February 11, 2016

Murder Most Traditional | 2015 Agatha Christie Award Nominees

Agatha Christie was the queen of the traditional mystery, and every year Malice Domestic, a fan convention, honors those titles published in the previous calendar year that best typify the qualities of Dame Christie’s work (no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence, among other elements). The nominees for the 2015 Agatha Christie Awards reflect a wide range of authors, publishers, styles, and themes.

The 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

On January 18, the National Book Critics Circle announced 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for awards honoring the most distinguished books of 2015. While the inclusion of titles like Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk (Grove) in autobiography, Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Riverhead) in fiction, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between […]

Learning the Craft | Collection Development: The Business of Writing

Books on the craft of writing often fall into three categories: the practical, meant to teach readers to construct entertaining works; the academic, meant to mold the aspiring writer into an artist; and titles that are a mix of the two. Whatever an aspiring writer’s needs, these 30 resources should help wannabes become wordsmiths.

Carnegie Medal Winners Announced at ALA Midwinter

Held Sunday, January 10, at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book & Media Awards Ceremony & Reception had a new dimension this year. For the first time since the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012, the winners were announced at […]

World Fiction for Winter: Top Fiction from Abroad That Will Appeal to Everyone

Andersson keeps herself in check despite down-to-the-bone bad thinking about love, Barbery’s Life of Elves gives us a magical frame and lush writing, readers will sink into The Happy Marriage, an accessible Modiano, sophisticated suspense

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

You’re the Boss. Now What? | Collection Development: Building a Small Business, December 1, 2015

Between new technological options and the desire to return to handmade and local goods, there are plenty of opportunities for new and small businesses—and plenty to learn. These 25 resources combine the latest and lasting advice for new entrepreneurs.

National Book Awards Honor Coates & More

On Wednesday, November 18, before the usual packed and glittering crowd at lower Manhattan’s Cipriani, the National Book Foundation awarded Ta-Nehisi Coates its National Book Award (NBA) for Nonfiction for Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau). That that award was hardly unexpected does not detract from its importance. Coates’s meditation on the African […]

iTeach, iLearn, and iConfused | Collection Development: Technology Education, November 1, 2015

With the ever-increasing pace of computer processing, devices are quickly becoming outdated. Librarians must find relevant, long-lasting titles in a field that shows no signs of slowing down and supplement with continuously updated digital resources to keep current on changing specifics. These 31 resources will add to tech collections.

2016 Carnegie Medals Short List Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) announced its short list for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, honoring books written for adults and published in the United States in the previous year. In a departure from previous years, the two medal winners will be revealed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits […]