Confessions of a Book Reviewer: The Best of Carte Blanche

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978-0-8389-1645-2
Published: 
2018
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ALA Editions
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216
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9"
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Softcover
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A, C, I

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Foreword by Francesca Lia Block

For more than 20 years, Michael Cart’s column for Booklist has delighted YA literature enthusiasts and bibliophiles in general with an engaging mixture of wit, insight, and good old fashioned publishing industry gossip. Spotlighting Cart’s unique perspective as both devoted book reviewer and self-proclaimed book addict, this “Carte Blanche” compilation offers readers the chance to trace the blossoming of YA lit into a bona fide phenomenon that continues to grow in popularity. In the columns gathered here, he explores

  • reading, writing, and book collections and collecting;
  • the past, present and future of YA lit;
  • a multitude of genres, including historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, humor, and comics; and
  • memories of notable figures in the world of publishing through tributes and memorials.

These pieces remain as engaging and fun to read as when they first appeared.

Introduction
Foreword
Preface        In the Beginning: The Column That Started It All

 

“The Great Cavern of Old Time” June 1 and 15, 1994


Chapter 1    On Reading and Writing: Passions and Pleasures
“The Paradigms, They Are A-Shiftin,’” January 1 and 15, 1996
“Is Reading Selfish?” March 15, 2004
“My Romance . . . with Reading,” September 15, 2004
“A Difficult and Complex Art,” March 15, 2014
“Read and Discuss,” December 15, 2015

 

Chapter 2    Books, Books, Books: On Collections and Collecting


“The Accidental Book Collector,” December 15, 2005
“Hercules Had It Easy,” April 15, 1995
“Heap o’ Books,” May 15, 1998
“Where I Get Those Ideas,” September 15, 2003
“Boxes Everywhere,” September 15, 2006
“My Environment,” February 15, 2013

 

Chapter 3    That Was Then, This Is . . . Young Adult Literature, Past, Present, and Future


“Happy Anniversary,” January 1 and 15, 2017
“The First Golden Age,” February 15, 2017
“Romance Redux,” March 15, 2017
“A Near-Death Experience,” April 15, 2017
“A New Golden Age,” May 15, 2017
“The Present and the Prospective,” June 1 and 15, 2017
“The Dream Becomes a Reality,” March 15, 2000
“A Modern Master,” December 15, 2000

 

Chapter 4    With a Genre Here and a Genre There: Historical Fiction and Romance


“Back Home Again,” May 15, 2002
“Nightmare,” April 15, 2011
“Only a Great Man,” April 15, 2015
“The Object(s) of Their Affection,” September 15, 2008
“My Cicada Love Song,” September 15, 2011

 

Chapter 5    Other Worlds: Fantasy and Science Fiction


“Cutting My Teeth on Fantasy,” April 15, 2002
“What Rowling Has Wrought,” April 15, 2004
“The Camelot Connection,” May 15, 2006
“The Future Is Now,” May 15, 2008
“The Possibility of the Impossible,” May 15, 2007
“The Possibilities of the Impossible,” May 15, 2011

 

Chapter 6    What’s So Funny? Wit, Humor, and the Comics


“Dissecting the Frog,” February 15, 2016
“Crazy about Comics,” March 15, 2016
“Just Ducky, Thanks,” February 1, 2012
“Magic Man,” June 1 and 15, 2010

 

Chapter 7    The Lives That Late They Led: Biography


“A Disease of English Literature,” June 1 and 15, 2015
“So Many Lives, So Little Space,” June 1 and 15, 2012
“Get a Life!” June 1 and 15, 2011
“Limning Lives,” June 1 and 15, 2008
“A Writer’s Life,” June 1 and 15, 2007

 

Chapter 8    Tributes: Memories and Memorials


“My Churches,” November 15, 2013
“A Clean, Well Lighted Sanctuary,” April 15, 2000
“Among the Digitally Divided,” October 15, 2005
“A Love Letter to Weetzie,” May 15, 1999
“Descent into Limbo,” May 15, 2003
“Love, Passion, and Lectures,” November 15, 1998
“Remembering Myra and Mike,” November 15, 1996
“Remembering Bill,” November 15, 2003
“His First Novel,” November 15, 2004
“Hog Heaven,” March 15, 1998
“America’s New Laureate,” August 2006

Conclusion: Some Stray Thoughts on Columns
Index

 

Michael Cart

Michael Cart is a nationally known expert in young adult literature, which he taught at UCLA before his recent relocation to the Midwest. A columnist and reviewer for ALA's Booklist magazine, he is also the author or editor of more than 20 books and countless articles that have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Parents Magazine, American Libraries, School Library Journal, and elsewhere. The former president of both YALSA and ALAN, he is the recipient of the 2000 Grolier Award and the first recipient - in 2008 - of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Award. He appointed and chaired the Task Force that created the Michael L. Printz Award and subsequently chaired the 2006 Printz Committee.