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Listening Trip: Audiobooks Set in San Francisco | Wyatt’s World

Wrapping up audiobook month are selections for road, train, and plane warriors heading off to the … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads July 2015

It's not a cookbook! J. Ryan Stradal's much-buzzed-about novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest is what … [Continue Reading]

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Churches, Houses, Songs, Choices | What We’re Reading

In the hours and days after the hellish events in Charleston, SC, I asked the “What We’re … [Continue Reading]

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Dads Plus Mollusks, Millennials, and Margaret Mead | What We’re Reading

I asked the LJ/School Library Journal staffers for “dad reads” last week, and as is often the … [Continue Reading]

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The Return of Doctor Who: Titan Releases Two New Graphic Novels Series Fans Will Love

This past March, Titan Comics published the first volumes in two new “Doctor Who” series: The … [Continue Reading]

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Francesca Haig | Debut Spotlight, June 15, 2015

The first volume in a planned trilogy, Francesca Haig’s debut novel, The Fire Sermon (LJ 2/15/15), … [Continue Reading]

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First Thoughts on ALA

This newsletter saying good-bye to 2015 titles is slim, owing to my work at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco. Some first thoughts, drawn from the panels I have moderated. It’s astonishing how a panel that can seem as disparate as United for Libraries’ “Beyond Genre,” with three memoirs, a book of photographs […]

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Rebecca Stead, Typhoid Mary, & an Adventurous Possum | Audio in Advance August 2015 | Middle Grade

Abbott, Tony. The Golden Vendetta. (The Copernicus Legacy, Bk. 3). Blackstone. ISBN Read by MacLeod Andrews. Gr 3-7—It’s been two months since the Kaplan family hunted down the Serpens relic, but when the evil Galina Krause suddenly and violently reappears, Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca have no choice but to face her again. Now they […]

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Laura Dave | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2015

Interview with No. 1 vote getter Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes

Engineering & Technology, June 2015 | Best Sellers

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First Thoughts on ALA

This newsletter saying good-bye to 2015 titles is slim, owing to my work at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco. Some first thoughts, drawn from the panels I have moderated. It’s astonishing how a panel that can seem as disparate as United for Libraries’ “Beyond Genre,” with three memoirs, a book of photographs […]

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Last of the December Fiction | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

Fiorato, Marina. Beatrice and Benedick. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9781476776347. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466888982. HISTORICAL We all know how much Beatrice and Benedick sparred in Much Ado About Nothing, but how did their relationship come about? A Shakespeare scholar whose The Glassblower of Murano won international acclaim, Fiorato reimagines their meeting at her […]

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From Occupy Art to Romantic Suspense | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

Crabapple, Molly. Drawing Blood. Harper. Dec. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781476772080. $25.99. MEMOIR Crabapple traveled through Europe and the Near East after high school, then settled in New York and worked at the nightclub The Box. She also witnessed the 9/11 attack. Eventually, the emerging Occupy movement compelled her to artistic talents to serve a new […]

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2015 Andrew Carnegie Winners | ALA 2015

amaEach year, the American Library Association awards the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Honoring the festivities at this year’s annual conference in San Francisco were outgoing ALA president Courtney Young, presenting the welcome address; author and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, delivering the keynote; and Carnegie Medals Selection Committee Member Donna Seaman, announcing the winners. Top Left: Fiction winner […]

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Laura Dave | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2015

Interview with No. 1 vote getter Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes

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Collection Development

Summertime Vibes | Memoir

The memoirs this month are quick, quirky books perfect for reading in a hammock while soaking up some summertime vibes.

From Screen to Sound | Wyatt’s World

For the second week of audiobook month consider displaying titles by authors well known on screens big and small. Here are five memoirs from visual celebrities—actors on hit TV shows and films, a news anchor, and a chef–turned–tour guide.

Earth’s Uncertain Future | Collection Development: Climate Change, June 1, 2015

Climate change entered scientific discourse during the 1980s as scientists started to document a rapid rise in greenhouse gases and a corresponding increase in global temperatures. Their claims were quickly challenged as critics alleged the gases had little to do with any warming that might be occurring. Here the debate heats up in books, videos, and websites.

Faulty Families | Memoir

There’s not a dud in this batch of brand-new memoirs about families functional and dysfunctional.

A Mother’s Fear, a Daughter’s Revenge | African American Fiction (and More)

Moving away from standard urban fiction themes of violence and sex, established African American fiction author ReShonda Tate Billingsley tackles the hot-button topic of the police shooting of unarmed black men and teens, while Saundra’s tale of street vengeance recalls Sistah Souljah.

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Readers’ Advisory

Listening Trip: Audiobooks Set in San Francisco | Wyatt’s World

Wrapping up audiobook month are selections for road, train, and plane warriors heading off to the annual American Library Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco, each title well set in the foggy and hilly city.

Mars: The Re(a)d Planet | The Reader’s Shelf, June 15, 2015

Sf writers and their fans have been drawn to the Red Planet for decades. Here are some of the best intergalactic adventures published between 1950 and 2014.

A New Adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell | RA Crossroads

Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, two magicians lead me down a winding path.

Modern “Radio” Dramas: Audio Stories for 21st-Century Listeners | Wyatt’s World

Radio dramas have given way to podcasts, and this new form of storytelling is as addictive and immersive as its early predecessor. Here are five to consider.

Liars, a Gunfighter, Adolescent Arms Dealers, and More | Books for Dudes

June’s BFD column includes some truly great fiction plus hardcore summertime hammock-worthy nonfiction.

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