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Dinosaurs, Tanks, and Sleep Masks: Booklist’s Craft Day

Dinosaurs, Tanks, and Sleep Masks: Booklist’s Craft Day

As the Books for Youth department prepped for our annual Spotlight on Crafts and Gardening, we pondered the eternal dilemma of reviewing such books. Without actually making the crafts (or nurturing the garden), how can one know if the books truly work as intended? After our proposal to dump soil in a vacant office to make a lovely herb garden was nixed, […]

Game of Thrones, Episode 3 Recap: Oathbreaker

Game of Thrones, Episode 3 Recap: Oathbreaker

With week three’s episode, “Oathbreaker,” the Game of Thrones crew is starting to pull its storylines together. While not one of the most action-packed 50 minutes we’ve seen, this episode was driven by pathos. For me, it was a bit of a relief we well, as I’d been itching for the new season to dig […]

Inheriting Pain and Wisdom: Louise Erdrich’s LaRose

Inheriting Pain and Wisdom: Louise Erdrich’s LaRose

Erdrich has perfected the meteor-strike novel—tales that begin with an out-of-the-blue, catastrophic event, and then track the ensuing shock waves. This dramatic structure shapes Erdrich’s National Book Award–winning The Round House (2012) and takes on even more intensity here. Two neighboring families live in a North Dakota community in which many of the Ojibwe are related, memories […]

This Week on Well Read: Jim Lynch Talks about Before the Wind

This Week on Well Read: Jim Lynch Talks about Before the Wind

This week on Well Read, author Jim Lynch will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about his fourth and most recent novel, Before the Wind (2016). Released in April, Before the Wind explores the life of “thirtysomething” Josh Johannssen and his disconnected, once sailing-obsessed Seattle family. In an attempt to unite his distant […]

2016 Anthony Award Nominees

2016 Anthony Award Nominees

Last Friday, the nominees for the 2016 Anthony Awards were announced. Titles are nominated and voted on by attendees of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention—which this year will be held September 15–18 in New Orleans. I’ll be there . . . will you? Best Novel The Child Garden, by Catriona McPherson The Killing Kind, by Chris Holm The […]

2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners

2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners

For the past year, over 36,000 children and teens nationwide have cast votes for the ninth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards. On Friday, May 6th, the winners were announced! The only national book awards program of its kind, the Children’s Choice Awards honor debut authors, outstanding illustrators, and best books by grade range. All winners are linked to Booklist reviews. […]