Smaller Press Books from the Show | ALA 2015


Wandering the booths at ALA revealed some intriguing books from publishers outside of the big five. Here’s a sample of what I saw.

LibraryReads July 2015


It’s not a cookbook! J. Ryan Stradal’s much-buzzed-about novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest is what librarians are kicking back with this month. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? No problem! LibraryReads welcomes recommendations from all public library staff members, not just readers’ advisory experts or credentialed […]

The Immigrant Experience | Day of Dialog 2015

Photo ©2015 William Neumann

The afternoon of Day of Dialog, an all-day event held by LJ on Wednesday, May 27, at New York University’s Kimmel Center, saw the full-capacity crowd settle in to hear from writers whose work touches on the immigrant experience. Moderated by LJ’s Stephanie Sendaula, the panel featured Vanessa Diffenbaugh (We Never Asked for Wings, Ballantine, […]

Shout ‘n Share


At the recent Shout N’ Share event during Book Expo America, librarians gathered to hear what was hot from the show floor. LJ fiction editor Wilda Williams moderated and she and librarians Kristi Chadwick (Massachusetts Lib. Syst.), Charlene Rue (Book­Ops, NYPL and Brooklyn PL), Jamie Watson (Baltimore Cty. PL), Jennifer Dayton (Darien Lib., CT), and […]

Video Grows Up


SAGE, a company known for print reference works in the social sciences, is this month releasing SAGE Video, a database that will include original material as well as licensed content, all aimed at adults through the postgraduate level.

Q&A with John W. Whitehead, author of Battlefield America

Battlefield America

John W. Whitehead is an attorney and founder of the civil liberties and human rights not-for-profit Rutherford Institute. His latest book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People (Select Bks.; LJ 5/15/15), describes the U.S. government’s increasing encroachment on its citizens’ civil liberties and warns that we must take action to prevent our freedoms […]

Spencer C. Tucker on the Writing Life


Fulbright scholar and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. The author recently answered some questions via email about his lengthy career.

The Things They Carried: History 100(ish) Objects at a Time


The idea of presenting popular history through objects has really taken off lately, with readers who like a reference browse delighting in books that explore various aspects of our world and its history through…stuff.

Cleaning Up, Throwing Out


When several titles arrive in our book room on the same topic, it’s time to take notice, and the preponderance of books on cleaning up—both at home and in the rest of your life—has been quite noticeable lately. I’ve been taking their advice to heart, and finding that it’s contagious—cleaning up in one area makes […]

Cherokee Language Comes to a Library Near You


Mango Languages recently unveiled its new Cherokee language course, the first Native American language lessons offered by the company.