Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

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Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Other People’s Stories | Memoir

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In trying to find a common thread to the titles I selected this month, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority, while still memoirs, are actually stories about someone else.

Climate Warning Bells: The Search for Sustainability

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Barnham’s big claims about the viability (and necessity) of solar energy; a vision of how climate inaction might be overcome, Brecher intrigues; Seaman’s sterling addition to all photo collections, Taillant opens our eyes wide to ignored natural resources.

Writing To Remember: A 20th-Century Tragedy Inspires a Debut Novel

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“Seeking answers, trying to impose meaning, to understand what happened and why are all things I do when I’m writing. So when people ask me if my novel is an act of political activism, I remember what Toni Morrison said…”

Welcome Artificial Overlords: Androids in Fact & Fiction | Collection Development, April 1, 2015

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Welcome Artificial Overlords. Humans have historically been obsessed with creating artificially intelligent life (AI). These 26 works of fiction and nonfiction, plus periodicals and DVDs, bring this future into sharper focus.

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy

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The April 4 announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards shortlist generated a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and sf websites; at issue is the politicization of what should have been a selection process based on literary merit.

Springtime Skill & Power | Books for Dudes

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All this month’s BFD featured authors are skillful and powerful in their own ways.

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce April Favorites

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  Topping this months Library Reads, the list of what librarians are loving lately, is a new novel by Sara Gruen, author of the beloved Water for Elephants. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? No problem! LibraryReads welcomes recommendations from all public library staff members, not just […]

New LGBT Fiction: Titles To Consider Before June, LGBT Pride Month

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A wide array of queer titles are being released (and rereleased) this winter and spring—from erotica to literary fiction, mysteries to romance, and novels-in-translation to YA. Time to stock your shelves.

Literary Lagniappe | Wyatt’s World

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A collection for the literary minded, from Young Eliot to Elizabeth Bishop to The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings