Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, April 2015

Tyler winds her way onto the list with A Spool of Blue Thread, though Hawkins’s Train is still on track at No. 1. Poehler continues to Please readers in nonfiction.

Backlist Is King: Brash Books | Publisher Profile

“The Field of Dreams model doesn’t necessarily work,” says Brash Books cofounder Joel Goldman (below, left). “If you write it, they won’t necessarily buy it.” That’s where Brash Books, a crime fiction publishing company that Goldman and cofounder Lee Goldberg (below, right) launched in September 2014, comes in. Currently heavily weighted toward backlist titles, Brash Books offers a unique take on the traditional publishing model.

Q&A: Charlaine Harris

Born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area, best-selling author Charlaine Harris has been writing for more than 30 years. She published her first book, Sweet and Deadly, in 1981. After releasing traditional mysteries featuring Aurora Teagarden (a Georgia librarian) and Lily Bard (karate student and house cleaner), Harris crossed over into the paranormal genre with Sookie Stackhouse (telepathic barmaid) and Harper Connelly (death seer). Last year saw the arrival of Midnight Crossroad, the first volume in a new trilogy about an isolated Texas town whose odd and secretive residents include a vampire, a witch, and newly arrived psychic Manfred Bernardo; Harris fans will recognize Manfred as a character from her Harper Connelly series. In the second title, Day Shift (Ace: Berkley, May), a working weekend in Dallas spells big trouble for our protagonist when his client dies during a reading.

Not Your Usual Suspects | Genre Spotlight: Mystery

As LJ’s 2015 materials survey of U.S. public libraries (LJ 2/15/15) confirms, crime fiction remains one of the biggest draws for readers, with the genre continuing to dominate fiction circulation in print and ebook formats. Besides the armchair pleasures of following favorite sleuths as they solve a complex puzzle, mystery readers also enjoy exploring new territories and perspectives outside the borders of their own lives.

The “New” University, Life of Indra Nevi, Political Power of Music, Plus Pro Media, Paris Memoirs | Social Sciences Reviews, April 15, 2015

An extensively investigated explanation of the strengths and limitations of contemporary higher ed, the so-called “first lady of yoga,” moving true stories with the historical backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Palfrey leads libraries into the future.

Environmentalist Goulson, a “No-Sweat” Weight Loss Guide, Food Allergies, Tech Giant Elon Musk, & More | Science & Technology Reviews, April 15, 2015

Goulson woos readers with a personable tale, Segar’s motivational manual to self-care and sustainable change, Vance chronicles Elon Musk’s huge impact on multiple companies, an excellent resource on the history of health research.

Everyday Healthy Pasta, Homemade Ice Cream, Ancient Grains, Plus Recipes from New England and Italy | Cooking Reviews, April 15, 2015

Bilderback brings homemade ice cream to specialty-appliance-free ­kitchens, Henry offers budget-friendly and flavorful chicken recipes, Speck prepares satisfying whole-grain meals, celebrity chef Voltaggio’s cookbook is one readers will use.

A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

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.

Scholarly Metrics | Reference eReviews, April 15, 2015

THESE DAYS, scholarly metrics are a high-stakes game and a lot of effort is being directed toward finding relevant and credible methods to assess and present scholarship.

Military Leaders, Gambling in America, Short Takes, & More | Reference Reviews, April 15, 2015

A collection of short biographical sketches of the world’s most famous (and infamous) military leaders; help for novice cooks; a look at technological advances in gaming, current legislation regulating the industry, and world gambling.