The 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide: Almost Here

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The 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide: what’s in it for you? Hundreds of galley listings, from big-time works like Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks; to Audrey Magee’s The Undertaking, shortlisted for the Bailey Woman’s Fiction Prize, once the Orange Prize; to Jussi Adler-Olsen’s juicy The […]

ALA 2014: United for Libraries Author Panels in Las Vegas

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Once Friends of Libraries USA, then integrated into the American Library Association and renamed (twice), United for Libraries can be credited with keeping book talk going at ALA with numerous author panels and events. At this year’s forthcoming ALA, the author panels (which I am fortunate to introduce) start first thing on Saturday, June 28, […]

Commercial Fiction from Christopher Fowler to Rebecca James | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 2

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Archer, Ursula. Five. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2014. 336p. ISBN 978125037411. $25.99; ebk. ISBN ISBN 9781250037428. MYSTERY When numbers and letters tattooed to the feet of a dead woman turn out to be map coordinates, DI Beatrice Kaspary finds herself chasing around the Austrian countryside, uncovering gruesome remains and more clues that lead her on […]

On Ted Hughes, Prince’s Purple Rain, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 2

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Baillie, John & Susanna Wright. A Diary of Private Prayer. Scribner. Dec. 2014. 144p. ISBN 9781476754703. $15.99. RELIGION Teacher/preacher Baillie’s classic Christian devotional, first published in 1936, claims more than a million copies in print. Now, theologian Wright has updated it for modern readers. A nice, new package overall. Hall, Donald. Essays After Eighty. Houghton […]

Sign Up for Your 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide Now

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Top pop author Rainbow Rowell’s The Landline, Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale in a limited bound-manuscript edition, Brian Doyle’s exceptional The Plover, Lauren Oliver’s Rooms and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist (two big BEA hits), Alix Christie’s library-appropriate Gutenberg’s Apprentice, and Michele Raffin’s The Birds of Pandemonium, about a conservation effort to rescue our endangered feathered friends. […]

H.G. Adler, Dean Koontz, Phillip Margolin, Wes Moore, & Ludmila Ulitskaya | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Adler, H.G. The Wall. Random. Dec. 2014. 720p. tr. from German by Peter Filkins. ISBN 9780812993066. $30. LITERARY Born in Prague in the early 1900s, Adler lost most of his family in the Holocaust and himself spent time in the camps; he died in London in 1988. With the 2008 publication of The Journey, his […]

Unpublished Saramago, an Icelandic Joy Ride, Cormac McCarthy’s First Screenplay, & Four Best-Selling Thriller Authors | Fiction, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Gerritsen, Tess. Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel. Ballantine. Dec. 2014.  352p. ISBN 9780345543851. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345543868. THRILLER Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli sees a connection between the death of a big game hunter, found with the body of a white snow leopard he had been commissioned to find and stuff, and other, seemingly […]

From Medieval Knights to Murder in Palestine | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Asbridge, Thomas. The Greatest Knight. Ecco. Dec. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062262059. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780060787295. HISTORY A medieval scholar noted for writing and presenting the BBC Two series The Crusades, Asbridge tells the story of William Marshal, who lived in such harsh times (12th-century England) that he was condemned to the gallows at age five […]

TED Joins with Simon & Schuster for a 12-Book Series

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Launched in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment, and design could meet and now embracing a full range of globally significant topics, TED aims to disseminate ideas primarily through focused talks no more than 18 minutes in length. Two annual TED conferences feature major speakers that have ranged from Bill Gates to Jane Goodall […]

Book World Remembers Maya Angelou

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After the death of celebrated autobiographer, poet, and civil rights champion Maya Angelou on May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, NC, the Academy of American Poets sent “Still I Rise,” perhaps her best-known poem, to its 300,000 Poem-a-Day subscribers. The airing of that memorably uncompromising piece—“You may write me down in history/ With your […]

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