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Poetry in Our Pockets | What We’re Reading

As April, that cruelest month, is National Poetry Month and this Thursday is "Poem in Your Pocket" … [Continue Reading]

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Q&A: Francine Rivers

Several authors, including Janette Oke and Frank Peretti, were fundamental to the development of … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads: Librarians Announce May Favorites

At Simon & Schuster's recent spring preview, several librarians, unbidden and with some emotion, … [Continue Reading]

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The Great War: 22 Recent Titles

Baxter, John. Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914–1918. … [Continue Reading]

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Pushing Boundaries | Mystery Preview 2014

Year after year, mystery remains the number one circulating genre in libraries, as LJ’s annual … [Continue Reading]

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Women in Blue: Q&A with Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is a New York Times and international best-selling author, with over 30 million … [Continue Reading]

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In a clever marketing ploy to promote Louise Penny’s forthcoming tenth entry in her popular “Inspector Gamache” series, the author and her publisher are launching a virtual book club to reread the entire series. Starting April 21 with Penny’s Agatha Award-winning debut Still Life, each of the nine titles will be discussed for two weeks, culminating […]

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In a clever marketing ploy to promote Louise Penny’s forthcoming tenth entry in her popular “Inspector Gamache” series, the author and her publisher are launching a virtual book club to reread the entire series. Starting April 21 with Penny’s Agatha Award-winning debut Still Life, each of the nine titles will be discussed for two weeks, culminating […]

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Poems in My Pocket for Poem in Your Pocket Day

My Library Journal colleagues have already posted their favorite poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day in our weekly What We’re Reading feature. I was delayed because I couldn’t find a particular book, with a particular translation, that I really wanted. Yes, I finally located that beloved Mandelstam collection this morning and include two poems […]

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Memoirs about growing up, attending weddings, tending kids, shooting stars, being deaf, eating wildly, and coming out.

Fuel to the Flame | African American Fiction (and More)

This month’s authors throw gas on urban fiction’s constantly smoldering fire of sex and violence. Brace yourself for decapitations, group sex, girl-on-girl knock-down, drag-out fights and of course stellar trash talking.

Spring Has Sprung | 35 Going On 13

Unlike the movies, where it feels like all of the star-studded casts, A-list directors, and epic films are held until awards season, spring publishing is a present for the patient reader. At just about the time the best lists and book prizes are announced, preview copies from authors new and familiar start to appear like […]

Magazine Recovery | Best Magazines 2013

Evidence suggests that the downturn in the market for magazines caused by rising popularity of online media and the great recession has bottomed out and may soon begin to turn around. Growth in subscriptions is slow and newsstand sales continue to suffer, but nevertheless there are signs of stability in the market. As of March 1, Mediafinder.com had identified 198 launches for 2013. This compares to 227 magazines launched in 2012 and 239 launched in 2011. The shrinking rate of growth, however, is somewhat offset by the number of cessations. Mediafinder identified 87 magazines that ceased publication in 2013. That compares to 82 closures in 2012 and 152 in 2011. So the 2013 statistics are better on balance than 2011’s and only slightly worse than the figures for 2012.

Pushing Boundaries | Mystery Preview 2014

Year after year, mystery remains the number one circulating genre in libraries, as LJ’s annual materials buying survey reveals. While fans have their favorite cozy, police procedural, or historical thriller, the increasing number of releases that allow readers to cross the boundaries from one genre to another in the same book proves that today there is no one true way of presenting this beloved genre.

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