Reading the World: Important Fiction in Translation Beyond the Best Sellers

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An arresting portrayal of totalitarian control; a charming and fabulist coming-of-age tale ends as a serious study of one artist’s struggle; Urroz’s fluid, propulsive language and passionate exploration of ideas unfolds a magnificent and heartfelt novel

Summer Poetry: 13 Smart New Collections from Debut and Veteran Authors Alike

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Bell’s new collection could draw even those who don’t typically read poetry; Plenty is important for sophisticated readers; raw, unsparing poems from Sharif come highly recommended; debuter Vuong’s poems are painfully, exquisitely exact

Summer Buzz Panel | Day of Dialog 2016

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The crowd attending the afternoon’s Summer Buzz panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog was treated to a diverse array of fiction authors with titles to tout. Emma Cline (The Girls, Penguin Random House, Jun.) told the audience that, as a kid, she was always fascinated with true crime. Though her debut novel has been called […]

Choice Fiction Panel | Day of Dialog 2016

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A standing room only crowd greeted the Choice Authors panel, part of the morning program at LJ’s Day of Dialog event held on Wednesday, May 11, at the UIC Forum in Chicago. Moderator  Barbara Hoffert asked penetrating questions of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler (Perfume River, Atlantic Monthly Press, Sept.), Jonathan Safran Foer (Here […]

Books in Demand at BookExpo America 2016

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Publishers bring to BookExpo America the books they most want to promote, but attendees always have their favorites. To the prevailing question, What were the big books at BEA?, here are some answers. First, it’s no surprise that in-demand titles included MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a reenvisioning of slavery in America; NYPL […]

Günter Grass’s Last Work, the Nabokov-Wilson Feud, & More | Barbara’s Picks, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Beam, Alex. The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. Pantheon. Dec. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781101870228. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870235. LITERATURE/biogr In 1940, leading man of American letters Edmund Wilson helped asylum-seeker Vladimir Nabokov get settled in this country, introducing him to editors and assigning him book reviews for the […]

Seven Big Thrillers | Fiction Previews, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Greaney Mark. Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. Putnam. Dec. 2016. 736p. ISBN 9780399176814. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698410664. lrg. prnt. CD: downloadable. Penguin Audio. THRILLER Along with his own popular “Gray Man” series, Greaney wrote three No. 1 best sellers with Tom Clancy, then carried on the Clancy tradition with another top-spot best seller, Tom […]

On Elvis Presley & George Lucas | Nonfiction Previews, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Connolly, Ray. Being Elvis. Liveright: Norton. Dec. 2016. 369p. ISBN 9781631492808. $27.95. BIOGRAPHY Longtime British rock journalist Connolly, also a novelist and award-winning screenwriter, interviewed numerous Sixties and Seventies stars while working for the London Evening Standard. Elvis Presley was among them. Now, on the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death, Connolly has crafted a biography […]

Editors’ Picks Panel | Day of Dialog 2016

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Heimert, and Tim Duggan (l. to r.); Mason enthuses about her books; McGrath listens as Heimert discusses her nonfiction titles (l. to r.); Barbara Hoffert opens both the day’s events and the Editors’ Picks panel; Einhorn talks about the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge; and Duggan tells Anderson about the international slant 
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At the Editors’ Picks panel at this year’s Day of Dialog, moderator Stephanie Anderson, Darien Library, CT, brought up the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge, a program born on Twitter that promotes the reading of all books published by the redoubtable editor of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Einhorn was at Day of Dialog in her […]

Thomas Friedman, Robert Littell, Amos Oz | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Friedman, Thomas L. Thank You for Being Late: Finding a Job, Running a Country, and Keeping Your Head in an Age of Accelerations. Farrar. Nov. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780374273538. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374715144. CD: Macmillan Audio. POLITICAL SCIENCE Our world is accelerating in exciting and dangerous ways, with technology allowing for self-driving cars and Wifi-enhanced […]