November 22, 2017

New Adult Fiction | PLA 2014

New Adult (NA) fiction is the rage these days in the publishing world, but what is it exactly? Is it an actual genre or just a marketing term? At a lively PLA2014 ConverStation session entitled “New Adult Fiction: What is It, Where is It, and What Should We Do with It,” facilitators Sophie Brookover (LibraryLinkNJ—The Library Cooperative, Piscataway, NJ) and Kelly Jensen (Beloit (WI) Public Library) ) threw out five questions for the audience to discuss at their tables and then share in the main conversation.

Popularity Contest: 2013 Hugo Awards Crown SF Winners

The arrival of fall marks the start of the literary awards season. Already Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is being touted as an odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature next month. But the cynic in me guesses that the always inscrutable Swedish committee of judges will bypass the best-selling author of 1Q84, Kafka […]

International Crime Month Winds Down at ALA 2013

For lovers of international crime fiction, June has been busting out all over with a series of readings, panels, and discussions sponsored by  four indie publishers  and featuring such rising stars as Britain’s Mark Billingham, Austria’s Wolf Haas, Australia’s Zane Lovitt, and Nigeria’s .Bayo Ojikutu. Kicked off at the end of May with events at […]

Editors’ Picks Panel | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

Library Journal’s sold-out 16th annual Day of Dialog, held May 29 at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium, got off to a rousing start with the perennially popular Editors’ Picks panel. Five top editors from leading publishing houses shared their summer, fall, and winter favorites with an enthusiastic and packed audience of librarians eager to identify titles to […]

Books & Bibles: Christian Writers Gather in Dallas

Wilda Williams reports on the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference.

Q & A: Tom Piazza

Within weeks of the biblical disaster called Katrina, New Orleans novelist-turned-hurricane refugee Tom Piazza wrote an impassioned book-length essay, Why New Orleans Matters (just out in paperback), that celebrated the city’s rich past and pleaded for its future survival. Now, on the storm’s third anniversary, the author returns with City of Refuge (LJ 8/08), a […]

LJ Talks To…Tom Piazza

Within weeks of the biblical disaster called Katrina, New Orleans novelist-turned-hurricane refugee Tom Piazza wrote an impassioned book-length essay, Why New Orleans Matters, that celebrated the city’s rich past and pleaded for its future survival. Now on the storm’s third anniversary, the author returns with City of Refuge (LJ 8/08), a novel that vividly recaptures […]

Genre Spotlight 2008 “Mystery”: The Sound of Crime Fiction

Mystery finds new homes in audio and large print; foreign thrillers, breakout authors still make a splash This June, mystery authors and fans will flock to England for CRIMEFEST, a new biennial international convention where the first winner of the Audible Sounds of Crime Award for best crime audiobook, sponsored by Audible U.K., will be […]