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Violence & Femmes | French on Fridays

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Taking a break from dead dames, murdered mamas, and slain sisters—or trying to!

Fredrik Backman | LibraryReads Author Spotlight, May 15, 2016

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The U.S. editor for Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as Backman’s other two novels, Peter Borland spoke about his star author in a phone call with LJ.

Our “United” States: Sen. Cory Booker on Building Strong Communities

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On March 21 at Random House’s New York City office, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) discussed United: Thoughts on Finding ­Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good

Q&A: Lynne Kutsukake | Debut Spotlight, May 15, 2016

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Lynne Kutsukake is a former academic librarian who lives in Toronto. Her stunning first novel, The Translation of Love , examines life in postwar Japan under American occupation.

Different Strokes, Different Books | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” this week is about what we could and couldn’t finish, bookwise.

Lori Roy, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Walter Mosley Take Top Honors | Edgar Awards 2016

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How do you top a Pulitzer Prize? Try winning an Edgar Award. At the Mystery Writers of America 70th Annual Edgar Awards banquet, held April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer took the Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Author.

Lambda Literary’s Emerging Writer Award Winners Announced

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Lambda Literary announces their 2016 Emerging Writers Award winners

Family Mysteries: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me

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“Families are machines of glorious ­dysfunction,” says crime novelist Megan Abbott of the driving force behind her latest novel, You Will Know Me, “and that’s okay and inevitable.”

A Single Step: SELF-e Journeys | SELF-esteem

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The personal journey is often reflected in the miles a character must travel through the course of a story. Whether it be to create greater opportunities or leave behind a comfortable home, the reason for a sudden change in setting may set up a protagonist for important inner growth. The pilgrimages embarked upon by the […]

Poetry + Prose = | What We’re Reading

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A touch of poetry amidst the prose choices of the “What We’re Reading” gang.