In the Bookroom

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Busting Out with Books | What We’re Reading

The “What We’re Reading” crew venture gingerly out of their comfort zone to read 180-degree flips, genre switches, and favorite authors’ correspondence.

Top Historical Fiction | Day of Dialog 2018

What is it like to be a contemporary author writing about the past? At the final panel of the day, moderated by LJ senior editor Liz French, five novelists discussed the issues and challenges of writing historical fiction.

Sophisticated Reads | Day of Dialog 2018

With a title aptly echoing Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady,” as noted by moderator and LJ Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert, the “Sophisticated Reads” panel led off with Gary Shteyngart declaring “Librarians, I love you” before launching into a discussion of his multifaceted Lake Success (Random, Sept.), a road-trip novel about an ultrarich but clueless hedge-fund manager abandoning his wife and autistic son to hop a Greyhound in search of his college girlfriend and the real America.

Giving You Chills | Day of Dialog 2018

The lively “Giving You Chills” panel opened with M.C. Beaton, whose cranky, clever small-town amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin returns in her 29th adventure, The Dead Ringer. Also revealing the inspirations behind their forthcoming thrillers were Ruth Ware (The Death of Mrs. Westaway), Lisa Unger (Under My Skin), Megan Abbott (Give Me Your Hand), and Wil Medearis (Restoration Heights).

Read To Lead | Leadership

Seventeen titles to give new library leaders context and help experienced ones keep things fresh

Editors’ Mystery Picks: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

From big publishers to new upstarts, the inaugural Mystery Editors’ Picks panel, moderated by LJ Fiction Editor Wilda Williams, opened with industry veteran Tom Colgan, VP and editorial director of Berkley’s lauded Prime Crime imprint, presenting the irresistible combination of cute, crime-solving cats and clever librarian sleuths, as featured in Jenn McKinlay’s Hitting the Books and Sofie Kelly’s The Cats Came Back.

Editors’ Mystery Picks List: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

Tom Colgan, Vice President and Editorial Director, Berkley Prime Crime, Penguin Random House Bowen, Rhys. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding: A Royal Spyness Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780425283523. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410268. MYS Kelly, Sofie. The Cats Came Back: A Magical Cats Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN […]

Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Show Picks | BookExpo 2018

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Library Journal‘s popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel once again took center stage on the final day of BookExpo 2018, held May 30–June 1 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

LJ Talks to the Editors of Gallery 13 | Eye on Publishing

Both lifelong comics devotees, ­Wilson and Schlesinger grew up on the superhero stories of Marvel and DC. ­Wilson, who worked at Harlequin for nearly ten years before joining S&S in late 2011, reveals that from an early age, he’d always wanted more from the medium, presciently recognizing its awesome potential as a vehicle for diverse storytelling.

LJ Talks to First Novelist Aja Gabel | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Gabel’s thoroughly absorbing debut clarifies the special intimacy that’s inevitably a part of playing in a string quartet, but it goes a step further. As Gabel noted in a phone conversation with LJ, “This setup is ripe for plumbing human ­relationships.”