In the Bookroom

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Family Matters | French on Fridays


I’ve got real, surreal, and unreal families crowding into my brain this week.

Righting a Wrong: On Forgotten Heroes of the Vietnam Conflict


Louise Esola’s American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War (Pennway, 2015) focuses on an almost-forgotten tragedy: the death of 74 young men in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evansoff the coast of Vietnam on June 3, 1969.

James Patterson Will Be Honored at the National Book Awards


On November 18 best-selling author James Patterson joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including the late Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Terry Gross, and Barney Rosset, when the National Book Foundation presents him with the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 66th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit […]

Juxtapositions | What We’re Reading


The “What We’re Reading” gang reads books together and apart this week.

A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread…and Harlequin | In the Bookroom


Vintages by Harlequin™, a line of varietals in collaboration with Vintage Wine Estates (VWE), poured out to readers today

New Books, New Databases, New Attention to Indigenous Canadian Authors | Reference News, September 15, 2015


The experiment that is Open Access (OA) continues, and one publisher that reports related success is the innovative University of Regina Press, based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Melissa DeCarlo | LibraryReads Author, September 15, 2015


Interview with LibraryReads No. 1 vote getter Melissa DeCarlo, author of The Art of Crash Landing

Match Books | French on Fridays

I’m sad and happy all at once—surely you know that feeling—to bid farewell to several coworkers and “What We’re Reading” contributors. Ashleigh Williams left a week ago and there’s a hole in the heart of the SLJ/LJ bookroom. She shared many great WWR blurbs during her time as SLJ, and I will miss that. Then […]

Q&A: Sandy Tolan, Author of Children of the Stone


Journalist Tolan talks to LJ about his passion for international stories about the intersection of land, natural resources, indigenous and cultural identity.

Q&A: Kate Beaton


This month, Beaton celebrates a second collection of her educationally flavored humor with Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection