Accepting the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead), the darkly uproarious tale of a young slave who joins forces with John Brown, James McBride expressed gratitude that at a particularly difficult time in his life he could fall into the world of his protagonist, Little Onion Shackleford, and simply […]
Periodically, we hear that fiction is dead or at least seriously impaired, a belief spectacularly disproved by the four United for Libraries panels at the recent American Library Association conference in Chicago. From Anton DiScalfani, crossing boundaries with her luminous and erotically charged best seller, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, to John Scalzi, who […]
Despite the anxiety, was there really any doubt that the Pulitzer Prize board would pick a fiction winner this year? Not after the hugely negative response to last year’s decision to forgoan award, which had people challenging the Pulitzer process itself. What really rankled was the idea that somehow contemporary fiction did not measure up. Now here comes [...]
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET It’s almost spring, so why not find out what titles will be in demand this summer? And why not hear the news straight from the publisher’s mouth? On Tuesday, March 19, Library Journal brings you its first Editors’ Picks webcast, modeled on the popular Editors’ Picks panel at Day of Dialog. Editors from sponsoring publishers HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Random will speak in-depth about their favorite books, which will be cramming your holds lists soon. Hear Jen Enderlin, VP and Associate Publisher, St. Martin’s, on Mary Kay Andrews’s Ladies’ Night, Lee Boudreaux, VP and Editorial Director, Ecco: HarperCollins, on Ivy Pochoda’s Visitation Street (chosen by Dennis Lehane for his new imprint, Dennis Lehane Books), plus other terrific Random, HarperCollins, and Macmillan editors, in conversation with Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert. Archive now available!
“The discovery and browsability of ebooks is abysmal,” says Jackie Davis, Anderson Public Library, IN, in “Materials Mix,” Library Journal‘s long-overdue relaunch of the annual book-buying survey of public libraries as a materials survey. (The survey is out momentarily in the February 15 issue.) So what’s a librarian to do when it comes to helping [...]
Don’t kid yourself; the life of an editor is not all glamor. Sunday evening, I had to leave a HarperCollins dinner early with my dinner in a bag, abandoning an interesting table conversation about the realignment of Barnes & Nobles with the independents, the difficulty of planning book talks at libraries in the brave new [...]
With the success of Library Journal’s BookExpo America and American Library Association galley guides, could a galley guide for ALA Midwinter be far behind? Obviously not, and it will be available any minute and it’s now ready to download! Featuring more than 250 titles and facilitated by sponsorship from Random House, for which LJ is grateful, [...]
Rachel Kushner’s Flamethrowers. Kent Wascom’s Blood of Heaven. Teddy Wayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. Rose Tremain’s Merivel. Nicci French’s Tuesday’s Gone. Cara Black’s Murder Below Montparnasse. These are just some of the terrific galleys you will find while prowling the aisles at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, January 25–29. This year, you won’t have [...]