May 5, 2016

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.

Libraries Transforming Communities | PLA 2016

On Thursday, April 7, at the Public Library Association conference in Denver, several hundred librarians gathered at the session “Extraordinarily Engaged: How Three Libraries Are Transforming Their Communities” to hear strong endorsements of the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative. The initiative, created in partnership with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a […]

First “Writes” of Spring | Spring 2016 First Novels

This season’s first novels range over a multitude of time periods, global settings, and genres, and come from authors with a variety of backgrounds. Hear what the critics have to say!

Trend Turnaround | Materials Survey 2016

LJ’s 2016 materials survey of public libraries nationwide was full of surprises, with long-standing trends suddenly turned on their heads.

The 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

On January 18, the National Book Critics Circle announced 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for awards honoring the most distinguished books of 2015. While the inclusion of titles like Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk (Grove) in autobiography, Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Riverhead) in fiction, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between […]

Carnegie Medal Winners Announced at ALA Midwinter

Held Sunday, January 10, at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book & Media Awards Ceremony & Reception had a new dimension this year. For the first time since the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012, the winners were announced at […]

World Fiction for Winter: Top Fiction from Abroad That Will Appeal to Everyone

Andersson keeps herself in check despite down-to-the-bone bad thinking about love, Barbery’s Life of Elves gives us a magical frame and lush writing, readers will sink into The Happy Marriage, an accessible Modiano, sophisticated suspense

National Book Awards Honor Coates & More

On Wednesday, November 18, before the usual packed and glittering crowd at lower Manhattan’s Cipriani, the National Book Foundation awarded Ta-Nehisi Coates its National Book Award (NBA) for Nonfiction for Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau). That that award was hardly unexpected does not detract from its importance. Coates’s meditation on the African […]

2016 Carnegie Medals Short List Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) announced its short list for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, honoring books written for adults and published in the United States in the previous year. In a departure from previous years, the two medal winners will be revealed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits […]

Strong Slate Competes for National Book Awards

On Wednesday, October 14, the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the National Book Award. The five finalists in each of four categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature—follow a long-list featuring ten titles in each category. For the second year in a row, the finalists were announced on NPR’s Morning Edition. Only two […]

Marlon James Wins 2015 Man Booker Award

On Tuesday, October 13, Marlon James made history by becoming the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize in its 47-year history. The decision was met with “spontaneous and rapturous applause,” said the BBC, when it was announced at a lavish awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall. James won for his multivoiced A Brief History […]