APA Announces Audiobook Blogger of the Year

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced that Jennifer Conner, who runs the book blog “The Literate Housewife,” will be recognized as the 2015 Audiobook Blogger of the Year—an honor awarded to her through a competition sponsored by the APA. LJ spoke to Conner about her “Armchair Audies” program in 2013. “The APA created this […]

Macmillan Audio Joins hoopla digital

Macmillan Audio president and publisher Mary Beth Roche and Jeff Jankowski, founder and vice president of Midwest Tape and hoopla digital, have reached a deal to begin a pilot to distribute Macmillan’s audiobooks to public libraries and their patrons via hoopla digital. hoopla is a digital streaming and download service offered by Midwest Tape to public libraries that […]

Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

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Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King’s foray into hard-boiled crime fiction, was named the Best Novel at the Mystery Writers of America’s 69th Annual Edgar Awards banquet.

A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

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Even as the digital shift continues, print magazines remain a vital part of a multilayered, interconnected media marketplace. The new magazines launched in 2014 display publishers’ appreciation of, and commitment to, the value of the printed page. Mediafinder.com reported that 190 magazines were launched in 2014, compared to 185 in 2013. Last year also saw the closure of 99 titles, as opposed to the 56 that ceased in 2013.

Celebrating the 35th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Presented Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium, the 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes revealed the usual satisfying mix of titles that have already deservedly received praise and others that engaged readers will be glad to see get an extra boost. The poetry prize went to Claudia Rankine’s […]

Writing To Remember: A 20th-Century Tragedy Inspires a Debut Novel

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“Seeking answers, trying to impose meaning, to understand what happened and why are all things I do when I’m writing. So when people ask me if my novel is an act of political activism, I remember what Toni Morrison said…”

Get Your Free Ebook Copies of Brian Grazer’s A Curious Mind for National Library Week

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In another example of its expanding ebook outreach to libraries, Simon & Schuster announced that it will donate a free electronic copy of Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer’s new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, to school and public libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to […]

Welcome Artificial Overlords: Androids in Fact & Fiction | Collection Development, April 1, 2015

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Welcome Artificial Overlords. Humans have historically been obsessed with creating artificially intelligent life (AI). These 26 works of fiction and nonfiction, plus periodicals and DVDs, bring this future into sharper focus.

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy

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The April 4 announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards shortlist generated a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and sf websites; at issue is the politicization of what should have been a selection process based on literary merit.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Introduces Poetry, Honors Marlon James and David Brion Davis

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On April 1, the Cleveland Foundation today announced the winners of this year’s Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the only American awards honoring literary works that confront racism and celebrate diversity. The awards, established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to reflect her family’s commitment to social justice, are celebrating their 80th year […]