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When All the Words Are Magic

When All the Words Are Magic

This past year was a big year for my family: my oldest son finished kindergarten, and his teacher deserves her place in the pantheon of great kindergarten teachers. (My son will proudly explain that she is The Best.) My own amazing kindergarten teacher, Ms. Goldie, is someone whose name frequently comes up in family conversation. […]

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Talking with Claudia Rebaza: Part Two

Talking with Claudia Rebaza: Part Two

We’re back with Part Two of my conversation with Claudia Rebaza from the Organization for Transformative Works. Ready for some tagging talk? Though there are several points of access in AO3 (by fandom, by user’s collection, via good old-fashioned search), the use of tags is the most unique. Claudia pointed to an article in Wired […]

Best New Books: Week of August 13, 2019

Best New Books: Week of August 13, 2019

The following books, published 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 Bitterroots, by C. J. Box ★ The Catholic School, by Edoardo Albinati and translated by Antony Shugaar ★ Gods with a Little G, by Tupelo Hassman ★ […]

Talking with Claudia Rebaza of AO3: Part One

Talking with Claudia Rebaza of AO3: Part One

Like many of you dear Reader readers, I enjoy wiling away many a nerdy hour thinking about why people like to read what they like to read. What do readers get out of the experience? How can understanding that help us librarians better help those readers? Which leads me to fan fiction. The excellent Maggie […]

Reviews of the Week with Annalee Newitz, Mary E. Pearson, Joe Hill, and More!

Reviews of the Week with Annalee Newitz, Mary E. Pearson, Joe Hill, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or in high demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. A progressive time-traveling journey that could save the world from a permanent sexist dystopia; an astonishing sequel to a popular YA adventure; the refreshingly idiosyncratic story of two […]

Mike Hammer Lives

Mike Hammer Lives

Author Max Allan Collins remembers that when he was a teenager back in the early sixties, he was drawn to the work of the notorious mega best-seller Mickey Spillane. While the literary establishment was blowing gaskets over sadism and masochism—not to mention sex and ultraviolence—in the work of this hardest of hard-boiled authors, Collins was […]