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Reading Without Walls: Are You Up for the Challenge?

Writer, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and MacArthur Genius Gene Luen Yang has thrown down an exciting challenge for April: diversify your reading list. As part of the national, month-long program Reading Without Walls, Yang has called upon readers of all ages to expand the kinds of literature they read. The rules are as follows:   Participants can […]

American Wins Booker Prize for the First Time

American Wins Booker Prize for the First Time

The 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction goes to Paul Beatty for The Sellout. Beatty is the first American to win in 48 years. From the press release: The 54-year-old New York resident, born in Los Angeles, is the first American author to win the prize in its 48-year history. US authors became eligible in 2014. The 2016 shortlist […]

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Litsy: The First Social Media Photo-Sharing App Exclusively for Book Lovers, Reviewed

Litsy: The First Social Media Photo-Sharing App Exclusively for Book Lovers, Reviewed

I love to drive my Instagram followers nuts with constant posts about books. I post about what I’m reading, what I liked to read when I was 13, what I recently convinced my mom to read—you get the picture. What if all of my Instagram followers loved books as much as I do, and every […]

National Book Award Finalists Announced

National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Awards announced their list of finalists this morning. Here’s the shortlist, linked to their Booklist reviews.    Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson The Association of Small Bombs, by Karan Mahajan  News of the World, by Paulette Jiles The Throwback Special, by Chris Bachelder*  The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead *Did anyone else […]

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2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

The longlist for the fifth Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has just been announced! Check it out to see which titles are under consideration for the American Library Association’s first single-title medal given to books for adults. The 2017 Carnegie Medal shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, October 26, and the […]

Booklist Partners with WNBA for National Reading Group Month with “Great Group Reads”

Booklist Partners with WNBA for National Reading Group Month with “Great Group Reads”

We’re very pleased to be once again working with the Women’s National Book Association for their National Reading Group Month this October. Want to learn more? The press release below tells all.   Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected once again to collaborate with the Women’s National Book […]

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2016 Hugo Award Winners

2016 Hugo Award Winners

On Saturday, the Hugo Awards announced their 2016 winners. As i09 notes, women—particularly women of color—were the night’s big winners, taking home seven awards. This feat was made all the more notable due to a vocal bloc of sci-fi fans and authors actively dedicated to limiting diversity among nominees. For the backstory on the fracas, check out this […]

It’s Almost Roald’s Birthday, Dahl-ings. Let’s Celebrate!

It’s Almost Roald’s Birthday, Dahl-ings. Let’s Celebrate!

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. —Roald Dahl This September 13, revered author Roald Dahl—who, as the Guardian puts it, is beloved for “satisfying children’s appetite for the violent, greedy and disgusting”—would have turned 100 years old. In observation of this milestone, his estate and his publisher launched a year-long, worldwide celebration of all […]

NEA’s Big Read Gets Hip

NEA’s Big Read Gets Hip

Earlier today, the NEA Big Read program—the National Endowment for the Arts’ literature initiative—announced that it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary by adding 13 new titles to the books the organization uses in programs at schools and public libraries. The organization has switched its focus, according to the press release, from classic tales to “contemporary authors and books written since the founding of […]

You Looking at Me? It’s the Attack of the #Facecover

You Looking at Me? It’s the Attack of the #Facecover

Used to be book cover imagery was dominated by faceless women: First, cover girls lost their heads, and then they showed some spine. In recent years, publishers have done an about-face, putting mugs front and center. An increasing number of book covers depict the face in extreme, vivid closeup—so close up, at times, that only an eye or a mouth can […]