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Beautiful Nightmares: At the Intersection of #WITMonth and Horror

Beautiful Nightmares: At the Intersection of #WITMonth and Horror

We are somehow over halfway through August, which means we are also over halfway through Booklist’s annual Spotlight on SF/Fantasy & Horror. But did you know it is also Women in Translation Month? So, why not feature books where female authors, female translators, and horror intersect? The prose in the following three books is lyrical […]

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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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Five More to Go: Yoko Ogawa’s THE MEMORY POLICE
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Five More to Go: Yoko Ogawa’s THE MEMORY POLICE

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 Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa and translated by Stephen Snyder Without names, these people, this island, could be […]

Trend Alert: Witches

Trend Alert: Witches

I don’t know about you, but I am all here for the twenty-first century reclamation of the witch as a feminist icon. In a 2017 opinion piece for the New York Times, writer Lindy West (Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, 2016) responded to the cries of Hollywood creeps and abusers who were calling the […]

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Let’s face it: the world’s a mess. Who doesn’t need a good laugh in the face of the apocalypse? (You know, laugh to keep from crying and all that jazz.) And Good Omens, a product of the combined genius of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, has had us giggling over the threat of doomsday since […]

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In Awe and Gratitude: Toni Morrison, 1931–2019

In Awe and Gratitude: Toni Morrison, 1931–2019

From The Bluest Eye (1970) to this year’s The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has transformed literature and our perception and understanding of humanity, race, and racism by courageously, creatively, and indelibly addressing complex and freighted realities which warp and poison our communities and our lives. Reading Morrison […]

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The #ReadGraphic Recap: Interviews, Webinars, and More

The #ReadGraphic Recap: Interviews, Webinars, and More

July—and thus, Graphic Novels in Libraries Month—has officially drawn to a close, but we have a sneaking suspicion #ReadGraphic books across the globe will remain ever open! As our pins (did you get one? we hope you got one!) proudly proclaim, “Comics ARE Real Books,” and it’s been our distinct pleasure devoting 31-plus days to […]

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Talking with: Edward Gauvin

Talking with: Edward Gauvin

A truncated version (edited for printing space) of this interview was published in the July 2019 issue of Booklist. The full interview appears below. With over 300 publishing credits, Edward Gauvin might be the hardest-working French-to-English translator ever. That tenacity has earned him major awards, including the John Dryden Translation Prize (twice), and lauded NEA, […]

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Shelf Care, Episode #3.5: Rebecca ‘n’ Rave

Shelf Care, Episode #3.5: Rebecca ‘n’ Rave

We know what you’re thinking: it’s not time for another episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast yet! Au contraire, listeners. Because Susan Maguire and Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of Library Reads, have teamed up for a very special bonus episode, inspired by the ALA Annual Read ‘n’ Rave panel, a program (modeled off the BookExpo […]

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Let’s Go to the Beach!

Let’s Go to the Beach!

Summer was off to a mild start here in Chicago . . . then last weekend’s heat wave made it very clear the season—and its sweltering 95-degree temps—was upon us. Whether you’re ready to head to the beach, the pool, or just want to dream of being near (ice-cold) water, here are some reads guaranteed […]

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