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2017 Edgar Awards Winners

2017 Edgar Awards Winners

Last night, the Mystery Writers of America presented the 2017 Edgar Awards in New York City. To follow is a list of winners, linked to their Booklist reviews. For more information, visit the Edgar Awards homepage—and don’t forget that Booklist and The Booklist Reader will start our annual Mystery Month celebration on Monday.   Best Novel The […]

Romance Writers of America Announces Contest Finalists

Romance Writers of America Announces Contest Finalists

If you love reading about love, you’re in luck. Yesterday, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the 2017 contest finalists for the RITA Award (the most prestigious award for published romance fiction) and the Golden Heart Award (an award honoring exceptional unpublished romance). From contemporary to paranormal (to even erotic!), there’s something for every […]

Jeri Watts and Micha Archer win 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards

Jeri Watts and Micha Archer win 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards

The Ezra Jackson Keats foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards, intended to honor a writer and an illustrator who have just begun their careers. Below are the winning books, linked to their Booklist reviews:   New Writer  A Piece of Home, by Jeri Watts   New Illustrator  Daniel Finds a Poem, by […]

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 […]

2017 Audie Finalists Announced

2017 Audie Finalists Announced

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for this year’s Audies, the only United States awards devoted solely to audiobooks. This year, I’m the co-chair of the coveted awards, which recognize the very best in the fastest-growing segment in publishing, and I’ve had a backstage peek at the process. If you’re curious about exactly how the […]

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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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RUSA Book and Media Awards

RUSA Book and Media Awards

On Sunday, the ALA’s Reference and User Services Association awarded the Carnegie medals for excellence in fiction and nonfiction—but they weren’t the only adult titles recognized. Here are three others RUSA honored this weekend at their annual Book and Media Awards ceremony, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For a complete list of notable titles and […]

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

Early this morning at the Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the American Library Association announced the 2017 Youth Media Awards to a cheering crowd. Like so many others, I was at home, watching the ceremony on my laptop, dribbling toast crumbs onto my cat. (You too can be this glamorous if you just try a little bit […]

Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond Awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond Awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced tonight at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference in Atlanta. The winners are The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, for excellence in fiction, and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, for excellence in nonfiction. Read the Booklist reviews of the winners […]

MARCH: BOOK THREE Wins 2017 Walter Dean Myers Award

MARCH: BOOK THREE Wins 2017 Walter Dean Myers Award

We Need Diverse Books has announced the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature–Young Adult Category: March: Book Three, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell. The committee also recognized three honorees: Watched, by Marina Budhos, If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo, and The Sun Is Also a […]