In the Bookroom

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Busting & Building Bubbles | What We’re Reading

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The “What We’re Reading” crew on books that extend outside their comfort zone, aka bubble-busting books. A few bubble-building books creep into the narrative too…

Beyond the Winners | SELF-esteem

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This year’s Indie Ebook Awards brought forth some amazing submissions, but sadly not all of them could be winners. Here are a few notable titles worth putting on your SELF-e reading list.

So You Think You Want To Review? Expert Advice from a Seasoned Editor

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Henrietta Verma discusses her new book, offering advice for librarians on writing, reviewing, and leadership

Preturkey, Postelection Tomes | What We’re Reading

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Here’s “What We’re Reading” in these postelection, pre-Thanksgiving times

Alice Hoffman | Spotlight LibraryReads Author, November 15, 2016

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“This novel comes from lots of different places,” explained Hoffman in a phone interview with LJ, “but one thing I was thinking about was mothers and daughters, and I was missing my own mother.”

Indie Ebook Award Winners 2016

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LJ recently concluded its second annual Indie Ebook Awards. Committees of librarians volunteered their time to combing through hundreds of submissions in five fiction categories: fantasy, sf, romance, mystery, and YA. These books—and many others—can be found on the SELF-e, a subscription-based discovery platform for self-published books that is a partnership between LJ and BiblioBoard. Congratulations to all our 2016 winners!

In Memoriam: Leonard Cohen, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

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While Leonard Cohen’s songs will remain his main legacy, it’s worth considering his other literary efforts, including nine books of poetry and two novels.

After Best Books, Dampness, Rants, Ferrante, & Apps | What We’re Reading

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After Best Books selection and Halloween, some breathing space for new books and new ideas

Pack Leaders: Maria Goodavage Embeds with Secret Service Dogs

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Veteran reporter and author Maria ­Goodavage goes behind the scenes with the hardworking dogs (and their humans) in Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States. Here, she talks about the daring animals’ training, provenance, and special bond with their handlers.

Q&A: Katherine Reay, Author of A Portrait of Emily Price

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Katherine Reay made her fiction debut in 2013 with Dear Mr. Knightly, a romantic tale with a soupçon of Jane Austen and new adult appeal. Her novels incorporate literary references with story lines about young women making crucial life decisions.