November 21, 2017

Barbara Hoffert

About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

Winners of the 2017 National Book Awards Announced

“Books matter because they give us information and hope and connect us to other people,” said Lisa Lucas, the National Book Foundation’s executive director, in a recorded message at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15, at Cipriani’s in New York. Lucas appeared in person as well, appealing to the tightly packed audience for support (envelopes in the program facilitated donations) and proclaim the desire to “not just celebrate [both winners and finalists] tonight but…keep celebrating the work they do.”

Short List Announced for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books short-listed for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, given for the previous year’s best adult titles published in the United States. The short-listed fiction titles all comment on American history and culture. Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) is the 2011 Pulitzer […]

President Clinton To Present the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award

On October 12, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced that President Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States and founder of the Clinton Foundation, will present this year’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15. Announced last month, […]

2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday, October 4, on CBS This Morning, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The list reflects the attentiveness to diversity characterizing the publishing world in recent years, with four of the five fiction finalists by women […]

2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday, October 4, on CBS This Morning, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The list reflects the attentiveness to diversity characterizing the publishing world in recent years, with four of the five fiction finalists by women […]

First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

2017 National Book Award Long-Lists Announced

During the week of September 11, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long lists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, revealing its continuing focus on diverse, of-the-moment books while reminding us how rich publishing can be these days. It’s no surprise to see National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing […]

United for Libraries Author Panels | ALA Annual 2017

As always, the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference featured well-attended author panels sponsored by United for Libraries, the ALA division representing library trustees, advocates, and friends groups. This year’s panels were distinguished by the ready exchange they engendered between authors and audience and among audience members as well. “Out and Proud: LGBTQ Literature” […]

First Steps | Debut Novels

Summer fiction titles from first-timers bend the boundaries in this debut preview.

Karan Mahajan Wins NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award

On Thursday, June 1, at a packed event at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street, Karan Mahajan was awarded this year’s Young Lions Fiction Award for The Association of Small Bombs (Viking). A National Book Award finalist named a Best Book by the New York Times, among many other publications, […]