Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

Stephen King and his new best friend. Photo credit Steven Speliotis

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King’s foray into hard-boiled crime fiction, was named the Best Novel at the Mystery Writers of America’s 69th Annual Edgar Awards banquet.

Kevin Kwan’s Chinese Consumers: Conspicuous Comedy

kevinkwan43015

Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend, his follow-up to China Rich Asians, will release in June. Here he talks to LJ about intention, what makes him laugh, and the reality behind the fictional world of his books.

Spanish On-Screen | Spanish-Language Media: Collection Development, May 1, 2015

ljx150501webcd

In homes where Spanish is the predominant language spoken, movies on-disc are still a popular item. These 33 releases, plus apps and a list of vendors, will go a long way to helping Spanish-speaking viewers “see” what libraries have to offer.

When Life Comes Full Circle: Lori Lansens Discusses Her New Novel, The Mountain Story

LoriLansens42815

Lansens talks to LJ about her latest book, The Mountain Story

Preliterate Memories | French on Fridays

EdensAlley

Try to remember a time before you could read….

Not Your Usual Suspects | Genre Spotlight: Mystery

April15webMysteryOpener

As LJ’s 2015 materials survey of U.S. public libraries (LJ 2/15/15) confirms, crime fiction remains one of the biggest draws for readers, with the genre continuing to dominate fiction circulation in print and ebook formats. Besides the armchair pleasures of following favorite sleuths as they solve a complex puzzle, mystery readers also enjoy exploring new territories and perspectives outside the borders of their own lives.

Poetry Month This Week | What We’re Reading

Slugs in Love

What We’re Reading this week is P-O-E-T-R-Y, people!

A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

ljx150402webbmtopa

Even as the digital shift continues, print magazines remain a vital part of a multilayered, interconnected media marketplace. The new magazines launched in 2014 display publishers’ appreciation of, and commitment to, the value of the printed page. Mediafinder.com reported that 190 magazines were launched in 2014, compared to 185 in 2013. Last year also saw the closure of 99 titles, as opposed to the 56 that ceased in 2013.

To Download or Not To Download? | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, April 15, 2015

destiny42115

Don’t let downloadable content scare you away from buying the latest hits for your circulating collection… the additional content breathes new life into old favorites.

Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

standyourground

Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.