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The ALA Midwinter Galley Chase | The Final Analysis


In galley or book form, hundreds of titles were there for the taking on the floor of the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference, and tracking what went fastest says a lot about what people are interested in reading today. The escapist pleasures of a good thriller still attract, and the hottest hotcakes of the genre […]

Galley Guide Discoveries: 12 Spring Books You Shouldn’t Miss


If Library Journal’s galley guides serve to bring good books to your attention, they also serve to bring good books to mine. Here are 12 books I discovered while compiling the ALA Midwinter guide. Take a look at them all.

Put a Little Romance in Your Life | LJ’s Best Romance 2013


Here’s hoping that you all saw LJ‘s most recent LJ Reviews newsletter, listing all our Best Genre Fiction picks for 2013, from mystery to historical fiction and more. Alas, Best Books 2013: Romance managed to escape from the fold, but I’ve just given you the link. I’m no pro at romance, in books or in life, but […]

Lizzie Skurnick Books: The Best YA from Yesterday That’s Still Great Today


From Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, today’s YA literature is much loved and much read. But readers sometimes forget that the path to these books was laid by a previous generation of writers offering quality work to a huge fan base. Writers like Lois Duncan, Ellen Conford, and Sandra Scoppettone may not be as […]

Check Out These United for Libraries Author Events at ALA: Six Events, 34 Authors

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Last week, I told you about United for Libraries’ terrific author panels at ALA: Crossing Over: Teen Books for Everyone!, Quirky Books for Quirkier Librarians, Shoot Between the Lines: Mystery Writers Reveal All, and First Author, First Book. That’s 22 authors on four panels in two days, and I’m reading every title. I can currently […]

Sneak Preview: 12 Unexpected Titles You’ll Discover at ALA


Anna Badkhen’s The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village; Dan Beachy-Quick’s An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky; Will Ferguson’s 419; and nine more.

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards 2013: Get Ready for Some Good Discussion


Established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to reflect her family’s commitment to social justice, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are the only American awards honoring works that confront racism and celebrate diversity. Its winners include Nobel Laureates Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott, with all but Lifetime Achievement […]

Previewing Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge


While the Day of Dialog panel “Getting (Re)Acquainted with the Best Voices in Fiction Today” includes several top writers back in business after a few years’ absence, the reclusive Thomas Pynchon won’t be among them. Too bad. As you’ve likely heard, his new novel, Bleeding Edge (Penguin Pr: Penguin Group (USA). Sept. 2013. 496p. ISBN […]

Dan Brown’s Inferno: Abandon Hope (of Doing Anything but Reading) All Ye Who Enter Here


Missing renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon? Wishing you had something really juicy to recommend to diehard Da Vinci Code fans? You’re in luck. Dan Brown—whose The Da Vinci Code is in fact the best-selling adult hardcover of all time, with 81 million copies in print worldwide, and whose subsequent The Lost Symbol sold 30 million copies—has a new book […]

Mystery, April 2013: Timothy Williams, Peter Lovesey, Anne Perry, and More


Award Winners Winner of a Crime Writers’ Association award (CWA) for Black August, part of an Italy-set series starring Commissario Piero Trotti, and declared one of the “10 Best Modern European Crime Writers” by the Observer, Timothy Williams returns after a brief absence with Another Sun (Soho Crime. Apr. 2013. 350p. ISBN 9781616951566. $25). In […]