In the Bookroom

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Met & Unmet Expectations | What We’re Reading & Watching

A pre-holiday roundup of what the LJ/School Library Journal and alumni of same are reading and/or watching

Q&A: Mark Robison & Lindley Shedd Francoeur, Editors of Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds

Animal skulls, musical instruments, and power tools aren’t what many patrons expect to see when they enter the library. But, as editors Mark Robison and Lindley Shedd Francoeur point out in their book Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds: Building a Library of Things, nontraditional collections are becoming more popular.

Indie Ebook Award Winners 2017

The third annual LJ Indie Ebook Awards has now come to a close. Committees of librarians—plus the authors of some of last year’s winners—volunteered their time to evaluate hundreds of submissions and determine the best ebooks self-publishing has to offer in Sf/Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, and YA. These books—and many others—can be found in SELF-e, a subscription-based digital discovery platform for indie fiction. Congratulations to all of the honorees, including our first-ever overall winner.

Meet the LJ Reviewer | David L. Faucheaux

Reviewer David Faucheaux talks about self-publishing, the challenges of reviewing for Library Journal and his life in Louisiana.

Spotlight on Mary Balogh | LibraryReads Author

The third title in Mary Balogh’s “Westcott” series, Someone To Wed moves up the line to the newly minted Earl of Riverdale, Alexander Westcott. Via email, LJ asked the author about her latest work.

Q&A: Cecilia Gray | SELF-e Circs: The Top Ten Most Read Titles in SELF-e Select

In her “Jane Austen Academy” series, Cecilia Gray reimagines the author’s beloved characters and gathered them all into the same boarding school. Lizzie Egmont, counterpart to Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, stars in the series’ first novel, Fall for You, crusading against the school’s new coed policy and butting heads with the supposedly snobbish Dante Braxton.

Rumbles, Recycling, Roots, Researchers | What We’re Reading & Watching

A core team of LJ/School Library Journal staff discuss what they’re ritually reading and witchily watching this week. Happy Halloween!

Reaching New Audiences | NYCC Professional Day 2017

With record-breaking attendance, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, the 12th annual New York Comic Con (NYCC), held October 5–8, in a move to support its diverse and ever-growing body of attendees, this year extended its regular programming efforts by partnering with nearby businesses and institutions, offering events outside its central location at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Bite-Sized Reading | SELF-esteem

Sometimes an author can capture an audience in only a few dozen pages. All available in LJ’s SELF-e Select, these novellas manage to pack a big punch with limited word counts.

Libraries, Queens, Longmire, Roxane Gay, Standards | What We’re Reading & Watching

Fall is the reading season, but for the WWR/WWW people, it’s also time to watch.