National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

On January 17, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the outstanding books of 2016.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2017

Grisham, Connelly, & Picoult jump in; Hillbilly outpaces Tattoo

Russia: 100 Years Later | Collection Development: Soviet History, January 2017

Spanning two continents, 11 time zones, and more than 100 nationalities, Imperial Russia crumbled in 1917 while the empire was still mired in World War I. These 30 titles will recount Soviet history upon this monumental anniversary.

LJ’s Best Books of 2016

Our picks for the Top Ten books of 2016, plus Top Five picks in genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and more.

National Book Awards Challenge Political Climate with Literature, Celebration

On Wednesday, November 16, following a presidential election that shook the literary community to its roots, the National Book Foundation came back fighting at an awards ceremony where endorsement of a broad view of social justice for America was evident from the moment host Larry Wilmore took the stage. Virtually every speaker expressed strong dismay […]

In Memoriam: Leonard Cohen, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

While Leonard Cohen’s songs will remain his main legacy, it’s worth considering his other literary efforts, including nine books of poetry and two novels.

Database Updates | Reference 2017

More than a dozen recent and forthcoming reference databases and online products, organized by category.

New Database Releases | Reference 2017

Some 20 recent and forthcoming databases and online products.

New Print Reference Releases | Reference 2017

Some 350 recent and forthcoming reference titles from more than 30 publishers, organized by category.

Short List Announced for Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books short-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are given for the previous year’s best adult fiction and nonfiction books published in the United States. The two medal winners will be revealed at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) […]