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LJ Talks to Norton President Julia A. Reidhead | Eye on Publishing

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As Norton approaches its centennial in 2023, the company remains close to founders William and Mary Norton’s purpose of publishing “Books That Live.” Reidhead credits Mrs. Norton’s decision in the 1950s to create an employee-ownership structure that has enabled Norton to remain independent and tied to its original roots over the decades.

Bingeing, Rewriting, Feuding, Playing, Crying | What We’re Reading & Watching

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The LJ/School Library Journal members of the “What We’re Reading” team are still adjusting to playing for a new team, that upstart “What We’re Watching” franchise. Some are playing both sides. We have a Better Call Saul fan reading Japanese mystery, a Downton Abbey latecomer learning to ride a bicycle, and a horror film geek […]

Not Quite Love at First Sight | SELF-esteem

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Not all romances begin with instant attraction; some start with a misunderstanding, a false assumption, or even a bit of good old-fashioned snark. These SELF-e novels see their couples set off on the wrong foot before finding their happy ending. After all, as the Bard once said, “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

Romance Writer Award Nominees 2017 | In the Bookroom

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Romance Writers of America® (RWA), the trade association for romance fiction authors, announced the finalists for the 2017 RITA® Awards on March 21.

National Book Critics Circle Awards | Publishing Year 2016

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On Thursday, March 16, at the New School in New York City, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the recipients of its book awards for publishing year 2016. As with last November’s National Book Awards, a sense of political urgency hung over the proceedings.

“Bridging Worlds” with Librarians Pun, Collard, and Parrott

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Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and Justin Parrott, editors of Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe discuss the inspiration for their new book, the role of academic libraries in global initiatives, and getting started in an international career.

Adelia Saunders on Her “Indelible” Debut Novel

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Adelia Saunders’s first novel, Indelible, is the wildly inventive story of Magdalena, a young woman from Lithuania, who sees people’s histories literally written on their skin. Here, the author discusses the book’s unusual plot and her previous careers.

What Joan Juliet Buck Is Reading & Writing | French on Fridays

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Memoir author and former Paris Vogue editor in chief Joan Juliet Buck at New York City’s French Institute

Penguin Random House To Publish Books by the Obamas

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Penguin Random House (PRH) announced that it will publish two forthcoming books by former United States President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, respectively.

Fresh Genre Spins | Nebula Nominees 2016

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On February 20, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced its nominees for the 51st Annual Nebula Awards and and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.