September 17, 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.

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, […]

Granta: Best of Young American Novelists, Third Edition

  On Wednesday, April 26, Granta magazine announced its third list of Best of Young American Novelists, comprising the country’s most outstanding writers under age 40. The list, released every ten years, was chosen this year by a panel that included Man Booker short-listed Patrick deWitt, Baileys Prize winner A.M. Homes, Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly […]

2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards | Reading Responsibly

On March 23, the Cleveland Foundation (CF) announced the winners of the 82nd annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to honor literary works that confront racism and celebrate diversity. This year’s winners include Isabel Allende, Lifetime Achievement; Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes (Houghton Harcourt), Fiction; Tyehimba […]

National Book Critics Circle Awards | Publishing Year 2016

On Thursday, March 16, at the New School in New York City, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the recipients of its book awards for publishing year 2016. As with last November’s National Book Awards, a sense of political urgency hung over the proceedings. Michelle Dean, awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in […]

Penguin Random House To Publish Books by the Obamas

Penguin Random House (PRH) announced that it will publish two forthcoming books by former United States President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, respectively. PRH acquiredworld publication rights for the two books. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Publication dates have not yet been set, and the focus of each book will […]

Under the Surface | Materials Survey 2017

The findings of LJ’s latest materials survey, which tracks budgets and circulation at public libraries equitably distributed throughout the nation by size, type, and region

Carnegie Medals, Notable Books List Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

Winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction were announced on Sunday, January 22, at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the America Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits conference in Atlanta. The fiction medal winner is Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (Doubleday), a […]

Winners of the Library Awards for Innovation Announced

On January 20, at the Penguin Random House Librarian Reception at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, the Penguin Random House (PRH) Foundation will be announcing the recipients of its inaugural Library Awards for Innovation. The awards honor library programming that strengthens the community while fostering reading, with both the library and the librarian behind the […]