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Another Conference Is in the Books | RWA 2016

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Wrapping up another fabulous Romance Writers of America conference

Nonfiction: Thomas Cole, Nora Ephron, Gab, Marijuana, Climbing, Zika, Art, Russia, EWF | Xpress Reviews

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Presenting the self-taught Thomas Cole; a guide to spoken eloquence; marijuana, anyone? climbing El Capitan; a fascinating perspective on writerly masochism; weird pieces from the Atavist website; being aware of Zika; how to find time for artist; a great retrospective of Russian post–Cold War events; the late great Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire

LJ Fiction Reviews: August 1, 2016

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Boyle and Koryta are at their very best; debuters Benedict, Chang, and Domet will drive demand; Wurster’s comic mystery is a delight; sports-themed romances from Angell, Bowen, & Phillips; plus, sf master Willis delivers a fun, near-future romp; and Roberson’s successful Firewalk will appeal to horror and urban fantasy fans alike

Graphic Novels by Sattouf and Warner | Xpress Reviews

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Readers familiar with Marjane Satrapi will be well rewarded; fans of Randall Munroe will find Warner’s read both informative and hilarious

Fiction from Brafman, Gross, Ivey, Krueger, Rimington, Wiggs, and Debuter Paris | Xpress Reviews

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Brafman’s latest is too gloomy to appeal to adult romance fans; a first-rate tale from a real pro; Ivey’s second work is even better than her first; Krueger has written a suspenseful outdoors thriller; Paris makes her smash debut; Rimington’s latest is a rewarding portrayal of the intersection of conscience, service, and doom; Wigg’s title is a sweet yet dramatic and winding love story

E-Originals from Kelly, Loren, Michaels, and Winters | Xpress Reviews

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Caution is thrown to the wind for lust in this steamy, descriptive novel; the interplay is hot and flirty and will leave readers with a smile on their faces; entertaining and engaging from beginning to end; gaming junkies will enjoy the “Slices of Pi” series

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: August 1, 2016

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From Japanese Tattoos to Botticelli Reimagined to football’s Game Changers, a fresh view of history, plus Damn Delicious recipes, “incomparable” memoirs, and an essential American Heiress

August 2016 LibraryReads

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The top ten books librarians across the country can’t put down

Librarians Day & Bradford | RWA 2016

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The Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual conference kicks off with Librarians Day, a full complement of panels for local librarians, a luncheon, and a networking hour with authors and editors

Politics, Escapism, & Podcast Extras | What We’re Reading

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The WWR team reads to escape reality, confront reality, and change reality this week.