April 24, 2014

New Adult Fiction | PLA 2014

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.

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce December Favorites

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce December Favorites

Librarians are immersed in an eclectic mix of new titles this month. Sarah MacLean’s wonderfully titled No Good Duke Goes Unpunished tops the list, with Adriana Trigiani’s The Supreme Macaroni Company also making a welcome appearance. Nonfiction makes a showing too, with librarians around the country trying new titles on writers and their relationships with […]

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce November Favorites

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce November Favorites

Ahead of Halloween, librarians around the country are immersing themselves in the gothic; they name Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black as the October title they are enjoying most. Also  making their top ten are new titles from masters Pat Conroy and Amy Tan. Next on my list though, is a mystery with an intriguing setting: […]

YA Crossover Tops Inaugural LibraryReads List

YA Crossover Tops Inaugural LibraryReads List

The inaugural LibraryReads lists ten titles (published this month and forthcoming) nominated as “favorites” by librarians from around the country.

Fall Mystery Announcements

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET In a brief survey of 232 public libraries conducted by Library Journal, 55% of respondents reported that Mystery continues to be the most popular genre in terms of circulation. The survey also found that in print fiction collections, 24.1% of materials are mysteries.

Join LJ Mystery columnist Teresa Jacobsen for this free webcast and get a preview of the latest titles from Severn House, Midnight Ink, and Five Star, all sure to quicken your patrons’ pulses! You’ll find yourself taking notes on which audiobooks and books to match up with the mystery lovers who lurk in both your physical and virtual stacks. This archive is no longer available.

Dan Brown’s Dante: Positioned to Dominate Best Sellers

Dan Brown’s Dante: Positioned to Dominate Best Sellers

LJ reviewer Jeff Ayers on the king of the historical thriller, he’s back!

Eastern Literary Traditions: Chinese and Indian Fiction | Collection Development

China and India, the two most populous countries in the world, share a border, have growing economies in common, and each has a centuries-old literary tradition of its own. Similarly, both countries have robust publishing industries, but despite a tremendous number of books published and sold annually, relatively few of those titles make it to the American market. In 2012, in what Paper Republic, a resource about Chinese literature in translation, called “a good year,” about 20 titles were translated, and the majority of those were not published in the United States. Indian fiction, especially that written in English, fares slightly better.

Some Fine Romance: Spring Titles 2013

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Thursday, April 11, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET L is for new spring picks for your library. O is for the only books you’ll want to see. V, they’re very, very extraordinary.  E, there are even more romances for your patrons to adore.  Romance is in the air this spring, and we know your patrons will love these upcoming releases. Join Library Journal managing editor, Romance editor, and RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award winner Bette-Lee Fox in uncovering the sweet, sassy, sultry, salty, and sexy spring romance selections from Siren Audio Studios, Sourcebooks, and Baker Publishing Group. This archive is no longer available

Editors’ Spring Picks: Titles That Have Gotten Us Talking

Editors’ Spring Picks: Titles That Have Gotten Us Talking

Here at LJ , we receive about a thousand galleys per week. You might imagine that with that volume, it’s all a blur, and sometimes it feels that way. Still there are books that stand out, whether they’re from a beloved author, they’ve had a lot of buzz, they’re in a genre we’re newly addicted to, or—yes, it happens—the cover reeled us in. Here, then, are some of the titles that have gotten us talking lately, with thoughts from us and comments from their authors. A fun part of this for us is exploring materials in an area that’s not “ours”—in my case, that means stepping outside of reference to reveal my devotion to mystery novels. Perhaps it’s time to try some genre-jumping of your own.

First Month Reading: Nonfiction | Wyatt’s World

First Month Reading: Nonfiction | Wyatt’s World

The start of 2013 promises many things, with twelve new months for reading among them. Here are four nonfiction books to look forward to in January (plus one that came out very late in December, but shouldn’t be missed). On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield (Gotham) [...]