Actor Snipes and Norman’s Debut of the Month, Cato’s Latest “Breath of Earth,” Yoon Ha Lee, Levine, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Setting is a huge draw for sf and fantasy readers, promising total escape from the humdrum real world. While many are imagined, these fictional universes often carry an author’s cultural influences or borrow from an actual society or physical place. This month’s titles give readers a sense of the variety in cultures and settings in both genres.

New and Known | Wyatt’s World

July brings an exciting mix of debut novels and key authors. From longtime favorites to new names to note, these books promise an engrossing month of entertainment. Here are five suggestions that will please a range of readers.

LJ Talks to Cartoonist Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is known for crafting thoughtful, richly emotional stories with beautifully fluid and dynamic illustrations. This year she presents Boundless, a compilation of short stories depicting characters struggling against the confines of their lives, limitations, and circumstances.

Praise for Newcomers Drayden, Bates, Bennis, Gailey, Tidbeck, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Drayden’s winning mashup mixes genres and moods with gleeful abandon, heralding a fresh new talent; Bennis’s military steampunky fantasy debut is filled with quick action, witty dialog, and appealing characters; Valente proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories

Before Hollywood: Film & Music History in Florida

From silent films to soul music, Jacksonville to St. Augustine; readers who are interested in the beginning of film-making in Florida, or are well-versed in soul music and want to learn more about its history, will find what they need right here

Lisa Ko’s Latest Novel Concerns Us All | LibraryReads Authors

Ko’s nuanced narrative communicates not just the burdens of the immigrant experience but the important lesson that one must learn—and sometimes fight—to be oneself.

Abdul-Jabbar & Co., Bocquet/Muller, Chabouté, Delisle, plus Debuters Ferris, Steele, and Sun | Graphic Novels Reviews

This picaresque prequel will attract fans of Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes novel and lovers of Holmes spin-offs; this might be Lemire’s most mature and accomplished work yet; even the most cynical reader will have a hard time not being somewhat charmed by Sun’s first book; Steele’s Pantheon should easily find an enthusiastic fan base

A Historical Snapshot: Vietnam in Memory

Whether you are interested in the history of the Vietnam War or the sculpture that followed, both books are essential reads for anyone interested in this monumental conflict

Collections, Data, Archives…Oh My!: Professional Media Books

No matter your area of expertise or interest this collection of books has you covered: a comprehensive manual for special collections and rare book librarianship, theoretical and practical discussions of personnel, spaces, services, and communication tools, and interesting international perspectives on the library profession

A Time For Change: The History of Women’s Right to Vote

Through these two books, readers will explore the people and events that made a woman’s right to vote possible. Those who especially enjoy history and are interested in learning more about women’s suffrage will find both books captivating