Prize-Worthy Aboulela, Screen-Worthy Cornwell & Endo, Thatcher’s Continuing Biography, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

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Aboulela, Leila. The Kindness of Enemies. Grove. Jan. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780802124487. $26. LITERARY FICTION Sudanese-born, Scotland-based, and relentlessly prize-worthy, Aboulela grabbed the Caine Prize for African Writing with a story from the collection Coloured Lights and the Scottish Book Award for her most recent novel, Lyrics Alley; that novel and her two others, The […]

Margaret Atwood, John Scalzi, & a Bollywood Bride | Audio in Advance September 2015 | Fiction

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Ahlborn, Ania. Brother. Tantor. ISBN 9781494510329. Read by Jonathan Yen. Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is […]

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.

Hot Summertime Reads

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Grab an iced tea and one of these genre fiction favorites.

Chris Colfer, James Patterson, & Grimes on Tubman and Anthony | Audio in Advance July 2015 | Middle Grade

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Anders, Lou. Nightborn. (Thrones and Bones, Bk. 2). Listening Library. ISBN 9781101916049. Read by Fabio Tassone. Gr 5-8—Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new […]

Deb Caletti, Lauren Willig, & Dexter’s Last Dance | Audio in Advance July 2015 | Fiction

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Brackston, P.J. Once Upon a Crime. (Brothers Grimm Mysteries, Bk. 2). Blackstone. ISBN 9781504609524. Read by Kate Reading. In this prequel to Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints, Gretel—yes, that Gretel—is now 35, still living with her brother Hans, and working as a private investigator. When the workshop of the local cart maker […]

A Mixed Bouquet of Springtime Books | What We’re Reading

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The LJ/School Library Journal staffers wait for spring to show up and catch a few more indoor moments with their books of the week.

From Night Vale to Elizabeth George, a Debut Worth $2 Million, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 2

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Fink, Joseph & Jeffrey Cranor. Welcome to Night Vale. HarperPerennial. Oct. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780062351425. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062351449. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Surely you’ve heard of Night Vale, that funky little town in the eponymous (and bubbling-over popular) podcast and touring show created by Fink and cowritten by him and Cranor. The library figures […]

Jami Attenberg, S.J. Watson, & Previously Unpublished Elmore Leonard Shorts | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction

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Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478903819. Read by Tavia Gilbert. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie Phillips never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets. […]

New LGBT Fiction: Titles To Consider Before June, LGBT Pride Month

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A wide array of queer titles are being released (and rereleased) this winter and spring—from erotica to literary fiction, mysteries to romance, and novels-in-translation to YA. Time to stock your shelves.