YALSA’s Board of Directors voted to update the way they develop reading lists like Amazing Audio, Best Fiction, Great Graphic Novels, Popular Paperbacks, and Quick Picks. None of […]

Booklist Readers: Maggie Reagan

Booklist Readers: Maggie Reagan

Our current Booklist Reader is Maggie Reagan, our youth department’s associate editor. She really loves horses. Books, too. You can follow her on Twitter @MagdalenaRayGun. What are you an expert on? I think they say you’ve mastered a skill once you’ve spent 10,000 hours or more on it, which pretty much makes me an expert […]