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The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017, Considered

As we near the middle of National Library Week, let’s consider the 10 most challenged books of 2017. The list, compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and released this week, draws on data from across the country. (Watch the video above for more information.) We’ve annotated the titles therein with excerpts […]

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 […]

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 […]

2018 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

2018 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

Early this morning at the Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the American Library Association announced the 2018 Youth Media Awards to a cheering crowd. Here’s a list of this year’s winning and honor titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.   JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly   Newbery Honor Books Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, […]

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2017 National Book Awards Longlist Announced
By September 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

2017 National Book Awards Longlist Announced

Throughout the week, the National Book Foundation has announced the longlist for the 2017 National Book Awards. Below, a list of titles, listed by category, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.         Fiction A Kind of Freedom, by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Barren Island, by Carol Zoref Dark at the Crossing, by Elliot Ackerman […]

2017 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature Announced
By September 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

2017 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature Announced

Earlier today, the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (YPL). Finalists will be announced on October 4.  Two of this year’s longlisted authors are previous National Book Award finalists, nine out of ten of the authors on the longlist are women, and two are debut […]

2017 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

2017 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

Always one of my favorite literary awards, the winner of the 39th annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced: The Commuter Pig Keeper: A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Pigs when Time is Your Most Precious Commodity, by Michaela Giles, edged out runner-up Renniks Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors: The Premier […]

2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

Earlier today, the judges of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction revealed their longlist. The winners will be announced, and their authors honored, at a ceremony in London on October 17. Visit the Man Booker website for exclusive interviews, articles, and other news about the shortlist authors. Following are the nominated titles, listed by country of […]

Talking Race, Kid Lit, and EVERYBODY’S SON with Thrity Umrigar

Talking Race, Kid Lit, and EVERYBODY’S SON with Thrity Umrigar

About 15 years ago, when Thrity Umrigar was already a successful journalist and about to become an English professor, she attended a lecture at Emerson College in Boston and left with her first literary agent. Shortly thereafter, her debut novel, Bombay Time, hit the shelves. Balancing a reporter’s eye for detail with academic rigor, Umrigar has written six more novels, […]