Booklist Editor’s PicksPosted: January 24, 2012
For those who don’t know, Booklist is a publication by ALA, The American Library Association. It is an EXCELLENT source for reviews and best of lists. Chances are YOUR local library, indie bookstore, and even school/university follows the Booklist reviews pretty closely.
They get over 60,000 submissions a year, so if the book gets reviewed, that’s a pretty good vote right there that it’s worth reading. Their reviewers and editors are all very much book folk (See HERE for a list of their current reviewers. If you think you have the stuff to review for them, they instruct you to send samples of your work to the appropriate editors).
On top of that, they do excellent Editor’s Picks and Editor’s Choice Lists in a variety of genres. In all honesty, this is not an award, per se. There is no nomination process, or a prize. It IS something that is likely to be plastered all over a book/author bio. If I were ever cool enough to land on the list it would be party time at Casa Booktopia. This is a well-respected, influential group of folk who know their stuff. I don’t always agree with them, but their rationale is always, well, rational. If you’re looking for an unbiased review, this is a great place to start. The 2012 “winners” aren’t up yet, but here are links to the 2011 picks:
Top of the List, 2011
Editors’ Choice, 2011: Adult Books
Editors’ Choice, 2011: Adult Books for Young Adults
Editors’ Choice, 2011: Books for Youth
Editors’ Choice, 2011: Media
Editors’ Choice, 2011: Reference Sources
Top of the List Interview: Patrick Ness
Online and print memberships are available, but a lot of the info is free online.
Full disclosure: Booklist does not know who I am, nor are they likely to be interested.