How the Universe Works: Physics for the Layperson | Collection Development

Does physics bring to mind tough college classes and scientists covering chalkboards with long equations? While it’s an advanced science, it is also a fascinating field with many new ideas for your patrons to explore. People of all kinds are curious about how the universe works, and physics is the very root of all physical science. Physicists study matter, energy, and forces. The laws of physics explain how objects interact on every scale, from the subatomic to the galactic. Learning about physics is not just entertaining—it’s an important component of science literacy. Citizens with a basic understanding of science are prepared to make critical decisions about vital issues like climate change and energy source policy.

APA Announces 2013 Audies Nominations

Douglas Brinkley’s Cronkite, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem, L. Ron Hubbard’s Trouble on His Wings, and Elton John’s Love Is the Cure are among the diverse range of 142 audiobooks contending for the 2013 Audie Awards® in 28 categories, which the Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced February 19. “It is always […]

Conspiracies, Demon Purging, and Cincinnati Fire Kites! | Books for Dudes

February’s Dude beckons spring with Backyard Ballistics, the return of Biosphere2, a Russian cold case, and new thrillers to read away the remaining days of winter.

Register Soon for LJ Day of Dialog

Registration is opening soon for the 2013 LJ Day of Dialog, and you’ll definitely want an alert! This year’s event, which brings together librarians, publishers, vendors, and authors for discussion of issues affecting the book and library world today, takes place on Wednesday, May 29, at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium—the day before the BookExpo America exhibits […]

Best Acknowledgments of 2012

Over a year ago, with LJ posting its various “Best of…” lists of 2011, I added one of my own, “Best Acknowledgments of 2011,” for which I looked in lots of that year’s history and biography books (the genres that most often entail library and archives research) to find authors who fully thanked—by name—the library […]

Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2013, Pt. 1: Klosterman, Kurlansky, and Conversations with Orson Welles

Biskind, Peter, ed. My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles. Metropolitan: Holt. Jul. 2013. 240p. ISBN 9780805097252. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780805097269. CD: Macmillan Audio. AUTOBIOG/ENTERTAINMENT Back when, the inimitable Orson Welles recorded a series of private conversations while lunching with director Henry Jaglom, a good friend. In the recently rescued tapes, […]

My Last Note for 2012

This will be the last Prepub Alert in 2012; there will be no newsletters on December 24 and December 31. January is shaping up to be a brisk month, though. Aside from my standard coverage, in this case of July 2013 titles, I’m working on a big spring and early summer mystery roundup, National Poetry […]

Crafts & DIY | November 15, 2012

Reviews of Steve Cory & Diane Slavik’s Affordable Bathroom Upgrades, Gretchen Hirsch’s Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, and Dominic Bradbury’s The Iconic Interior, plus a fill list of craft and DIY titles from the Nov. 15 issue.

Video Reviews | November 15, 2012

Reviews of Toxic Tears, The Innkeepers, and As a Young Girl of Thirteen, plus a full list of video reviews in the Nov. 15 issue.

SF/Fantasy Mass Market Paperbacks of Note | November 15, 2012

Mass market paperbacks worth checking out.