From the PhillyDeals Blog/Philly.com: Temple University’s new library, previously proposed as the school’s portal to Philadelphia on busy North Broad St., is now planned for “the space currently occupied by Barton Hall along 13th Street between Norris Street and Polett Walk,” as part of a new quadrangle of campus buildings,reports the Temple News here. From the [...]
Five (of the many) titles published in 2013 for which I am grateful.
Notes on poetry and panel discussions from the academy's Poets Forum
Here’s hoping that you all saw LJ‘s most recent LJ Reviews newsletter, listing all our Best Genre Fiction picks for 2013, from mystery to historical fiction and more. Alas, Best Books 2013: Romance managed to escape from the fold, but I’ve just given you the link. I’m no pro at romance, in books or in [...]
Bird, Kai. The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Crown. May 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780307889751. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307889775. CD: Random Penguin Audio. BIOGRAPHY Given continuing tensions in the Middle East—and how much they have escalated in the last decades—we should pay attention to Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Bird’s account of CIA agent [...]
According to a new analysis released in October by ProQuest affiliate Bowker, the ISBN agency, self-publishing continued its growth spurt, up 59 percent in 2012 over 2011, from 246,912 titles to 391,768. The gains were even more startling over the longer period for which Bowker collected data: a 422 percent rise since 2007.
Gay, Roxane. An Untamed State. Black Cat: Grove Atlantic. May 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780802122513. pap. $16. LITERARY A multiple Pushcart nominee with work in Best American Short Stories 2012, Gay has a built-in readership anticipating this work. Mireille Duval Johnson, youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest men, lives contentedly with her husband and son [...]
Bishop, Bryan. Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried To Kill Me. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. May 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250039842. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466835337. MEMOIR The ever-popular sidekick on the top-rated Adam Carolla Show, Bishop was flying high (and newly engaged) when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor. Soon he [...]
Historical fiction from Higginbotham, a well-crafted mystery from Hurwitz, fans of “Bourne” might want to try SYLO, Picoult is a Perfect Match for readers, Roberts's fans will want Chesapeake Blue, Wolitzer is highly recommended
Mad Magazine's Dave Berg and a famous samurai story from Wilson and Shimojima
Creative nonfiction, Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights, enjoying gin, A charming book that will appeal to Colette fans, England’s early 20th-century modernist literary circles, on Aristotle and Machiavelli, American Spies
From the Associated Press: In a 6-1 decision, the court says it won’t hear an appeal from the Capital Area District Library in Ingham County. The library banned weapons at its branches, but the state appeals court last year struck down that policy. [Clip] A controversy began in 2010 when members of a group called [...]
The background of Hard Ink Tattoo adds a unique and different mood to Kaye's contemporary romance
A librarian selects her favorite ebook romances of 2013
For years, Ohio State University (OSU) has had a collection of graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and comic strips that could go toe to toe with archives the world over. What it didn’t have was a space that did that collection justice. For decades, OSU’s cartoon collection, which includes more than 2.5 million comic strips spanning decades of American newspapers, was housed in a pair of disused rooms in the school’s journalism building. A recent move to renovated space, though, means that the decades of pop culture history housed at OSU’s newly-minted Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM) finally has a happy home, and one that staff are eager to introduce to the public.
In his previous job as a writing instructor, Adam Blackwell, Senior Market Development Manager at ProQuest, realized that students faced many hurdles when it came to doing research and that they held many misconceptions. No matter what approach he and his colleagues took, Blackwell explained to LJ, many students named Google as a source of [...]
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 [...]
The best women's fiction of 2013.
The best thrillers of 2013.
The best sf/fantasy of 2013.