Author Archive: Biz Hyzy

Biz Hyzy works as an editorial assistant for Booklist's Adult Books department, where she pilfers the most appealing ARCs before anyone else gets the chance. Besides reading, she enjoys swing dancing and ninja training (though, in her case, both include a lot of bumbling around).

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Book Trailer Thursday: MASON JAR SCIENCE

This week’s video shows the joy of Jonathan Adolph’s Mason Jar Science (Storey) in action! A preteen girl mixes everyday products in a mason jar, creating simple, fun experiments: combining two liquids somehow results in a solid playdough; mixing three leads to a homemade lava lamp. The cheery, upbeat music and bold, bright text adds to the […]

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Syria and Synesthesia: An Interview with Debut Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Syria and Synesthesia: An Interview with Debut Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

The Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar’s first novel, follows the odyssey of a preteen named Nour. Caught in the crossfires of the Syrian Civil War, Nour’s family loses their home and flees across the Middle East and Northern Africa, searching for safety. To comfort herself, Nour tells her late father’s favorite story about a […]

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Having Their Say: The Goodman Theater’s Neena Arndt on the Delany Sisters
By April 23, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Having Their Say: The Goodman Theater’s Neena Arndt on the Delany Sisters

In 1993, Sadie and Bessie Delany published Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, which went on to top bestseller lists. (It was also featured as one of ALA’s “Best Books of 1994.”) The Delany sisters, both more than 100 years old when journalist Amy Hill Hearth recorded their oral history, experienced the […]

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Reading Reagan with BLIND DATE Dramaturg Jonathan Green
By January 30, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Reading Reagan with BLIND DATE Dramaturg Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green usually works as the Goodman Theatre’s literary manager. For the Chicago company’s production of Blind Date, a play about the tense push-and-pull between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev during the Cold War, he served as dramaturg. I called Green to talk about sifting through endless troves of Reaganalia.   When you’re researching […]

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Bollywood, Heart Transplants, & the Indian Kennedys: An Interview with Sonali Dev
By January 2, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Bollywood, Heart Transplants, & the Indian Kennedys: An Interview with Sonali Dev

In 2014, Sonali Dev won the American Library Association’s award for best romance. Since then, she continues to craft excellent stories about love, family, and healing. In her latest novel, A Distant Heart, a rare immunodeficiency confines young Kimi to her mansion, where she befriends her window washer, Rahul. Later, the sociopathic leader of a black-market organ […]

Elegant Calves and Sea Shanties: Chicago’s Improvised Jane Austen
By December 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Elegant Calves and Sea Shanties: Chicago’s Improvised Jane Austen

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a theatrical in honor of Miss Jane Austen’s 242nd year of birth. In loft on Chicago’s Broadway Street, a troupe of women paid their respects to Miss Austen—exemplary authoress of the Regency era—by fabricating a satirical, gently mocking tale of social mores and romance. . . all […]

By October 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: INK & PAINT

This week, BTT is proud to present a gorgeous trailer for Mindy Johnson’s Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation (Disney Editions). In her lavishly illustrated, large-format volume, Johnson, an award-winning author and cinematic historian, chronicles the numerous contributions women have made to Disney animation. The biographies range from Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian, to the […]

As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series
By September 20, 2017 2 Comments Read More →

As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series

April marked the five-year anniversary of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a vlog version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. In the years since, other YouTubers copied LBD’s formula, adapting famous novels into bite-sized episodes that went online once or twice a week. In some cases, a bunch of friends with no budget banded together; other projects required a full […]

By June 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS

When the doctors removed a tumor from Flora Banks’ brain at the age of 10, she also lost her ability to form new memories. Now, at 17, one memory sticks out—kissing Drake. The trailer for The One Memory of Flora Banks (Philomel) follows Flora as she traverses a tundra, determined to find Drake in Norway […]

Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.
By March 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.

After 146 years of wowing audiences with rare animals and aerial stunts, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will hold its final performances this May. Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey retired their elephants in May 2016 after an intense legal battle with activists, which led to a decrease in ticket sales. As they dazzle crowds in Rhode […]