Five Don’t-Miss Book (and Book-and-Movie) Panels at ALA


Zombies, Vampires, and Spooks—Oh My! Saturday, June 27, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Moscone Convention Center, 125 (N) Zombies, vampires, and spooks can upset one’s day, but the books here are creepiest for the unseen and unexpected. Mira Grant’s Chimera (Orbit: Hachette) wraps up the “Parasitology” trilogy with implanted tapeworms meant to assure human health causing a terrifying […]

ALA Prep: Register for the 2015 Galley & Signing Guide


It’s nearly time for the ALA conference in sea-misted, Golden-Gated San Francisco, which means that it’s nearly time for LJ’s 2015 ALA Galley & Signing Guide. As always, the guide will feature galley and book giveaways and in-booth signings, organized by aisle for easy navigation of the show floor—all the more crucial with so many […]

Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed Poet Laureate


On Wednesday, June 10, outgoing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named Juan Felipe Herrera the library’s 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2015–2016. Herrera, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN USA National Poetry Award, and the International Latino Book Award, among numerous other honors, is the first Hispanic poet […]

Books That Buzzed at BookExpo America, Pt. 2


Among the titles introduced by Knopf editor Diana Miller at the Editors’ Picks panel opening this year’s Day of Dialog was Garth Risk Hallberg’s $2 million debut, City on Fire, swift but deep at 900-plus smartly rendered pages and featuring a range of characters interlinked in 1970s New York. Miller’s fellow panelist Robert Weil, publishing […]

Christopher Buckley, James Lee Burke, Paolo Giordano, & Ruth Rendell | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1


Buckley, Christopher. The Relic Master. S. & S. Dec. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781501125751. $26.95. HISTORICAL Buckley, who’s been called “the funniest writer in the English language” by Tom Wolfe and has a Thurber Prize for American Humor to prove it, offers a boisterous tale of 16th-century relic hunting that should have broad appeal. It’s 1517, […]

Mystery from Ann Cleeves to Victoria Thompson | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1


Cleeves, Ann. Harbour Street: A Vera Stanhope Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781250070661. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466881051. MYSTERY Malice Domestic Honored International Visitor in 2015, Cleeves won the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black; nonreaders (anyone here?) still know her from Vera, the Netflix show based on her Vera Stanhope […]

Sports, the Middle East, & the U.S. Presidential Campaign | Social Science Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1


Coppins, McKay. The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. Little, Brown. Dec. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780316327411. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316327466. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316383714. POLITICAL SCIENCE With all the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency, wouldn’t it be nice to have […]

Fiction in Translation: Ten Key Novels That Will Take You to Other Worlds


Daoud pens an eye-opening, humbling read; Gormezano Goren’s novel is soberly enticing; all fiction readers will love The Travels of Daniel Ascher; Vila-Matas has a singular talent for making the cerebral wonderfully entertaining

2015 BookExpo America Books That Buzzed


At this year’s BookExpo America, eager fans pulled Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Riverhead) from boxes even as publicists carried them across the floor, and once the remaining galleys were unloaded they lasted for the duration of a commercial break. Oscar Hijuelos’s final, posthumous Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise (Grand Central) and Jesse Eisenberg’s first […]

From Kevin Barry to Mary Gaitskill to Stephen King | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3


Barry, Kevin. Beatlebone. Doubleday. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780385540292. $24.95. LITERARY FICTION Barry broke out big with his darkly brilliant debut, City of Bohane, winner of the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, and has since published two show-stopping collections. Here, after appearing with foresightful Graywolf, he’s getting his first big-house publication in the United States, […]