Listening to literature expands our horizons, connecting us to commonalities across cultures while honoring the differences that define our identities. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day every day with audiobooks!
Lynn: It has been my great pleasure to serve again this year on the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Youth Jury. This year the jury was made up of Jonathan Hunt, Walter Mayes, and myself. It was so much fun to argue books with these two astute readers again. We all served together on the Michael L. Printz Award committee in 2007, and they are just as dedicated and thoughtful as they were then.
Cindy: Almost 30 years ago, when I was a baby librarian—and not too many years after acquiring my college protest marching “No-Nukes” button—a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded and the news was full of the fallout. Today’s students may be fuzzy on the details, if they even know about this devastating accident.
Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the sixth post of our Publishing U series, novelist Leigh Bardugo and agent Joanna Volpe shine light on a common quandary faced by first-time authors.
The March 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 290 new reviews and 7 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.
Graphic novels have come to occupy their own tidy little corner of most libraries, staking an ever-expanding claim on the 741.5s (if you’re still using Dewey, that is). This, of course, makes perfect sense for readers looking only for sequential art narratives, as well as for readers looking just for sentences neatly ordered on a clean page. But what happens when visual storytelling bleeds over into prose novels, and vice versa?
What is the most expensive thing in the world? What does it mean to be rich? Are there people who get rich from doing bad things? No, you’re not taking a personality quiz and, no, your responses won’t be graded.