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.

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.

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 Eisners: Winning Cartoonists, Winning Libraries | Eisner Awards 2015

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Congratulations to the winners of the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grants for Libraries

J. Ryan Stradal | LibraryReads Author, July 2015

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Interview with No. 1 vote getter J. Ryan Stradal

Book Shelving: Check It Out | Behind the Book, July 2015

From bookshelves to book carts: (l.) volunteer Viets returns items to their proper place at the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (r.) the author (in red) joins Windsor Branch P.L. staff in Barnhart, MO, with the library cart pimped out like the cover of Checked Out

“Volunteering at a library is rewarding. It was a thrill to see my mysteries on the library shelves…. It was fun to recommend my favorite writers, if a patron asked for help. If they liked my suggestions, I felt like a successful matchmaker.”

Taking a Book Trip with Bill Clegg | Day of Dialog 2015

FAMILY MATTERS top shot shows the panel addressed the packed house. Next, Cregg and Kimberly Burns discuss something; next row, l.-r. Karen Kosztolnyik enthuses about the book, as well as Michelle Leo. Bottom, Cregg and moderator Barbara Hoffert from LJ. Photos ©2015 William Neumann

During a week when it seemed as though everyone in the book world was talking about product, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog took some time out to focus on process. Publishing a book is a journey, and the aptly named Book Trip panel that gathered at New York University’s Kimmel Center to tell the story of Bill Clegg’s forthcoming debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family (Scout Press: Gallery Books) gave attendees a good look at the road it traveled.

A Feel for the Times | Day of Dialog 2015

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At LJ’s 18th annual Day of Dialog, a sold-out event held on Wednesday, May 27, at New York University’s Kimmel Center in lower Manhattan, over 200 librarians gathered, along with authors, editors, and publishers, to talk books, business, and best practices.