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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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The Miniature Worlds That Came before WELCOME TO MARWEN

Editor’s note: With the Robert Zemeckis/Steve Carell movie Welcome to Marwen officially opening today, we thought it was a good time to revisit Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff’s 2015 essay about Mark Hogancamp’s Marwencol and other “worlds in miniature.” Worlds in Miniature: Elgin Park, Marwencol, and Synecdoche, New York By Keir Graff Last year, I finally […]

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving, 2018

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving, 2018

It’s always a headache shopping for certain people on your list, particularly when it comes to books. But we’re here to help—again—with an oddly specific gift guide. Check out our entries from last year if you need further suggestions!   For your nephew who wants a cat but his father (your brother) won’t let him get one because […]

Book Trailer Thursday: A 90-Second Newbery TALE OF DESPERAUX

For this Book Trailer Thursday, here’s something a little bit different. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds—often with a weird twist. For instance, here’s a 90-Second Newbery of Kate DiCamillo’s 2004 Newbery […]

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4 Books for Adoptive Families (& Those Who Love Them)

4 Books for Adoptive Families (& Those Who Love Them)

Adoption is a key theme in Nicole Baart’s latest novel, You Were Always Mine (Atria, October 2018)—perhaps unsurprisingly, given her own family has grown through adoption. Nicole is the mother of five children from four countries and co-founder of the nonprofit One Body One Hope. She is also the author of eight previous novels, including […]

LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites 2018

LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites 2018

This morning, LibraryReads announced its top selections from 2018! Check out the 10 titles below, all linked to their Booklist reviews. Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book—vote for your favorite titles today! (Favorite of) Favorite of Favorites Educated, by Tara Westover   Top 10 An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones Circe, by Madeline Miller […]