Book Trailers

By October 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The Rain Wizard

In 1915, Charles Mallory Hatfield was traveling the country “coaxing” rain out of the skies in even the most arid regions. He was so good at it, city-council members in San Diego offered him $10,000 if he could fill their reservoirs and end their drought. What happened next was both success and tragedy—it rained so […]

Book Trailer Thursday: City on Fire

Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel City on Fire has been making waves for two years already–ever since Knopf secured its publishing rights in a two-day bidding war in 2013. And if that kind of buzz seems nearly impossible to live up to, well, it’s not: prepub praise has been off the charts, too. In the […]

By September 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Why Not Me?

Last week, while we were featuring Mindy Kaling’s new book Why Not Me? (Crown Archetype) as one of our reviews of the week, the author was busy avoiding an elevator scam (SEE above). Fans of Kaling’s sitcom will recognize the former flame, the elevator and, of course, the sense of humor.

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By September 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Undermajordomo Minor

With Undermajordomo Minor (Ecco), Patrick DeWitt, author of 2011’s hit The Sisters Brothers has “another askew masterpiece on his hands.” (And one interesting title, am I right?) Plus, here’s a 100-point, cross-format readers’-advisory bonus! In her starred Booklist review, Becky Spratford writes: “Readers who love The Princess Bride or the movies of the Cohn brothers […]

By September 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The Clasp

Amanda Seyfried says Sloane Crosley’s first novel The Clasp (Farrar) is just like her glass of wine: “Spicy, fruity, great on the subway.” If that comparison doesn’t hook you, just wait—she has several even more apt connections for you. I reviewed The Clasp, a book I thoroughly enjoyed, for Booklist, and I think it—in addition […]

By September 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Space Dumplins

Calling all comics fans! And fans of smart chickens, whale-poop humor, and interstellar adventures. Craig Thompson, of the beloved Blankets, among others, has a new middle-grade offering this month. Of Space Dumplins (Scholastic/Graphix), Sarah Hunter writes, “With thrilling adventure, a stalwart and good-hearted hero, some well-timed laughs, and a meaningful message at its heart, this […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Story of Diva and Flea

If you, like many, can’t wait for the October release of the Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi collaboration, The Story of Diva and Flea (Disney), here’s something to tide you over. For nine minutes, while they sit in a Northampton, Massachusetts bistrot, hear the two discuss their four-legged main characters, Parisian inspiration, and the hunt for […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Marvels

The publication of Brian Selznick’s The Marvels (Scholastic) this September will be a “red-letter literary event.” To boot, Sarah Hunter’s extended review leads me to believe that Selznick’s new illustrated middle-grade novel in the family that includes the much celebrated The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck could even be the best of all three. […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

The narrator of today’s BTT, for The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (Viking), really throws down the gauntlet: Mabel’s adventures are almost certainly too exciting, thrilling and terrifying for us. We shouldn’t even watch the trailer. Do you accept this obvious challenge? “Along with adventurous typography and comically melodramatic line drawings, the narrative is festooned […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Book of Speculation

When I found this trailer for Erika Swyler’s The Book of Speculation (St. Martins), “mesmerizing” was the first word that came to mind. I like trailers that speak a language totally different from the book’s, as this one does. And the fact that I can’t figure out how this one was made, though I can […]