April 15, 2014

Tom Clancy: Remembering a Technothriller Master

Military fiction icon Tom Clancy died October 1 in a Baltimore hospital at the age of 66. With the publication of The Hunt for Red October in 1984, the former insurance agent was catapulted into the spotlight when President Ronald Reagan commented that he enjoyed the book. Clancy’s descriptions of military weapons and strategies were […]

2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction | ALA 2013

2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction | ALA 2013

The 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction winners are announced in Chicago during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference.

Writing the Wonders of Science | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

Writing the Wonders of Science | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

Take a slightly long table. Cover it in black cloth. Place four chairs along the side that faces out. Invite three men who have published with great success on the endeavors of science. Place one small bottled water, one glass with ice, and one paper napkin on the table in front of each chair. No bunsen [...]

Author Q&A: Hanan al-Shaykh’s New Shahrazad

Author Q&A: Hanan al-Shaykh’s New Shahrazad

“Many thought that One Thousand and One Nights were folklore, tales, and that’s it—not a treasure. These stories were told so people could learn lessons about humanity, even from bad deeds or omens.”

Before Richard III: Author Interview with Dan Jones, The Plantagenets

Before Richard III: Author Interview with Dan Jones, The Plantagenets

If the recent identification of King Richard III, buried ignominiously in Leicester, awakens interest in the pre-Tudor British monarchy, and gives readers an appetite for understanding the armored world that led to the Wars of the Roses, culminating in Richard III’s 1485 death in battle, they must turn to Dan Jones and his rousing history, The [...]

“Rain Is the Ink of the Northwest”: Writers Talk about Place and Fiction at ALA Midwinter

“Rain Is the Ink of the Northwest”: Writers Talk about Place and Fiction at ALA Midwinter

Friday’s ERT/Booklist Author Forum, moderated by Booklist editor Brad Hooper, brought together a diverse group of novelists to talk about the state of the novel and the role place plays in fiction. Literary fiction writer Ruth Ozeki (My Year of Meats), prolific fantasy author Terry Brooks (“Shannara” series), thriller writer Gregg Olsen (Fear Collector), and [...]

Best Acknowledgments of 2012

Best Acknowledgments of 2012

Over a year ago, with LJ posting its various “Best of…” lists of 2011, I added one of my own, “Best Acknowledgments of 2011,” for which I looked in lots of that year’s history and biography books (the genres that most often entail library and archives research) to find authors who fully thanked—by name—the library [...]

Author Q&A: Drawn Together by Art with Aline Crumb

Author Q&A: Drawn Together by Art with Aline Crumb

Cartooning couple Aline and Robert Crumb have made their bed together, literally, throughout 35 years of marriage while supporting each other in individual and conjoint artistic careers. Intensely private yet disarmingly public, Aline has become a mistress of satiric confessional comedy, both in solo comics and in the comics of Drawn Together (Liveright: Norton. 2012. [...]

Photo Gallery: A Look at the ALA Annual Conference, Day 2 | ALA Annual 2012

Authors speak: George R.R. Martin. Photo: Dave Feiling Photography

Sessions and author signings were in full swing as day two of the ALA Annual Conference came to a close. See below for some of the highlights, and and stay tuned for more live reports from #ala12.

Unsinkable? | Peer to Peer Review

It turns out book publishing isn’t crashing and burning after all. A new report out from the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group finds that over the past three years and during the worst recession since the Great Depression publishers are making money, even growing. This is a surprise considering everything I hear from the published – advances are down, midlist writers are being dropped, writers who have been doing well are getting less marketing support, and aspiring writers are increasingly assuming they’ll never be published the traditional way. It also is a surprise considering what we’ve been hearing from publishers, some of whom won’t let libraries loan ebooks until they can figure out how to make more money, even though an ebook already costs a library far more than the same book in print and loaned under the same constraints.