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Pre–Memorial Day Free-for-All | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” travels far and wide on the book trail this week.

Smoke by Dan Vyleta | LJ Review

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As a meditation on the nature of evil, Vyleta’s fourth novel has a depth that will be appreciated even as the action keeps the pages turning.

Haunted Homecomings | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

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An engaging and thrilling tale about a young woman’s homecoming, the vagaries of memory, and the impact of tragedy on both a town and a family; a carefully crafted and riveting thriller that is narrated in reverse chronological order, a tense and unusual reading experience that both disorients and intrigues

Stagestruck | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

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A charming novel about four sisters who make it big in vaudeville to support their struggling family; likable, hardworking characters populate a hopeful novel about a woman who dreams of making it big as an actress while working at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London

Illustration That Works, Creative Cut Cards, Enameling Jewelry, and Traditional Nordic Knits | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 1, 2016

illustration that works

A practical yet sophisticated guide for aspiring artists and recent art school graduates alike; a fun and functional guide to card making; an extensive guide to enameling jewelry; classic Nordic knitwear that will appeal to all levels of knitters, and many more crafts & DIY book reviews

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

Chicago P.L.'s Stephen Sposato shares

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 […]

Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan | LJ Review

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In this stunning novel from Rogan (The Lifeboat), seemingly unrelated story threads are ingeniously woven into an explosive whole.

Q&A: Ben Galley | SELF-esteem

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Bloodrush (LJ 5/15/16), the first book in Ben Galley’s “Scarlet Star Trilogy,” was recently added to LJ’s SELF-e Select. Below the indie author discusses his love of fantasy, his research process, and what brought him to self-publishing.

A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin | LJ Review

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Durbin (Dragonfly) gives his story an old-fashioned fairy-tale feel (with the exception of Mr. Girondole, the other characters are given initials) and imbues his settings with a languorous sense of being outside of time

Evaluating Youth Lit — What Makes a Good Book Good?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT
Join us on June 9th as we cover the various elements that come together to create a book that kids will love, whether it’s the writing, the illustrations, or another bit of magic. Our panelists will bring different perspectives from the worlds of publishing and libraries for a discussion that will offer a great deal of combined experience in evaluating children’s books and will help you increase your skills and confidence in choosing the best youth titles for your library.
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