This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffer reads involve struggling with gender stereotypes in fantasy books, computer games, and 19th-century England. In other news, LJ Executive Editor Josh Hadro is reading Vonnegut’s last book of essays, and I have yet not kicked my audiobook habit. Kate DiGirolomo, Editorial Assistant, LJ I’ve started The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real [...]
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This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are getting cozy with tales of murder and with children’s literature. SLJ‘s Shelley Diaz and Chelsey Philpot are both reading Bennett Madison’s September Girls (HarperCollins) and I’m listening to an audiobook full of crunchy, creaky words: armiger, chiliarch, cacogen, exultant, optimate, destrier, undine. If you see me murmuring to myself on the [...]
Budgets for New York’s public libraries are facing a proposed $106 million cut. Urban Librarians Unite, an advocacy group of librarians from throughout the city, explains that, “Should these cuts go through, more than 60 neighborhood libraries across the city will be forced to close, and services and hours at the remaining libraries will be [...]
Library Journal’s 2013 Day of Dialog ended with a table lined with familiar faces: Amy Tan, with her first novel for adults since 2005′s Saving Fish from Drowning; Richard North Patterson, with a work narrated by a 22-year-old woman; Allan Gurganus, with his first book in 16 years; prolific critic Caleb Crain, with his first ever novel (though second book); Al Lamanda, with Sunrise (Gale Cengage, Aug.), the follow up to his Edgar-nominated Sunset; and of course Library Journal‘s own Barbara Hoffert as moderator.