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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Picture Books and Graphic Novels and Book Discussions

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Picture Books and Graphic Novels and Book Discussions

The July issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 278 new reviews and 10 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Work Like Any Other

Adult books editor Donna Seaman heralded Virginia Reeves’ historical novel Work Like Any Other (Scribner), out this month, in Booklist‘s first Spotlight on Book Discussions, December 15, 2015 issue, predicting the novel’s many themes to spark inspired discussion among readers of all kinds. If you anticipated book-club demand in your own library and ordered several copies—or if you didn’t yet—you’ll […]

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Good Books for Book Groups: Andy Weir’s The Martian

Good Books for Book Groups: Andy Weir’s The Martian

Last month, the LIT book group read The Martian by Andy Weir. We’d had it on the shortlist for quite a while but decided that February offered perfect timing, with the Barrington Area Library celebrating Barrington Creates, a community-wide initiative that encourages everyone channel their inner maker. Things don’t get much more creative than they do in The Martian. A sandstorm on […]

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Book Group Got You Down? Here’s Help!
By January 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Group Got You Down? Here’s Help!

The December 15, 2015 issue of Booklist was our Spotlight on Book Discussions issue, and we were fortunate to have Becky Spratford contribute her thoughts in “Support Groups for Book Discussion Leaders.” She candidly expresses the need to address burnout and book group fatigue, while offering solid tips on how to get your book-club-leader mojo […]

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Reviews of the Week: A. C. Grayling, Sally Green, and More
By December 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week: A. C. Grayling, Sally Green, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from December 28–31 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday December 28 The Age of Genius, by […]

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Reviews of the Week: Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Pennypacker, Ian Rankin, and More
By December 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week: Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Pennypacker, Ian Rankin, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from December 14–18 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday December 14 The Man without a Shadow, […]

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Guest Blogger: Book Group in Bangkok
By September 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Guest Blogger: Book Group in Bangkok

My friend John Henderson writes about his book group in Bangkok, Thailand. Our Bangkok book group also read Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists. Like yours, our discussion succeeded. We define successful discussions as those that provoke disagreement. It’s not much fun when everyone says, “I really liked it,” or the opposite. When we’re considering what to […]

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Strangers on a Train and The Chameleon’s Shadow

Strangers on a Train and The Chameleon’s Shadow

As our local crime fiction book discussion group continues its genre study of crime and mystery fiction, we find ourselves reaching the category of psychological suspense. In writing Make Mine a Mystery, I proposed the idea that the after effects of war has changed how readers approach death in fiction.  After WWI, my idea is that […]

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CSI Crime Book Discussions:  Uncovered Secret Text Reveals All

CSI Crime Book Discussions: Uncovered Secret Text Reveals All

I once asked Sue Grafton what were the themes in her books.  She had to think a minute and then replied, “People should not kill each other.” For a crime fiction book discussion group, “people should not kill each other” is not sufficient textual content to handle a ninety minute discussion on a title.  The […]

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A Matter of Opinion

A Matter of Opinion

Today I attended a workshop on project management facilitation skills. The instructor talked at length about what makes a good facilitator–good listening, neutrality, open-ended questions and an emphasis on supporting processes as opposed to outcomes. While there wasn’t enough time to delve into how this pertained to certain aspects of our work as librarians, book […]

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