Tag: books and reviewing

Remembering Henning Mankell

Remembering Henning Mankell

Fans of international crime fiction are mourning the death of Henning Mankell, who passed away on Monday at the age of 67. He is considered one of the dominant figures of the “Nordic noir” subgenre, which examines darker social themes and provides something of an antithesis to the notion that Scandinavian countries are extremely safe. The Nordic crime […]

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominees for the Louis Shores Award, which recognizes an individual reviewer, editor, group, or review medium for excellence in book reviewing. The press release, with information about submitting nominees, follows. Call for Nominations Do you know someone that deserves extraordinary recognition for […]

Unfinished Business: Books to Be Read – and Books to Be Blogged About

Unfinished Business: Books to Be Read – and Books to Be Blogged About

Cindy: Summer might have a few more official weeks left in her, but I am back to work full time tomorrow and the students arrive after Labor Day. It’s my annual day of making lists of what I need to do—and stacks of what I need to read! Here’s a stack of books that still […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Giving Book Reviewers Their Due: RUSA Seeks Nominees for Louis Shores Award

Giving Book Reviewers Their Due: RUSA Seeks Nominees for Louis Shores Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominees for the Louis Shores Award, which recognizes an individual reviewer, editor, group, or review medium for excellence in book reviewing. The press release, with information about submitting nominees, follows. Recognize Excellence in Reviewing with RUSA’s Louis Shores Award Library collections depend […]

Posted in: Book Awards
Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention

Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention

GLBT romance came out of the erotica closet at the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans in May 2014 to stand as its own entity, a legitimate romance subgenre. Canadian GLBTQ romance author Heidi Belleau explained, “Until recently, queer characters in books were either serial killers or dead people.”  Having them now be the heroes […]

Posted in: Book News, Romance
Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

The world responded instantly to the news of the death of Gabriel García Márquez, a Nobel laureate and a writer read and cherished by millions of readers everywhere. High praise for the artistry and humanity of his 15 novels and short story collections, from his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, reviewed for the Washington Post  […]

Lift-alikes: Books That Work Your Biceps

Lift-alikes: Books That Work Your Biceps

Sure, e-books are convenient, you can fit hundreds on a device that fits in your pocket, and no one will catch you reading 50 Shades of Grey on the train. But there’s one place where print books will never, ever be beaten: their ability to Pump. You. Up. Booklist regularly gets some heavyweights in the […]

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ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni

ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni

A young woman leaves Calcutta to attend college in Chicago. She will live with an aunt and uncle she hasn’t seen since she was eight. Her expectations run high; she is shocked by how difficult their lives are. Yet when she steps out on the narrow balcony outside their humble apartment, she sees, “The skyscrapers […]

Me and Oprah

Me and Oprah

  It’s funny how, when you spend your life immersed in books, unbidden thoughts of a book can presage an event. We’ve been focusing here at Booklist on the best books of 2012 for our Editors Choice list, but a 2013 title kept popping up in my mind. This morning it surfaced again, and I found […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
When Your Heroes Get Old

When Your Heroes Get Old

Just read Dan Kraus’ fine review of Jonah Winter’s “You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!” which will run in our September 1 issue. Terrific book, but I was frankly appalled by the premise. Really? Young people have never heard of Willie Mays? Given that he retired from baseball almost 40 years ago, I guess I […]

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