Xpress Reviews: Audiobooks | First Look at New Books, July 19, 2013

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Forensic fiction enters Black’s “Theresa MacLean” series; Alex Cross busts another party; Singh’s futuristic world comes to life in four changeling stories; one man’s 1856 journey into the wilderness of Gabon to study a gorilla; tsunami survivor and debut author Deraniyagala’s account of loss and recovery

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, July 19, 2013

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From The Sports Gene to an essential Complete Guide to Special Needs Planning to Gentleman Bankers, and Kertész’s Dossier K. Nonfiction titles for all readers.

Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, July 19, 2013

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An unconventional love story from Toperoff. Abolitionist John Brown and a young slave Henry travel to Harper’s ferry in 1859. Short story collections set in the Hawaiian Islands and abroad. A Cold War–era spy thriller reaches a boiling point in Italy in 1984. And more.

Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, July 19, 2013

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Love sneaks up on Maisie Scott in Newton’s latest set in an Indiana diner. Seasons begins a sexy and sporty new series with Playing the Field, and forbidden love resurfaces after 3,000 years of waiting in Zululo’s next installment of the “Zubis Chronicles.”

2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction | ALA 2013

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The 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction winners are announced in Chicago during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference.

LJ’s Barbara Hoffert Interviews Mitch Albom: A Preview

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Mitch Albom talks about his forthcoming novel with LJ’s very own Barbara Hoffert. Here’s a preview.

A “No Starbucks” Café Crawl | ALA Midwinter, Seattle January 22-29

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For librarians headed to ALA Midwinter in Seattle, may I strongly suggest NO STARBUCKS. As a general rule, this is expected of the resident. For the visitor, abstaining for one day is good enough.

Instead, as a Seattle native, I recommend a ten-minute walk (probably in the rain) to a few of Seattle’s superlative and nearby-the-Convention-Center cafés, located along the E. Pine/ E. Pike St. corridor in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

A Tribute to Louise Glück | Poetry in Context

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On December 14, the Academy of American Poets hosted a tribute reading to former poet laureate Louise Glück, celebrating the November 2012 publication of Poems 1962–2012 (Farrar. ISBN 9780374126087. $40). Poets Frank Bidart, Dana Levin, Robert Pinsky, Peter Streckfus, and Ellen Bryant Voigt read poems by Glück, capturing the aura of the woman with a […]

Poetry Out of Context: Notes from the 6th Annual Academy of American Poets Forum

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When Whitman declares in “Native Moments,” “I will play a part no longer, why should I exile myself / from my companions? / I come forthwith in your midst, I will be your poet, / I will be more to you than to any of the rest,” he defines, in one context, the innermost desire […]

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