What’s in a Prize | The Season To Contemplate


  The American Library Association just announced the shortlist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Last week, the National Book Foundation announced its shortlist for the National Book Awards. Marlon James recently won the Man Booker Prize. Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in Literature, a rare writer of […]

New Novels from Divakaruni & Graham Swift, McBride on James Brown, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Blum, Howard. The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal. Harper. Apr. 2016. 544p. ISBN 9780062307675. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062307798. HISTORY A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the Edgar Award-winning American Lightning and the New York Times best seller Dark Invasion (hey, Bradley Cooper has optioned […]

Popular Reading from Baldacci to Chiaverini to Rollins | Fiction Reviews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Baldacci, David. The Last Mile. Grand Central. Apr. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9781455586455. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586486. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455586479. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER In Memory Man, mega-best-selling author Baldacci introduced Amos Decker, a football player quickly wiped off the field by a terrible injury who became a police detective and, after the murder of […]

The Working World, from Alibaba to Technology’s Impact | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Avent, Ryan. The Wealth of Humans: The Future of Work in the Twenty-First Century. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781250075802. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887190. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Economics correspondent for the Economist (recently promoted to news editor) and the primary contributor to its Free Exchange blog, Avent ranges worldwide to examine the impact of […]

Garth Risk Hallberg | LibraryReads Author, October 15, 2015


An utterly absorbing speed-read notwithstanding its gorgeous 900-page heft, Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire lets readers live and breathe 1970s New York.

Strong Slate Competes for National Book Awards


On Wednesday, October 14, the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the National Book Award. The five finalists in each of four categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature—follow a long-list featuring ten titles in each category. For the second year in a row, the finalists were announced on NPR’s Morning Edition. Only two […]

Marlon James Wins 2015 Man Booker Award


On Tuesday, October 13, Marlon James made history by becoming the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize in its 47-year history. The decision was met with “spontaneous and rapturous applause,” said the BBC, when it was announced at a lavish awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall. James won for his multivoiced A Brief History […]

Register Now for the Next Editors’ Picks Webcast, Coming October 28


Hot debut novels. Juicy historical fiction. Diverse books for adult readers. All delivered to you in one hour with Library Journal’s newest Editors’ Picks webcast, coming before the jack-o’-lanterns get lighted. These webcasts are modeled on the popular Editor’s Picks panel at Day of Dialog, and you don’t have to travel to hear them. What […]

Daring Librarians, Hamilton as Musical, Quindlen’s New Novel, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Doerries, Bryan. The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan. Pantheon. Apr. 2016. 160p. ISBN 9780375715167. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870990. GRAPHIC NOVEL/CLASSICS Doerries is the founder of Theater of War, which aims to help service members, veterans, and their families cope with the damage of war, both physical and emotional, by presenting readings of ancient Greek […]

Parenting Titles, from Childbirth Through Post-College | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Raeburn, Paul & Kevin Zollman. The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know—Your Kids. Scientific American: Farrar. Apr. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780374160012. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374714406. PARENTING Journalist Raeburn, whose Do Fathers Matter? won a National Parenting Publications Gold Medal, has […]