Author Archive: Keir Graff

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of six books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Phantom Tower (2018). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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Red Cards and Zebra Stripes: 15 Books about Referees, Umpires, and Other Sports Officials
By August 31, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Red Cards and Zebra Stripes: 15 Books about Referees, Umpires, and Other Sports Officials

Two things about the books on this list. One, the titles are great. From Planet of the Umps to You’ve Got to Have Balls to Make It in This League (and no fewer than two books titled Let’s Get It On), you’d almost think the authors’ careers had included countless hours of downtime in locker rooms thinking about […]

World Cup Reading: 32 Soccer Books

World Cup Reading: 32 Soccer Books

Follow the action at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and improve your understanding of the other kind of football. The group-stage games are coming fast and furious at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and like most sports fans, you’re thinking only one thing: Yes, but what should I read? Fear not, for I have […]

Put Down the Vuvuzela and Read These Books Instead

Put Down the Vuvuzela and Read These Books Instead

On Thursday, Russia and Saudi Arabia will kick off in game one of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and like most sports fans, you’re thinking only one thing: Yes, but what should I read? Fear not, for I have selected 32 titles, one for each team in the finals—and all but one published since […]

Cover Trend Alert: Dear Authors, We See What You’re Up To

Cover Trend Alert: Dear Authors, We See What You’re Up To

Good things come in threes—the number used to define a bona fide trend (even if it’s years in the making). With the publication today of Adrienne Kisner’s Dear Rachel Maddow, it’s time to inform you that our dear authors are using epistolary titles with celebrity recipients: Publishers Marketplace also recently announced the acquisition of We Love Anderson […]

9 Mystery Novels and Series Featuring Ernest Hemingway

9 Mystery Novels and Series Featuring Ernest Hemingway

What a Character! In a recent post, I touched briefly on Hemingway’s influence on crime fiction and shared three books whose plots are derived from a real-life unsolved Hemingway mystery. But Hemingway, whose life story often reads like fiction, has served another purpose for mystery novelists seeking inspiration: Many of them have decided to use […]

Three Mystery Novels about Hemingway’s Lost Suitcase

Three Mystery Novels about Hemingway’s Lost Suitcase

The Curious Case of the Hemingway MacGuffin Ernest Hemingway may not have written mystery fiction, but you can blame him for a lot of it. It’s possible that, after Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, no other author has had as much influence on the way would-be tough guys punctuate their crime fiction. (You know. What […]

The Quick and the Read: Six Super-Short Crime Novels

The Quick and the Read: Six Super-Short Crime Novels

Sometimes I want to immerse myself in a 400-page thriller; others I pine for a pocket-sized paperback that can be devoured in a single sitting. And while nearly all crime fiction once fit that description—from Georges Simenon and James M. Cain to Mickey Spillane and Jean-Patrick Manchette—these days, short crime novels are the fugitive kind. […]

Cover Trend Alert: Dead Birds
By April 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Dead Birds

Book-jacket designers are strange birds, indeed. Idiosyncratic visionaries who often intuit the perfect visual cue to entice us to pick up a book and read it, sometimes, like those giant flocks of starlings who wheel in the sky without using turn signals, they bunch together and do the same thing for no apparent reason at […]

Peter Temple, R.I.P.: A Bibliography
By March 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Peter Temple, R.I.P.: A Bibliography

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the great Australian crime fiction writer Peter Temple, even planning to revisit his books for a piece in the 2018 edition of Booklist‘s Mystery Month this May—so it came as a shock to learn last night that he’d died of cancer at age 71. As a fan, that’s hard […]

Trend Alert: Soccer and “Shithole Countries”
By January 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Trend Alert: Soccer and “Shithole Countries”

As the President of the United States dignifies the discussion of immigration by referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and various African nations as “shithole countries,” immigration is very much on my mind—for a much different reason. A recent story in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the triumph of the Sullivan High School soccer team, a group […]