ALA 2014 Galley Guide Discoveries


Typically, my newsletter during the American Library Association conference features ALA coverage, but this year—no dice! Alas, a personal emergency kept me from Las Vegas, though I was able to submit all my introductions for the United for Libraries panels I was fortunate to have been asked to present. Those introductions, for some really interesting […]

Quirky Books for Quirky Librarians | United for Libraries, ALA 2014


Climo, Liz. The Little World of Liz Climo. Running Pr. Sept. 2014. ISBN 9780762452385. $14. COMICS You might know Liz Climo’s work from The Simpsons TV series, where she’s currently a storyboard revisionist, or from The Simpsons Movie, The Lebrons, and Seth Macfarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. You might have also stumbled across her work […]

Isn’t It Romantic? | United for Libraries, ALA 2014


Coonts, Deborah. Lucky Bastard. Forge: Tor. 2014. 496p. ISBN 9780765370440. pap. $8.99. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Wanna Get Lucky? Lucky Stiff. So Damn Lucky. Three Lucky novellas. And now Lucky Bastard, next in Deborah Coonts’s fast-paced, relentlessly witty, neon-bright series set in her hometown, Las Vegas. Our heroine is Lucky O’Toole, now Vice President of Customer Relations at […]

First Author, First Book | United for Libraries, ALA 2014


Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin Teen. Jul. 2014. ISBN 97800373211241. 352p. $17.99. YA FICTION In Adi Alsaid’s vastly entertaining first novel, Leila’s on a road trip in her bright red car, ostensibly to see the Northern Lights but actually to lose herself in the unfamiliar; she needs to get her life back for a […]

Hot Picks for Book Clubs | United for Libraries, ALA 2014


  Castillo, Ana. Give It to Me. Feminist. 2014. 256p. ISBN  9781558618503. $16.95. LITERARY A leading voice in Latina literature whose works include So Far from God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books, Ana Castillo has turned in a vibrant, sassy, in-your-face examination of Latina identity and sexuality in her latest novel, Give It […]

Hot Books from Small Presses | United for Libraries, ALA 2014


Dawson, Robert. The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. Princeton Architectural. 2014. 192p. ISBN 9781616892173. $35. ARCHITECTURE Robert Dawson’s The Public Library is a stunningly photographed, stunningly realized book, a compact square of 192 pages containing the spirit of American public libraries, showing what they have done and what they can do. From a formerly segregated […]

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide


The 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide is in production and should be reaching your inbox in the next 24 hours. It’s one of the biggest yet, with some 350 titles—certainly, more titles than were available for distribution  at last month’s BookExpo America. Even with all my work on Prepub Alert, I discovered new titles […]

Library Journal Is on the Move


On the eve of the American Library Association conference and with all major December 2014 titles already covered, this week’s Prepub Alert will be small. The most important business at hand: please note that we will be moving offices in mid-July. Our phone numbers and emails will remain the same. For mail: please send items […]

“The Journey of a Book: From Writer to Reader” with Lin Enger | A C-SPAN Recording


On Friday, May 30, at BookExpo America, United for Libraries brought something different to the trudge and drudge through the convention aisles. “The Journey of a Book: From Writer to Reader” featured Lin Enger’s The High Divide (Algonquin, Sept.), the affecting story of a man who vanishes into the late 1800s Montana Badlands with a […]

The 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide: Almost Here


The 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide: what’s in it for you? Hundreds of galley listings, from big-time works like Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks; to Audrey Magee’s The Undertaking, shortlisted for the Bailey Woman’s Fiction Prize, once the Orange Prize; to Jussi Adler-Olsen’s juicy The […]

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