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On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

As many of our colleagues at School Library Journal/LJ journey to ALA and/or vacation hot spots, the … [Continue Reading]

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Will the Real Christian Grey, Please Stand Up? | Beyond Fifty Shades

LJ ebook reviewer Colleen Sargent sheds some light on Grey.   James, EL. Grey: Fifty … [Continue Reading]

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Smaller Press Books from the Show | ALA 2015

Wandering the booths at ALA revealed some intriguing books from publishers outside of the big five. … [Continue Reading]

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2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners | ALA 2015

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) awards the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence … [Continue Reading]

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Laura Dave | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2015

Not long ago, Laura Dave was hard at work on a mystery, scrabbling through five drafts in 18 months. … [Continue Reading]

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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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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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Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

Every year about this time, a desire for history and context about the founding of our nation bubbles forth. Satisfy readers with these five titles. And have a Happy 4th

Caption here on images from the Town Hall meeting. At top, Nesbitt and Hoffert listen as Robert Hubsher from Ramapo Catskill Library System makes a point. Next, close view of Nesbitt, who stepped in last minute to lead the meeting. Other shots show crowd involvement and approval. Photos ©2015 William Neumann

Town Hall Meeting | Day of Dialog 2015

There’s nothing like a Town Hall Meeting to get ideas flowing, and the event at LJ’s Day of Dialog was no exception. The roomful of librarians from across the country offered a wide variety of viewpoints, with some gentle guidance from moderator Barbara Hoffert and meeting leader Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) branch manager, […]

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First Novels | Day of Dialog 2015

  The First Novels panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog showcased six very different writers of five very different novels, with something for everyone in the audience. Authors Ron Childress, Sloane Crosley, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Paige McKenzie, and Claire Vaye Watkins offered animated answers to moderator Stephanie Klose’s questions and kept the session […]

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On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

The WWR skeleton crew discusses the contents of their beach bags and backpacks. This week we won’t need a bigger boat…

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Will the Real Christian Grey, Please Stand Up? | Beyond Fifty Shades

EL James does Grey one better with her new tale from Christian’s perspective

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Trends, Traditions, Tastes | Middle Eastern Cooking Reviews, July 2015

Emphasizing recency and broad appeal, this list of materials will meet the practical needs of cooks and provide signposts for readers who’d like to contextualize their Middle Eastern cooking through additional study. The recommended DVDs highlight differences in how foods are prepared and eaten in the Middle East versus the United States and touch on heated debates regarding the origins of popular foods.

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.

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Readers’ Advisory

Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

Every year about this time, a desire for history and context about the founding of our nation bubbles forth. Satisfy readers with these five titles. And have a Happy 4th

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.

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