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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These Books Might as Well Be Naked

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

Some book jackets, as the name implies, dress up the books that wear them. Others dress them down—and some undress them all the way. As H. L. Mencken could very well have said, no one ever went broke overestimating the prurient interest of the reading public. The following book covers,  artfully adorned with not-so-subliminal messages, somehow made it past the censors. […]

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

With ALA’s annual convention kicking off just a couple of weeks from now in Orlando, Florida, my mind turns not to eager anticipation of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but to the Florida I know and love from the pages of crime fiction. Yes, I’ve visited the state […]

Mark Your Calendars for ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando

Mark Your Calendars for ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando

The Real Magic Kingdom? Why, That Would Be the Orange County Convention Center We’ve clearly never really gotten the snowbird thing down for ALA conferences. At Midwinter Meeting time, we’re likely to be battling snow and canceled flights in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia—and come our Annual Conference this summer, we’ll reverse-migrate south to hot and […]

Publishing U: How to Balance Your Writing Career with Another Job You Love

Publishing U: How to Balance Your Writing Career with Another Job You Love

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this special Mystery Month installment of our Publishing U series, physician/author Kwei Quartey (Gold of Our Fathers, 2016) explains how he balances medicine with writing and offers advice on keeping your boss, your publisher, and […]

Publishing U: Inspiration for Aspiring Mystery Authors

Publishing U: Inspiration for Aspiring Mystery Authors

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this special Mystery Month installment of our Publishing U series, Rachel Howzell Hall (Trail of Echoes, 2016) offers some motivation and inspiration for aspiring mystery authors who have done their homework and […]

Publishing U: Plotting Middle-Grade Mysteries

Publishing U: Plotting Middle-Grade Mysteries

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this special Mystery Month installment of our Publishing U series, best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Blue Balliett reveals her “hazardous” process for plotting mysteries—one that relies more on assembling the right […]

2016 Anthony Award Nominees

2016 Anthony Award Nominees

Last Friday, the nominees for the 2016 Anthony Awards were announced. Titles are nominated and voted on by attendees of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention—which this year will be held September 15–18 in New Orleans. I’ll be there . . . will you? Best Novel The Child Garden, by Catriona McPherson The Killing Kind, by Chris Holm The […]

Scary Indiana: Crime Fiction from the Crossroads of America

Scary Indiana: Crime Fiction from the Crossroads of America

Maybe it was Tuesday’s hotly contested Republican primary in the Hoosier state. Or maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t been able to get Rowdy Yates’ Bring Me the Head of Yorkie Goodman out of my head (which, fortunately, is still attached to my shoulders). Either way, I’ve been thinking about Indiana, and given that it’s Mystery […]

2015 Agatha Award Winners

2015 Agatha Award Winners

The winners of the Agatha Awards were named at last weekend’s Malice Domestic convention. Named for the grande dame of Golden Age mystery (if you can’t guess the last name, you’re clearly not a card-carrying mystery reader), the awards honor the best books published in the previous calendar year exemplifying the “traditional mystery” genre (e.g., no explicit […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Bored to Death

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Bored to Death

Title: Bored to Death Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson First aired: September 2009–November 2011 (HBO) Where you can watch it: Netflix DVD, HBO GO, Amazon Prime I’ll admit that I’m too prone to exclaiming, “Why didn’t I think of that?” I prefer to view this less as an indictment of my own creative powers and more […]