Author Archive: Katharine Uhrich

Katharine served as Booklist’s Marketing Director from 2013 - 2016. She is a bike rider, violin player, craft beer drinker, and cat lover and reviews for Booklist.

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Funny Books about Things That Aren’t Funny

Funny Books about Things That Aren’t Funny

As one of our generation’s greatest entertainers once said, “There are certain topics that are off-limits to comedians.” He goes on to list examples like JFK, AIDS, the Holocaust, and then notes how, “The Lincoln Assassination just recently became funny. (I need to see this play like I need a hole in the head.)” He continues: “I hope to […]

#SeasonsReadings and Holiday Book-Buying that Keeps on Giving

#SeasonsReadings and Holiday Book-Buying that Keeps on Giving

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday . . . are you sick of holiday shopping yet? Take a break from thinking of others (now that’s the holiday spirit!), and enter the Carnegie #SeasonsReadings Book Giveaway for a chance to win two copies of one of the six shortlist titles—one to keep, one to give. […]

Capers, Cozies, and Other Crime Fiction You Might Have Missed

Capers, Cozies, and Other Crime Fiction You Might Have Missed

Every year we offer a crime fiction webinar on the Tuesday before Halloween, and that’s no coincidence. The holiday echoes the genre nicely, from the sweetly costumed toddlers and cozies all the way through to the horrific Jason-masked teens and serial killers. It’s also, in our minds, the start of the best weather for crime fiction. Certainly we read the genre all […]

Booklist’s Digital Edition – It’s Alive!

Booklist’s Digital Edition – It’s Alive!

Just in time for the spookiest month of the year, the mad scientists at Booklist have been working their laboratory magic to bring you something truly magnificent: Booklist‘s digital edition! Part print, part online, this new reading format is a page-by-page facsimile of the print magazine that offers the convenience of online access. To celebrate the digital edition’s […]

Got the Readers’ Advisory Blues? The Doctors Are In!
By September 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Got the Readers’ Advisory Blues? The Doctors Are In!

Readers’ advisory is a key part of librarianship, and yet the topic remains intimidating to many librarians. In a recent Booklist webinar, Robin Nesbitt, Manager of the Hilliard Branch at Columbus Metropolitan Library, says her library has changed the name of “readers’ advisory” to “reading conversations” to reduce any stigma or expectation surrounding the phrase and further CML’s […]

Megan Abbott Ebook Winners
By September 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Megan Abbott Ebook Winners

Earlier this week, we asked if any of you were interested in reading Megan Abbott’s “delightfully creepy little number yourself? For free?” And apparently many of you were! Below are the ten random winners who will each receive a free ebook copy of Abbott’s The Little Men, a short story penned as part of the Open Road/Mysterious Press series of “Bibliomysteries” (“Short […]

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Blast from the Past: Middle-Grade Webinars You May Have Missed

Blast from the Past: Middle-Grade Webinars You May Have Missed

Is Jon J. Muth’s dapper panda, Stillwater (Zen Socks), holding your July Booklist reading hostage, preventing you from cracking the cover because you can’t flip past the panda-parasol-cat-cycling cuteness? Allow us to help. Inside, you’ll find that one of July’s two spotlights is middle-grade fiction. Associate editor Julia Smith offers a list of essential middle-grade fiction titles in “Core […]

Get Ready . . . Get Set . . . Get Scheduled for ALA Annual Conference!

Get Ready . . . Get Set . . . Get Scheduled for ALA Annual Conference!

The #WWDC15 hashtag is trending on social media this week. That’s because the Worldwide Developers Conference is underway at Moscone Center in San Francisco—an event billed as no less than the “epicenter of change” by its host, Apple. In just a few weeks, librarians, publishers, and bibliophiles will flood the Moscone Center for our own conference, hashtag #ALAAC15. We may […]

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Share an Evening with Literary Luminaries at the Carnegie Medals Ceremony

Share an Evening with Literary Luminaries at the Carnegie Medals Ceremony

You undoubtedly already know the three fiction and three nonfiction titles that make up the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence shortlist. You’re also likely talking them up to your patrons, devouring the titles yourself, or have already polished them off, and are on to the Booklist-recommended fiction and nonfiction read-alikes. What you might not know is how […]

Summer Reading: Cheers to Beers!

Summer Reading: Cheers to Beers!

  To help you prepare for the outdoor reading season, each week we’re sharing a list from different Booklist editors and staff. —Ed.) Forget robins. For me, nothing heralds spring nor promises summer quite like the first heady pint of beer enjoyed out-of-doors. If you also live in Chicago, you’ve likely spent the past six months huddled under multiple […]