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2017 National Book Awards Longlist Announced
By September 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

2017 National Book Awards Longlist Announced

Throughout the week, the National Book Foundation has announced the longlist for the 2017 National Book Awards. Below, a list of titles, listed by category, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.         Fiction A Kind of Freedom, by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Barren Island, by Carol Zoref Dark at the Crossing, by Elliot Ackerman […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS

The trailer for Shel Silverstein’s Runny Babbit Returns will warm the heart of anyone familiar with the beloved children’s poet. It is a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, which features Runny and other endearing characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own. As Booklist editor Ilene Cooper says in her review, “Kids will laugh out […]

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Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlist Announced
By September 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlist Announced

The Brooklyn Public Library has announced the shortlist for its annual literary prize. Awarded to one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction, the prize, according to the organizers, “recognizes works that question established ways of thinking and advance Brooklyn Public Library’s mission of bringing together the borough’s diverse communities to explore urgent social, political, […]

A Summer Story in Poems: WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING

A Summer Story in Poems: WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING

Lynn: For many lucky families, summer means time at the lake, with swimming, boating, fishing, cozy cottages on rainy days, and the ever-present sights and smells of the water.Helen Frost’s new verse novel, When My Sister Started Kissing (2017), gets all these details just right. Ten-year-old Claire, her older sister Abigail, and her widowed father have always […]

2017 Arab American Book Awards Winners

2017 Arab American Book Awards Winners

The Arab American Book Awards have been announced! Established in 2006, the Awards, sponsored by the Arab American National Museum, celebrate “books written by and about Arab Americans” while sparking “greater awareness of Arab American scholarship and writing.” Winners will be honored at an upcoming ceremony at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, on […]

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Public Poetry: Two Readings at the Poetry Foundation

Public Poetry: Two Readings at the Poetry Foundation

I should go to more poetry readings. This is my yearly mantra during National Poetry Month. Actually, I should go to more poetry readings, not just during National Poetry Month, but all year. Thankfully, the Poetry Foundation right here in Chicago can fulfill that need, so my mantra is less guilt-laden. I walk past the wonderfully situated […]

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Is That a Poem in Your Pocket?

Is That a Poem in Your Pocket?

Cindy: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 27th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, and I hope you’ll celebrate. It’s the perfect chance to encourage sharing poetry; the link above lists many great ideas for classrooms and libraries. Last year, I shared a few display ideas. This year, a volunteer got creative with the big pocket I made and crafted a […]

Talking Poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Life with Poet Patricia Smith

Talking Poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Life with Poet Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is a clarion poet, uniting with passion and finesse the personal and the political. Her six acclaimed poetry collections include Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), winner of the Rebekah Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy American Poets, and the Phillis Wheatley Award in Poetry, […]

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OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets

OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets

Lynn: Regular readers know that we are seldom speechless—but that’s exactly what I was however when I finished Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth. My powers of speech have definitely returned, but the awe has remained. There is so much that I love about this book that […]

Poetry Unbound: Stories in Verse on Audio

Poetry Unbound: Stories in Verse on Audio

It is Poetry Month, and I have to confess that I’ve never really learned to appreciate poetry—at least not when I read it silently. Poetry, however, offers a new world of pleasures and opens up my imagination to an auditory play of cadence and words. In high school, I discovered stories in verse and plowed my way through Tennyson’s […]

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