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National Book Awards Recap: Tearful, Joyful, Angry, and Woke

National Book Awards Recap: Tearful, Joyful, Angry, and Woke

Most of the articles published in the wake Wednesday’s National Book Awards ceremony—in the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, and so on—noted how the presenters and winners addressed our current political landscape. In almost “every award announcement, speakers in the deep-blue literary community addressed Trump’s stunning upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton and how authors should […]

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 […]

Regretfully Yours: 28 Writers on Their Biggest Mistakes

Regretfully Yours: 28 Writers on Their Biggest Mistakes

The noir image of suspender- and deadline-strapped writers sweating onto their typewriters while chain-smoking and throwing back tumblers of alcohol inspiration may be gone with the wind, but the idea of writers as tortured—or neurotic, to use a less glamorous word—is alive and well. One reason for the perennial neurosis is the permanence of the art: you’ve written it, you’ve published it, […]

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Audiobook Sales Jump 24 Percent in 2015

Audiobook Sales Jump 24 Percent in 2015

Astronomical growth continues for the audiobook format, the fastest growing segment of publishing. A just-released survey from the Audio Publishers Association show a 24% increase in 2015 sales and a continuing shift to digital downloads. Clearly, the number of audiobook listeners is on the rise—and fast! But a NoveList survey of public and school librarians shows 42 percent […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book News
BookExpo Highlights from A (Autographs) to B (Books)

BookExpo Highlights from A (Autographs) to B (Books)

Lynn: Cindy and I are just back from BookExpo America 2016, which was held in Chicago this year, and we had a great time. Publishers and books stretched from one end of McCormick Place to the other! We discovered some publishers new to us, met incredibly helpful people, brought home some terrific books and galleys, […]

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Publishing U: Plotting Middle-Grade Mysteries

Publishing U: Plotting Middle-Grade Mysteries

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this special Mystery Month installment of our Publishing U series, best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Blue Balliett reveals her “hazardous” process for plotting mysteries—one that relies more on assembling the right […]

BEA Comes to Booklist

BEA Comes to Booklist

For the past several years, Booklist staff have traveled to Book Expo America (BEA), but this year things are different. This year, BEA comes to Booklist. By which I mean, this year BEA is in Chicago. We’ll definitely miss the off-hours fun that having BEA at the Javits Center allowed, where we got to traipse around NYC, but […]

Publishing U: Competing with Television

Publishing U: Competing with Television

In the age of technology, some writers feel children’s literature has been overlooked in favor of digital entertainment. Tracey Hecht, author of the forthcoming book, The Nocturnals (Booklist reviewer Kathleen McBroom called it “humorous and well developed”) discusses the approach she and a team of writers took to write a middle-grade novel that could entrance even the most tech-savy […]

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Booklist Is Looking for Diverse Reviewers
By February 10, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

Booklist Is Looking for Diverse Reviewers

Booklist is actively seeking book reviewers of diverse background, whether that background is cultural, racial, gender, or another. We are also looking for reviewers fluent in Spanish. Candidates with critical acumen and knowledge of a public-library audience should email writing samples (preferably published work) and reviewing preferences (fiction, nonfiction, adult, YA, picture books, graphic novels, […]

Diversity Baseline Publishing Survey: The Results Are In
By January 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Diversity Baseline Publishing Survey: The Results Are In

The long-awaited Diversity Baseline Publishing survey, in which Booklist participated, is finally out. You can see it here. We’ve only been privy to a small bit of the effort put forth by the survey’s spearhead, Jason Low of Lee & Low Books, but it’s impressive on a number of levels. Someone had to be the one to ask the […]

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