National Book Critics Circle Announces Its 2014 Awards Finalists

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The National Book Critics Circle did something different when it chose its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry—for the best books of 2014. For the first time ever, one book was nominated in two categories: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf), a daring prose poem reminding us that the […]

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 […]

An Edwardian Education | Collection Development: After Downton Abbey

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PBS’s popular Downton Abbey has made the early 1900s a familiar and beloved setting. These 36 titles will help patrons find Edwardian-era fiction, nonfiction, and videos.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

A Surprise Fiction Win and a Dazzling Le Guin at the National Book Awards 2014

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On Wednesday, November 19, the National Book Foundation hosted the 2014 National Book Awards—the 65th annual awards—at the cavernous Cipriani’s Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The evening featured a surprise win in fiction for Phil Klay’s Redeployment (Penguin Pr.), a first book of stories by a former U.S. Marine who was stationed in Iraq for […]

LibraryReads Nominations Now Accepted via NetGalley

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LibraryReads, which offers a monthly list of ten current titles recommended by library staff nationwide as their favorites, has joined with NetGalley to make nominating titles even easier. Previously, library staff who participated voted solely through Edelweiss. Now staffers who use NetGalley, a major software and services company that delivers secure digital galleys to professional […]

Vicarious Voyages | Collection Development: Armchair Travel

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An armchair voyage is a journey of exploration—a pilgrimage, a feast for the soul, and a way of satisfying curiosities. These 27 resources, including apps, will help users travel routes and set sail for adventures that won’t require security checks or encounter airport snafus.

Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying: Another Big Read Opportunity for Libraries

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has expanded its Big Read library with the addition of its first nonfiction selection, Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist published in 2007. In this family memoir, Danticat recounts being raised by her uncle Joseph in Haiti […]

The Heart of Romance | Genre Spotlight: Romance

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With multiple subgenres and various publishing platforms, romance titles are a valentine to a solid library collection. See what works are coming your way this season.

Famously Firsts | Fall/Winter 2014/15 First Novels

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Fiction titles don’t come out of nowhere but—if they’re any good—are suffused with an author’s particular background, perspective, experience, and skill. Here are this coming season’s first-time novelists.

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