Books and Authors

The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

A subject that long ago captured my creative spirit has been making quiet waves in the cinematic world this year. Paterson, written and directed  by Jim Jarmusch and set in Paterson, New Jersey, concerns an enigmatic bus driver—also named Paterson, played by Adam Driver—as he observes his world and takes notes in poetry. The beautiful ritual […]

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Best New Books: Week of March 20, 2017

Best New Books: Week of March 20, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction  The Gargoyle Hunters, by John Freeman Gill  Infinity Engine, by Neal Asher  The Lawrence Browne Affair, by Cat Sebastian  Mississippi Blood, by Greg Iles  Our Short […]

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More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

I know what’s on your mind: When you roll out of bed in the morning, comb your hair, and brush your teeth, you think, “Gee, there just aren’t enough books with “wife,” “daughter,” or “girl” in the title. I read all the ones Booklist compiled last summer (here and here). If only there were more!” Well, fear not, voracious […]

Reviews of the Week: with Paula Hawkins, Lisa Unger, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Paula Hawkins, Lisa Unger, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and More!

Monday, March 13 The Red Hunter, by Lisa Unger Unger’s knack for blending encroaching danger with complex relationship themes is as sharp as ever here, as she creates characters facing the tangle of betrayals and mistakes that have shaped their identities.     Tuesday, March 14 On the Spot, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Lea […]

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Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Though I can’t prove it, this long list of Irish-American poets seems to indicate that a gift for storytelling is in the genes. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with poetry by these descendants of the Emerald Isle.    The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara, by Frank […]

2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards

2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards

Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced their 2017 award winners. Here they are, linked to their Booklist reviews. To read an interview with Matthew Desmond, who won this year’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, click here. For a full list of this year’s finalists, click here.   Fiction La Rose, by Louise Erdrich   General […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E8: Word as Bond

THE MAGICIANS S2 E8: Word as Bond

Things are heating up as the season winds on. Book fans will find this episode particularly intriguing, as several of the original series’ plot points are woven into the mess that the TV characters have made. Notably, Penny becomes re-entangled with the Librarians of the Neitherlands, and Julia loses her shade (part of her soul) […]

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Supreme Thrills: Brad Meltzer Talks Writing with Anthony Franze

Supreme Thrills: Brad Meltzer Talks Writing with Anthony Franze

In a few short weeks, Booklist will commence our eighth annual celebration of Mystery Month, a bonanza of crime fiction throughout the merry month of May. As a teaser, we present this discussion between Brad Meltzer and Anthony Franze. Meltzer’s first published book, The Tenth Justice, about a Supreme Court law clerk, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. (His most recent, The […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Middle-Grade Fiction

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Middle-Grade Fiction

The March 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 339 new reviews and eight new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t […]

BOOKLIST Editors About Town

BOOKLIST Editors About Town

Booklist editors have a lot going on these days. Here are some of their events happening in the next few weeks.   Thursday, March 16 at 9:30 am RASS & RASSL Present Trends in Weeding and Collection Development 125 Tower Drive, Burr Ridge, IL Experts including Booklist editor for collection management and library outreach Rebecca Vnuk will discuss how to come […]