November 19, 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.

BEA, BookCon Repositioned as Separate, Adjoining Shows

BookExpo America

In a move to address the frenzy caused this spring by overlapping consumer and professional publishing conventions, Reed Exhibitions executives have decided to make BookExpo America and BookCon separate, adjoining shows in 2015.

LibraryReads Nominations Now Accepted via NetGalley

LibraryReads Nominations Now Accepted via NetGalley

LibraryReads, which offers a monthly list of ten current titles recommended by library staff nationwide as their favorites, has joined with NetGalley to make nominating titles even easier. Previously, library staff who participated voted solely through Edelweiss. Now staffers who use NetGalley, a major software and services company that delivers secure digital galleys to professional […]

LibraryReads Nominations Now Accepted via NetGalley

LibraryReads, which offers a monthly list of ten current titles recommended by library staff nationwide as their favorites, has joined with NetGalley to make nominating titles even easier. Previously, library staff who participated voted solely through Edelweiss. Now staffers who use NetGalley, a major software and services company that delivers secure digital galleys to professional […]

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 […]