Cover Trend Alert: That 70s Font

Hey bibliophiles and font fanatics: There’s a growing trend of book covers designed to emulate the bubbly, serif text-heavy covers that emerged in the late 1960s and exploded in the 1970s. You know, the ones that used this font:

From left to right: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote (1966), The White Album, by Joan Didion (1979), Portnoy’s Complaint, by Philip Roth (1969), Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann (1966)

Pride, Sense, and Persuasion in Mansfield Abbey: 10 Contemporary Novels for Fans of Jane Austen

Two hundred years after the author’s death (on July 18, 1817), Jane Austen remains one of the most revered writers in the English language. Beyond the many updated versions of her now-classic plots, contemporary authors continue to explore her themes of love, loyalty, social class, and self-deception. From the wild west and high seas to India and Rhode Island, these titles explore many of the same aspects of the  human condition that inspired Austen two centuries ago.


2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Longlist Announced

The Brooklyn Public Library has announced the longlist for its annual literary prize, given to one fiction and one nonfiction title. According to the press release, the winners and nominees were chosen for “subverting literary forms, pushing against established ways of thinking, or otherwise introducing new or challenging ideas.” The press release also noted the importance of librarians to the selection process:

Reviews of the Week, with Alice McDermott, Adam Silvera, Zinzi Clemmons, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 17 through 21 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.


July 17