Publishing U: Tackling Tough Topics in YA

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In this installment of our Publishing U series, Amy Giles, author of the YA novel That Night, asks what, exactly, constitutes a controversial topic in YA and argues that the most challenging subjects can spark the most necessary conversations.

Cover Trend Alert: Laying the Paint on Thick

As we celebrate the arts this month here at Booklist, I noticed a painterly trend in recent book covers. Certainly, abstract art on book covers is nothing new, and going down the aisles of the newest face-out fiction in your local library can be like visiting a modern art gallery. Conveying the graphic realism of a novel may be a priority for some publishers, while for others, the impasto brushstrokes themselves project the drama and/or turmoil within.

Book Trailer Thursday: STIFF

Steve Hughes’ debut, Stiff (Wayne State Univ.) is a collection of 16 risqué, often comic short stories with an interwoven thread throughout—the countless devices men use to fill the void in their lives in order to feel whole. From a story about a grieving man purchasing a robot that resembles his ex to a tale of a drug-addicted saxophone player who unexpectedly finds his passion again, Hughes’ lively collection is a whimsical exploration of the hu

Reviews of the Week with Helen Schulman, Shaun David Hutchinson, Kate Schatz, 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 October 22–26 below.

Monday, October 22

A Halloween Treat for High-Schoolers and Middle-Schoolers, Too: Cherie Priest’s THE AGONY HOUSE

Lynn: Looking for a great spooky book to hand teens as Halloween approaches? Cherie Priest’s The Agony House (2018) is a perfect choice! High-school senior Denise, her mom, and new stepdad are the newest residents of Argonne House in New Orleans. Over 100 years old and standing alone on a hurricane-ravaged block, the house is literally falling down around their ears.

Cover Trend Alert: Title Title Title Title Title

I’m a big fan of text-only and typographically interesting covers, so I did a big swoon when I saw the cover of Jill Soloway’s upcoming memoir She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchyand I was oh-so-pleased when a friend told me about Hey Ladies, a book told entirely through emails, and I discovered its cover also featured the title printed many times in different colors.