First Author, First Book | United for Libraries, ALA 2014

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Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin Teen. Jul. 2014. ISBN 97800373211241. 352p. $17.99. YA FICTION In Adi Alsaid’s vastly entertaining first novel, Leila’s on a road trip in her bright red car, ostensibly to see the Northern Lights but actually to lose herself in the unfamiliar; she needs to get her life back for a […]

Hot Picks for Book Clubs | United for Libraries, ALA 2014

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  Castillo, Ana. Give It to Me. Feminist. 2014. 256p. ISBN  9781558618503. $16.95. LITERARY A leading voice in Latina literature whose works include So Far from God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books, Ana Castillo has turned in a vibrant, sassy, in-your-face examination of Latina identity and sexuality in her latest novel, Give It […]

Hot Books from Small Presses | United for Libraries, ALA 2014

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Dawson, Robert. The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. Princeton Architectural. 2014. 192p. ISBN 9781616892173. $35. ARCHITECTURE Robert Dawson’s The Public Library is a stunningly photographed, stunningly realized book, a compact square of 192 pages containing the spirit of American public libraries, showing what they have done and what they can do. From a formerly segregated […]

Reminder: Don’t Miss the Great United for Libraries Panels at ALA

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Last week, I highlighted United for Libraries’ great author events, and here’s a final reminder to check them out. They start first thing on Saturday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m. with Isn’t It Romantic and include Quirky Books for Quirky Librarians (Saturday, June 28, at 3:00 p.m.), the ever-popular First Author, First Book (Sunday, June […]

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

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The 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide is in production and should be reaching your inbox in the next 24 hours. It’s one of the biggest yet, with some 350 titles—certainly, more titles than were available for distribution  at last month’s BookExpo America. Even with all my work on Prepub Alert, I discovered new titles […]

Library Journal Is on the Move

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On the eve of the American Library Association conference and with all major December 2014 titles already covered, this week’s Prepub Alert will be small. The most important business at hand: please note that we will be moving offices in mid-July. Our phone numbers and emails will remain the same. For mail: please send items […]

“The Journey of a Book: From Writer to Reader” with Lin Enger | A C-SPAN Recording

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On Friday, May 30, at BookExpo America, United for Libraries brought something different to the trudge and drudge through the convention aisles. “The Journey of a Book: From Writer to Reader” featured Lin Enger’s The High Divide (Algonquin, Sept.), the affecting story of a man who vanishes into the late 1800s Montana Badlands with a […]

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 […]

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