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Preliterate Memories | French on Fridays

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Not Your Usual Suspects | Genre Spotlight: Mystery

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Poetry Month This Week | What We’re Reading

In honor of the birthday of the Bard (April 23) and other springtime celebrations, the LJ/School … [Continue Reading]

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A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

Even as the digital shift continues, print magazines remain a vital part of a multilayered, … [Continue Reading]

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To Download or Not To Download? | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, April 15, 2015

Downloadable content—DLC—is additional content for a preexisting game that can be purchased, … [Continue Reading]

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Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

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Celebrating the 35th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Presented Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium, the 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes revealed the usual satisfying mix of titles that have already deservedly received praise and others that engaged readers will be glad to see get an extra boost. The poetry prize went to Claudia Rankine’s […]

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Jami Attenberg, S.J. Watson, & Previously Unpublished Elmore Leonard Shorts | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction

Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478903819. Read by Tavia Gilbert. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie Phillips never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets. […]

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Spotlight on Sara Gruen | LibraryReads Author, April 15, 2015

Interview with LibraryReads No. 1 vote getter Sara Gruen, author of At the Water’s Edge

Asian History, April 2015 | Best Sellers

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Preliterate Memories | French on Fridays

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Book Display Readers’ Advisory: Assemble Grown-Up Picture Books | Wyatt’s World

Build a book display of fine children’s books, or gather grown-up picture books—graphic novels, illustrated books, exhibition catalogs—that celebrate the pure delight of looking at a book as well as reading it.

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Backlist Is King: Brash Books | Publisher Profile

“The Field of Dreams model doesn’t necessarily work,” says Brash Books cofounder Joel Goldman (below, left). “If you write it, they won’t necessarily buy it.” That’s where Brash Books, a crime fiction publishing company that Goldman and cofounder Lee Goldberg (below, right) launched in September 2014, comes in. Currently heavily weighted toward backlist titles, Brash Books offers a unique take on the traditional publishing model.

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Q&A: Charlaine Harris

Born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area, best-selling author Charlaine Harris has been writing for more than 30 years. She published her first book, Sweet and Deadly, in 1981. After releasing traditional mysteries featuring Aurora Teagarden (a Georgia librarian) and Lily Bard (karate student and house cleaner), Harris crossed over into the paranormal genre with Sookie Stackhouse (telepathic barmaid) and Harper Connelly (death seer). Last year saw the arrival of Midnight Crossroad, the first volume in a new trilogy about an isolated Texas town whose odd and secretive residents include a vampire, a witch, and newly arrived psychic Manfred Bernardo; Harris fans will recognize Manfred as a character from her Harper Connelly series. In the second title, Day Shift (Ace: Berkley, May), a working weekend in Dallas spells big trouble for our protagonist when his client dies during a reading.

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Not Your Usual Suspects | Genre Spotlight: Mystery

As LJ’s 2015 materials survey of U.S. public libraries (LJ 2/15/15) confirms, crime fiction remains one of the biggest draws for readers, with the genre continuing to dominate fiction circulation in print and ebook formats. Besides the armchair pleasures of following favorite sleuths as they solve a complex puzzle, mystery readers also enjoy exploring new territories and perspectives outside the borders of their own lives.

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Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Other People’s Stories | Memoir

In trying to find a common thread to the titles I selected this month, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority, while still memoirs, are actually stories about someone else.

Welcome Artificial Overlords: Androids in Fact & Fiction | Collection Development, April 1, 2015

Welcome Artificial Overlords. Humans have historically been obsessed with creating artificially intelligent life (AI). These 26 works of fiction and nonfiction, plus periodicals and DVDs, bring this future into sharper focus.

Those Were the Daze | Memoir

The spirit of the Sixties hovers over all of the books in this month’s memoir column.

Perfect Pairings | Collection Development: Genre Crossovers

LJ‘s sf columnist turns her eye to the best crossovers blending fantasy and mystery, romance and historical fiction, thrillers and horror, sf and mystery, and more.

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Book Display Readers’ Advisory: Assemble Grown-Up Picture Books | Wyatt’s World

Build a book display of fine children’s books, or gather grown-up picture books—graphic novels, illustrated books, exhibition catalogs—that celebrate the pure delight of looking at a book as well as reading it.

Halfway to Horror: Halloween Previews | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2015

From Jennifer Egan’s The Keep to Scott Smith’s The Ruins, this collection of titles brings plenty of ambiance to set a horrific tone, parodies of current times, looks to the future, and art that is both beautiful and scary.

Needle and Thread: Five Books To Refresh Your Collections | Wyatt’s World

“Sewing” books range from dress patterns to appliqué, from needlepoint to embroidery. Here are five key titles that will update collections and please sewists of all kinds.

Poetical Nonfiction: Five Books for National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

Appreciating poetry often means looking beyond the poems themselves. Here are five nonfiction titles that explore the way the craft works, the lives of poets, and the meaning of verse in our lives and the world.

A Strange Magic: Debuts in Magical Realism | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2015

Logan blends fairy tale and environmental apocalypse; Swyler’s melancholy and engrossing Book of Speculation; Swanson’s fast-paced Bookseller, Zourkova’s mix of mystery, a love triangle, and Greek mythology.

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