Spring Best Debuts: First Novels

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There are so many first novels to choose from, especially in spring, when publishers are busy promoting their up-and-coming writers. Here are the books that are getting the most play among people in the know.

Library of Congress Honors Louise Erdrich

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced that Louise Erdrich will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, to be awarded during the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 5, at Washington, DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The award is given for both artistic merit and originality of […]

The National Book Critics Circle Honors Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, at Its 2014 Awards Ceremony

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In an awards ceremony on March 12, 2015, honoring the best writing of publishing year 2014, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) crowned the careers of distinguished writers Marilynne Robinson and David Brion Davis, winners in fiction and nonfiction, respectively, while settling its precedent-breaking dual nomination of Claudia Rankine in the poetry and criticism categories […]

Materials Breakout | Materials Survey 2015

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Here’s the good news: respondents to LJ’s annual materials survey of U.S. public libraries nationwide report that their materials budgets are up 3%, averaging $807,000 overall and ranging from $30,000 on average for libraries serving populations under 10,000 to $4,437,000 for libraries serving populations over 500,000. That’s the best budget showing since the $862,000 average in 2008 and a sign that libraries are catching up after the major economic downturn of 2007–08, though with prices now higher, budgets are still playing catch-up.

Michele Cobb named APA executive director

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Michele Cobb has been named executive director of the Audio Publishers Association following her tenure as the organization’s president. Executive director is a new position that was formerly part of an outside management company.  Cobb owns MLC Consulting, which provides PR, sales, marketing, and business development services for the publishing industry, and is a frequent speaker at audiobook […]

Editors’ Spring Picks

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LJ’s reviews editors found quirky, eclectic, offbeat, and debut titles to recommend this season

Notable Books and More | ALA Midwinter 2015

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On Sunday, February 1, 2015, at the Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception in Chicago, the Reference and Users Services Association announced its 2015 Notable Books List, comprising 26 top titles for libraries in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. That list, along with the 2015 Booklist Editors’ Choice list, serves as the basis of the longlist […]

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015

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In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

Harper Lee’s Second Novel, Go Set a Watchman, To Publish on July 14, 2015

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On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced that it will publish a new novel by Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning and hugely best-selling To Kill a Mockingbird, which boasts 40 million copies worldwide. The new novel, Go Set a Watchman, will be published July 14 with a first printing […]

Staying Healthy: Men’s Edition | Collection Development, February 1, 2015

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Men seem to fall out of the health-care system following childhood, except where matters of sex are concerned. These 21 resources are targeted to men’s general well-being and information on a healthy lifestyle. That sounds pretty sexy to us.