An interview with Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon, authors of All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release.
As summer unofficially comes to a close, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are parsing pop culture, reading about sex-ed teachers, finding reasons to live and to die, and sleuthing the mysteries within and without. Happy post–Labor Day reading, and here’s to nearly three more weeks of official summer! Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, LJ I’m currently reading Tom Perrotta’s [...]
With the completion of the Penguin Random House merger on July 1, the company is now the world’s largest consumer book publisher. The newly formed company will have $3.9 billion in revenue, 10,000 employees, nearly 250 imprints, and a global reach, combining Random House’s strength in Latin America with Penguin’s hold in India and China. Penguin Random House will publish 15,000 new titles a year, about one-quarter of the world’s English-language books. What will this mean for the publishing landscape?
My favorite comment on the merger of Penguin and Random House was in an Op Ed in the New York Times. “[M]aybe Random Penguin, as a few wags have suggested, would have been a more apt name.” (The name was widely tweeted and depicted as well.) I can see the image in my own mind, an even more eccentric-looking penguin than Penguin’s own, looking around with a slightly drunken gaze. It is so much more satisfying than the temporary logo.
It’s that time of year again: school is starting in a few days. I’m booking orientations and classes for my areas of liaison (which include Freshman Seminars, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), so I’m looking forward to meeting a whole [...]
The Wilmington Memorial Library in Massachusetts created a community supported agriculture pick-up point in June for Wilmington residents who have CSA shares with Farmer Dave's of Dracut.
Just announced by Amazon.com. Kindle Matchbook will launch in October. From the Announcement: Amazon today introduced Kindle MatchBook, a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy–for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free–the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. [Our emphasis] Print purchases all the way back to 1995–when Amazon [...]
The new library is a partnership between the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFab) and the New Orleans Public Library. From NOLA.com: New Orleans’ newest resource for chefs, cooks and culinary historians will open Oct. 30. At 2 p.m., there will be an opening ceremony for the new SoFab Culinary Library at 1609 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The joint project [...]
15 titles for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
First novels offer the delights of discovery and the thrill of new possibilities to echo nicely the change of seasons
The Gigabit Library Network (GLN) has announced that libraries from around the U.S. will begin testing super wi-fi technology during a four month trial. Super wi-fi? From the GLN Web Site: Unlike traditional wifi, Super Wi-Fi (though currently capable of less data throughput) has advantages both in a range measured in miles and in its [...]
A look at mysteries set during Victorian England.
LJ interviews columnist Neal Wyatt on her Isadore Gilbert Mudge award win.
The latest mystery series releases
Reviews of The Way West, Blood of Dragons, The Other Typist, plus a full list of Audio reviews from the August 2013 issue.
The Reader's Shelf emphasizes a mix of fiction, memoir, and journalism.
A high recommendation for Brooks's latest "Shannara" title, a gripping good read from Gibson, Graham's first novel will appeal to most fiction listeners, and Wingate's latest is for romance and inspirational fiction listeners
Spotlight on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex literature.
A Q&A between author Darynda Jones and narrator Lorelei King.
Reference Short Takes reviews from the August 2013 issue.