October 31, 2014

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.

Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying: Another Big Read Opportunity for Libraries

Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying: Another Big Read Opportunity for Libraries

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has expanded its Big Read library with the addition of its first nonfiction selection, Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist published in 2007. In this family memoir, Danticat recounts being raised by her uncle Joseph in Haiti […]

Famously Firsts | Fall/Winter 2014/15 First Novels

Famously Firsts | Fall/Winter 2014/15 First Novels

Fiction titles don’t come out of nowhere but—if they’re any good—are suffused with an author’s particular background, perspective, experience, and skill. Here are this coming season’s first-time novelists.

National Book Awards’ Second Annual Long-Lists Honor Jane Smiley, Edward O. Wilson, Louise Glück, & More

National Book Awards’ Second Annual Long-Lists Honor Jane Smiley, Edward O. Wilson,  Louise Glück, & More

This week, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced its long-lists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature for the National Book Awards (NBA), featuring books the judges deemed the best works written by a U.S. citizen and published in the United States between December 1, 2013, and November 30, 2014. One list each day […]

Maya Angelou: Last Tributes, Last Words

Maya Angelou: Last Tributes, Last Words

Maya Angelou’s final book, Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou, will be published next month (Random. 128p. ISBN 9780812996456. $20), but her wisdom and spirit were on abundant display on Friday, September 12, at a celebration cum memorial service held at the soaring Riverside Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. […]

Summer Best Debuts | First Novels

Summer Best Debuts | First Novels

Upcoming first novels you shouldn’t miss, including Adi Alsaid’s Let Get Lost, Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter, and David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, plus excerpts from indie press titles.

Book World Remembers Maya Angelou

Book World Remembers Maya Angelou

After the death of celebrated autobiographer, poet, and civil rights champion Maya Angelou on May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, NC, the Academy of American Poets sent “Still I Rise,” perhaps her best-known poem, to its 300,000 Poem-a-Day subscribers. The airing of that memorably uncompromising piece—“You may write me down in history/ With your […]

Harlequin To Join HarperCollins

Harlequin To Join HarperCollins

News Corp, a global, diversified media and information services company, announced that it will acquire Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corporation for C$455 million in cash (or about $414,843,065 in U.S. dollars). The closing is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of calendar year 2014, subject to standard closing conditions, including […]

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Founded in 1934 and now celebrating its 80th anniversary in a big way, the Academy of American Poets aims to support American poets and foster an appreciation of contemporary poetry through readings and events, an extensive awards program, a three-day forum each fall, the biannual American Poet magazine, a jam-packed website, a Poetry Audio archive […]

The American Library Association Announces the Shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association Announces the Shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association announced its shortlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Cosponsored by Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the awards are drawn from Booklist Editors’ Choice carnegiennonand RUSA Notable Books and made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The National Book Critics Circle Awards, Publishing Year 2013

The National Book Critics Circle Awards, Publishing Year 2013

“There is no competition among writers; not even Shakespeare and Dante say it all,” proclaimed poet Frank Bidart upon receiving the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for Metaphysical Dog (Farrar) at a packed NBCC Awards Ceremony on March 13 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York. Yet for Bidart, an […]