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Town Hall Meeting | Day of Dialog 2015

Caption here on images from the Town Hall meeting. At top, Nesbitt and Hoffert listen as Robert Hubsher from Ramapo Catskill Library System makes a point. Next, close view of Nesbitt, who stepped in last minute to lead the meeting. Other shots show crowd involvement and approval. Photos ©2015 William Neumann

There’s nothing like a Town Hall Meeting to get ideas flowing, and the event at LJ’s Day of Dialog was no exception. The roomful of librarians from across the country offered a wide variety of viewpoints, with some gentle guidance from moderator Barbara Hoffert and meeting leader Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) branch manager, […]

First Novels | Day of Dialog 2015

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  The First Novels panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog showcased six very different writers of five very different novels, with something for everyone in the audience. Authors Ron Childress, Sloane Crosley, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Paige McKenzie, and Claire Vaye Watkins offered animated answers to moderator Stephanie Klose’s questions and kept the session […]

On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

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The WWR skeleton crew discusses the contents of their beach bags and backpacks. This week we won’t need a bigger boat…

Laura Dave | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2015

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Interview with No. 1 vote getter Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes

Churches, Houses, Songs, Choices | What We’re Reading

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In the hours and days after the hellish events in Charleston, SC, I asked the “What We’re Reading” gang how they’re handling the aftermath of the racist attack, and of course, what they’re reading. Here are some of the LJ/School Library Journal staffers’ coping and reading strategies. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews This week, […]

The Immigrant Experience | Day of Dialog 2015

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The afternoon of Day of Dialog, an all-day event held by LJ on Wednesday, May 27, at New York University’s Kimmel Center, saw the full-capacity crowd settle in to hear from writers whose work touches on the immigrant experience. Moderated by LJ’s Stephanie Sendaula, the panel featured Vanessa Diffenbaugh (We Never Asked for Wings, Ballantine, […]

Doing and Reading | French on Fridays

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This week I was all set to talk about Chevy Stevens’s Those Girls (St. Martin’s), which I just finished (lots and lots of brutality and violence but still a damn good story) and the surprise and delight I experienced upon discovering that hey, not only is Karen White savvy and smart about marketing and a […]

Dads Plus Mollusks, Millennials, and Margaret Mead | What We’re Reading

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Dads pop up all over in this week’s “What We’re Reading” column.

Top Suspense Novels Defy Boundaries | Day of Dialog 2015

THE THRILL IS ON caption text here describing this block. At top, the whole group: Jennifer McMahon, moderator Jeff Ayers, , Name Here, Charles Todd, Kathy Reichs, Lori Roy, and Kate White. two more panel shos, and shots of four of the authors when they were signing their thriller titles. Photos ©2015 William Neumann

“Exciting,” “addictive, and “believable” are but a few of the adjectives presenters at the “Top Thrills” panel at LJ’s 18th annual Day of Dialog used to describe their latest books, among the season’s best suspense and mystery novels.

Taking a Book Trip with Bill Clegg | Day of Dialog 2015

FAMILY MATTERS top shot shows the panel addressed the packed house. Next, Cregg and Kimberly Burns discuss something; next row, l.-r. Karen Kosztolnyik enthuses about the book, as well as Michelle Leo. Bottom, Cregg and moderator Barbara Hoffert from LJ. Photos ©2015 William Neumann

During a week when it seemed as though everyone in the book world was talking about product, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog took some time out to focus on process. Publishing a book is a journey, and the aptly named Book Trip panel that gathered at New York University’s Kimmel Center to tell the story of Bill Clegg’s forthcoming debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family (Scout Press: Gallery Books) gave attendees a good look at the road it traveled.