Barbara Hoffert

About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

2017 National Book Award Long-Lists Announced

During the week of September 11, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long lists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, revealing its continuing focus on diverse, of-the-moment books while reminding us how rich publishing can be these days. It’s no surprise to see National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing […]

Showcasing Poetry: An Annual Poets House Event Celebrates 25 Years

The 2017 Poets House Poetry Showcase was held June 22 through August 26—halfway through, it was extended by two weeks given demand—marking the event’s 25th anniversary, giving Poets House cause to celebrate while pondering its future moves.

War, Immigration, & Top-Flight Fiction | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2018

Abouzeid, Rania. No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria. Norton. Mar. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780393609493. $26.95. CURRENT EVENTS/MIDDLE EAST For her in-depth coverage of the Middle East, Beirut-based Abouzeid has earned numerous honors, from the George Polk Award to the European Commission’s Anna Lindh Journalist Foundation Award. Here she gives a history […]

Gutcheon, Leon, Patterson, Winspear, & More | Mystery Previews, Mar. 2018

Dovalpage, Teresa. Death Comes in Through the Kitchen. Soho Crime. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781616958848. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616958855. MYSTERY Winner of Spain’s Rincón de la Victoria Award and the author of both fiction and plays, Cuban-born, New Mexico–based Dovalpage offers a literary mystery set in 2003 Havana. It opens with San Diego journalist Matt […]

From Chief Justice Marshall to Renoir’s Dancer | Biography Previews, Feb. 2018

Heminway, John. In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781524732974. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524732981. Downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY “She probably saved more lives than any other individual in east Africa—if not the whole continent,” said Richard Leakey of Dr. Anne Spoerry, who settled in Kenya after World War […]

Science, Psychology, & Food | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2018

Barth, F. Diane. I Know How You Feel: The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women’s Lives. Houghton Harcourt. Feb. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780544870277. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544870291. PSYCH New York–based psychotherapist Barth, whose Psychology Today blog boasts over 4.5 million views, weaves together stories from a range of women to explain how life affects […]

Top World Fiction for Fall

Never didactic, this slice-of-life portrait of Cuba at a crucial moment will find readers beyond Latin American enthusiasts; an unsettling and brilliant document of contemporary life—highly recommended; Nevo shows us life’s complexities in a thoroughly satisfying read

From Hannah to Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2018

Hannah, Kristin. The Great Alone. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780312577230. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250165619. CD. Macmillan Audio. POP FICTION In 1974, what could be harder for 13-year-old Leni Allbright than having a dangerously unsettled Vietnam vet dad? Having him lose yet another job and decide to move the family to the Alaskan wilderness, […]

Politics, Memoir, Essays | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Feb. 2018

Amis, Martin. The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986–2017. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781400044535. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525520252. LITERARY ESSAYS Smartly acidulous in his nonfiction as in his fiction, celebrated British author Amis (now based in Brooklyn) collects 30 years’ worth of essays ranging from Trump and terrorism […]

Best-Selling Authors & Hot Debuts | Pop Fiction Previews, Feb. 2018

Ackerman, Sara. Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers. Mira: Harlequin. Feb. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778319214. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488080456. WOMEN’S FICTION/HISTORICAL In World War II Hawaii, as American troops swoop in and members of the territory’s large Japanese population suffer internment, Violet Iverson decides to open a pie stand with friend Jean to keep […]