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.

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.

Q&A: Amy Rubinate, Ideal Audiobooks

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“The Ideal Audiobooks slogan is, ‘Stories with heart.’ We look for titles that are well written and compelling, that will entertain, delight, and enrich the lives of listeners.”

Righting a Wrong: On Forgotten Heroes of the Vietnam Conflict

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Louise Esola’s American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War (Pennway, 2015) focuses on an almost-forgotten tragedy: the death of 74 young men in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evansoff the coast of Vietnam on June 3, 1969.

James Patterson Will Be Honored at the National Book Awards

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On November 18 best-selling author James Patterson joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including the late Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Terry Gross, and Barney Rosset, when the National Book Foundation presents him with the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 66th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit […]

New Books, New Databases, New Attention to Indigenous Canadian Authors | Reference News, September 15, 2015

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The experiment that is Open Access (OA) continues, and one publisher that reports related success is the innovative University of Regina Press, based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

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On September 10, 2015, before an audience close to 900 strong at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theater in Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation presented the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honor literature that challenges racism and celebrates diversity. The awards were founded by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf, who, said Cleveland Foundation President Ronald […]

Click, Clack, Books

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Doreen Cronin (text) and Betsy Lewin’s (illustrations) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is one of my favorite picture books. In it, cows get hold of an old typewriter in the barn and start negotiations with the farmer, via typed notes, for better conditions: If they don’t get electric blankets, they say, forget about getting […]

2015 Hugo Awards: Diversity Wins, Sad Puppies Lose

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In an interesting twist to this year’s Hugo Awards controversy, a best-selling Chinese work of hard sf that was added to the final ballot after another nominee withdrew his book from consideration took the top prize at the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, held in Spokane, WA.Translated for the first time into English by Hugo […]

From Page to Screen: Graphic Novels in Movies and Television

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What’s a librarian to do when new comic converts ask for a book about their latest favorite character, or a comic that is similar to their favorite show? Start with this handy list of graphic novels that have either inspired or been inspired by their broadcast and cinematic counterparts.