Crime, Dance, Soccer, Family | What We’re Reading

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LJ/School Library Journal staffers discuss their first reads of 2015.

Is Amazon the Reader’s Friend? Let the Debate Begin

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Is Amazon the reader’s friend? Last Thursday, January 15, authors Scott Turow and Joe Konrath and journalists Franklin Foer and Matthew Yglesias squared off in Intelligence Squared’s first debate of the spring season. For those of you not in NYC, the event was live streamed and then archived on YouTube.

What We Loved Best in 2014 | What We’re Reading

The Remains of the Day

Some of the LJ/School Library Journal staff picked their favorite reads of 2014.

Q&A: Mike Sweet

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Credo Reference is well known to librarians as the creator of Topic Pages, handy collections of reliable information on myriad subjects. Sweet, the CEO of Credo Reference here talks to LJ about information literacy and advocacy.

Spotlight on Alan Bradley | LibraryReads Author, January 2015

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Interview with LibraryReads No. 1 vote getter Bradley, author of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.

Q&A: Margaret C. Sullivan, the Author of Jane Austen Cover to Cover on Austen’s work and legacy

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“I’ve never felt Austen’s work was chained to its time period in essence. In details it certainly is, but while the setting of her novels was in the Georgian/Regency period, at its core she was writing about people and their behavior.”

Q&A with Carlene Thompson | Sponsored

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Carlene Thompson’s latest, Can’t Find My Way Home, an intriguing suspense novel about family secrets and serial murders, is set to come out in February 2015 in the US. NOTE: This interview was sponsored by Severn House, and produced and published by LJ.

Cultivating the Best Habits | What We’re Reading

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LJ/School Library Journal staffers burnish their reading chops and cross off more titles from their 2014 TBR lists this week.

Dark Days of December | What We’re Reading

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This week as winter tightens its grip, the School Library Journal/LJ staffers map out real and unreal worlds, learn how not to report a story, find ways to clean up your living space, and plan for future Newbery Awards.

A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen’s Classic

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“Jane Austen is the perfect writer. She doesn’t need to be rewritten,” declared McCall Smith, the genial author of the hugely loved “No. 1 Ladies Detective” series, during an interview in his suite at New York’s Warwick Hotel.

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