Author Archive: Keir Graff

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Robert Coover’s HUCK OUT WEST

The Decline of Western Civilization: Robert Coover’s HUCK OUT WEST

What kind of adulthood would you have imagined for Huck Finn? Coover brilliantly envisions what comes next when Huckleberry Finn lights out for the territories. After leaving St. Petersburg with Tom Sawyer, he hits the high and low points of the Wild West Zelig-like, riding for the Pony Express, witnessing the mass hanging of 38 […]

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VIDEO: Live Announcement of Booklist’s Top of the List, 2016

VIDEO: Live Announcement of Booklist’s Top of the List, 2016

Did you miss this morning’s sneak-attack Facebook Live announcement of Booklist‘s 2016 Top of the List titles? Well, thanks to the magic of archived streaming video, you can catch up at your leisure on the events of this morning. As presenters Rebecca Vnuk (Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach) and Sarah Hunter (Senior Editor, Books […]

They Are the Most Interesting Men and Women in the World

They Are the Most Interesting Men and Women in the World

If the acquiring editors have it right, Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who played “the most interesting man in the world” in the Dos Equis beer commercials, doesn’t just play an interesting man on TV: he’s pretty interesting in real life, too. Earlier this week, Galleycat shared news that the character actor has signed with Dutton to […]

Canon Fodder: Ten Novels That Blow Up the Classics

Canon Fodder: Ten Novels That Blow Up the Classics

In the world of popular intellectual property, nothing is left to waste. Whether it’s new stories in the same universe (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) or the continuation of a dead author’s series (Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins), characters and settings are often cannibalized for a commercial motive. Then there are authors who […]

Booklist vs. Roald Dahl: Who’s Laughing Now?

Booklist vs. Roald Dahl: Who’s Laughing Now?

“Ghoulish, sordid, and the product of a depraved mind!” writes one reviewer. “I haven’t finished but I don’t like the effect,” opines another. Doesn’t sound very much like a recipe for success, does it? But those hot takes were among Booklist’s responses to Roald Dahl’s first two full-length works for children, James and the Giant […]

Booklist Seeks Interns for 2017

Booklist Seeks Interns for 2017

Gain valuable publishing experience by becoming an intern for Booklist Publications in Chicago! We hire two interns each season—see below for next year’s application deadlines. Candidates should be available a minimum of 12 hours per week. Please send your cover letter and resume to: Keir Graff, executive editor of Booklist, at kgraff@ala.org. Spring Internship (February–May, […]

Shelf Evaluation: How to Do Everything

Shelf Evaluation: How to Do Everything

I’ll bet a lot of Booklist staffers curate peculiar collections as they sift and sort through the incoming mail. I’ve always been a sucker for how-to books—but not just any how-to books. You can keep your How to Make Beaded Jewelry and your How to Code C++, thank you very much. I’m only interested in books whose titles […]

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

Some book jackets, as the name implies, dress up the books that wear them. Others dress them down—and some undress them all the way. As H. L. Mencken could very well have said, no one ever went broke overestimating the prurient interest of the reading public. The following book covers,  artfully adorned with not-so-subliminal messages, somehow made it past the censors. […]

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

With ALA’s annual convention kicking off just a couple of weeks from now in Orlando, Florida, my mind turns not to eager anticipation of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but to the Florida I know and love from the pages of crime fiction. Yes, I’ve visited the state […]

Mark Your Calendars for ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando

Mark Your Calendars for ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando

The Real Magic Kingdom? Why, That Would Be the Orange County Convention Center We’ve clearly never really gotten the snowbird thing down for ALA conferences. At Midwinter Meeting time, we’re likely to be battling snow and canceled flights in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia—and come our Annual Conference this summer, we’ll reverse-migrate south to hot and […]