Reading James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (1962) has been revelatory. Baldwin never minced words and his appraisal of the racism of his time is directly linked to ours and the protests in Ferguson. It’s a short book that I highly recommend.
Today’s BTT promises a mash-up: “A Clockwork Orange meets A Tale of Two Cities meets Harry Potter in this clever, caring, and spellbinding tale, which promises more to come,” wrote Donna Seaman in her starred review of Samantha Shannon’s The Mime Order (Bloomsbury), the high-demand follow-up to her 2013 debut, The Bone Season.
I’ve been tossing this particular webcomic around the old brain box whenever a fortnightly Wednesday rolls around because I’ve been a fan of Beaton and Hark! A Vagrant since long before I had even heard the word Booklist, but I’ve been worried that all I’ll be able to muster up about it is embarrassing, blithering fanaticism.
The 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards were announced yesterday. The award “honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.” Sydney Taylor, whom the award memorializes, was the author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winning titles, linked to Booklist reviews when available, are below.
It’s the 206th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allen Poe, the namesake of the Edgar Awards, created by the Mystery Writers of America. The awards honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television, published or produced in 2014. Visit www.theedgars.com for details about the nominees. The winners will be announced at a banquet on April 29 in New York City. See the nominees below, with Booklist reviews linked when available.
The National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists for 2014 have been announced. This year, for the first time in the nearly 40 years since the awards have been in existence, a book has been nominated in more than one category. Citizen: An American Lyric has been nominated in both the Criticism and Poetry categories. The awards will be presented on March 12 at the New School in New York.