May 25, 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.

Discovering America’s Favorite Novel | PBS Announces The Great American Read

On Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) introduced The Great American Read, an eight-part multiplatform series that will culminate in what PBS calls the first-ever national vote for America’s favorite novel. The series, created for PBS by the independent television production company Nutopia, will […]

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

On Monday, April 16, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced before a hushed crowd in the recently renovated Joseph Pulitzer World Room at Columbia University’s Pulitzer Hall. The announcement was made by Dana Canedy, administrator of the awards and herself someone to be celebrated. Formerly a senior editor at the New York Times, where […]

The 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Awards | Fitting Choices for Our Times

Established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf and presented by the Cleveland Foundation, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are unique among national juried awards in honoring books that confront racism and celebrate diversity. Winners of this year’s 83rd annual awards were announced March 29 by 2015 honoree Marlon James. They include fiction […]

Spring/Summer Bests | Debut Novels

LJ‘s Prepub Alert editor picks early spring titles you should order now and late spring and summer works you should have on your radar.

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.”