May 2017 LibraryReads

This month’s LibraryReads list will interest readers of all genres. Explore astrophysics with best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson as he takes you on a cosmic journey that will fit around your busy day; take a look into the past when you read The Radium Girls and discover one of the biggest scandals of the early 20th century; and […]

Detecting, Dancing, Dying | What We’re Reading

World Gone By

The LJ/School Library Journal staffers like their reading dark and doggy this week, with a large dose of long-form journalism to supplement the books.

Barclay, Carter, Falco, Girard, Lehane, & Wax on the Fiction Trail | Xpress Reviews

The Archer family returns with Barclay, an engaging political novel from Carter, action and substance from Falco, an enjoyable love story about art, Lehane is a bit disjointed, and Wax goes back to the beach with her Florida pals

Dennis Lehane, Chris Pavone Take Mystery’s Top Prizes

At the Mystery Writers of America’s  67th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner, held Thursday evening at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dennis Lehane’s historical crime novel Live By Night won the Edgar for Best Novel. Surprisingly it was a first win for the veteran author of ten books. In his acceptance speech, Lehane  acknowledged the […]

Following the Digital Clues: Mystery Genre Spotlight

The world of mystery is ever-popular and ever-evolving. Whether a classic “whodunit,” a cozy, a police procedural, or something in between, crime fiction still draws readers nationwide. In a brief survey of 232 public libraries conducted by LJ, 55% of respondents reported that mystery continues to be the most popular genre in terms of circulation. The survey also found that in print fiction collections, 24.1% of materials are mysteries.

What is new this year is that mystery titles make up over 20% of library ebook collections. And like their print counterparts, the highest circulating subgenres in mystery ebooks are police procedurals and cozies. However, 57% of the survey respondents do not purchase e-original mysteries (perhaps owing to a lack of review coverage and issues of discovery?); chief e-mystery purchase influencers are high-demand titles, user requests, and cost.

This Week's Book Buzz

This Week's Book Buzz

A Celebration of Noir

A Celebration of Noir

ALA 2010: Dennis Lehane's Debt to Libraries

ALA 2010: Dennis Lehane's Debt to Libraries