2016 Carnegie Medals Short List Announced

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The American Library Association (ALA) announced its short list for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, honoring books written for adults and published in the United States in the previous year. In a departure from previous years, the two medal winners will be revealed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits […]

Strong Slate Competes for National Book Awards

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On Wednesday, October 14, the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the National Book Award. The five finalists in each of four categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature—follow a long-list featuring ten titles in each category. For the second year in a row, the finalists were announced on NPR’s Morning Edition. Only two […]

Marlon James Wins 2015 Man Booker Award

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On Tuesday, October 13, Marlon James made history by becoming the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize in its 47-year history. The decision was met with “spontaneous and rapturous applause,” said the BBC, when it was announced at a lavish awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall. James won for his multivoiced A Brief History […]

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts | LJ Review

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Gregory David Roberts’s long-awaited sequel to his best-selling Shantaram is bound to be as big a hit as its predecessor.

Penguin Random House Forms New Adult Library Marketing Group

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In a not unexpected move following the July 2013 merger of Random House and the Penguin Group, Penguin Random House has announced the creation of a unified, cross-company Penguin Random House Adult Library Marketing Group. Company officials said that this move is aimed at further strengthening its presence in the adult library market. “We will […]

Jaipur Literature Festival Comes to Boulder Public Library

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Proclaimed the world’s largest free literary festival, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has attracted world-class writers since its 2006 inception in Jaipur, India. On September 19–20, it left home for very nearly the first time and came to America, where it was hosted by a public library. The Boulder Public Library and Civic Lawns, […]

Espionage: In From the Cold | Collection Development: Spy Fiction & More, October 1, 2015

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Spy fiction is alive and well, despite the loss of its favorite setting—the Berlin Wall—and the demise of its chief nemesis—the Soviet Union. Warm up your collection with these 18 titles.

2015 National Book Award Long-Lists Announced

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From Monday, September 14, through Thursday, September 18, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long-lists for the National Book Awards (NBA), which will be presented at an invitation-only awards ceremony on November 18. The long-lists, ten books each in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, ranged beyond hard hitters like Lauren Groff’s Fates […]

Format Follows Function

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When it comes to collection development, libraries are making more complex choices based on what patrons want and in what format they want it. Print books come in hardcover and paperback, with an ever-growing selection of large print; library binding, while less popular than it once was, is still an option. Ebook models are more varied than ever, but libraries must pay attention to licensing restrictions, term and use limits, and subscription models. Audiobooks, which are experiencing steady gains in appeal, present some of the widest range of format choices: CDs, downloadable audio, and preloaded players.

Editors’ Fall 2015 Picks

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These approaching releases are grabbing the LJ review editors’ attention and are great bets for your patrons as the daylight grows shorter and the air more chilly.