Flora Reading | Wyatt’s World

There are many seasons to book publishing, from the fall list to January’s self-help explosion. Hovering around Valentine’s Day and the early push for spring are the flower books. Here are five seasonal examples.

Love Between the Covers | SELF-esteem

Valentine’s Day means love is in the air again. Readers wishing to spend the holiday swept up in a romance or to live vicariously through literary lovers should look no further than these SELF-e titles.

Issues of Identity and Award-Winning Novelists | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2018

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. Liveright: Norton. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781631493836. $27.95. PHILOSOPHY Whether based on nationality, class, culture, race, and/or religion, identity is seen today as a main source of various conflicts worldwide. But NYU philosophy and law professor Appiah, author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism and the “Ethicist” column […]

Two Key Education Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Duncan, Arne. How Schools Work. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501173059. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501173073. EDUCATION Duncan has been deeply involved in education for three decades, from his mother’s after-school program on Chicago’s South Side to his position as Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, so he’s got a real insider’s perspective, from which he […]

Debuts with Credentials | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Holmes, JM. How Are You Going To Save Yourself. Little, Brown. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780316514880. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316514873. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316412490. Downloadable. LITERARY In these linked stories, both harrowing and funny, Holmes clarifies what it’s like to be young, black, and male in America. Set in Pawtucket, RI, the stories are narrated […]

Late-Summer Mystery, from Andrews to Muller | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Andrews, Donna. Toucan Keep a Secret: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250115478. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250115485. MYSTERY Dashing over to Trinity Episcopal to check on the toucan the reverend is fostering, Meg Langslow finds an elderly parishioner murdered in the columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. It soon […]

Reichs, Patterson, Scottoline, & More | Thriller Previews, Aug. 2018

Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Washington Decree. Dutton. Aug. 2018. 592p. tr. from Danish by Steve Schein. ISBN 9781524742522. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524742546. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Top-of-the-heap crime fiction writer in Denmark, Adler-Olsen set this book in America, where 14-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers is among a group of dedicated campaign works who helped elect Democratic senator Bruce Jansen […]

Celebrating Black History Month | Wyatt’s World

As February unfolds and readers set out to mark the celebration of Black History Month, support their efforts with a selection of critical and powerful new works published in recent months.

Olympic Reading | Wyatt’s World

The 2018 Winter Olympics begin on February 9. Held in the mountainous province of PyeongChang, South Korea, the games will offer a chance for readers to explore Korean history and culture in many different ways.

National Book Foundation Introduces Translation Award

On January 31, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced that it voted unanimously to establish a fifth National Book Award that would honor fiction and nonfiction translated into English and published in the United States. The National Book Award for Translated Literature fits in with the board’s new mission statement to celebrate the best literature […]

B Is for Harmony | Music Matters

The second letter of the Greek alphabet comes up a lot when considering harmony singing in mid- to late 20th-century popular music. A survey of other harmony-rich groups finds many that share that first initial.

Like a Rolling Stone | Music Matters

Throughout its history, Rolling Stone advocated for emerging artists that harken back to 1960s rock and roll while overlooking many albums that became classics; the following list includes some of the publication’s major hits (and a few misses).

Discover Paris in 2018 | Readers’ Advisory Crossroads

To read this guide is to travel to Paris. Sprinkled throughout are color photos, which capture everyday life and key tourist sites. The design allows readers to wander the city, with daily schedules based on individual arrondissements.

Midwinter Galley Roundup

806  HarperCollins The Big Thrill: Anthony Horowitz’s The Word Is Murder (150 galleys), meta-mystery with a crusty detective being helped by an accomplished novelist named Anthony Horowitz; Peter Swanson’s All the Beautiful Lies (150 galleys), featuring a young man whose struggles after his father’s suicide are complicated by his flirtatious stepmother and an enigmatic stranger; […]

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, February 15, 2018

Hirshberg’s amazing mosaic of fact and fiction will hold readers in its grip; another tautly plotted page-turner from Roberts; Kleypas adds to her superb series a witty and delightfully passionate Victorian romance; the final volume in Baker’s trilogy wraps up a layered story line with a satisfying imperfect ending

LJ Partners GonzoFest Literary Contest

  Together with the Louisville Public Library and BiblioBoard, Library Journal is celebrating the national expansion of the GonzoFest Literary Contest and inviting all public libraries, their independent authors, and writer communities to enter the contest with a single piece of literary nonfiction journalism in the tradition of the late Hunter S. Thompson. The “Call […]

Pop Goes the Fiction | Last of the Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

  Chambers, Becky. Record of a Spaceborn Few. Harper Voyager. Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780062851154. $26.99; pap. 9780062699220. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062699237. SF Astrobiology educator Chambers continues her multi-award-nominated sf “Wayfarers” series, set in the brimming Galactic Commons, with humans wondering about their past after having found a place among the stars. With a 30,000 hardcover […]

History, Current Events, & More | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Ambinder, Marc. The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983. S. & S. Jul. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781476760377. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476760391. HISTORY Respected reporter and award-winning television producer Ambinder zeroes in on the nerve-wracking year when Soviet leaders so feared a nuclear strike from America that they put their intercontinental ballistic missiles […]

Book and Lyric | Wyatt’s World

The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be presented on January 28. Mark the moment with music-related books, from fictional worlds suffused with sounds to nonfiction that investigates artist biographies.

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2017 Finalists

On Monday, January 22, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its book awards for the publishing year 2017. Embracing six categories, the 30 finalists were for the most part both solidly recognizable and satisfyingly broad, demonstrating strong cultural reach. The fiction titles walk the borders of fracturing worlds, with both Mohsin Hamid’s […]