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

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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

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“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.

Q&A: Laura van den Berg | Debut Spotlight, April 15, 2015

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Laura van den Berg’s debut novel, Find Me, published after two well-received story collections, is getting rave reviews. In this interview, the author discusses the world she creates, the popularity of dystopian fiction, and more.

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

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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

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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.

National Poetry Month: Five Suggestions | Wyatt’s World

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Important new collections from poets to know.

Literary Lagniappe | Wyatt’s World

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A collection for the literary minded, from Young Eliot to Elizabeth Bishop to The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

Stibbe’s Man at the Helm | RA Crossroads

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The joy of Stibbe’s first novel, after her highly praised memoir, Love, Nina is how funny and sly it is, how gracefully it advances, and how perfectly and rather suddenly it all ends.

Second Novels | Wyatt’s World

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Here are five authors to introduce to readers while their “read back” file is still slim and their careers are taking off.

Lend Me Your Ears: Books for Audiophiles | The Reader’s Shelf, March 15, 2015

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In February, the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration Awards were announced, offering up 12 terrific honorees. As there is never enough space on a list to fit every favorite, the members of the committee chose seven more titles worth ­recognition.