SAVE THE DATE! LJ’s 18th Annual Day of Dialog, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in New York City

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Never mind that BookExpo America keeps changing its schedule. Some things are constant. Since 1998, Library Journal has been hosting a Day of Dialog in conjunction with BEA that brings together librarians and publishers, authors, editors, and vendors for a full day of discussion and sharing. To kick off this year’s BEA, join us on […]

Melville House To Release the Senate Torture Report December 30

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Melville House, an independent publisher distributed by Random House, will publish the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program” on Tuesday, December 30. Titled The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (ISBN 9781612194851. $16.95), the book will be available in both print and digital formats. The report was officially […]

Jonathan Galassi, Lisa Gornick, Suzanne Joinson, Kevin Kwan, Elmore Leonard | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 3

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Galassi, Jonathan. Muse. Knopf. Jun. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9780385353342. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353359. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY FICTION We know Galassi as president and publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, as the author of three collections of poetry, and as an icon in the publishing industry. Now we get to know him as a debut […]

Dean Bakopoulos, Vendela Vida, & Nine More Authors You Must Read | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 3

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Bakopoulos, Dean. Summerlong. Ecco. Jun. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780062321169. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062321183. LITERARY In Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, Bakopoulos’s wondrous debut and a New York Times Notable Book, women and children are left scrambling after the men start disappearing from a blue-collar neighborhood. In this third novel (after My American Unhappiness), […]

Gretchen Carlson, Etgar Keret, Shannon Miller, Ali Wentworth, & More | Memoir Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 3

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Carlson, Gretchen. Getting Real. Viking. Jun. 2015. 272p. 978-0525427452. $28.95. MEMOIR Once she was a violin prodigy. Then she became Miss America, crowned in 1989. Now, after an award-winning journalism career, she’s host of FOX News channel’s The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson. Here’s her story. With a six-city tour. Favor Hamilton, Suzy. Fast Girl: […]

Late Fall Review

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This week’s Prepub Alert is short because I was on vacation last week, but wait until you see all the goodies in the December 15 newsletter, which will wrap up June 2015 coverage. After that, Prepub Alert is on hiatus until the New Year. Meanwhile, let me point out what I’ve been doing in the […]

Jami Attenberg, Pratchett/Baxter, Matthew Quick, Kate Walbert | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2

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Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Grand Central. Jun. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781455599899. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455599882. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579501. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. LITERARY Attenberg’s New York Times best-selling The Middlesteins, so loved that it sold 100,000 copies across formats, returns with a new work unexpectedly set during Prohibition and inspired by a real-life figure in […]

The Music Scene, from Steve Earle’s Memoir to Pasquale Rotella’s Electric Daisy Carnival | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2

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Bach, Sebastian. 18 and Life on Skid Row. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Jun. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780062265395. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062265418. MUSIC Actually, Bach has been part of the metal music scene since he was 14, first joining Kid Wikkid and then flaunting his vocals and mass of blond hair with Skid Row, Madam X, The […]

Rising Thriller Voices; Terry Hayes, Lori Roy, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2

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Hayes, Terry. The Year of the Locust: A Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Jun. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9781439177754. $26.95. SUSPENSE Having produced a winner straight out of the gate with last year’s New York Times best-selling I Am Pilgrim, which blended investigation of a scarily clue-free homicide with threats to the United States, Hayes gets techier […]

Russian Reading | Wyatt’s World

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There seems to be a sudden flurry of books about Russia right now. From Limonov to Stalin, these five titles attest to epic journeys, lives, and a country’s past and present.

Michelle Bailat-Jones on Fog Island Mountains | Tantorious

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Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including the Kenyon Review and the Atticus Review. Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.

Encyclopedia of Humor Studies; Impactstory | Reference eReviews, November 15, 2014

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The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies will serve social science scholars who are serious about humor. Impactstory is recommended for faculty, librarians, and researchers moved through the academic ranks.

Kent Haruf, Erika Johansen, Stephen King, Milan Kundera, S.J. Watson | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Haruf, Kent. Our Souls at Night. Knopf. Jun. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781101875896. $23.95. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE Haruf, who died Sunday aged 71, laid claim to impressive awards (e.g., Whiting Writers’ Award, the Wallace Stegner Award) and nominations (the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and his Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction have sold 1.4 […]

Greek Crisis, Baby vs. CEO, & a Surprising Double Agent | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Angelos, James. The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins. Crown. Jun. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385346481. $27. POLITICAL SCIENCE/WORLD A freelance journalist and former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal with expertise on the European debt crisis, Angelos has been covering Greece for a decade and finally moved there in 2013. He’s well primed, […]

Here We Come, Nantucket: Hot Beach Reads by Women Authors from Collins to Frank to Hilderbrand | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Collins, Jackie. The Santangelos. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2015. 544p. ISBN 9781250048233. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466848900. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Her daughter is Europe’s hot new model, her son is being set up for murder, and enemies (not to mention a druggie Colombian club owner) circle like vultures, but does that stop Lucky Santangelo? Absolutely not. […]

Creepy (Barker, Oates), Literary (Bellow, Styron), Political (Lemmon), Epic (Stephenson) & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2015, Pt. 4

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Barker, Clive. The Scarlet Gospels. St. Martin’s. May 2015. 368p. ISBN 9781250055804. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781466859555. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR Big news here: Barker’s first adult novel since 2007 brings back Hellraiser icons Harry D’Amour, good-guy investigator of the supernatural, and unimaginably evil Pinhead. It’s their final showdown, and whatever the outcome, Barker has announced […]

Bacigalupi, Crais, Kenyon, Lescroat, Sandord, & More | Chiller Fiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 4

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Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Kickback. Putnam. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780399170843. $26.95. THRILLER When 17-year-old Dillon Yates is sentenced to a lockdown juvenile facility for a minor prank, his mother asks Spenser to investigate why so many youngsters from their town have received similar sentencing from the local get-tough judge. The ugly answer has […]

The Arts, Business, & Current Culture | Nonfiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 4

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ARTS Luzzi, Joseph. In a Dark Wood. HarperWave. May 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780062357519. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062357533. MEMOIR “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.” You know the opening lines of Dante’s Inferno, as does award-winning literary critic and Bard professor Luzzi, who found his woods dark indeed […]

From Interactive to Straight Text with Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz

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In August 2014, Atavist Books released The New World, a digital novel by New Yorker 20 under 40 author Chris Adrian (The Great Night) and Webby Award winner Eli Horowitz (The Silent History) that utilized nonlinear narrative devices via the Atavist app to tell a truly mind-bending love story. After some surprise sympathy text messages, […]

Librarian’s Guide to GamerGate | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, November 15, 2014

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While librarians should generally remain politically neutral—save for library advocacy—while interacting with patrons, this is one time that it’s okay to take a side. The actions of GamerGaters are not representative of gamers in general.

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