In the Bookroom

A collaborative blog covering books, media, and publishing, including early previews of the hottest titles by Library Journal's review staffers, and op-eds and guest blogs by notable contributors. Follow us on Twitter: @LJReviews

Susan Wittig Albert on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Heart

An LJ 2016 Indie Ebook Award winner, Susan Wittig Albert’s historical novel Loving Eleanor tells of the romance between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1762) and reporter Lorena Alice “Hick” Hickok (1893–1968). Here, Albert talks about the significance of their story and her own experience being an indie author.

Mothers, Dogs, Trees, Dystopias, Beach Cottages | What We’re Reading & Watching

Some weepy and not-weepy blurbs from current and former LJ staffers for this week’s “What We’re Reading & Watching.” Also moms, dogs, fear and prejudice, Evil Dead movies, and a talking tree.

MILFs, Monarchs, Miller, Makers, Murder, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

The “What We’re Reading & Watching” crew covers a lot of ground this first week of May, with gladiators, queens, playwrights, golden girls, animators, and MILFs, plus Giancarlo Esposito & Roxane Gay!

High Drama at Mystery Gala | Edgar Awards 2017

The Mystery Writers of America’s (MWA) 71st Annual Edgar Awards banquet, held April 27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, did not lack for suspense.

Judges Needed for Indie Ebook Awards 2017

LJ’s third annual Indie Ebook Awards are almost underway, and we’re looking for voracious readers to serve as judges. Volunteers will be asked to assess books in one of five categories: romance, sf, fantasy, mystery, or YA. This is an amazing opportunity to discover and support local authorship and reward self-published talent.

SELF-e Circs: Top Ten Most Read Fantasy Titles in SELF-e Select

A 2015 Honorable Mention in LJ’s annual Indie Ebook Awards, Anthony St. Clair’s Forever the Road is a quirky offering filled with fantasy, travel, and beer.

The Young, the Psycho, the War-torn, the Aging, & the Beachy | What We’re Reading & Watching

This week, LJ and School Library Journal staffers contemplate mortality, parse a prequel, witness war and its effects on “normal” people, and escape to Nantucket.

Q&A: Catherine Brunelle | SELF-esteem

In Claire Never Ending, SELF-e author Catherine Brunelle traces a family though generations of captivating women, all of whom share the middle name Claire. Each vignette gives a snapshot of a life in progress—from a hot air balloonist to those with connections to witchcraft to the first-generation Claire sailing to her new life. Here, Brunelle talks about ancestry, pregnancy, and her favorite reads.

David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” Seeks Justice for the Osage Nation

In summer 2012, New York Times best-selling author David Grann traveled to Pawhuska, OK, at the heart of the Osage Nation, to learn more about the terrible violence visited upon the Osage in the 1920s.

LJ Talks to First Novelist Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon is debut novelist Benjamin Ludwig’s beautifully told story of a 14-year-old autistic girl, whose troubled past threatens her loving family’s fierce determination to keep her safe.