Tag: biography

R.I.P. Burt Reynolds: A Brief Bibliography

R.I.P. Burt Reynolds: A Brief Bibliography

Burt Reynolds has died at age 82. This is incredibly sad news, not least because I’m certain that very few people under 30 have any idea who he is. (I might have toed the line of actionable workplace offenses when I showed a recent intern a picture of his 1972 Cosmopolitan centerfold. No, I’m not […]

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2018 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

2018 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Just in time for #MysteryMonth, the World Mystery Convention, Bouchercon, has announced the nominees for the 2018 Anthony Awards, to be presented on September 8 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Booklist Reader has been lucky enough to feature contributions from four of this year’s nominated authors. Read what inspired Anthony Award-nominated novels from Jane Harper, Kristin […]

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 […]

Maria Sibylla Merian: Woman of Science, Art, and Courage

Maria Sibylla Merian: Woman of Science, Art, and Courage

Lynn: In the author’s note of her first biography, Joyce Sidman recalls her first encounter with Maria Merian’s work in the Minneapolis Museum of Art when she saw prints of her intricate depictions of natural life.  Like most of us, Sidman knew little about Merian. “In many ways, Maria was an enigma. She rarely wrote […]

Arturo Schomburg’s Book Hunting Disease

Arturo Schomburg’s Book Hunting Disease

Lynn: I wish I could have known Arturo Schomburg. Not only was he passionate about his research, tireless in his efforts to locate information, and relentless in his pursuit of dismissed history, but he strove to give children something he never had: the knowledge of what people with African roots had given to the world. […]

It’s a Small, Colorful World After All: The Life of Disney Artist Mary Blair

It’s a Small, Colorful World After All: The Life of Disney Artist Mary Blair

Cindy: It seems we have a penchant here at Bookends for featuring books that celebrate color, especially when they mention fabulous names color names. Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourvilee is one such delight (and one of those biographical nonfiction picture books with […]

A Glen Campbell Reader

A Glen Campbell Reader

Glen Campbell died yesterday at the age of 81 from Alzheimer’s, leaving behind an enduring legacy of songs, films, and—you guessed it—books. Below, six titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, that shed light on the entertainer’s long and bumpy life.   The Cake and the Rain, by Jimmy Webb Campbell and Webb maintained a […]

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EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

Lynn: I need to start this post about Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism (2017) with a disclaimer: Cindy and I had the privilege of watching part of this book’s creation. Marc Aronson shared some of his early ideas with us when we all spoke at a conference […]

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The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

Robert Hofler begins Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts with a quote from his subject’s sister-in-law, Joan Didion: “Writers are always selling somebody out.” Hofler’s book, a smart, rangy portrait of an inordinately complicated man, begins with Dunne’s boyhood, made painful by his striving father’s scorn for his son’s effeminacy, details […]

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Essential Reading: Eleanor Roosevelt

Essential Reading: Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s not often that I finish writing a nonfiction book and want to read more about the subject. But I’ve just sent off the completed manuscript of my book about Eleanor Roosevelt to my editor at Abrams Books for Young Readers, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to the former First Lady quite yet. […]

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