Author Archive: Monica Bertz

Monica Bertz served as a Booklist's intern in spring of 2015. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from George Washington University. Besides reading, she enjoys binge-watching historical dramas and arguing with strangers about hockey over the internet.

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The 100 Best Children’s and YA Mysteries of the Past 10 Years

The 100 Best Children’s and YA Mysteries of the Past 10 Years

As we did with the 101 Best Crime Novels of the Past Decade list for adults, we have collected Booklist‘s top 100 mysteries for youth reviewed over the past decade, from 2006–2015. Given the variety across genres and age groups, there’s sure to be something for every sleuth-in-training, from junior private eyes to the most hard-boiled teen detectives. Older […]

2015 PEN Literary Award Winners Announced

2015 PEN Literary Award Winners Announced

On May 8th, PEN America announced the winners of the 2015 PEN Literary Awards as well as the shortlist for Debut Fiction, Art of the Essay, and Open Book Awards, whose winners will be announced on June 8th at a ceremony honoring all winners at The New School in New York City. Below you’ll find […]

2015 Locus Award Finalists

2015 Locus Award Finalists

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Mystery Month programming with some sci-fi and fantasy news! Earlier this month, the Locus Science Fiction Foundation released the finalists for the 2015 Locus Awards. First presented in 1971, the awards honor the individuals and titles that excel in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Below you’ll find the finalists […]

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Bonus! Free Mystery Reviews!

Bonus! Free Mystery Reviews!

Our appetite for books is simply insatiable, so we regularly extend the coverage in Booklist magazine with reviews exclusive to Booklist Online. And, since Mystery Month is a time of giving, we thought we’d save you the trouble of playing detective by rounding up all the usual suspects—er, crime fiction—in one place. If you want more free reviews delivered straight […]

The 101 Best Crime Novels of the Past Decade

The 101 Best Crime Novels of the Past Decade

Mystery Month is in full swing here at Booklist, with all of the interviews, webinars, and blog posts about mystery fiction you could possibly want. And now, all of the book recommendations you need. Every year in the May 1 issue, our Mystery Showcase, Booklist compiles the 10 best adult crime novels reviewed over the previous 12 […]

2014 Agatha Award Winners

2014 Agatha Award Winners

Over the weekend, the people at the Malice Domestic Convention announced the winners of the Agatha Awards. Named after Agatha Christie, the awards honor titles published in the calendar year that best exemplify the “traditional mystery” genre, meaning no explicit sex, gore, or violence. The winners are listed below, linked to Booklist reviews when available. The […]

Roz Chast Wins the Heinz Award

Roz Chast Wins the Heinz Award

On April 23rd, the Heinz Family Foundation named New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast the recipient of the 20th Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category for her 2014 graphic memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? An only child, Chast recorded her experiences caring for her aging parents in their final years with […]

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Catch Booklist’s Ilene Cooper at the Society of Midland Authors Centennial Celebration This May

Catch Booklist’s Ilene Cooper at the Society of Midland Authors Centennial Celebration This May

Early Society of Midland Authors (SMA) members (from left to right) Jane Addams, Clarence Darrow, Edgar Lee Masters, Harriet Monroe, Ring Lardner and Vachel Lindsay. Image taken from SMA’s Blog. This April the Society of Midland Authors will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1915 by a group of 50 Midwestern writers, the SMA sought to […]

Celebrate Poetry Month with Booklist

Celebrate Poetry Month with Booklist

April is Poetry Month! In the spirit of things, Booklist has made public their reviews for the special roundups featured in the March 15th issue. Adult Books The Beauty, by Jane Hirshfield. Throughout The Beauty, her gracefully evocative eighth book of poems, Hirshfield is archly witty and riddling. The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in […]

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The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year Shortlist Announced

The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year Shortlist Announced

The Bookseller has released their shortlist for the 2014 Diagram prize, a humorous literary award that is given annually to a book with an unusual title. The award was created in 1978 by Trevor Bounford and Bruce Roberston of the Diagram Group in order to “avoid boredom” at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Originally only books present […]