November 24, 2017

Archives for September 2005

Litwin Out of “Library Juice”

By LJ Staff In a message posted on September 22, Library Juice founder Rory Litwin announced that he had discontinued publication after 330 issues over nearly eight years. The reasons: change, both technological and personal. "Originally, Library Juice was primarily a digest of material that circulated via email and didn’t otherwise have an existence on […]

Sag Harbor Holds First Election for Board Members

By LJ Staff For the first time in living memory, citizens of Sag Harbor, NY elected three new library board members. Since the facility’s 1910 opening, new library board members have been selected by the existing constituents, but in December 2005, reported Newsday, the board decided to open its ranks to public vote. After nudging […]

Louisiana Rebirth Plan Involves State Library

By LJ Staff The Louisiana Rebirth plan launched by Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Secretary Angèle Davis includes an important role for the State Library of Louisiana: "The State Library will serve as a clearing house, offering people a gateway to information that will put them in contact with […]

Free Speech Zone at NYPL

By LJ Staff For September, including Banned Books Week (which began this Monday), artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese installed a work called "Free Speech Zone" at the entrance of the Donnell Library Center of New York Public Library. The library’s entrance was transformed into two sets of illuminated triptychs, each of which included two […]

Books on Books: Ruminate on the Pleasures of Reading

By LJ Staff Great Books by David Denby The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson Book Lust & More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley Neal Wyatt is a collection management librarian at […]

Winfrey Picks Frey’s Rehab Memoir as New Book Club Title

By LJ Staff The goddess of publishing known as Oprah has smiled on James Frey’s 2003 rehab memoir, A Million Little Pieces, as her next book club pick. The selection marks a return to spotlighting a contemporary writer, as Winfrey’s tastes recently turned to the classics such as Steinbeck, Dostoevsky, and Faulkner. ‘For six years, […]

NBCC to Separate Biography and Autobiography for Awards

By LJ Staff The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) board has added a new category to its annual awards by separating its current Biography/Autobiography classification into separate entities with a prize for each. ‘After years of discussion, we decided books driven by personal narrative deserve their own category,’ said LJ editor and NBCC president Rebecca […]

Potter Still Has the Magic Touch at the Register

By LJ Staff J.K. Rowling’s cash cow in granny glasses continues to churn out the cream: Scholastic Corp announced September 21 that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has sold a jaw-dropping 11 million copies since its July 16 release. The book is selling faster than its predecessors, which, reports New York’s Newsday, took several […]

Heart of the Community Contest

By LJ Staff Berkshire Publishing is hosting a photo essay contest to identify 75 libraries throughout North America for a coffeee table volume being published in 2006. Heart of the Community: The Libraries We Love will feature libraries great and small that are "beloved centers of their community," the publisher said. The 75 libraries selected […]

Críticas Revives on the Web

By LJ Staff Críticas, the only U.S. magazine in English devoted to the Spanish-language publishing market, has launched a new and improved web site, and a twice-monthly newsletter, Críticas Connection (monthly until November). "Reed Business Information is pleased to continue serving the Hispanic book publishing community by building upon the Críticas print brand of the […]