“Seeking answers, trying to impose meaning, to understand what happened and why are all things I do when I’m writing. So when people ask me if my novel is an act of political activism, I remember what Toni Morrison said…”
LJ‘s review editors braved the crowds at BookExpo America to find this fall’s most intriguing and memorable reads.
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 […]
The 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction winners are announced in Chicago during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference.
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 […]
“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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]