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2019 National Book Award Finalists Announced

2019 National Book Award Finalists Announced

Earlier this morning, the National Book Foundation announced its 2019 finalists. Find them below, listed by category and linked to their Booklist reviews when available. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of November 19. We will all be tweeting out the winners, so be sure to follow along at www.twitter.com/ALA_Booklist! Fiction Black […]

Five More to Go: Maaza Mengiste’s THE SHADOW KING
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Five More to Go: Maaza Mengiste’s THE SHADOW KING

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste Maaza Mengiste’s indelible debut, Beneath the Lion’s Gate (2010), put Ethiopian historical fiction on countless […]

Teaching Kiese Laymon’s HEAVY in Prisons

Teaching Kiese Laymon’s HEAVY in Prisons

At the very end of the 2019 Carnegie Medals celebration in Washington D.C. this past June, I met Dr. Erin Corbett. After an already memorable evening of rousing, emotional speeches from medal winners Kiese Laymon (Heavy) and Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers) and keynote speaker Laura Lippman, Corbett added a whole new layer to my […]

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13 Fall Faves, Speed-Dating Style

13 Fall Faves, Speed-Dating Style

Oh, good gracious! I can’t stand it: soooo many amazing books and my aging eyeballs just can’t keep up! Last week at ALA Annual, I got to “Read ‘n’ Rave,” but I had such an embarrassingly overflowing list, the buzzer went off (uh-oh!), and I couldn’t finish sharing all my titles. #Greedy, yep! But here […]

Transgender Pride, Literally: 11 Titles by #OwnVoices Authors and More

Transgender Pride, Literally: 11 Titles by #OwnVoices Authors and More

Happy final Friday of Pride Month. Wow . . . that went by quickly! I have 25 (no lie!) more books on, under, next to, and all around my desk that I will not be covering here, which is actually a good thing, because that’s proof that twenty-first-century titles by and about the transgender and […]

Immigrant Heritage Month by the Book(s)!

Immigrant Heritage Month by the Book(s)!

June is #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, which began in 2014 and has been recognized and celebrated by the (Obama) White House as “a time to celebrate diversity and immigrants’ shared American heritage” since 2015. “Immigration,” the White House declares, “is part of the DNA of this great nation.” Perhaps now more than ever—fueled by the ubiquity of alarming […]

Booklist’s Donna Seaman in Conversation with Eve Ensler

Booklist’s Donna Seaman in Conversation with Eve Ensler

Tonight at the Swedish American Museum, Booklist‘s own Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman will join renowned author, activist, and playwright Eve Ensler in conversation. The event, hosted by independent bookstore Women & Children First and cosponsored by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, will also include a reading from Ensler’s best-selling latest, The Apology, a Q and A […]

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Books by Booklist Authors: Ada Wolin’s GOLDEN HITS OF THE SHANGRI-LAS

Books by Booklist Authors: Ada Wolin’s GOLDEN HITS OF THE SHANGRI-LAS

Ada Wolin joined Booklist as an editorial assistant last year surrounded by a kind of hush: a recent Booklist intern and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), she’d also already written her first book. An energetic kaleidoscope-spin through the Shangri-Las 1966 album, Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las, Wolin’s entry in […]

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An Incandescent Memoir about the Legacy of Immigration, Available Free of Charge

An Incandescent Memoir about the Legacy of Immigration, Available Free of Charge

“The Garcia boy is gunned down on a dark street.” “He is me and I am him.” Rafael Torch was a young high school teacher and dean in Chicago when one of his sharpest students fell to deadly gang violence in 2003. As Torch mourns for his student and rages over the insidious influence and […]

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Five More to Go: Lisa See’s THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN

Five More to Go: Lisa See’s THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN

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.    The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See Known for her Chinese and Chinese American sagas, mega-bestselling author Lisa See (The Tea Girl of […]