Poetry Goes (Sort of) Viral, Undying Love for Nick Carraway, and an Unlikely Roadtrip | What We’re Reading

Waking Dark

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading some books very much of the moment: the follow-up to Code Name Verity and the genesis of Baz Luhrmann’s fizzy film. Others are stuck in the past, or someplace in the middle.

Burlesque, Fairies, and The Rozz-Tox Manifesto | What We’re Reading

Rushkoff

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading risqué histories and local ones, media criticism and discussions of gender, and oh, yes, a few novels here and there.

Lemon Cake, Zombies, and “a Semi-Magical London” | What We’re Reading

Kashgar

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading about lots of different places: London, Edinburgh, Iowa, western China, and Ireland. As we all well know, there are few things as transporting as a book!

Steve Jobs, Harry Houdini, and Beyoncé | What We’re Reading

Engle

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are dipping into some classics (both new and old) of the horror genre, taking behind-the-scenes looks at today’s technology, and looking at historical figures with new eyes.

Author Q&A: Hanan al-Shaykh’s New Shahrazad

Hanan al-Shaykh

“Many thought that One Thousand and One Nights were folklore, tales, and that’s it—not a treasure. These stories were told so people could learn lessons about humanity, even from bad deeds or omens.”

Don DeLillo Wins First Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Don DeLillo

The Library of Congress announced Thursday the creation of a new lifetime achievement award in literature as well as its first recipient—novelist Don DeLillo.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction Shortlist Announced

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ALA announced its shortlist for the second annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction on Monday, April 23rd, naming three nominees in both fiction and nonfiction.

Spanish Flu, Beethoven, and The Ladies of Grace Adieu | What We’re Reading

Llosa

Here’s what some of the Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading.

King Arthur, a History of English, and Rabies | What We’re Reading

Sword at Sunset

It’s National Library Week, and here’s what some of the Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading. A lot of books come across our desks, of course, but we also find time to visit libraries and bookstores, too.

Adult Fables and Literary Essays | Classic Returns

One Thousand and One Nights

April’s Classic Returns feature new English translations of The Fabliaux, Tacitus’s stern Annals, and a slim retelling of One Thousand and One Nights alongside Müller’s Anne Frank: The Biography, Merton’s Selected Essays and a rarely seen bilingual collection of Proust’s poetry.

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