November 17, 2017

Ebook Sanity

By By Jason Griffey Treating the digital like the physical is insanity of the highest order. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: publishers that restrict content in an attempt to control it in the same way as they can control a print book are fighting a losing battle. Just look at the […]

One Book, One Community: One Great Idea

Why your library should get on the One Book, One Community bandwagon In 1998, Nancy Pearl and Chris Higashi, librarians working in the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library (SPL), had a brainstorm. Challenged with a grant to develop new audiences for literature, they were intrigued with the power of books […]

Romance & Libraries

By Bette-Lee Fox The 29th annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Washington, DC, opened on July 15 with a full-day program for local librarians Local librarians enjoyed a full day of programs on July 15 at the 29th annual Romance Writers of America (RWA®) conference in Washington, DC. Nearly 100 professionals learned the […]

Q&A: Dr. Joe Schwarcz

By Rachel M. Minkin In his recent An Apple a Day, chemist Joel Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, separates the wheat from the whack nutritional theories being disseminated by the media. As Americans try to lose those holiday pounds, they would benefit from eschewing the celebrity diet books of the moment […]

Baker & Taylor Layoffs Target Retail, Not Libraries

By Susanne Ault 60 of 3000 staffers laid off Restructuring emphasizes library outreach International expansion also on tap Distributor Baker & Taylor has laid off 60 of 3000 staffers in a restructuring aimed to emphasize its library and education outreach and to reduce resources directed to home entertainment retailers. Company chairman/CEO Thomas Morgan said that, […]

Best Books Q&A: Emilia Terragni, editorial director, Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture

By Mirela Roncevic The architecture field has never seen as much prosperity as it has recently. New buildings popping up all over the globe—sometimes in the unlikeliest of places—continue to push the boundaries of what is possible. The newly released Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, an LJ Best Book, aims to encapsulate in one […]

Best Books Q&A: Emilia Terragni

By Mirela Roncevic The field of architecture has never seen as much prosperity as it has in recent years. New buildings that continue to push the boundaries of what is possible are popping up all over the globe—sometimes in the unlikeliest of places—that it becomes a challenge to keep up with them. The newly released […]

Best Books Q&A: Roxana Robinson, author of Cost

By Barbara Hoffert In this day and age, what adult child hasn’t dreaded a parent’s slide into Alzheimer’s? And what parent hasn’t dreaded a child’s slide into addiction? Julia, the troubled heart beating at the center of Roxana Robinson’s harrowing Cost, an LJ Best Book, must deal with both. Robinson’s novel is notable for its […]

Best Books Q&A: Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic

By Margaret Heilbrun Driving is something that so many of us do so automatically that we’d never dream to think it means anything. But as Volvo owner Tom Vanderbilt documents in his LJ Best Book, Traffic, road rage has merit, and there’s a connection between how one behaves behind the wheel and a country’s level of […]

Best Books Q&A: Rabih Alameddine, author of The Hakawati

By Wilda Williams In the Middle East, a hakawati is a storyteller; and in his magical and exuberant fourth novel, The Hakawati, an LJ Best Book, Lebanese American author Rabih Alameddine displays a Scheherazade-like genius for enchanting readers by interweaving multiple narratives revolving around several generations of a Lebanese family, with tales and stories within […]