In a clever marketing ploy to promote Louise Penny’s forthcoming tenth entry in her popular “Inspector Gamache” series, the author and her publisher are launching a virtual book club to reread the entire series. Starting April 21 with Penny’s Agatha Award-winning debut Still Life, each of the nine titles will be discussed for two weeks, culminating […]
New Adult (NA) fiction is the rage these days in the publishing world, but what is it exactly? Is it an actual genre or just a marketing term? At a lively PLA2014 ConverStation session entitled “New Adult Fiction: What is It, Where is It, and What Should We Do with It,” facilitators Sophie Brookover (LibraryLinkNJ—The Library Cooperative, Piscataway, NJ) and Kelly Jensen (Beloit (WI) Public Library) ) threw out five questions for the audience to discuss at their tables and then share in the main conversation.
One of Ireland’s greatest exports is its literature. So why not celebrate that great Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, with a book? For the fourth straight year, New York’s Irish Arts Center did just that, distributing thousands of free Hibernian titles to commuters and school children across the city’s five boroughs.
The second season of House of Cards, the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, premieres Friday, February 14. Today Sourcebooks is releasing the ebook version of Michael Dobbs’s political thriller on which the series is based. Originally published over 20 years ago in Britain, House of Cards is a gripping tale […]
At RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony, held Sunday January 26 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, the winners of the 2014 Reading List were announced.
Started in 2007 by RUSA’s CODES section, the list highlights genre fiction that merit special attention by adult readers and reader’s advisory librarians.
Earlier this spring Barbara Conaty, my go-to reviewer for spy fiction, praised British author Mick Herron’s latest novel, Dead Lions, for “bringing a fresh and puckish eye to espionage and crime, leaving behind the stodgy staples.” The judges of Britain’s CWA Dagger Awards obviously agreed with Conaty’s assessment. Awarding Herron the CWA 2013 Goldsboro Gold […]
At the 44th annual Bouchercon (a volunteer-run mystery convention for readers, writers, and other publishing types), held September 19–21 in Albany, NY, best-selling author Louise Penny scored a double-header, winning the 2013 Anthony and the 2013 Macavity Best Novel Awards for The Beautiful Mystery, a locked-room puzzler set in a remote monastery deep in the […]