LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Our picks for the Top Ten books of 2016, plus Top Five picks in genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and more.

National Book Awards Challenge Political Climate with Literature, Celebration

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On Wednesday, November 16, following a presidential election that shook the literary community to its roots, the National Book Foundation came back fighting at an awards ceremony where endorsement of a broad view of social justice for America was evident from the moment host Larry Wilmore took the stage. Virtually every speaker expressed strong dismay […]

In Memoriam: Leonard Cohen, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

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While Leonard Cohen’s songs will remain his main legacy, it’s worth considering his other literary efforts, including nine books of poetry and two novels.

Database Updates | Reference 2017

More than a dozen recent and forthcoming reference databases and online products, organized by category.

New Database Releases | Reference 2017

Some 20 recent and forthcoming databases and online products.

New Print Reference Releases | Reference 2017

Some 350 recent and forthcoming reference titles from more than 30 publishers, organized by category.

Short List Announced for Andrew Carnegie Medals

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The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books short-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are given for the previous year’s best adult fiction and nonfiction books published in the United States. The two medal winners will be revealed at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) […]

Obituary: Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today Book Critic

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It’s not every nationally known book critic that serves on the board of his local public library, but then Bob Minzesheimer, who died on October 15 after a battle with brain cancer, wasn’t just any book critic. USA Today‘s longtime book reviewer and writer, who was only 66 when he died, Bob earned a master’s […]

Picturing History, Comics Creators in Conversation | NYCC 2016

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Drawing an exuberant crowd, the panel “Race & Sexuality: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tee “Vixen” Franklin & Steve Orlando,” moderated by comics scholar Jonathan W. Gray, featured veteran comics writers and newcomers alike.

Finalists Announced for National Book Awards 2016

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The 20 finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature were recently announced by David Haglund, the literary editor of newyorker.com, and Lisa Lucas, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. The announcement was made by The New Yorker via Facebook Live on October 6. The fiction […]