Editors’ Spring Picks


Fascinating histories, romances, crafty how-tos, memoirs, biographies, novels by old favorites and debut authors, and more are among the forthcoming Spring titles LJ editors don’t want you to miss.

In Print: Sourcebooks to Publish House of Cards


The second season of House of Cards, the  Emmy Award-winning Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, premieres Friday, February 14. Today Sourcebooks is releasing the ebook version of Michael Dobbs’s political thriller on which the series is based. Originally published over 20 years ago in Britain, House of Cards is a gripping tale […]

RUSA’s Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2014


At RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony, held Sunday January 26 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, the winners of the 2014 Reading List were announced.
Started in 2007 by RUSA’s CODES section, the list highlights genre fiction that merit special attention by adult readers and reader’s advisory librarians.

OverDrive announces move to all MP3 audiobooks

OverDrive, one of the major vendors of audiobooks to libraries, has announced that it will be moving away from the WMA format and making audiobooks for the library market available solely as MP3s. Reasons for the shift include the facts that MP3s are widely compatible across various listening devices and that the vast majority of […]

2014 Edgar Award Nominees Announced


Sunday, January 19, was Edgar Allen Poe’s 205th birthday; to celebrate the occasion, the Mystery Writers of America announced its nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allen Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2013.

Adventures in Editorial Scholarship: An Interview with Sandra Spanier


While letter collections are not new, it may take a writer like Hemingway, with a larger-than-life reputation, to bring attention to their value as literary companions.

Language, Poetry, & the Seventh Annual Poets Forum


Notes on poetry and panel discussions from the academy’s Poets Forum

CWA Daggers for Disgraced Spies, Elderly Snipers, and Ghostmen


Earlier this spring Barbara Conaty, my go-to reviewer for spy fiction, praised  British author Mick Herron’s latest novel, Dead Lions, for “bringing a fresh and puckish eye to espionage and crime, leaving behind the stodgy staples.” The judges of Britain’s CWA Dagger Awards obviously agreed with Conaty’s assessment. Awarding Herron  the CWA 2013 Goldsboro Gold […]

Carol Awards 2013: Honoring the Best in Christian Fiction


The American Christian Fiction Writers’ (ACFW) 2013 conference ended September 15 in Indianapolis with a gala during which the Carol Awards were presented for the best in Christian Fiction traditionally published in the previous calendar year.

Bouchercon 2013: Louise Penny Goes on a Crime Award Spree


At the 44th annual Bouchercon (a volunteer-run mystery convention for readers, writers, and other publishing types), held September 19–21 in Albany, NY,  best-selling author Louise Penny scored a double-header, winning the 2013 Anthony and the 2013 Macavity Best Novel Awards for The Beautiful Mystery, a locked-room puzzler set in a remote monastery deep in the […]