September 29, 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.

National Book Foundation Honors Robert A. Caro

The National Book Foundation today announced that it is awarding the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Robert A. Caro, the celebrated author of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York and the multivolume biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson. He is the 29th recipient of the medal, created […]

National Book Foundation Recognizes African American Poetry Organization Cave Canem

The National Book Foundation today announced that this year’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community will be presented to Cave Canem, an organization that supports African American poetry. In its 12th year, the award has been presented to distinguished individuals from Dr. Maya Angelou and Dave Eggers to Terry Gross and […]

National Book Awards Fiction Long List Announced

Wrapping up the announcement of its four long lists for the National Book Awards, begun with young people’s literature, poetry, and nonfiction, the National Book Foundation today announced its fiction long list. (See also “National Book Award Poetry Long List Announced” and “National Book Award Nonfiction Long List Announced”). The books chosen focus tightly on […]

National Book Award Nonfiction Long List Announced

Continuing the rollout of its four long lists for the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation today announced its nonfiction long list. (See also “National Book Award Poetry Long List Announced.”) The list is strongly focused on America history and politics, ranging from Andrew J. Bacevich’s America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A […]

National Book Award Poetry Longlist Announced

Starting Monday, September 12, the National Book Foundation is rolling out the announcement of its four longlists for the 2016 National Book Award on a daily basis, leading with the longlist for Young People’s Literature. Today’s longlist features ten poetry books from a broad cross-section of authors, from former poet laureates Rita Dove and Donald […]

Bernie Sanders To Publish “Our Revolution”

On November 15, Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, will release a new book by U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The book, sanderstitled Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In (304p. ISBN 9781250132925. $27. ebk. ISBN 9781250132932. CD: Macmillan Audio), offers both an account of Sanders’s campaign for the presidency and an argument for the progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda he proposes to create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all.

Andrew Carnegie Medals | ALA Annual 2016

On Saturday, June 25, at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Orlando, the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were given to two winners originally announced at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book & Media Awards Ceremony & Reception at ALA Midwinter. Viet Thanh Nguyen won the fiction medal for his debut novel, The Sympathizer (Grove), a visceral account of a South Vietnamese double agent posted to America after Saigon’s fall, and Sally Mann won the nonfiction medal for her formally ambitious Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Little, Brown).

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.