Booklist Editors Dominate Chicago Literature (Again)

Venerable Chicago alt-weekly NewCity has released Lit 50 2018, its list of the city’s most influential “artists who are actively publishing, reading and writing.” And they’ve named Booklist’s Books for Youth editor Daniel Kraus the second-most important person in Chicago literature! Here’s why:

Daniel Kraus /Photo: Monica Kass Rogers, photo via NewCity

New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus is no stranger to the macabre. He’s written stories about the strange, gory and chilling since adolescence. His collaboration with Guillermo del Toro on The Shape of Water was adapted into film, nominated for thirteen Academy Awards then winning four, including Best Picture. Lately, Kraus has stepped into bigger shoes: those of the late director and horror legend George A. Romero. Kraus is completing Romero’s unfinished novel, “The Living Dead,” which will be released in fall 2019. Having written his fair share of grisly YA novels, Kraus’ greatest task now is understanding the mind of Romero and the world he intended to complete.

 

Donna Seaman /Photo: Monica Kass Rogers, photo via NewCity

Our Adult Books editor, Donna Seaman, also made the list for her “enthralling” Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists. Although she has made NewCity’s lit influencer list a goodly number of times, this marks her first year on the artist’s side.

The list’s release coincides with Chicago’s annual Printers Row Lit Fest, and as usual, Donna will be running around on from stage to stage. This year, she’ll be introducing authors Rabih Alameddine (The Angel of History, An Unnecessary Womanand Aleksandar Hemon (The Making of Zombie Wars, The Lazarus Project), as well as discussing Bizarre Romance, a collaboration between husband-wife author-illustrator duo Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Raven Girl) and Eddie Campbell (Bacchus, v.1, The Lovely Horrible Stuff). For more information on these events, click here.

Thanks, NewCity, for acknowledging what we know to be true: our editors are the best! For a complete list of Chicago’s finest, click here.

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