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Aliens Among Us: The Gender Gap in SF | SELF-esteem

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For its second Indie Ebook Awards, LJ is honoring five areas of fiction: romance, mystery, sf, fantasy, and YA. To further discuss these genres, indie authors and librarians judging this year’s contest will be taking a closer look at their complexities, places in the library, and connections to the self-publishing world. Here J.K. Ullrich, one of last year’s award winners, writes about sf’s troubling gender gap. Her novel Blue Karma is available to read on the SELF-e platform.

Junior Mints, J.S. Bach, Racial Cleansing, Hollywood High | What We’re Reading

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A quick “What We’re Reading” column before staffers go to ALA this year.

Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2016

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Anne ­Tyler’s Vinegar Girl gives us the story of Kate Battista, a no-nonsense young woman who doesn’t aim to please, brusquely voicing her opinions at her job as preschool teacher and at home as housekeeper for her feckless scientist father and airheaded little sister.

Welcome to SELF-e YA | SELF-esteem

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SELF-e recently launched its newest YA Select module, a culling of the best self-published novels for teens—and adults who still love a good YA read! Below is a taste of the amazing titles on offer at subscribed libraries. Crawford, C.N. The Witching Elm. CreateSpace. (Memento Mori, Bk. 1). Nov. 2014. ebk. ISBN NA. Fantasy Gr […]

Frisco, Chimps, Perfume, Translations, Suck Fairies, & More | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” has a lunch date with authors and a reading date with LJ and Junior Library Guild colleagues this week.

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

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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.

LJ’s Self-Publishing Survey | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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LJ reached out to public librarians in a recent survey to get their take on how self-published titles are represented—or not—in their own collections.

LJ’s Indie Ebooks Awards 2016

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LJ is hosting its second Indie Ebook Awards, celebrating the best self-published titles in the following genres: romance, mystery, sf, fantasy, and YA.

Late-Night Reading | French on Fridays

What to do when the neighbors yowl and prowl? Read!

Women Authors Sweep 2016 Nebula Awards

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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.