What Is the Greatest British Novel Ever Written? Hint: The Author Is a Woman

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A BBC Culture poll of 82 international book critics named George Eliot’s Middlemarch as the greatest British novel ever written. Women writers performed especially well, making up nearly 40% of the top 100 books.

On with the Show | What We’re Reading

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This week, “What We’re Reading” staffers go to the movies (and to the theater, the zoo, and on a quick trip to the land of dragons) as antidote to real life.

Q&A: Randy L. Morkved

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Balcony 7 offers an intriguing mix of titles. Recently, the company’s publisher, Randy L. Morkved, answered some questions via email about how the business got started and what they have to offer.

Brian Panowich | Debut Spotlight, December 1, 2015

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LJ caught up with Brian Panowich, author of the debut novel, Bull ­Mountain, a sweeping tale of a long-standing feud between brothers in the Appalachians of northern Georgia.

Unnamed Press: LJ Talks to Press Founders C.P. Heiser & Olivia Taylor Smith

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Unnamed Press recently spoke to LJ about how it came to be that the authors on its winter 2016 list are all women, and why that’s a welcome development.

Vive le Livre & More | What We’re Reading

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A salute to Paris from the LJ/SLJ/JLG “What We’re Reading” team this week.

Trials and Tribulations | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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Mainstream publishers drop Christian fiction lines, authors go indie, but the genre sees promise in a broader, more diverse readership. A report by Julia M. Reffner

The Young and the Restless | Charleston Conference 2015

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At The Young and the Restless: Fresh Eyes Scan the Library Publishing Landscape, a program held at the Charleston Conference on Friday, November 6, Mark Sandler, Director, Center for Library Initiatives, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, introduced a panel of young industry professionals. Sandler posed questions to Mara Blake, Spatial and Numeric Data Librarian, University of Michigan; Jen Maurer, Library Sales Representative, Cambridge University Press; Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries; and Dan Valen, Product Specialist, Figshare.

Isabel Allende | LibraryReads Author, November 15, 2015

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The Japanese Lover, Allende’s lushly detailed new work embraces the Holocaust, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, homosexuality in less liberal times, and immigration today

Q&A: Natasha Pulley | Debut Spotlight, November 15, 2015

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An enthralling, immersive story about a watchmaker who remembers the future and a telegraphist forced to turn spy, Natasha Pulley’s debut, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, is a brilliant example of speculative fiction