Author Archive: Michael Cart

Michael Cart has been a Booklist reviewer for over 20 years and is a leading expert on YA literature. He authors the column "Carte Blanche" and has published numerous books. He is the editor of Taking Aim: Teens and Guns (HarperTeen, 2015).

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Words Are What Matter: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin
By January 25, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Words Are What Matter: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

  “Words are what matter,” Ursula K. Le Guin once wrote, “the sharing of words.” The redoubtable author, who died on January 22 at the age of 88, was as good as her, well, word, sharing legions of them with her readers over the course of a career that spanned six decades. (Her first story was […]

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Carte Blanche: Columnist’s Choice, 2016
By December 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Carte Blanche: Columnist’s Choice, 2016

Another year distinguished by a glut of good books has flown by. One of my hardest jobs in the face of such abundance is winnowing the lot to a manageable few of the best; in this case, that means a baker’s dozen selected from an initial list of 27. Ah, the labors of Hercules! Anyway, the […]

Religion, an Exercise in Nostalgia
By November 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Religion, an Exercise in Nostalgia

Never talk about religion or politics, my mother always told me. But Booklist talks about religion every November, in print and online, so here—with some trepidation—I go. For me, religion has always been, at least in part, an invitation to nostalgia, an opportunity to fondly remember my childhood, when my mother would read to me and […]

Heather STILL Has Two Mommies

Heather STILL Has Two Mommies

Candlewick’s publication this month of a 25th anniversary edition of Leslea Newman’s picture book Heather Has Two Mommies is evidence that this modern classic of LGBTQ literature—the first children’s book to feature the child of two lesbian parents—is a survivor despite the fact that, from its first publication, the book has been one of the […]

Remembering Charlotte Zolotow
By November 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Remembering Charlotte Zolotow

I first met the legendary editor/publisher/author Charlotte Zolotow, who has died at the age of 98, sometime in the late 1980s, when she was a guest on the cable television author interview program “In Print,” which I was hosting and co-producing at the time. I was all-a-tremble at the prospect, since I held her in […]