May 23, 2017

All Ears: Top Audiobook Titles for Summer and Fall | Audio Spotlight

This summer and fall will see a plethora of extraordinary titles on audio, with something for every listener, from podcast enthusiasts to historical fiction fans to theater devotees.

A Cuban Book Trip: Reading Flourishes at the Havana Book Fair

The captivating country of Cuba has welcomed readers, authors, publishers, and librarians to the Havana International Book Fair since 1982. Organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Cuban Book Institute, this standout cultural extravaganza, which originated as part of a government campaign to boost literacy on the island, celebrated its 26th anniversary this past February with a family-oriented festival dedicated to the pleasures of reading under the motto, “To read is to grow.”

Leading Adults to YA Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

According to a 2012 Bowker study, “Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age,” the majority of YA buyers, at 55 percent, are adult—and of those, 78 percent are buying for themselves.

Making Horror Less Scary | Readers’ Advisory

Welcome to the world of horror fiction, where monsters roam the streets, vampires attack at night, ghosts haunt every home, and mayhem is the norm.

RA Ready: A Beginner’s Guide to Genre Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

There are few things more satisfying for a librarian than uniting a reader with a great book (or two or ten). But many library staffers experience anxiety when asked to recommend titles in genres they don’t read themselves and with which they are unfamiliar.

The Voices of Islam | Collection Development

Libraries have a unique opportunity to inform users of the rich and varied experiences of the Islamic world. These 35 sources should be available in most libraries.

Books America Needs To Read | In the Bookroom

One idea solidified by the fascinating February 15 panel, discussion “Challenging Topics, Challenging Times: Four Best-Selling Authors Reflect upon Culture, Creativity, and Changing the Conversation,” is that all Americans need to keep reading.

Human Connections | Designing the Future

“At the intersection of dystopian fiction and magical realism,” Fagan’s standout second novel, The Sunlight Pilgrims, after her acclaimed debut, The Panopticon, projects a future extrapolated from pressures on the present. “Despite its forbidding setting, [this] remains a hopeful tale about human connections.”

Fall/Winter Debut Novels

Personal reading and the input of LJ reviewers stand behind the selection of these upcoming debut novels as titles worth watching.

Beyond Caitlyn Jenner | Collection Development: Transgender Fiction & Nonfiction, June 1, 2016

The past ten years have seen dramatically increased visibility of transgender people in the public eye. For those in the community and those wanting to understand more about it, these 30 resources will fill in many of the blanks.