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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

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

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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Reviews of the Week: Harlan Coben, Annie Proulx, Jeff Hirsch, and More

Reviews of the Week: Harlan Coben, Annie Proulx, Jeff Hirsch, 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 4–8 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday April 4 Fool Me Once, by Harlan […]

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Tuning Up: 18 YA Reads about Teens in the Music Industry

Tuning Up: 18 YA Reads about Teens in the Music Industry

They negotiate with their band members, run from paparazzi, compete in epic talent shows, and suffer through rehearsals gone wrong. From teen celebrities to juvie wards, these are high schoolers who just want to live and breathe music. The books below capture their passions.   Amplified, by Tara Kelly Jasmine’s mind is made up—she wants […]

May 2016 LibraryReads

May 2016 LibraryReads

May 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten May titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. Did you know that any public library staff member can nominate a book for  LibraryReads? Learn more about how to do that here.     Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman (Favorite of Favorites)   City of the […]

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You Had Me at Historical: 19 Titles for Romance Fans

You Had Me at Historical: 19 Titles for Romance Fans

Those of us of a certain age might remember a series of commercials for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Here’s how they go: two people, one carrying an unwrapped bar of chocolate and the other person an open jar of peanut butter, bump into each other. The first person says, “You’ve got peanut butter in my […]

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