Michael Cart Talks About the 2014 Man Booker prize

podcastIn this podcast, Michael Cart talks about (among other things) the two American titles nominated for the 2014 Man Booker PrizeWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris. Among the articles mentioned in this podcast: Read Whatever You Want by Elizabeth Minkel (New Statesman, Oct 14, 2014), Turning Pages: Publishers Profit from Young Adult Blockbusters by Jane Sullivan (Sydney Morning Herald, Oct 18, 2014), and Henry James and the Great YA Debate by Christopher Beha (The New Yorker, Sep 18, 2014).

Michael Cart Looks at a New Take on Banned Books

podcastIn this new podcast, Michael Cart looks at a new trend in banned books: trigger warnings. Trigger warnings are disclaimers most commonly applied to discussions about rape, sexual abuse, and mental illness, and have appeared on message boards since the early days of the Web. A new movement is afoot in universities around the country. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, students recently urged officials to institute mandatory trigger warnings on class syllabi. Professors who present “content that may trigger the onset of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” would be required to issue advance alerts and allow students to skip those classes.

In other news, Michael discusses the return to realism in young adult literature, found in titles like The Fault in our Stars and If I Stay.

Michael Cart Looks at Recent Trends in YA Lit

podcastIn this podcast, Michael Cart looks at some trends in young adult literature, how we read (digital brains, anyone?) and the phenomenon that is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Mentioned in this podcast: Serious Reading Takes a Hit (Washington Post, April 6, 2014), and Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? (New York Times, March 15, 2014).

Michael Cart on new (or maybe not so new) book genres

podcastIn his latest podcast, Infopeople’s bookmeister extraordinaire Michael Cart talks about a relatively new category of commercial fiction known as “new adult” fiction. But as he points out, this new genre has a lot of the same characteristics as another older genre: crossover books. Coincidence? Michael thinks not.

Some examples of “new adult” titles: Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series, Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Other book titles discussed in this podcast: Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys and Scorpio Races, and Lois Lowry’s Son.