In the Bookroom

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Q&A: Francine Rivers

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Francine Rivers on her career, the Christian fiction genre, and her latest book Bridge to Haven.

Homecomings, Handmaidens, Legos, and Libraries | What We’re Reading

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It’s old home week for the Library Journal/School Library Journal staff as we start new jobs, right old wrongs, live in fairy tales, and don our Devo hats.

Checking In, Going Out, Reading All Night | What We’re Reading

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The Library Journal/School Library Journal gang is getting a little meta, reading books and articles about films and exhibitions they’ve seen, keeping their kids in red jammies, and enjoying—finally!—adult fiction.

Q&A: Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman talks to LJ about her new historical novel set in 1911 New York City; from the April 1 issue.

The American Library Association Announces the Shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals

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The American Library Association announced its shortlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Cosponsored by Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the awards are drawn from Booklist Editors’ Choice carnegiennonand RUSA Notable Books and made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Books in the Family | What We’re Reading

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This week the LJ/SLJ staffers are in a family way, reading about acting dynasties, hand puppets, loss, strained marriages, and even a family curse.

Deborah Layton & Kathe Mazur | Behind the Mic

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Author Deborah Layton and narrator Kathe Mazur discuss the new audiobook version of Seductive Poison.

New Adult Fiction | PLA 2014

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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.

Thrones, Teens, and Apartheid Zones | What We’re Reading

Game of Thrones : A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros

This is a week for Library Journal/School Library Journal staffers to indulge in fantasy and film, series and adaptations, books to movies and TV, and a little bit of language studies thrown in for good measure. Climb up onto that stallion, or that throne, or that witness box and see What We’re Reading.

Post-PLA, Purim, and St. Patrick’s Day | What We’re Reading

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As colleagues head home from PLA, those of us who stayed behind console ourselves with a green book; advice from and gossip about theater royalty; worlds where women forge alliances; and some “women’s fiction” both light and dark.

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