1. Special Edition: Report from the 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards | What We’re Reading →

    My colleague Liz French rounded up a nicely eclectic list from the likes of novelist Madison Smartt Bell (his pick: Chantel Acevedo’s novel The Distant Marvels) to award-winning nonfiction writer Adrian Nicole Leblanc (her pick: Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist).

  2. quirkbooks:

    It’s that time again: time for another ThrowBOOK Thursday. This week, we’re honoring one of my personal favorite novels, Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel. Set at the beginning of the Reign of Terror, it tells the story of a masked hero who rescued individuals sentenced to death on the guillotine. Fun fact: the Scarlet Pimpernel was character inspiration for future masked crusader stories like Zorro and Batman.

    ThrowBook Thursday: a clever idea for promoting the classics and your backlist.

  3. A World of Firsts | Genre Spotlight: New Adult →

    What does this mean for librarians? There is still difficulty in finding and purchasing the books for a collection, a challenge that will ease as the category becomes more mainstream. Also, the debate of where to place the books once they’re purchased is just a variation on an old theme: we’ve discussed for years whether it’s better to break out the genre fiction or keep it all in the fiction section so that authors who write in several different genres can have all of their works found. There are arguments to be made on both sides, and no one has ever come up with a definitive solution. The same may happen with NA. Some libraries may choose to give the books their own section, others to interfile. In ebooks, at least, librarians won’t have to choose but can place the same titles in multiple categories.

    What’s key is helping readers to find the books. As librarians are starting to become more aware of NA publishing, readers are, too. If we want those readers coming to us, then we must be prepared in the old-fashioned, readers’ advisory (RA) way. While we struggle with how to label and categorize the books, readers will be asking for suggestions. Though there is a homogeneity to a lot of NA, with its contemporary settings and strong romantic elements, there is still enough variety that RA librarians will want to brush up on a few of the core authors better to direct readers.

    An excellent overview of the burgeoning New Adult genre with a reading list  of some fan favorites and upcoming releases.

  4. STARZ Outlander | RA Crossroads →

    RA expert Neal Wyatt suggests Outlander read-alikes, listen-alikes, and watch-alikes.

  5. BEES!

    mgpl:

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  6. willywaldo:

    wordbookstores:

    We Recommend: Fear by Gabriel Chevallier (ebook available)

    "Join Dartemont in the trenches in this classic of WWI literature. Heroism is quiet, far more nuanced, and grittier than the talking heads would have you think — this book shows all that. It’s also one of the most clear-sighted condemnations of war I’ve read."

    Chad

    Another excellent French novel about the Great War is Jean Echenoz’s 1914: http://h-france.net/fffh/the-buzz/anthem-for-doomed-youth-jean-echenozs-1914/.

  7. Nine New Adult Reads To Keep You Up All Night →

    This growing genre will be explored in further detail  in a September 15 feature article in LJ.

  8. randomhouse:

    World Cup of Books: Semifinals Edition: Brazil

    Before today’s match against Germany, brush up on your Portuguese with four indispensable works by Brazilian authors:

  9. willywaldo:

nypl:

Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

What a clever idea to promote your collection and encourage your patrons to read fiction in translation!

    willywaldo:

    nypl:

    Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

    What a clever idea to promote your collection and encourage your patrons to read fiction in translation!

  10. An Essential List of WWI Books →

    picadorbookroom:

    2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of World War One. If you’re curious to read more about The Great War, we’ve got the book list for you:

    imageAmong the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear
    In Among the Mad, the sixth volume of the Maise Dobbs mystery series, Jacqueline Winspear combines a…

  11. Reading Rainbow: Celebrating LGBT Literature | The Scribd Blog →

    A nice roundup, if brief,  for Pride week.

  12. Las Vegas Reads | ALA 2014 Preview →

    Viva Las Vegas books!

  13. thisisteen:

Share your love of young adult books this week!
Choose your color here!
Follow along May 19-23 for your daily dose of YA pride from some of our favorite authors and share your YA book recommendations using #IreadYA!

Show your pride! Great idea for RA.

    thisisteen:

    Share your love of young adult books this week!

    Choose your color here!

    Follow along May 19-23 for your daily dose of YA pride from some of our favorite authors and share your YA book recommendations using #IreadYA!

    Show your pride! Great idea for RA.

  14. Oldies but Goodies: Genre Backlists for Cool Summer Reads →

    Summer is a-coming in, and the holds for the big new books are growing. While your patrons wait for the new Daniel Silva or Chelsea Cain or Diana Gabaldon, why not suggest some of these backlist titles. 

  15. lawrencepubliclibrary:

    Summer reading is coming! Let us help you find a great book. 

    Great RA suggestions for you tumblarians!