I had the opportunity this past week to attend Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City! BEA is attended by publisher industry professionals, including publishers, editors, publicists, authors, illustrators, book sellers, and librarians. Over three days I learned about publishing trends, diversity in publishing, the future of library eBooks and of course … what… Continue reading Dispatches from the Land of Books
I have to admit that I haven’t finished watching Game of Thrones—I’m almost done with season six—so there won’t be any spoilers here. What I have liked about G.O.T.: strong female characters, intrigue, the creation of a new world, and, of course, dragons. I know that I will feel somewhat bereft when I finally get… Continue reading What to do now that Game of Thrones has ended?
It’s always exciting to see what each year’s summer reading theme will be. Determined by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, it’s always something that can have more than one meaning and works well across generations. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and we’ve got so many great books in the Children’s Room to… Continue reading Gimme Space! An Intergalactic Book List for Children
About five years ago I reviewed Sara Bareilles’ album Blessed Unrest for our blog. She finally has a new album out and I thought it would be fun to see how her music has evolved. To start with, Amidst the Chaos doesn’t pull any punches. Bareilles is upfront about how she has changed and how… Continue reading Amidst the Chaos, a review
I recently read the New York Times article, “52 Books for 52 Places: explore the cities, countries, regions and states in Travel’s ’52 Places to Go in 2019’ through these books” 2/14/19 NYT by the Editor, and it gave me the idea to create my own armchair travel/mystery reading list. These are all series that I… Continue reading Mysterious Travels
The Watertown Free Public Library isn’t the only one with a historic anniversary this year! There are lots of historic events to commemorate this year. Some of these anniversaries are for events that are joyous or bittersweet, while others are ones to remember rather than celebrate. Here are a handful of children’s and teen books… Continue reading Other Big Anniversaries
According to Amazon.com their top selling books of 2019, many of which were published last year or even longer ago, have been Becoming by Michelle Obama, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo; Educated by Tara Westover; Girl, Stop… Continue reading The Year in Books: 1869 vs. 2019