Marlon James Wins 2015 Man Booker Award


On Tuesday, October 13, Marlon James made history by becoming the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize in its 47-year history. The decision was met with “spontaneous and rapturous applause,” said the BBC, when it was announced at a lavish awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall. James won for his multivoiced A Brief History […]

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Hot debut novels. Juicy historical fiction. Diverse books for adult readers. All delivered to you in one hour with Library Journal’s newest Editors’ Picks webcast, coming before the jack-o’-lanterns get lighted. These webcasts are modeled on the popular Editor’s Picks panel at Day of Dialog, and you don’t have to travel to hear them. What […]

Daring Librarians, Hamilton as Musical, Quindlen’s New Novel, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Doerries, Bryan. The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan. Pantheon. Apr. 2016. 160p. ISBN 9780375715167. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870990. GRAPHIC NOVEL/CLASSICS Doerries is the founder of Theater of War, which aims to help service members, veterans, and their families cope with the damage of war, both physical and emotional, by presenting readings of ancient Greek […]

Parenting Titles, from Childbirth Through Post-College | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Raeburn, Paul & Kevin Zollman. The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know—Your Kids. Scientific American: Farrar. Apr. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780374160012. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374714406. PARENTING Journalist Raeburn, whose Do Fathers Matter? won a National Parenting Publications Gold Medal, has […]

Key Literary Titles from Duchovny, Hellenga, Jane Hamilton, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Duchovny, David. Bucky F*cking Dent. Farrar. Apr. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780374110420. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374714765. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A quirky but heartfelt fable like his New York Times best-selling Holy Cow, this new work by Golden Globe Award–winning actor Duchovny features Carter administration–era Ivy Leaguer Ted Fullilove, who sells peanuts at Yankee Stadium while […]

Penguin Random House Forms New Adult Library Marketing Group


In a not unexpected move following the July 2013 merger of Random House and the Penguin Group, Penguin Random House has announced the creation of a unified, cross-company Penguin Random House Adult Library Marketing Group. Company officials said that this move is aimed at further strengthening its presence in the adult library market. “We will […]

5 Under 35 Honorees Show Off Their Small-Press Credentials


On September 30, the National Book Foundation announced its 5 Under 35 honorees for 2015, and there’s nary a Big 5 author among them. Irish author Colin Barrett, whose Young Skins (Black Cat: Grove Atlantic) has already won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for […]

Jane Eyre Reimagined, Novellas from Jim Harrison, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 4


Carter, M.J. The Infidel Stain. Putnam. Mar. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780399171680. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698168749. MYSTERY Carter’s first work of fiction, The Strangler Vine, brought together soldier William Avery and secret agent Jeremiah Blake in late 1830s India with triumphant results; it was long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize and a finalist for the CWA […]

An Irish Rebel, John Elder Robison’s Brain Change, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 4


Egan, Timothy. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9780544272880. HISTORY Even if you don’t know Egan as a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, the National Book Award–winning author of The Worst Hard Time, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt […]

Nineteen Essential Mysteries/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 4


Barclay, Linwood. Far from True: A Promise Falls Novel. NAL. Mar. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9780451472700. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698182301. THRILLER When a screen at a seen-better-days drive-in tumbles down, killing four people, the daughter of one victim persuades PI Cal Weaver to investigate a break-in at her father’s house, where a hidden room reveals some […]