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Librarians Unite! 12 Tales of Librarian Badassery
By January 17, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Librarians Unite! 12 Tales of Librarian Badassery

In just over a week, Seattle’s population will temporarily expand with tens of thousands of librarians (and other literary obsessives). Talk about a convergence of brains, guts, dedication, faith—and unconditional love of knowledge! Because that’s what it takes to be a librarian in today’s rapidly changing, globally interlinked, evermore technological, brave new world. Books, in […]

Catching Creativity: An Interview with Playwright Christina Anderson
By January 14, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Catching Creativity: An Interview with Playwright Christina Anderson

On January 19, the Goodman Theatre will be premiering Christina Anderson’s latest play. Imaginative and thought-provoking, How to Catch Creation explores how one writer’s words and actions profoundly affect four artists fifty years later, influencing their work, dreams, and sense of self. Anderson, the inaugural recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Playwriting and a two-time […]

Bookends Favorites 2018: Lynn’s Selections

Bookends Favorites 2018: Lynn’s Selections

Lynn: Choosing our list of annual favorites is SO hard! Cindy is right that I seldom can keep to the limit, but please remember she chose 16! This was an exceptional year and there are so many I wish I could include. Please stay tuned as we will soon post our Bookends Pre-Midwinter Awards which […]

Bookends Favorites 2018: Cindy’s Selections

Bookends Favorites 2018: Cindy’s Selections

Cindy: Once again, Lynn and I are going to share our favorite books of 2018. I hope some of them end up winning awards, but that is not in our criteria for selecting them—these are the books we most enjoyed reading. I suggested limiting ourselves to 10 but then ended up listing 16. We both have […]

The Best Novels of 2018: Escapist Smut Edition

The Best Novels of 2018: Escapist Smut Edition

I struggled with the subtitle for this article. Last year’s described the contents as books “that won’t make you think too hard,” which is true (also hard, heh), but implies that these books are somehow less than, or won’t linger in the readers’ mind the way a traditional Best Of book might. This is the […]

Five More (Audiobooks) to Go: Esi Edugyan’s WASHINGTON BLACK, read by Dion Graham
By December 20, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Five More (Audiobooks) to Go: Esi Edugyan’s WASHINGTON BLACK, read by Dion Graham

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title.    Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan and read by Dion Graham George Washington Black—called “Wash” for short—is an enslaved ten- or eleven-year-old (he […]

Cover Trend Alert: Purple Fever in YA Fiction
By December 19, 2018 1 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Purple Fever in YA Fiction

More than once this year, I’ve come across a YA fantasy I was sure I’d seen before, only to realize I was confusing it with a different YA fantasy, whose uber-purple cover, at least in thumbnail form, was nearly indistinguishable from the next purple thumbnail. The young-adult market’s purple fever has only grown from 2017 to 2018, […]

Reviews of the Day, 2018: Audio

Reviews of the Day, 2018: Audio

In a sense, every weekday is award day here at Booklist. Our Review of the Day highlights especially noteworthy titles by giving them the coveted front-and-center space on Booklist Online. We rotate adult, youth, and audio titles throughout the year, choosing each title, regardless of star status, to highlight the spotlight in the current issue […]

Reviews of the Day, 2018: Books for Youth

Reviews of the Day, 2018: Books for Youth

In a sense, every weekday is award day here at Booklist. Our Review of the Day highlights especially noteworthy titles by giving them the coveted front-and-center space on Booklist Online. We rotate adult, youth, and audio titles throughout the year, choosing each title, regardless of star status, to highlight the spotlight in the current issue […]

2018 Booklist Editors’ Choice & Top of the List Announced!

2018 Booklist Editors’ Choice & Top of the List Announced!

After months of deliberation, the Booklist editors have finally announced their 2018 Editors’ Choice lists and their selections for the best of the best—Top of the List! This is an exclusive sneak peak from Booklist’s January 1&15 issue which will be available on January 10th. It has been a wonderful year in reading and reviewing. Enjoy!   Booklist […]