Dates and locations of upcoming mystery conferences, plus publishers to follow on Twitter.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET Learn about spring’s forthcoming mystery titles during this Library Journal webcast. Mystery columnist and moderator Terry Jacobsen and representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Soho Press, Severn House, and Titan books will discuss market trends, exciting authors, and help you discover new books for your crime readers. Need help finding fresh titles for your collection? Archive now available!
Which of these statements is true? 1. Memoirs are popular. 2. New memoirs are popular. I suspect the latter. As I weeded my library’s biography section last summer, I found many memoirs and other autobiographical writings in nearly pristine condition; most of them had not been borrowed since the year of their publication. Sadly, I also found highly regarded memoirs that had not moved in years. These books had been selected initially to meet current demand, and some had, like the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, performed beyond expectations, but our readers had lost interest in or awareness of all of them. For a small library needing room for new, in-demand memoirs, it was time to part with the old.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET Join Library Journal for its first webcast of the year, featuring publishers Inner Traditions/Bear & Company, Sounds True, New World Library and Beyond Words Publishing. Hear about Spring 2013’s forthcoming titles and stock your collection with books to meet the demand of the growing interests in healthy living, going green, and yoga. Learn about holistic medicine, the bond between mothers and daughters through the years, and wildlife uses. Dive into 2013 refreshed and with your Chakras open and balanced! This archive is no longer available
In his provocative new book, What Was African-American Literature?—an expansion of his 2007 W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University—Kenneth W. Warren defines “African American literature” as titles produced by blacks during the Jim Crow era, that terrible time of constitutionally sanctioned segregation in the United States. With discriminatory Jim Crow laws now off the [...]
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 12:00-1:00 PM ET Join us for our fall graphic novel webcast! You’ll get a sneak peak at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months and hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons. Random House will discuss their upcoming titles from DC Comics, Del Ray, Archie Comics, and Kodansha: something for everyone. Hear more about Superman trying to get back in touch with the “normal” people, romantic hijinks staged by a devious novelist just so she can write about them, the real story of Steve Jobs’ failings as well as his successes, and what the best stories are from the epic 20-year history of Sonic the Hedgehog, the longest running comics series based on a videogame. And that’s just a few of the titles starring in this webcast. This archive is no longer available.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Get ready to take some notes in your captain’s log during the lineup of fall’s Science Fiction books. Learn about Priestess of the Eggstone: The Fall of the Altairan Empire (Jaleta Clegg) and the race to get the Eggstone back to prevent an outbreak of war. Rob Zeigler’s debut novel Seed takes place in a starving, broken United States where orphans try to reshape the future. Bloodfire Quest: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks takes place in a dark mirror-world where the barriers are eroding. The second book in the Shannara series focuses on the quest for the missing Elfstones and things aren’t going as planned. Join panelists from JournalStone Publishing, NightShade Books, and Random House as they discuss their exciting forthcoming titles. This archive is no longer available.
Can genre purists, or readers who just seek a fantastical escape, find titles that truly speak to them, whether traveling across the galaxy or into the underworld? Perhaps crossovers are just what Doctor Who ordered to perpetuate speculative fiction’s readership. The following survey of fall 2012 and winter 2013 titles illustrates the willingness of readers of all stripes to sit at the same table to feed on the fantastical imagination.
Scientific evidence is essential to discovering, monitoring, and mitigating the pervasive human impact on the environment, so scientists in relevant fields appear on-screen frequently, making sense of diverse situations and complex topics. A good environmental video collection can support critical thinking about mainstream ad campaigns, global warming denial, or greenwashing (positive PR spin that is not necessarily justified; think “whitewashing”).
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM ETJudging from current trends in mystery and suspense, no place in the world is safe from crime. Mysteries span the globe from Scandinavia to India, new series dive into the near and distant past, police procedurals still walk their beat, political thrillers hit the campaign trail, and cozies continue to puzzle and comfort. The archive is no longer available.