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Reviews of the Week: C. W. Gortner, Kiersten White, Alan Furst, and More

Reviews of the Week: C. W. Gortner, Kiersten White, Alan Furst, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 25–29 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday April 25 Marlene, by C. W. Gortner […]

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Reviews of the Week: Russell Banks, Firoozeh Dumas, Mary Roach, and More

Reviews of the Week: Russell Banks, Firoozeh Dumas, Mary Roach, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 18–22 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday April 18 Voyager: Travel Writings, by Russell […]

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Forever Violet: A Whimsical Book Display for Purple-Loving Prince

Forever Violet: A Whimsical Book Display for Purple-Loving Prince

Color coordination is an essential tool for quick book displays. We display red books for Valentine’s Day, and green books for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s only fitting that a book display honoring Prince would be violet in hue and theme. Celebrate the artist’s unique style and sense of playfulness with a whimsical tribute to the […]

Love Your Mother: 10 Earth Day Reads

Love Your Mother: 10 Earth Day Reads

Every day is earth day for humans, and reading about the state of our planet should be part of everyone’s book choices. Environmentally oriented books include scientific inquiries into climate change, energy sources, extinction, and all the thorny social and political implications of environmental troubles. But reading “green” can also include clever and surprising ecofiction, […]

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18 Books to Read While Your Friends Browse the Bins on Record Store Day

18 Books to Read While Your Friends Browse the Bins on Record Store Day

Thursday night, Kansas City Public Library rocked the house with some honest conversation about the state of the music scene in Kansas City. After the panel discussion, which was recorded live for the Real Modern Show podcast, panelists repaired to the library’s rooftop for hors d’oeuvres and hot jams. The Blackbird Revue, a popular local band, […]

Reviews of the Week: Dan Vyleta, Julie Berry, Peter D. Kramer, and More

Reviews of the Week: Dan Vyleta, Julie Berry, Peter D. Kramer, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 11–15 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday April 11 The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz, […]

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Society of Midland Authors 2016 Award Winners and Finalists
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Society of Midland Authors 2016 Award Winners and Finalists

The Society of Midland Authors has announced the winners and finalists for their 2016 awards, honoring books by Midwest authors published in 2015. Titles are linked to Booklist reviews when available. Founded in 1915, the Society has given the annual awards since 1957; this year’s banquet is Tuesday, May 10, at the swanky Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago. Rex Huppke, columnist […]

22 Biographies and Memoirs for National Poetry Month

22 Biographies and Memoirs for National Poetry Month

This April marks the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Share the stories and struggles of […]

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Maggie Smith Loses Her Wallet: 14 Novels Named after Celebrities
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Maggie Smith Loses Her Wallet: 14 Novels Named after Celebrities

No, Dame Maggie Smith didn’t actually lose her wallet—at least, I hope she didn’t! However, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see that title on a shelf at the library or my local bookstore. Whether used for shock value or to elicit nostalgic feelings for a certain era, titles featuring famous people’s names have cropped up fairly […]

May 2016 LibraryReads on Audio!

May 2016 LibraryReads on Audio!

Every time a new LibraryReads list is published, we share the titles here on The Booklist Reader along with links to Booklist reviews. (Click here to see the May 2016 LibraryReads.) For those of you who prefer to listen rather than read, we now also hunt down the producers of the audio versions and provide the ordering information […]

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