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2019 Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist Announced

2019 Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist Announced

Last week, the longlist was announced for the annual Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize. The award, named for the Welsh writer and poet, is given to writers under the age of 39 for literary works written in English, in a wide variety of forms: poetry, prose, short story collections, novels, novellas, and screenplays. The shortlist […]

Sam Savage, R.I.P.: A Bibliography
By January 24, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Sam Savage, R.I.P.: A Bibliography

I was very saddened to hear the news that Sam Savage died last week, just days after the publication of his most recent book, An Orphanage of Dreams. The wit, intellect, artistry, and humanity of his books was truly inspiring—as was the fact that his career as a published author began at age 65. The […]

2018 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

2018 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

As an Englishman once said, “And now for something completely different.” The Fortieth Annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced with great revelry and Joy of Waterboiling, by Christina Scheffenacker, has taken the prize! The title itself has even offered up the new meme-like acronym JOW. The winner  simmered in shortlist controversy as the […]

A New Book for Daniel Kraus; Tiny Books for John Green

A New Book for Daniel Kraus; Tiny Books for John Green

Former Booklisters just can’t stop making news! On Monday, we received an announcement that former Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus (coauthor of The Shape of Water and solo author of  many more) will have a new book out next Halloween with Hard Case Crime—and it sounds like a doozy! We can’t wait to read […]

John Green Launches a Book Club

John Green Launches a Book Club

In book-world news, Booklist alumnus and all-around good guy John Green has started a book club (in conjunction with his friend and colleague Rosianna Halse Rojas), called Life’s Library. The difference between it and other celebrity book clubs? All the proceeds from this one go to a charity called Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit […]

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award
By October 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

The Louis Shores Award Committee is currently inviting nominations for its 2019 recipient. Established in 1990, the Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization for excellence in reviewing. The award recipient is selected for significant achievement related to a reviewing process that helps librarians make selection and collection development decisions. […]

By September 24, 2018 1 Comments Read More →

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017, Considered

It’s Banned Books Week! In its honor, let’s revisit the list of the 10 most challenged books of 2017, compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and released in April. (Watch the video above for more information.) We’ve annotated the titles therein with excerpts from and links to their Booklist reviews, as well as […]

2018 Hugo Awards Announced

2018 Hugo Awards Announced

The 76th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) wrapped up in San Jose, and on Sunday night the conference held its annual Hugo Awards ceremony. There was a lot of wonderful work to be celebrated by a diverse array of creators, but we’d be remiss not to point out that, in particular, this was another great […]

Society of Midland Authors 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

Society of Midland Authors 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

Marking the triumphs of Midwestern authors published in 2017, the Society of Midland Authors announced the winners of its annual award today. The ceremony will be held in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, May 8th, to commemorate the winners and their works from the last year. The winning and honored titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, are […]

Philip Kerr, R.I.P.: A Bibliography
By April 2, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Philip Kerr, R.I.P.: A Bibliography

The news of novelist Philip Kerr’s death on March 23 from cancer at the young age of 62 came as a blow to the author’s devoted fans across the world. As one of those fans and a reviewer of Kerr’s books for many years, I was shaken by the news, especially as I had only […]