Accepting the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead), the darkly uproarious tale of a young slave who joins forces with John Brown, James McBride expressed gratitude that at a particularly difficult time in his life he could fall into the world of his protagonist, Little Onion Shackleford, and simply [...]
Librarians are immersed in an eclectic mix of new titles this month. Sarah MacLean’s wonderfully titled No Good Duke Goes Unpunished tops the list, with Adriana Trigiani’s The Supreme Macaroni Company also making a welcome appearance. Nonfiction makes a showing too, with librarians around the country trying new titles on writers and their relationships with [...]
Ahead of Halloween, librarians around the country are immersing themselves in the gothic; they name Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black as the October title they are enjoying most. Also making their top ten are new titles from masters Pat Conroy and Amy Tan. Next on my list though, is a mystery with an intriguing setting: [...]
We’re reading across the spectrum this week at Library Journal/School Library Journal, with nonfiction and fiction both represented. A cross theme of strong women, from actress Anjelica Huston to warrior maiden Alanna to Anne Frank’s sister, is in play, with some humor and fantastic fantasy thrown in. There’s also real-life drama, as beleaguered hospital staffers [...]
Judging by the upcoming fall publishing season, there will be plenty of speculative fiction titles to sharpen readers’ minds, but no one particular trend is leading the charge. Sf and fantasy has attracted a far more diverse readership than ever before, and publishing success can be found by exploring that diversity. Military sf and space opera stage a revival, fantasy goes dark, and digital publishing is here to stay.
As publishing evolves and writers turn to digital outlets to create and distribute new works, major publishers like Random House Publishing Group, a division of the newly formed Penguin Random House, have committed to finding these new authors and delivering exciting fresh content to today’s most tech-savvy readers. Sarah Peed is the associate editor at [...]