Jaipur Literature Festival Comes to Boulder Public Library


Proclaimed the world’s largest free literary festival, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has attracted world-class writers since its 2006 inception in Jaipur, India. On September 19–20, it left home for very nearly the first time and came to America, where it was hosted by a public library. The Boulder Public Library and Civic Lawns, […]

Why Fiction Matters | The Center for Fiction Has the Answer


Why fiction matters. That was the topic under discussion at a key panel presented by the New York City–based Center for Fiction at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 20, and it’s also the name of an exciting new series just launched by the center, featuring leading novelists reflecting broadly on the continued value of […]

Irish Writers Baume & Binchy, Man Booker Short-lister Sahota, Adam Hochschild, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Baume, Sara. Spill Simmer Falter Wither. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780544716193. $23; ebk. ISBN 9780544716223. LITERARY FICTION A lonely man and a one-eyed dog form a bond, and the man takes his furry friend into his home. Before, they were treated like outcasts by the villagers, but now they are feared as a […]

Top Commercial Fiction from Brackston, Evanovich, Mitchard, & More | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Billingsley, ReShonda Tate & Victoria Christopher Murray. A Blessing & a Curse. Gallery. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476748887. pap. $15. POP FICTION/AFRICAN AMERICAN Billingsley and Murray are both No. 1 national best-selling authors, with the former a NAACP Image Award winner and the latter a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee, and they have joined together […]

Debut Fiction from Award Winners, Movie Moguls, & Journalists | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Heaney, Katie. Dear Emma. Grand Central. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781455534609. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455534593. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455534647. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. COMING OF AGE Author of the beloved and funny memoir Never Have I Ever and a staff writer at Buzzfeed, Heaney turns out a coming-of-age tale starring college junior Harriet, the anonymous […]

From the Apostles to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham to India Today | Social Science Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Anderson, William. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Harper. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062419682. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062419682. LETTERS Everyone loves Laura Ingalls Wilder, it seems; Pioneer Girl, her annotated autobiography, which was published in 2014 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press, reached the No. 2 spot on the New York Times best […]

Judicious Reading: The Supreme Court Rules the Page | Wyatt’s World


The U.S. Supreme Court Justices seem to be everywhere right now: from debate topics to late-night broadcasts. Here are five books on the court, its issues, and its role in American life.

From Paulette Jiles to Bruce Wagner | Literary Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2


Jiles, Paulette. News of the World. Morrow. Mar. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780062409201. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062409225. HISTORICAL After the Civil War, people in northern Texas are so starved for word of the world that Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes a decent living traveling the region’s rough roads to read newspapers to paying crowds. Then he […]

From Girls & Sex to Battling Depression, Key Women’s Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2


Anderson, Gillian & Jennifer Nadel. WE: A Manifesto for Modern Women. Atria. Mar. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781501126277. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501126291. SELF-HELP Award-winning actor/producer Anderson and award-winning journalist Nadel are best buddies, and together they’ve written something a little different: not a memoir of what they’ve learned from their friendship but a manifesto coming out of […]

Games in Early Access | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, September 15, 2015


Early Access makes enthusiastic gamers part of the development process and lets them support developers they trust and games in which they believe. Many games still in Early ­Access have experienced great success and built huge fan bases.

2015 National Book Award Long-Lists Announced


From Monday, September 14, through Thursday, September 18, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long-lists for the National Book Awards (NBA), which will be presented at an invitation-only awards ceremony on November 18. The long-lists, ten books each in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, ranged beyond hard hitters like Lauren Groff’s Fates […]

Chevalier, Fishman, O’Brien, Oyeyemi, & Spiotta | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 1


Chevalier, Tracy. At the Edge of the Orchard. Viking. Mar. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780525953005. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698404199. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Chevalier is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous audience favorites, notably Girl with a Pearl Earring, and with this book, as a way to introduce her to new readers, her new publisher […]

From Annie Dillard & Edward O. Wilson to Charlotte Brontë’s Fiery Heart | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1


Dillard, Annie. The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New. Ecco. Mar. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062432971. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062433015. ESSAYS On September 10, President Barack Obama awarded Dillard the National Humanities Medal “for her profound reflections on human life and nature,” as the White House citation said. “In poetry and prose, Ms. Dillard has invited […]

From Commissario Guido Brunetti to Intrepid Maisie Dobbs | Barbara’s Suspense Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1


Leon, Donna. Waters of Eternal Youth. Atlantic, Mar. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780802124807. $26. MYSTERY Commissario Guido Brunetti’s 25th case has a little twist; there’s no dead body and possibly no crime. Late one night, a teenager splashed into the bottle-green waters of a Venice canal, and the stumbling drunk who pulled her out—not before she […]

Must-Viewing for Drama Fans | Video Reviews, September 1, 2015


The consistent quality of Call the Midwife makes this charming and sentimental series a must, ­ANZAC Girls are sure to be popular in public libraries, you’ll care about the fully developed characters in The Crimson Field

History, Dramedy, & David Lynch | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray, September 1, 2015


From the Blood and Glory of the Civil War to the madness of Mulholland Dr. and Ethan Hawke in 1980s New York, new videos for all types of collections

Human Rights Studies Online; Evolution of Flight, 1784–1991 | Reference eReviews, September 1, 2015


Human Rights Studies Online is an important compilation of vital material that isn’t typically found in one place; The Evolution of Flight, 1784–1991 is ideal for programs related to World’s Fairs or the history of aviation

Visiting with Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fang Lizhi, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Feb. 2016, Pt. 5


Bell-Scott, Patricia. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship; Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. Knopf. Feb. 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780679446521. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101946923. HISTORY This work from Bell-Scott, professor emerita of women’s studies and family science at the University of Georgia and co-founding editor of SAGE: […]

Good Vibrations | Music Matters, September 1, 2015


The theremin is a futuristic instrument literally played by waving your arms in the air. Sound like fun? You can now borrow one from the University of Denver’s (UD) Music Library.

Yann Martel, Iain Pears, & Jacobson’s Shakespeare Retelling | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2016, Pt. 4


Gallagher, Matt. Youngblood. Atria. Feb. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781501105746. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501105760. LITERARY Never have more veterans expressed the full depth of their war experience by turning to writing, as evidenced by recent stellar fiction from authors like Elliot Ackerman, Michael Pitre, and the National Book Award–winning Phil Klay, who calls this current example […]