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FearNYC Day Three: A Boy’s Best Friend Is (Still) His Mother


Day three of FearNYC was the most low-key day thus far—no torture scenes, no scary clowns.

FearNYC Day Two: Freddy, the OG Zombies, & a Pool Party Massacre


Day two was much more my cup of tea: a slew of classic horror films, with a fun tribute to 80’s slasher films thrown in the mix.

FearNYC Day One: Some Classics, a Key, an Atrocity, a Warning


October 21st marked the first night of the 1st annual FearNYC Horror Film Festival held at NYC’s Cinema Village, promising 65 films, both classic and brand-spanking-new, spread out over six days of blood, guts, shocks, and scares.

Home States, Red States, Mental States, Brontë Estates | What We’re Reading


In the lead-up to Halloween, “What We’re Reading” staffers check out some subtly scary and satisfying reads.

Picturing History, Comics Creators in Conversation | NYCC 2016


Drawing an exuberant crowd, the panel “Race & Sexuality: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tee “Vixen” Franklin & Steve Orlando,” moderated by comics scholar Jonathan W. Gray, featured veteran comics writers and newcomers alike.

Witching Hour: Haunting SELF-e Reads | SELF-esteem


Halloween is quickly approaching, giving way to pumpkin spice, carefully chosen costumes, and a healthy dose of all things spooky. Whether you’re in the mood for full-on terror or just a taste of the supernatural, these SELF-e Select titles, available via LJ‘s SELF-e publishing platform, have got you covered for some late-night chills and thrills.

Q&A: Alexandra Horowitz, Author of Being a Dog


Conducting research and learning how to rely on her own sense of smell, Alexander Horowitz took a nosedive into the canine domain to ­understand a dog’s point of view in her latest book, Being a Dog.

Spotlight on Paulette Jiles | LibraryReads Author, October 15, 2016


In Paulette Jiles’s luminous new novel, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels the rough roads of northern Texas after the Civil War reading newspapers to paying crowds. As Jiles explained in a phone interview with LJ, “He wanted to move people into the wonderful world of imagination we all need, which he brings to people under the guise of news.”

Hard Case Crime Teams with Titan Comics


Starting this month, Titan Comics joins forces with the iconic crime fiction imprint Hard Case Crime to launch Hard Case Crime Comics. Releasing both original and adapted works by celebrated authors of the crime genre as well as emerging voices in comics, the new line will boast the same gritty, sexy violence for which the mystery publisher is well known.


Future Career Moves | Designing the Future


Davis Erin Anderson, a 2012 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Rising Star and 2012 LJ Mover & Shaker (M&S), and Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success librarian at California State University, Fresno, a 2012 LJ M&S, 2014 American Library Association Emerging Leader, and 2016 SLA Rising Star, are coeditors of Career Transitions for Librarians