Celebrating Mystery’s Best | Edgar Award Nominees 2017

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) celebrated Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday on January 19 by releasing the nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2016.

Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

To celebrate Fisher as a writer, I have gone back into Library Journal‘s Book Verdict vault and pulled up our reviews of her novels and memoirs. For librarians, these would make a nice display counterpoint to DVDs of the actress’s films and stage performances.

Books to Screen: Maria Semple’s “Today Will Be Different”

Academy Award winner Julia Roberts is set to star in the TV adaptation of Maria Semple’s sophomore novel

In Memoriam: Leonard Cohen, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

While Leonard Cohen’s songs will remain his main legacy, it’s worth considering his other literary efforts, including nine books of poetry and two novels.

Bouchercon Winners | Anthony, Barry, Macavity Awards 2016

Edgar Award winner Lou Berney hit the awards trifecta at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in New Orleans when his third novel, The Long and Faraway Gone, garnered the Anthony and Barry Awards for Best Paperback Original and earned the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel.

Diversity Trumps Puppies | Hugo Awards 2016

Despite the best efforts of the anti-diversity Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies groups to game the Hugos by flooding the ballot system with their own nominations, female authors swept the major fiction awards.

Leckie, Novik, Liu Win 2016 Locus Awards

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Locus Awards on Saturday, June 25, during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle. Nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ann Leckie’s conclusion to her “Imperial Radch” trilogy, Ancillary Mercy, was named Best Science Fiction Novel. Naomi Novik’s fairy-tale fantasy, Uprooted, which last month garnered […]

Q&A: Emma Cline | Debut Spotlight, June 15, 2016

Emma Cline’s debut, The Girls, a compelling tale about Evie, a lonely teenager who falls in with a group of older girls belonging to a hippie cult, has already received early praise, including a starred LJ review.

Women Authors Sweep 2016 Nebula Awards

Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Nebula Awards, held May 14 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton, with a winning slate of female authors.

The Eighth Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share | BookExpo America 2016

The best was saved for last as tote-bag-laden librarians gathered at the close of the final day of BookExpo America, held May 11–13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, to share their discoveries on the exhibit floor. The Association of American Publishers-LJ-sponsored Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel, moderated by LJ fiction editor Wilda Williams, featured a bevy […]