Celebrating the 35th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Presented Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium, the 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes revealed the usual satisfying mix of titles that have already deservedly received praise and others that engaged readers will be glad to see get an extra boost. The poetry prize went to Claudia Rankine’s […]

Nobel Prize Winner Pamuk, Game of Thrones Martin, Shocking Houellebecq, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 3

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Campbell, Bonnie Jo. Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories. Norton. Oct. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780393248456. $25.95. SHORT STORIES Campbell smashed into our consciousness with her terrific 2009 academic-press story collection, American Salvage, a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her subsequent novel, Once Upon a River, got big praise, too, but it’s […]

Gabaldon Goes Outlandish, Joe Klein Returns, a Look at Clementine Churchill, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2015. Pt. 3

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Gabaldon, Diana. The Outlandish Companion Volume Two: The Companion to The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. Delacorte. Oct. 2015. 1008p. ISBN 9780385344449. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780440246459. LITERATURE Expecting that you’ll be in Droughtlander mode after whipping through the latest title […]

Chills from Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Scottoline, Stuart Woods, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015. Pt. 3

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Belfoure, Charles. House of Thieves. Sourcebooks Landmark. Sept. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781492617891. $25.99. THRILLER Like its author, whose recent The Paris Architect was a national best seller (catch the starred LJ review), the protagonist of this 1880s New York–set thriller is an architect, though he uses his knowledge in an unusual manner. To pay off […]

Spotlight on Sara Gruen | LibraryReads Author, April 15, 2015

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Interview with LibraryReads No. 1 vote getter Sara Gruen, author of At the Water’s Edge

Luc Sante’s Paris, Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette, World War II Revisionism, & More | History & Biography Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 3

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Brown, Richard H. & Paul E. Cohen. Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755–1783. Norton. Oct. 2015. 160p. ISBN 9780393060324. $75. HISTORY When war broke out between Britain and its American colonies, surveyors, artists, and engravers rushed to capture the ever-changing topography of the various battlefields, thus providing important visual information for combatants—and an […]

Top Spring Indie Poetry: Exciting New Works for National Poetry Month and Beyond

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Blake reveals how celebrities enfold and inform us, Donovan displays a near conversational tone that belies extraordinary craft, Landau’s work can be appreciated by any reader, Willis offers the penetrating musings of a contemporary Emily Dickinson.

Get Your Free Ebook Copies of Brian Grazer’s A Curious Mind for National Library Week

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In another example of its expanding ebook outreach to libraries, Simon & Schuster announced that it will donate a free electronic copy of Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer’s new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, to school and public libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to […]

From Night Vale to Elizabeth George, a Debut Worth $2 Million, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 2

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Fink, Joseph & Jeffrey Cranor. Welcome to Night Vale. HarperPerennial. Oct. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780062351425. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062351449. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Surely you’ve heard of Night Vale, that funky little town in the eponymous (and bubbling-over popular) podcast and touring show created by Fink and cowritten by him and Cranor. The library figures […]

Julian Barnes, James Bowen, Roger Lowenstein, David Talbot | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, October 2015, Pt. 2

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Barnes, Julian. Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. Knopf. Oct. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781101874783. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101874790. ART/ESSAYS Winner of a Man Booker Prize (among numerous other honors) and a best-selling author to boot, novelist Barnes here collects 17 of his essays on art. That’s not so unexpected, really, when you consider that […]