Coming of Age in Apartheid-era South Africa | Debut Spotlight

South African–born, Toronto-based first novelist Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words tells the absorbing coming-of-age story of nine-year-old Robin Conrad. Living as a young white girl in Apartheid-era South Africa, Robin forms a new family after losing her own.

Novel New Directions: Fresh Takes on the Literary Mashup | RA Crossroads

Begin with Theodore Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a smart, engrossing, and multilayered read in which characters lay claim to both their past and future.

Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Literary Finds | BookExpo 2017

The ninth annual edition of the ever-popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share @BookExpo panel featured a mix of first-time and veteran librarian shouters with surprisingly little overlap. If there was one big book of the show that all the participants could agree on, it was A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window.

Nina George | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Nina George’s The Little French Bistro conveys the mysteries of life and love through the inter­actions among the inhabitants of that small Breton town. A resident of both Berlin and Brittany, George graciously answered a few questions LJ posed to her via email.

Geniuses & Gods, Podcasts & Presidents, “Mene” Moms, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

Books, movies, TV…it’s not quite enough for the LJ/School Library Journal “What We’re Reading & Watching” team. Now we add podcasts and menus to the menu.

The First Amendment Resistance Presented By Pen America | Book Expo 2017

Activists, journalists, authors, lawyers, and a Gamergate survivor discussed First Amendment Resistance at a Pen America-sponsored panel.

We Need Diverse Books: Following Up After Fouling Up | BookExpo 2017

Eager listeners gathered on Friday, June 2 for We Need Diverse Books: Following Up After Fouling Up: Real Talk About Real Apologies. Moderated by Boston University School of Education’s Laura M. Jiménez, the panel featured award-winning author Alex Gino; bestselling author Daniel José Older; LJ and SLJ Reviews Director Kiera Parrot; and author Ibi Zoboi, […]

Graphic Novels by Grell and a Gaming-Themed Biography by Kushner and Shadmi | Xpress Reviews

A worthwhile title for fans of sf, action-adventure, and 1980s nostalgia; Kushner offers an affectionate tribute to the classic Dungeons & Dragons and its creator

Nonfiction: Vin Baker, Takuichi Fujii, Neuroscience, Concentration Camps, Trans Men | Xpress Reviews

The NBA and addictions; Coppola’s live cinema; healing philosophies; the life and art of Takuichi Fujii; an engaging combination of science, detective story, and memoir; a unified picture of concentration camps as a tool of government; the lives of trans men at the turn of the 20th century; a disappointing look at slave ships and POWs

Janet Mock in Conversation with Doreen St. Felix | Book Con 2017

  On Saturday, June 3, BookCon attendees visited the Downtown Stage to hear journalist and author Janet Mock chat with MTV News writer Doreen St. Felix about her latest memoir, Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me (Atria: S. & S.). Mock’s first memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much […]