The American Library Association Announces the Shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals

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The American Library Association announced its shortlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Cosponsored by Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the awards are drawn from Booklist Editors’ Choice carnegiennonand RUSA Notable Books and made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Books in the Family | What We’re Reading

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This week the LJ/SLJ staffers are in a family way, reading about acting dynasties, hand puppets, loss, strained marriages, and even a family curse.

Deborah Layton & Kathe Mazur | Behind the Mic

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Author Deborah Layton and narrator Kathe Mazur discuss the new audiobook version of Seductive Poison.

New Adult Fiction | PLA 2014

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New Adult (NA) fiction is the rage these days in the publishing world, but what is it exactly? Is it an actual genre or just a marketing term? At a lively PLA2014 ConverStation session entitled “New Adult Fiction: What is It, Where is It, and What Should We Do with It,” facilitators Sophie Brookover (LibraryLinkNJ—The Library Cooperative, Piscataway, NJ) and Kelly Jensen (Beloit (WI) Public Library) ) threw out five questions for the audience to discuss at their tables and then share in the main conversation.

Thrones, Teens, and Apartheid Zones | What We’re Reading

Game of Thrones : A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros

This is a week for Library Journal/School Library Journal staffers to indulge in fantasy and film, series and adaptations, books to movies and TV, and a little bit of language studies thrown in for good measure. Climb up onto that stallion, or that throne, or that witness box and see What We’re Reading.

Post-PLA, Purim, and St. Patrick’s Day | What We’re Reading

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As colleagues head home from PLA, those of us who stayed behind console ourselves with a green book; advice from and gossip about theater royalty; worlds where women forge alliances; and some “women’s fiction” both light and dark.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a Book: Irish Arts Center Book Day 2014

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One of Ireland’s greatest exports is its literature. So why not celebrate that great Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, with a book? For the fourth straight year, New York’s Irish Arts Center did just that, distributing thousands of free Hibernian titles to commuters and school children across the city’s five boroughs.

Q&A Sue Monk Kidd

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LJ talks to Sue Monk Kidd about her latest novel The Invention of Wings

Springing Forewords [sic] | What We’re Reading

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This week, LJ and SLJ staff springs forward into books about rulers (queens of fantasy worlds, Snow Queens, kings of horror, popularity queens), coming back home, parking spaces, and how to conduct better business.

Writing What I Know | Behind the Book, March 1, 2014

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Author Chris Pavone discusses the dreaded second novel

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