First Thoughts on ALA

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This newsletter saying good-bye to 2015 titles is slim, owing to my work at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco. Some first thoughts, drawn from the panels I have moderated. It’s astonishing how a panel that can seem as disparate as United for Libraries’ “Beyond Genre,” with three memoirs, a book of photographs […]

Last of the December Fiction | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Fiorato, Marina. Beatrice and Benedick. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9781476776347. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466888982. HISTORICAL We all know how much Beatrice and Benedick sparred in Much Ado About Nothing, but how did their relationship come about? A Shakespeare scholar whose The Glassblower of Murano won international acclaim, Fiorato reimagines their meeting at her […]

From Occupy Art to Romantic Suspense | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Crabapple, Molly. Drawing Blood. Harper. Dec. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781476772080. $25.99. MEMOIR Crabapple traveled through Europe and the Near East after high school, then settled in New York and worked at the nightclub The Box. She also witnessed the 9/11 attack. Eventually, the emerging Occupy movement compelled her to artistic talents to serve a new […]

Last Chance To Register for LJ’s 2015 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

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The American Library Association conference in San Francisco is coming soon, but LJ’s 2015 ALA Galley & Signing Guide is coming now—or at least sometime within the next 24 hours. You can anticipate a really big guide, with something like 400 titles, nearly double the number of titles featured in the 2015 BEA Galley & […]

Five Essential Historical Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 2

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Crowley, Roger. Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire. Random. Dec. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780812994001. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780812994018. HISTORY Crowley spent some of his childhood in Malta, hung around Greece the summer after finishing school, and taught in Istanbul after reading English at Cambridge, and his enduring interest in the history of the […]

Five Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 2

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Greaney, Mark. Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief. Putnam. Dec. 2015. 688p. ISBN 9780399176760. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698410619. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. SUSPENSE Coauthor of three No. 1 best sellers with Tom Clancy and sole author of the No. 1 best seller Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, Greaney gives Jack Ryan more headaches in this latest thriller. Actually, […]

Galley Guide Discoveries | Ten Novels I Wish I Had Been Able To Feature Here

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One of the fun (if slightly frustrating) things about writing the ALA galley guide is spotting books that I wish I had been able to feature in Prepub Alert. Often they’ve dropped into the schedule too late, other times they’ve simply passed me by, and some have since arrived on my desk. From Matt Bell’s […]

Kanon Is Leaving Berlin; True Crime from Jobb, Kurkjian | Audiobook Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Jobb’s latest true crime masterpiece is performed flawlessly; Kanon’s action is richly multifaceted, while the narration of Corey Brill is complex and exceptional; Kurkjian’s Master Thieves is recommended to art lovers and all fans of true-life crime

Modern “Radio” Dramas: Audio Stories for 21st-Century Listeners | Wyatt’s World

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Radio dramas have given way to podcasts, and this new form of storytelling is as addictive and immersive as its early predecessor. Here are five to consider.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, May 2015

Girl has missed the station yet; the Lusitania rises to the top in nonfiction

NBCC/Zyzzyva & City Lights Throw Two Big Celebratory Parties During ALA

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On Thursday, June 25, at 6 p.m., at the offices of Zyzzyva magazine (Mechanics Institutes Building, 57 Post Street, Suite 601, map link here), the National Book Critics Circle (now 40 years old) and Zyzzyva magazine (now 30 years old) are throwing a celebratory party cohosted by NBCC VP/Online Jane Ciabattari and Zyzzyva editors Laura […]

Key Poets To Discover and Rediscover, Including Juan Felipe Herrera | Poetry Previews, Fall 2015

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Equi, Elaine. Sentences and Rain. Coffee House. Oct. 2015. 100p. ISBN 9781566894210. pap. $16.95. POETRY Sharp-eyed, witty, and ever able to nail the mood or idea in distilled language—“A slight implies/ if not an insult/ (real or imagined)/ at least something/ unpleasant—/a slight cold,/ a slight headache”—Equi here ranges across the contemporary landscape, from clones […]

Five Don’t-Miss Book (and Book-and-Movie) Panels at ALA

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Zombies, Vampires, and Spooks—Oh My! Saturday, June 27, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Moscone Convention Center, 125 (N) Zombies, vampires, and spooks can upset one’s day, but the books here are creepiest for the unseen and unexpected. Mira Grant’s Chimera (Orbit: Hachette) wraps up the “Parasitology” trilogy with implanted tapeworms meant to assure human health causing a terrifying […]

ALA Prep: Register for the 2015 Galley & Signing Guide

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It’s nearly time for the ALA conference in sea-misted, Golden-Gated San Francisco, which means that it’s nearly time for LJ’s 2015 ALA Galley & Signing Guide. As always, the guide will feature galley and book giveaways and in-booth signings, organized by aisle for easy navigation of the show floor—all the more crucial with so many […]

From Screen to Sound | Wyatt’s World

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For the second week of audiobook month consider displaying titles by authors well known on screens big and small. Here are five memoirs from visual celebrities—actors on hit TV shows and films, a news anchor, and a chef–turned–tour guide.

Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed Poet Laureate

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On Wednesday, June 10, outgoing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named Juan Felipe Herrera the library’s 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2015–2016. Herrera, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN USA National Poetry Award, and the International Latino Book Award, among numerous other honors, is the first Hispanic poet […]

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.

InteLex Past Masters Online; Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535–1922 | Reference eReviews, June 1, 2015

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InteLex Past Masters Online is astonishing in breadth and depth; Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535–1922, will be of interest to academic libraries and historical societies

Documentary DVDs, June 2015 | Best Sellers

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Celebrity watching: the Roosevelts, Roger Ebert, and Mr. Sulu