Author Archive: Eugenia Williamson

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with 10 Native Novels

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with 10 Native Novels

While cities and states across the nation celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, why not pick up one of these outstanding books by an outstanding Native American author? The following ten titles are linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews. (A version of this post appeared on October 9, 2017.)   An American Café, by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe […]

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2018 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

2018 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize committee announced the shortlist for its 2018 award, with the winner to be announced on October 16. Find the shortlist titles below, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. (Everything Under and The Long Take will be published in January, while Milkman doesn’t yet have a U.S. publication date.)   Everything […]

Nothing Can Be Squishy: Donna Seaman on Criticism

Nothing Can Be Squishy: Donna Seaman on Criticism

Today, the National Book Critics Circle blog ran an interview with our beloved Adult Books editor, Donna Seaman, as part of their series on the craft of criticism. In it, they called her “the queen of the 250 word or less review” and dove into her process. Here are some highlights. On brevity: I think […]

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R.I.P. Burt Reynolds: A Brief Bibliography

R.I.P. Burt Reynolds: A Brief Bibliography

Burt Reynolds has died at age 82. This is incredibly sad news, not least because I’m certain that very few people under 30 have any idea who he is. (I might have toed the line of actionable workplace offenses when I showed a recent intern a picture of his 1972 Cosmopolitan centerfold. No, I’m not […]

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Shelf Evaluation: What Goes in the Suitcase

Shelf Evaluation: What Goes in the Suitcase

I’m moving on Friday. It’s horrible. As I’m sure anyone reading this will know, moving books is the worst part of it. My dream house has a library with wall-to-wall shelving, but I’m not moving into my dream house—just another apartment. At least this one has a dining room with enough space for a full […]

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Further Reading: Bad Sheriffs

Further Reading: Bad Sheriffs

[Editor’s note: A version of this post appeared on August 23rd, 2017, but we’ll never miss an opportunity to gloat.] Last night, Joe Arpaio lost the Arizona Republican primary, thus concluding the public life of an extremely controversial former Arizona sheriff who disregarded a court order to stop detaining suspected undocumented immigrants and was subsequently pardoned by […]

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Aretha Franklin: A Bibliography

Aretha Franklin: A Bibliography

  Aretha Franklin has died. In her lifetime, the musical giant inspired a trove of books about or inspired by her outsized legacy. In tribute, we offer this bibliography of recommended titles linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews—a small fraction of the books in which Franklin appears as a key figure in Black history, Civil […]

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Cover Trend: Animal Heads

Cover Trend: Animal Heads

When the amazing cover for the new story collection from Kevin Wilson (of Family Fang fame) popped up in my Twitter feed, I did a double take: as arresting as it is, I could have sworn I’d seen something like it before. Then it occurred to me: Hanif Abdurraqib’s They Can’t Kill Us until They Kill […]

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2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

  Sisters in Crime has announced the 2018 winner of the annual Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award: Mia Manansala who, as the press release notes, serves as the secretary for the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. The prize has recognized emerging crime writers of color—both men and women—since 2014 with […]

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Further Reading: Collusion

Further Reading: Collusion

Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018   As our President faces charges of collusion, he insists it’s not a crime. We’ll let the lawyers in the house make that call, but in […]

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