Grab a Book, Skip the Parade: Irish Arts Center Book Day 2015


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by reading a book. Starting tomorrow at 7am, volunteers participating in the Irish Arts Center’s fifth annual Book Day will be handing out works by Ireland’s most celebrated writers to lucky commuters and schoolchildren across the five boroughs of New York City

Out of This World Reading: Nebula Nominees 2014


The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recently announced their nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards. Judging by the six nominees for Best Novel, 2014 was a outstanding year for original, provocative, and challenging fiction.

Short Fiction Is Cool Again: Announces Inaugural Novella List


Last summer, which has been publishing original short fiction on its site, announced a new imprint “dedicated to publishing the best novellas and short novels from emerging writers as well as established authors.” On February 12, it released its initial list of titles.

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015


In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

Is Amazon the Reader’s Friend? Let the Debate Begin


Is Amazon the reader’s friend? Last Thursday, January 15, authors Scott Turow and Joe Konrath and journalists Franklin Foer and Matthew Yglesias squared off in Intelligence Squared’s first debate of the spring season. For those of you not in NYC, the event was live streamed and then archived on YouTube.

Postcards from Paris 1950: Remembering Howard Fast


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Howard Fast’s birth, the author’s daughter, Rachel Fast Ben-Avi ) recalls those three months in 1950 when she, at the age of six, received postcards from a father who was “spending the summer in Paris.” At the time, Fast was in a federal prison for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

A New Year, a New Publisher: Fig Tree Books


With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, scheduled to begin Wednesday evening, how appropriate then that on Monday, September 22,  Fig Tree Books LLC, a new publisher of literary fiction that chronicles the American Jewish experience, announced its inaugural list for the spring 2015 season. Its first four books include Prayers for the Living (March) by National […]

A Mystery Daphne du Maurier Might Have Written | RWA 2014


I always get such a kick when a little-known author that LJ has covered suddenly gets wider recognition in the literary world. Linda Lappin’s Signatures in Stone, an atmospheric mystery that I reviewed last year, was honored this past weekend with the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

Editors’ Picks | LJ’s Day of Dialog 2014


With Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert as moderator, five editors from the major publishing houses presented their key titles for Fall 2015/Spring 2015. The focus this year was heavily on fiction, with major releases from acclaimed literary authors Richard Ford and Jane Smiley, notable debuts by Jessie Burton and Tiphanie Yanique, and breakout buzz books by Emily St. John Mandel and Keith Donohue

Librarian Authors at BEA & ALA


Librarians are a talented bunch. They not only promote and share books, but they also write them! Consider the latest literary efforts by a debut author/librarian and a veteran.