Author Archive: Briana Shemroske

Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Marketing Associate. She graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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2020 William C. Morris Award Finalists Announced

2020 William C. Morris Award Finalists Announced

This morning, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the five finalists for the 2020 William C. Morris Award, an annual honor presented to an exceptional book for young adults written by a previously unpublished author. This year’s finalists, linked to their Booklist reviews, are: The Candle and the Flame, by Nafiza Azad The […]

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Chicago Public Library Announces Best Books of 2019

Chicago Public Library Announces Best Books of 2019

It is not exaggeration, we think, to suggest that lists make the world go round. And it’s a time of deeply important lists: there’s the last-minute Thanksgiving grocery list, sundry holiday wish lists, your budget. Then there’s hallowed year-end book lists, specifically the Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2019: Top Ten, announced just moments […]

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2019 National Book Award Winners Announced

2019 National Book Award Winners Announced

Last night, the National Book Foundation revealed the winners of this year’s awards at a New York City ceremony hosted by LeVar Burton. Today we present them, Booklist style: Fiction ★ Trust Exercise, by Susan Choi Nonfiction The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom Translated Literature Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming, by László Krasznahorkai and translated by […]

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Best New Books: Week of November 12, 2019

Best New Books: Week of November 12, 2019

The following books, published this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist! Adult Fiction ★ The Andromeda Evolution, by Michael Crichton and Daniel H. Wilson ★ Drone, by M. L. Buchman ★ Eight Kisses, edited by Mindy Klasky and Lori Ann Bailey ★ […]

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Booklist at AASL National Conference in Louisville

Booklist at AASL National Conference in Louisville

Oh hey there, future AASL attendees! Booklist will be southbound and ready to feast on Hot Brown sandwiches—actually, I may be doing that alone—and mingle with conference-goers in T-minus seven days. If you’re also headed to Derby City for the one and only national conference dedicated solely to school librarians, be sure to stop by […]

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2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Announced

2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Announced

And then there were six. That’s right, the shortlist for the ninth annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has been announced. To see which three fiction and three nonfiction titles are still under consideration for the American Library Association’s first single-title medal given to books for adults, check out the video […]

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Shelf Care, Episode #5: Cookbooks and the Apocalypse

Shelf Care, Episode #5: Cookbooks and the Apocalypse

The season of feasts (be they turkey- or Snickers bar-themed) is upon us—and in this fifth episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast, host Susan Maguire most fittingly serves up a smorgasbord of content. Starring Chicago Public Library branch manager Sarah Tansley, Booklist audio editor Heather Booth, and Booklist‘s new editor and publisher, George Kendall, […]

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Happy TeenTober!: Talking with Kelsey Socha

Happy TeenTober!: Talking with Kelsey Socha

In a press release this August, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) introduced the library world to TeenTober, an exciting nationwide celebration of teens, for teens, and yes, named by a teen. Fast-forward two months, and the brand-new initiative, which seeks to promote “year-round teen services” and teen engagement within and outside the library, […]

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Wednesday Webinar Watch: Week of October 9, 2019

Wednesday Webinar Watch: Week of October 9, 2019

Happy Webinar Wednesday! Kid-lit lovers, this is your week. First, behold Meet Penguin’s Premier Picture Book Creators, which just so happens to coincide with both Booklist‘s October 15 Spotlight on the Arts and Libra season (go figure). Once you’ve finished perusing the creative processes of illustrators Weshoyot Alvitre, Zeke Peña, John Rocco, and Eliza Wheeler, […]

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Simple but Not Always Easy: Talking with Ilene Cooper

Simple but Not Always Easy: Talking with Ilene Cooper

Whether you’re a reader of fiction or nonfiction, picture books, middle grade, or young adult, chances are you’ve come across—and admired—a book by Ilene Cooper. A former librarian and longtime Booklist editor and reviewer, Cooper is the author of the Lucy chapter-book series; A Woman in the House (and Senate), an award-winning account of women […]

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