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Apocalypse Together: More Cautionary Tales of Communal Living for Fans of “The Girls”

Apocalypse Together: More Cautionary Tales of Communal Living for Fans of “The Girls”

Readers and reviewers—Booklist included—can’t stop talking about Emma Cline’sThe Girls, a novel in which California teenager Evie Boyd gets pulled into the exotic world of a Mansonesque musician whose groupies will do anything for him. For more fascinating takes on isolation and indoctrination, introduce your readers to these thought-provoking titles. Arcadia, by Lauren Groff Bit Stone is born in the late […]

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Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes

Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes

In “Before the Flood,” Margaret Atwood describes what made her go back to the dysopian future in “The Year of the Flood” (by Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail): One of the things people are working on now, and were working on in 2001 when I was actually halfway through Oryx and Crake, is the […]

Pre-Atomic Post-Apocalypse

Pre-Atomic Post-Apocalypse

Great list on Listverse: “15 Influential Early Works of Apocalyptic Fiction” (via American Libraries Direct). It’s somewhat similar to the “End of the World Literature List” from AbeBooks, with the distinction that THESE post-apocalyptic works were all written pre-Atomic Age; both lists include earlier works than my “Core Collection: Before and After The Road” (although I was the only […]

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Book Reviewing after the Apocalypse

Book Reviewing after the Apocalypse

Given the amount of time I’ve spent reading, reviewing, and having nightmares about post-apocalyptic fiction, I suppose this may have been inevitable: my short story, “The Read,” appears in the May 15 issue of Booklist as part of our Spotlight on SF/Fantasy. Is post-apocalyptic fiction a suitable subject for satire? Read The Read and let me know.

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Everything's Coming Up Apocalypse

Everything's Coming Up Apocalypse

Now this is smart: a used books merchant doing read-alikes. A while ago, I got an e-mail from AbeBooks touting their “End of the World Literature – Post-Apocalyptic Fiction” list. While it includes many titles that I included on my “Core Collection: Before and after The Road,” there are titles that I either missed or […]

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Looking Back on the Pre-Post-Apocalypse

Looking Back on the Pre-Post-Apocalypse

With post-apocalyptic tales capturing our imaginations of late, it seems high time to revisit an earlier take on the subject. (Would that make it a pre-post-apocalyptic work? Or am I getting ahead of myself?) It’s Tomes and Talismans, a LibraryVenture! (Thanks, Carlos, for reminding me about this!)

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Talking Apocalypse at Disneyland

Talking Apocalypse at Disneyland

The inestimable Dan Kraus has worked his video magic yet again, with this digest of the Booklist Adult Books Readers’ Advisory Forum: Post-9/11 Fiction: Thanks, Dan!

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Apocalypse Now and Then

Apocalypse Now and Then

I didn’t post yesterday because I was busy working on something for Booklist‘s May 15 Spotlight on SF/Fantasy–a core collection of apocalyptic fiction that preceded The Road. Whew! I may as well have chosen SF that involves space travel, or fantasy that features scaly beasts. I’m exaggerating, of course, but (and I’m quoting myself in advance […]

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Andrew Carnegie Medal-Winner Discussion Guides

Andrew Carnegie Medal-Winner Discussion Guides

Last week, Andrew Carnegie Medal-winners Viet Thanh Nguyen and Sally Mann accepted their awards at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. This week, we present you with reading group discussion guides for each book, put together by members of the Carnegie Committee: chair Nancy Pearl, three former members of RUSA CODES Notable Books Council, and three Booklist editors or […]

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Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

With ALA’s annual convention kicking off just a couple of weeks from now in Orlando, Florida, my mind turns not to eager anticipation of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but to the Florida I know and love from the pages of crime fiction. Yes, I’ve visited the state […]