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Poems, Prose, Makeup, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

We’re more than halfway through National Poetry Month, so I asked the “What We’re Reading … [Continue Reading]

Finding the Sweet Spot | Best Magazines 2017

The transformation of magazines continued apace in 2017, showing signs that some publishers have … [Continue Reading]

Mothers & Others | Memoir

This month, just ahead of Mother’s Day, we have memoirs about mothers and mothering. Each of … [Continue Reading]

L. Penelope Launches New Series with Major Publisher | Debut Spotlight

L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone (LJ 3/15/18), winner of the 2016 Black Caucus of the … [Continue Reading]

Crime Fiction’s “Girl” Power | Mystery Genre Spotlight

Spring and summer are particularly rich publishing seasons for crime fiction, which continues to … [Continue Reading]

Fresh Starts, New Beginnings | Romance Reviews, April 15, 2018

The Promise of Spring Despite rain, mudslides, and avalanches in the West, deadly storms across the … [Continue Reading]

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Discovering America’s Favorite Novel | PBS Announces The Great American Read

On Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) introduced The Great American Read, an eight-part multiplatform series that will culminate in what PBS calls the first-ever national vote for America’s favorite novel. The series, created for PBS by the independent television production company Nutopia, will […]

Zadie Smith & Nassim Nicholas Taleb | February Nonfiction on Audio

A new essay collection from Zadie Smith, Patti Smith on why she writes, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb on accepting risks in everyday life.

Crime Fiction’s “Girl” Power | Mystery Genre Spotlight

Women dominate psychological suspense, the Roaring ’20s hit historicals, and diverse representation improves but has a way to go; meanwhile, a debut thriller from Zoje Stage demonstrates a truly murderous mother-daughter connection

Geography, April 2018 | Best Sellers

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May 2018 LibraryReads

While enjoying the warm weather, enjoy some wonderful reading as well. Bestselling author Sarah Winman’s new novel Tin Man gives readers a chance to experience emotions like never before; travel to another world and become a part of a cosmic war in Furyborn, an epic feminist fantasy by Claire Legrand; and Julia Heaberlin’s new novel Paper Ghosts […]

Discovering America’s Favorite Novel | PBS Announces The Great American Read

On Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) introduced The Great American Read, an eight-part multiplatform series that will culminate in what PBS calls the first-ever national vote for America’s favorite novel. The series, created for PBS by the independent television production company Nutopia, will […]

Albom, Philbrick, Picoult, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2018

Albom, Mitch. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to the Five People You Meet in Heaven. Harper. Oct. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780062294449. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062294463. lrg. prnt. CD. VISIONARY FICTION Remember little Annie, whose life was saved by war veteran–turned–amusement park mechanic Eddie in Albom’s blockbuster The Five People You Meet […]

Nineteen Killer Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Blaedel, Sara. The Midnight Witness. Grand Central. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781538759790. pap. $9.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538759783. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538760239. Downloadable. THRILLER An internationally best-selling author often called the “Queen of Crime” in her native Denmark (never mind that she now lives in New York), Blaedel sets Det. Louise Rick a new and challenging […]

From an MBA Mastermind to a Ravenmaster | Memoir Previews, Oct. 2018

Eichenwald, Kurt. A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir. Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780399593628. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399593635. Downloadable. MEMOIR A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a two-time winner of the George Polk Award, and a New York Times best-selling author (e.g., The Informants), Eichenwald could tell a remarkable enough story about his life, but […]

Top Biography & History / Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

  Ackroyd, Peter. Dominion: The History of England from the Battle of Waterloo to Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781250003652. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250135537. HISTORY Ackroyd has won Whitbread and Somerset Maugham honors for fiction and James Tait Black honors for biography, but that wasn’t enough for him. In […]

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Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen leads holds this week. Entertainment Weekly lists summer movies, many are related to books. HBO releases a teaser trailer for their adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.

Authors of Consequence | Book Pulse

Two sources list some of the world’s most influential authors. A handful of award shortlists and finalists appear. The Hunger Games series turns 10, with new covers.

New to the Best Seller Lists | Book Pulse

Circe by Madeline Miller tops the fiction NYT bestsellers list while The Thief: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward does the same on the USA Today list. The Jurassic World trailer is trending and James Comey continues his book blitz.

Genre News | Book Pulse

James Cameron is hosting a documentary series on sf. Jacqueline Carey is retelling Kushiel’s Dart through the eyes of the character Joscelin Verreuil. LitHub interviews book critic Ron Charles (who sounds like a librarian) while librarian Nancy Pearl interviews Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels

The Pulitzer Prizes | Book Pulse

The Pulitzer Prizes are announced and the reviews for James Comey continue to roll in. Susan Orlean’s next book will be about the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire and W.W. Norton begins a new imprint for young readers.

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Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen leads holds this week. Entertainment Weekly lists summer movies, many are related to books. HBO releases a teaser trailer for their adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.

Sweet Reading | Wyatt’s World

The newest season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table has begun, this time with a focus on pastry. Feed your readers’ sweet tooth with these delicious choice offerings.

Authors of Consequence | Book Pulse

Two sources list some of the world’s most influential authors. A handful of award shortlists and finalists appear. The Hunger Games series turns 10, with new covers.

New to the Best Seller Lists | Book Pulse

Circe by Madeline Miller tops the fiction NYT bestsellers list while The Thief: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward does the same on the USA Today list. The Jurassic World trailer is trending and James Comey continues his book blitz.

Genre News | Book Pulse

James Cameron is hosting a documentary series on sf. Jacqueline Carey is retelling Kushiel’s Dart through the eyes of the character Joscelin Verreuil. LitHub interviews book critic Ron Charles (who sounds like a librarian) while librarian Nancy Pearl interviews Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels

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