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Get to Know the Cozy Corner Book Club

Get to Know the Cozy Corner Book Club

Leader/Organizer: Lindsey Tomsu, Teen/YA Librarian at the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, Illinois Years of operation: Six months! (Started January 2019) *      *      * Tell us about your book group. Cozy Corner Book Club is a book club for cozy mystery lovers! At my library, we have a lot of book clubs, […]

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Get to Know the Gwinnett County Public Library “Novel Crimes” Book Group

Get to Know the Gwinnett County Public Library “Novel Crimes” Book Group

Leader/Organizer: Danny Hanbery, Supervisory Librarian, Gwinnett County Public Library, Collins Hill Branch Years of operation: 2.5 *      *      * Tell us about your book group.  We wanted to start a book group, and in libraries, a lot of our circulation comes from the mystery section. As a mystery reader myself, I decided I’d try to […]

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Get to Know the Naperville Public Library’s Criminal Spines Book Club

Get to Know the Naperville Public Library’s Criminal Spines Book Club

Leader/Organizer: Shoshana Frank (current leader), Karen Toonen (founder), Naperville Public Library Years of operation: Since 2015 *      *      * Tell us about your book group. Criminal Spines peers into humanity’s darker nature via the world of criminals and detectives. This group discusses mysteries, thrillers, suspense novels, and true crime. Red herrings swim and […]

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Books and the Single Girl

Books and the Single Girl

Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan, and the Research behind Renee Rosen’s Park Avenue Summer I write; therefore, I read. I really can’t do one without the other, especially when I’m writing historical fiction. Nonfiction is always my jumping-off point and that’s where I began when researching Park Avenue Summer, a novel about a young woman who […]

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Kid Activists Change the World

Kid Activists Change the World

Despite Monday’s notoriously bad reputation, there’s much to celebrate today! Not only has Chicago’s unpredictable weather blessed Booklist staffers with a rare day of perfect sunshine (on Earth Day, no less!), our month of Middle-Grade Mania is still in full swing! In order to commemorate the holiday and demonstrate our support for environmental consciousness and […]

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Shelf Care Podcast, Episode 1: It’s a Podcast!

Shelf Care Podcast, Episode 1: It’s a Podcast!

As those of you who heard the sneak preview already knew, Booklist has a brand-new podcast! Hosted by Susan Maguire, senior editor for collection management and library outreach, Booklist’s Shelf Care will bring all things readers’ advisory, collection development, and reference right to your earbuds. Each episode will introduce you to rock-star librarians, hot topics in publishing, […]

Booklist Seeks Reviewers of Diverse Backgrounds

Booklist Seeks Reviewers of Diverse Backgrounds

Booklist is actively seeking book reviewers of diverse backgrounds, 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, […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Long Road, Dusky Clouds

Cover Trend Alert: Long Road, Dusky Clouds

Hey! Get your head out of the figurative clouds and into the literal clouds adorning the covers of these exciting upcoming releases. Brought to our attention by Allison Carter at Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson—thank you, Allison!—these covers imbue rustic roads and dreamy golden tones with a dash of nostalgic wonder. With 70% of the books on this […]

Authors on Tap: Keir Graff to Interview Bryan Gruley over a Beer in Oak Park, IL

Authors on Tap: Keir Graff to Interview Bryan Gruley over a Beer in Oak Park, IL

As part of Authors on Tap, an interview series sponsored by Oak Park, Illinois, independent bookstore The Book Table, Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff will join author Bryan Gruley on Wednesday, January 16 at the BeerShop (1026 North Blvd., Oak Park, IL) to discuss Gruley’s latest novel, Bleak Harbor. Gruley, a lifelong journalist who was […]

Presenting Shelf Awareness’ Bookish Golden Globe Winners

Presenting Shelf Awareness’ Bookish Golden Globe Winners

Last night marked the celebration of the seventy-sixth annual Golden Globe Awards—but celebs and fans aren’t the only ones rejoicing. The literary world, too, it turns out, has much to celebrate. As Shelf Awareness so graciously announced this morning, many of yesterday’s winners (in both motion picture and television categories) began as books! Below we present […]

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