February 16, 2018

Barbara Hoffert

About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

Carnegie Medals, Notable Books List Announced

On Sunday, February 11, at the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) and Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir (Little, Brown) won the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, respectively. The announcement was […]

What’s Hot Now? | Materials Survey 2018

What’s hot, what’s not, and how much does it cost? That’s what LJ first asked two decades ago when it launched its annual book-buying survey of U.S. public libraries. With today’s media mostly on the horizon, the survey initially dwelled on print, and library purchasing power was the main thrust. Now the survey takes in ever-shifting funding and borrowing data for an ever-growing range of materials, with a greater focus on what circulates.

National Book Foundation Introduces Translation Award

On January 31, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced that it voted unanimously to establish a fifth National Book Award that would honor fiction and nonfiction translated into English and published in the United States. The National Book Award for Translated Literature fits in with the board’s new mission statement to celebrate the best literature […]

Midwinter Galley Roundup

806  HarperCollins The Big Thrill: Anthony Horowitz’s The Word Is Murder (150 galleys), meta-mystery with a crusty detective being helped by an accomplished novelist named Anthony Horowitz; Peter Swanson’s All the Beautiful Lies (150 galleys), featuring a young man whose struggles after his father’s suicide are complicated by his flirtatious stepmother and an enigmatic stranger; […]

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2017 Finalists

On Monday, January 22, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its book awards for the publishing year 2017. Embracing six categories, the 30 finalists were for the most part both solidly recognizable and satisfyingly broad, demonstrating strong cultural reach. The fiction titles walk the borders of fracturing worlds, with both Mohsin Hamid’s […]

Winners of the 2017 National Book Awards Announced

“Books matter because they give us information and hope and connect us to other people,” said Lisa Lucas, the National Book Foundation’s executive director, in a recorded message at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15, at Cipriani’s in New York. Lucas appeared in person as well, appealing to the tightly packed audience for support (envelopes in the program facilitated donations) and proclaim the desire to “not just celebrate [both winners and finalists] tonight but…keep celebrating the work they do.”

Short List Announced for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books short-listed for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, given for the previous year’s best adult titles published in the United States. The short-listed fiction titles all comment on American history and culture. Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) is the 2011 Pulitzer […]

President Clinton To Present the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award

On October 12, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced that President Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States and founder of the Clinton Foundation, will present this year’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15. Announced last month, […]

2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday, October 4, on CBS This Morning, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The list reflects the attentiveness to diversity characterizing the publishing world in recent years, with four of the five fiction finalists by women […]

2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday, October 4, on CBS This Morning, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The list reflects the attentiveness to diversity characterizing the publishing world in recent years, with four of the five fiction finalists by women […]