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2016 RITA Winners Announced

2016 RITA Winners Announced

Romance fans, take heed! This past weekend, Romance Writers of America honored the best romance fiction titles of the year at the ceremony for the RITA Awards, named for the RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada. Here’s a handy list of winners, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible: Best First Book Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Richard Russo Talks about Everybody’s Fool

This Week on Well Read TV: Richard Russo Talks about Everybody’s Fool

This week on Well Read, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest novel, released in May, Everybody’s Fool (2016). 23 years after the publication of Nobody’s Fool, “an offbeat tale of life in North Bath, New York,” Russo returns to North Bath and […]

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Go has taken the nation by storm—you can’t help but run into swarms of people on the streets looking for adorable pocket monsters to collect, power up, and play—even at the library. A not-so-recent phenomenon: books about games that bleed into the real world, which authors have been dreaming up for a very long […]

Reviews of the Week: Shaun Tan, Robert Olen Butler, Laurie Halse Anderson and More!

Reviews of the Week: Shaun Tan, Robert Olen Butler, Laurie Halse Anderson and More!

Monday, July 11 The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan Acclaimed author, artist, and illustrator Shaun Tan is no stranger to things wondrous and strange, so it seems only natural that his latest book taps the world of Grimms’ Fairy Tales for inspiration. Seventy-five are included here, ranging from well-known favorites to the downright obscure.   […]

August 2016 LibraryReads

August 2016 LibraryReads

August 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten August titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available (and look for the rest to be reviewed in our next issue). Did you know that any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads? Learn more about how to do that here. […]

NEA’s Big Read Gets Hip

NEA’s Big Read Gets Hip

Earlier today, the NEA Big Read program—the National Endowment for the Arts’ literature initiative—announced that it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary by adding 13 new titles to the books the organization uses in programs at schools and public libraries. The organization has switched its focus, according to the press release, from classic tales to “contemporary authors and books written since the founding of […]