June 18, 2018

Sophisticated Reads | Day of Dialog 2018

With a title aptly echoing Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady,” as noted by moderator and LJ Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert, the “Sophisticated Reads” panel led off with Gary Shteyngart declaring “Librarians, I love you” before launching into a discussion of his multifaceted Lake Success (Random, Sept.), a road-trip novel about an ultrarich but clueless hedge-fund manager abandoning his wife and autistic son to hop a Greyhound in search of his college girlfriend and the real America.

Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Show Picks | BookExpo 2018

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Library Journal‘s popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel once again took center stage on the final day of BookExpo 2018, held May 30–June 1 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Exploring a Rapidly Expanding Podcast Universe | Discovery & Advisory

The appeal of podcasts is easy to understand—they’re free, easy to sample and subscribe to, and there are now so many that it’s possible to find a show to match any interest and satisfy any reader.

LJ Fiction, Sf/Fantasy, Romance | Review Alert, April 15, 2018

A solid recommendation for historical fiction readers; a stunning, gritty story of survival that unfolds with raw emotion on every page; complex, intense, and engrossing, this riveting romantic thriller has a chilling gothic touch; a work of tremendous ambition, strangeness, and compassion that will appeal to fans of New Weird authors; Willis packs a punch with this slim novella

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.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2018

Lots of thrillers making their way onto the list; Chernow moves on to Grant

Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.

First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

Editors’ Fall Picks 2017

Forty-one timely titles for autumn and beyond

First Steps | Debut Novels

Summer fiction titles from first-timers bend the boundaries in this debut preview.