In the Bookroom

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Poetry Rat | French on Fridays

Spring brings out the rat poet in me.

Q&A: Laura van den Berg | Debut Spotlight, April 15, 2015

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Laura van den Berg’s debut novel, Find Me, published after two well-received story collections, is getting rave reviews. In this interview, the author discusses the world she creates, the popularity of dystopian fiction, and more.

Q&A: Roger Jänecke

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LJ talks to Roger Jänecke of Visible Ink Press about trends in reference and how his company has responded to them over the years.

Creature Features & Evil Acts | What We’re Reading

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The School Library Journal/LJ WWR crew explores its animal side, plays card tricks, explores outer space, and balances the cozy with the hardboiled. Next week we’ll be poetic as all get out, so do come back now!

Writing To Remember: A 20th-Century Tragedy Inspires a Debut Novel

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“Seeking answers, trying to impose meaning, to understand what happened and why are all things I do when I’m writing. So when people ask me if my novel is an act of political activism, I remember what Toni Morrison said…”

Reading, Croaking, Shivering | French on Fridays

It seems like spring will never come. I’m writing from home, where I’m suffering from the “office cold” and swathed in a jumble of warm garments, cursing my heat-miser landlord, and croaking like a frog (or Brenda Vaccaro, as my colleague Kent noted yesterday). When I asked my coworkers what they’re reading this week, I […]

SYNC Free Audiobook Program Returns

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SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads—a current young adult title paired thematically with a classic or required summer reading title—each week to listeners ages 13-plus while SYNC is in session each summer. The SYNC program returns May 7  and runs for 14 weeks through August 13. YA titles include Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under […]

Postholiday Pages | What We’re Reading

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After a holiday hiatus, the LJ/SLJ/Junior Library Guild WWR team roars into spring reading.

Conference Chronicles | Music Matters, April 1, 2015

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For three days there were dozens of erudite and entertaining sessions at the Music Library Association’s (MLA) 84th annual conference in Denver.

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy

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The April 4 announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards shortlist generated a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and sf websites; at issue is the politicization of what should have been a selection process based on literary merit.

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