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Booklist at ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC

Booklist at ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC

In just over a week, Booklisters will be heading to Washington, DC, for ALA’s Annual Conference! Be sure to swing by booth #1325 for book giveaways, two meet and greets (details below), Bloody Marys, a graphic-novel inspired doodle fest, readers’-advisory paper fortune tellers, 18 x 24 posters displaying the 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the […]

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Wednesday Webinar Watch: Week of June 12, 2019

Wednesday Webinar Watch: Week of June 12, 2019

Readers, let’s talk hashtags. When it comes to days of the week, there’s #MondayMotivation, #TuesdayTips, #ThrowbackThursday, and #FridayFeeling, to name four of approximately thousands. But how do we properly commend Wednesdays (you know, in addition to the usual declarations of love offered by #WCWs)? From this point forward, Wednesdays at Booklist will mean handy roundups […]

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Booklist’s Donna Seaman in Conversation with Eve Ensler

Booklist’s Donna Seaman in Conversation with Eve Ensler

Tonight at the Swedish American Museum, Booklist‘s own Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman will join renowned author, activist, and playwright Eve Ensler in conversation. The event, hosted by independent bookstore Women & Children First and cosponsored by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, will also include a reading from Ensler’s best-selling latest, The Apology, a Q and A […]

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Get to Know the Mysteries-in-Translation Discussion Group

Get to Know the Mysteries-in-Translation Discussion Group

Facilitator: Linda A. Perkins Years of operation: Five and a half years *      *      * Tell us about your book group. Our group began as a follow-up to a class, Murder on Ice: Crime and Detection in Scandinavian Literature, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of California, Berkeley. It […]

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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, […]