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High Drama at Mystery Gala | Edgar Awards 2017

The Mystery Writers of America’s (MWA) 71st Annual Edgar Awards banquet, held April 27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, did not lack for suspense.

Judges Needed for Indie Ebook Awards 2017

LJ’s third annual Indie Ebook Awards are almost underway, and we’re looking for voracious readers to serve as judges. Volunteers will be asked to assess books in one of five categories: romance, sf, fantasy, mystery, or YA. This is an amazing opportunity to discover and support local authorship and reward self-published talent.

SELF-e Circs: Top Ten Most Read Fantasy Titles in SELF-e Select

A 2015 Honorable Mention in LJ’s annual Indie Ebook Awards, Anthony St. Clair’s Forever the Road is a quirky offering filled with fantasy, travel, and beer.

The Young, the Psycho, the War-torn, the Aging, & the Beachy | What We’re Reading & Watching

This week, LJand School Library Journal, staffers contemplate mortality, parse a prequel, witness war and its effects on “normal” people, and escape to Nantucket.

Q&A: Catherine Brunelle | SELF-esteem

In Claire Never Ending, SELF-e author Catherine Brunelle traces a family though generations of captivating women, all of whom share the middle name Claire. Each vignette gives a snapshot of a life in progress—from a hot air balloonist to those with connections to witchcraft to the first-generation Claire sailing to her new life. Here, Brunelle talks about ancestry, pregnancy, and her favorite reads.

David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” Seeks Justice for the Osage Nation

In summer 2012, New York Times best-selling author David Grann traveled to Pawhuska, OK, at the heart of the Osage Nation, to learn more about the terrible violence visited upon the Osage in the 1920s.

LJ Talks to First Novelist Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon is debut novelist Benjamin Ludwig’s beautifully told story of a 14-year-old autistic girl, whose troubled past threatens her loving family’s fierce determination to keep her safe.

Quality and Diversity | Hugo Nominations 2017

After a contentious two years due to the Sad/Rabid Puppies dispute, last week’s announcement of the 2017 Hugo Award nominees was received with acclaim.

Miniseries, Movie Stars, Short Stories, Coulrophobia, & Mama Cass | What We’re Reading/Watching

The “What We’re Reading (& Watching) gang get comfy with aging movie stars, scary clowns, 1960s rock and rollers, a 1950s wild child, rag-ripping minidramas, and prize-winning story collections.

Q&A: Thomas McNamee Muses on “The Inner Life of Cats”

Thomas McNamee’s recent book, The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions is both an affectionate love letter to his own cat Augusta and a perceptive analysis of feline psychology and biology that shatters common assumptions about these animals.