August 27, 2016

Henrietta Verma

About Henrietta Verma

Henrietta Verma (hverma@mediasourceinc.com, @ettaverma) is reviews editor at Library Journal, edits Library Journal's reference review column, and covers ereference and digital databases for the magazine. Before joining LJ's staff, Etta was reference editor at SLJ for five years and edited that magazine's Series Made Simple supplement. Etta, who is from Ireland, has also been a reference librarian and a library director and is the mom of two avid readers.

Write Here | Programming

THE WRITE STUFF (Clockwise from top l.): Denver PL’s Hard Times Writing Workshop; SpeakEasy Book Authors Signing for the Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County PL, KS; Corvallis–Benton County PL, OR, National Novel Writing Month plot planning party; 
White Plains PL, NY, Families of Veterans Writing Workshop (FVWW) participants (l.–r.) Ekaterina Quinones, Julie Geisler, Amanda Cerreto, 
and Kareem Brown; (inset) FVWW book cover

Everyone has a book in them, it’s said. While Christopher Hitchens completed that phrase with “in most cases that’s where it should stay,” it doesn’t seem the public agrees. This is dramatically demonstrated by the expansion of U.S. publishing, as measured by Bowker, the U.S. issuer of ISBNs, the numbers that help track book sales. In 2002, Bowker issued 247,777. In 2012 (the most recent figures available), demand rose to 2,352,797—an increase of 2,105,020, or a whopping 849.5 percent.

Rooted in Research | Genealogy

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On Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr., a PBS program that’s a must for those interested in family history, viewers watch as Harvard professor Gates reveals to famous people information about their ancestors, some of them recent forebears and others from many generations ago. TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA), based on a BBC series of the same name, is now in its eighth season and offers a similar chronicling of the search for a famous person’s roots.

BCALA, BiblioBoard Launch Self-Publishing Award

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Librarians have long sought more guidance on self-published books as well as books by authors of color. Aiming to answer both needs is a new award offered by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and BiblioBoard (the company that partners with LJ on SELF-e), called the SELF-e Literary Award.

It Takes a City To Create a Novel | One Cool Thing

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In 2012, librarians at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), KS, conceived of an ambitious program: to help their writing group create a novel and publish it. Serialized online between May and September of that year, Capital City Capers was, says public services librarian Lissa Staley, “a seat-of-the- pants project.” The Community Novel Project was such a success, Staley told LJ in a recent phone interview, we “immediately realized we wanted to do it again.” And they did—each year since, the library has produced at least one book, with the procedures becoming more streamlined even as the formats became more ambitious.

Smaller Press Books from the Show | ALA 2015

Wandering the booths at ALA revealed some intriguing books from publishers outside of the big five. Here’s a sample of what I saw.

BEA’s Big Reveal | BEA Preview 2015

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In a departure with tradition, this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) runs from midday Wednesday through Friday, May 27–29, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (JCC), rather than Thursday through Saturday. While you’re marking your calendar, also take note of the events listed below, which offer exciting opportunities to get an insider view of some top authors and their writing processes. Libraries and their purchasing dollars are also getting welcome attention, with several programs taking the lid off what publishers are doing to win them over. Of course, there will be new books galore, too. See you on the floor!

Quirky Books for Fall 2014 | ALA Annual 2014

Quirky Books for Fall 2014 | ALA Annual 2014

Sally Reed, executive director of United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) that represents the interests of advocates such as friends groups and trustees, encouraged librarians at the “Quirky Books for Quirky Librarians” panel to join her organization before introducing six authors with new or upcoming books. The authors, a few […]

Self-published Authors Learn to Market to Libraries

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Self-published authors gathered Saturday at “Moving beyond online sales: Marketing to libraries,” a program that was part of uPublishU, a conference-within-a-conference at Book Expo America. The presentation, in New York City’s Javits Center, was moderated by Patricia Payton, Senior Manager, Content Relations at Bowker, a company that produces bibliographic reference materials such as Books in […]

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce November Favorites

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce November Favorites

Ahead of Halloween, librarians around the country are immersing themselves in the gothic; they name Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black as the October title they are enjoying most. Also  making their top ten are new titles from masters Pat Conroy and Amy Tan. Next on my list though, is a mystery with an intriguing setting: […]

YA Crossover Tops Inaugural LibraryReads List

YA Crossover Tops Inaugural LibraryReads List

The inaugural LibraryReads lists ten titles (published this month and forthcoming) nominated as “favorites” by librarians from around the country.