Wrapping Up Day of Dialog Brooklyn

Held on September 15 to coincide with the Brooklyn Book Festival, the first-ever Day of Dialog Brooklyn was a great success, with folks coming from the tristate area (and nationwide) to hear authors like Alice McDermott and Stephanie Powell Watts and a editors introducing winter/spring 2018 titles. The Editors Picks‘ panel embraced houses large and […]

New Perspectives | Day of Dialog Brooklyn

Besides offering New Perspectives, speakers at this aptly named panel at LJ’s inaugural Day of Dialog Brooklyn asked thought-provoking questions. Obama campaign blogger Sam Graham-Felsen‘s debut novel, Green (Random, Jan. 2018), depicts the experiences of a white boy in a mostly black school. His novel is a reflection of his lived experience, “what it felt […]

From Bohjalian to Wideman | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2018

Bohjalian, Chris. The Flight Attendant. Doubleday. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780385542418. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542425. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/THRILLER Here’s a milestone: the ever-popular Bohjalian is publishing his 20th novel, and as always it combines popular tropes with a serious examination of social issues. Binge-drinking airline stewardess Cassandra Bowden wakes up with another […]

Buruma, Kaplan, & a Neruda Biography | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2018

Buruma, Ian. A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781101981412. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101981429. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR A leading public intellectual, the author of numerous award-winning titles, and named among 100 top global thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy, Buruma has succeeded Robert B. Silvers as the editor of the […]

From Africa to Alaska to Terror in Paris | New Voices in Literary Fiction, Mar. 2018

Benson, Adrienne. The Brightest Sun. Park Row: Harlequin. Mar. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778331278. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488028090. LITERARY Harlequin’s new literary imprint is feeling radiant about this debut from the African-raised Benson, who returned to work there as a Peace Corps volunteer. Set in 1990s under Africa’s bright sun, it explores the lives of three […]

U.S. Presidents, English Merchants, & a Heroic Bee Keeper | History Previews, Mar. 2018

Bartlett, Karen. Architects of Death: The Family Who Engineered the Death Camps. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250117700. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250117717. HISTORY It’s wasn’t ideology, just business, but it sure was hell: journalist Bartlett tells the story of Topf and Sons, the small, respected family firm of German engineers that designed and built […]

Politics in Prose | Wyatt’s World

We’re just a handful of weeks away from a new round of consequential elections around the world, and with the wounds of 2016 still raw, a fresh wave of books on politics and political concerns hits the shelves. Here are five examples from those with firsthand experience and those who will fuel future elections to come.

Editors’ Picks | Day of Dialog Brooklyn 2017

The popular “Editors’ Picks” panel, moderated here by LJ fiction editor Wilda Williams, commenced the half-day event, with six New York editors and publishers presenting a preview of their biggest fall 2017–winter 2018 titles. Debut authors, new imprints, existing lines exploring uncharted genre territories, and current topics were all part of the conversation.

Indie Halloween Reads | SELF-esteem

A good Halloween read can mean many things. Some readers are looking for scares that will keep them up at night, while others want to feel the coziness of autumn in a more lighthearted romp. Evil can come in the form of zombies and monsters, or you can root for well-meaning witches and ghosts. LJ’s SELF-e Select runs the gamut for a well-rounded literary experience this October.

2017 National Book Award Long-Lists Announced

During the week of September 11, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long lists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, revealing its continuing focus on diverse, of-the-moment books while reminding us how rich publishing can be these days. It’s no surprise to see National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing […]

LJ Reference | Review Alert, October 1, 2017

The World of Renaissance Italy offers incredible riches for advanced high school students, nonspecialist undergraduates, and general readers; Magill’s Literary Annual, 2017, will satisfy writers, editors, and academics studying current literature; Gale Small Business Builder will be a welcome resource for undergraduates, instructors, and, above all, entrepreneurs at any stage of establishing a business

LJ Media | Review Alert, October 1, 2017

Despite glimmers of familiar playfulness, Backman has undoubtedly taken a dark turn in Beartown; Libraries will want to acquire Miss Burma immediately; The Pink Panther Collection brings together the best of these films and is highly recommended for public and academic libraries; Sink or Swim will leave the audience thinking further on the effects of global warming on real people

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, October 1, 2017

Adams’s intriguing new mystery series celebrates the power of books and women’s friendships; award-winning debut novelist Birkby shines a spotlight on the overlooked female characters of the Sherlock Holmes stories; the landscape of Hannah’s latest is hard and bleak, but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self; Parks knows how to get readers to empathize emotionally with his characters while amping up the tension

Fiction from Basham, Ellory, Gore, Grisham, Killoren, Manus, Raphael, Stasi, & Thomas | Xpress Reviews

A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family; an excellent stand-alone noir novel; a compelling portrayal of a young woman’s struggles; Grisham’s 32nd novel; for readers of popular chick lit and those who enjoy foodie literature; Land has written an intense, insightful first novel; for fans of Boston noir; Raphael spins a satisfying detective story; Stasi’s thriller is fascinating and clever; for readers who Victorian crime fiction