Quality and Diversity | Hugo Nominations 2017

After a contentious two years due to the Sad/Rabid Puppies dispute, last week’s announcement of the 2017 Hugo Award nominees was received with acclaim.

Miniseries, Movie Stars, Short Stories, Coulrophobia, & Mama Cass | What We’re Reading/Watching

The “What We’re Reading (& Watching) gang get comfy with aging movie stars, scary clowns, 1960s rock and rollers, a 1950s wild child, rag-ripping minidramas, and prize-winning story collections.

Q&A: Thomas McNamee Muses on “The Inner Life of Cats”

Thomas McNamee’s recent book, The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions is both an affectionate love letter to his own cat Augusta and a perceptive analysis of feline psychology and biology that shatters common assumptions about these animals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.