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Vive le Livre & More |What We’re Reading


A salute to Paris from the LJ/SLJ/JLG “What We’re Reading” team this week.

Trials and Tribulations | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight


Mainstream publishers drop Christian fiction lines, authors go indie, but the genre sees promise in a broader, more diverse readership. A report by Julia M. Reffner

The Young and the Restless | Charleston Conference 2015

Jen Maurer

At The Young and the Restless: Fresh Eyes Scan the Library Publishing Landscape, a program held at the Charleston Conference on Friday, November 6, Mark Sandler, Director, Center for Library Initiatives, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, introduced a panel of young industry professionals. Sandler posed questions to Mara Blake, Spatial and Numeric Data Librarian, University of Michigan; Jen Maurer, Library Sales Representative, Cambridge University Press; Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries; and Dan Valen, Product Specialist, Figshare.

Isabel Allende | LibraryReads Author, November 15, 2015


The Japanese Lover, Allende’s lushly detailed new work embraces the Holocaust, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, homosexuality in less liberal times, and immigration today

Q&A: Natasha Pulley | Debut Spotlight, November 15, 2015


An enthralling, immersive story about a watchmaker who remembers the future and a telegraphist forced to turn spy, Natasha Pulley’s debut, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, is a brilliant example of speculative fiction

Back to the Books | What We’re Reading

Ten Days a Madwoman

WWR readers take a quick breath after numerous end-of-year duties and plunge into reading!

Q&A: Amy Rubinate, Ideal Audiobooks


“The Ideal Audiobooks slogan is, ‘Stories with heart.’ We look for titles that are well written and compelling, that will entertain, delight, and enrich the lives of listeners.”

Books for the Win, Books for the Scare | What We’re Reading


Spooky and not-so-spooky book blurbs from the ghouls and ghosts who prowl the hallways of LJ/School Library Journal, plus a field trip to the Theatre Library Association Book Awards ceremony at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan Present The Red Web at Columbia University

The Red Web at Columbia Univ

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries (PublicAffairs, 2015), discussed their book at Columbia University on Tuesday, October 20th. The event was presented by the university’s Harriman Institute and hosted by institute director Alexander Cooley. The authors, Russian journalists with extensive […]

Family, Friends, & Lunch with Morrow Authors | What We’re Reading


So long ago, I’m not even sure when I asked (okay, maybe it was earlier this month), I attempted to herd my “What We’re Reading” colleagues from LJ/School Library Journal into the kinfolk corral to discuss family-themed books. And whaddya know, all of this week’s WWR team actually did that! We won’t dwell on the […]