Diversity Trumps Puppies | Hugo Awards 2016

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Despite the best efforts of the anti-diversity Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies groups to game the Hugos by flooding the ballot system with their own nominations, female authors swept the major fiction awards.

Editors’ Fall Picks 2016

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43 new books of interest on LJ editors’ radars this fall

On & off the Record | What We’re Reading

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Two debut novels, a true crime thriller, father-son comparisons, and fashion week in NYC.

Imagined Multiverses | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

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Rather than base their work on the world as it is, speculative fiction authors are free to imagine any sort of society in our future.

Gridiron Legacies: This Season’s Football Picks

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The latest football titles reflect a little of everything from the gridiron: iconic quarterbacks such as Brett Favre and Peyton Manning, NFL racial pioneers, great teams such as the 1986 Giants, and terrible teams such as the 1976 Bucs.

A Thriller with Heart: John Hart’s “Redemption Road”

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Perennially on the New York Times best sellers list and the only author to have won Edgars for two consecutive titles, Down River and The Last Child, John Hart returns this year with the already hailed Redemption Road.

Q&A: Rumaan Alam | Debut Spotlight, August 2016

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Alam’s first novel, Rich and Pretty, tells the compelling, multifaceted story of two women in their 30s who have been best friends since junior high school. Here, he discusses these distinct protagonists and how he was able to portray the intricacies of female ­friendships as a male author.

Love in Uniform: Military Romance | Collection Development, August 2016

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Current trends in military romance both reflect and anticipate events in the nonfictional world. Since the takedown of Osama bin Laden, battalions of romances star SEALs, while the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has led to a spate of same-sex happy endings.

The Winner by a Nose | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” rides into town on our fictional horses this week.

Boy-Meets-Girl Drama | African American Fiction (and More)

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Titles this month are about the drama swirling around the time-tested boy-meets-girl story line. Is there a bit of romance? Maybe. Sex? Absolutely.