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Blake Crouch | LibraryReads Author, July 1, 2016

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In Blake Crouch’s fantastically conceived yet utterly persuasive Dark Matter, contented family man Jason Dessen is walking home from a friend’s celebratory bar meet-up when he’s abducted. He awakens in a laboratory where everyone reveres him, yet things are decidedly off

Q&A: Camille Perri | Debut Spotlight, July 1, 2016

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Camille Perri’s lighthearted first novel speaks directly—and with a pointed dose of cheek—to the increasing student debt burden on millennials. Here the author discusses her writing process and her thoughts on the current economic and political climate.

Joan Pedzich | In Memoriam

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Going through this morning’s email I was dumbstruck by a notice that my longtime reviewer Joan Pedzich had died suddenly on Saturday, June 25. The email was from Joan’s husband, Bob. I was already reeling, but realizing that he thought to notify me the very next day pretty much did me in. Joan and I […]

Leckie, Novik, Liu Win 2016 Locus Awards

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The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Locus Awards on Saturday, June 25, during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle. Nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ann Leckie’s conclusion to her “Imperial Radch” trilogy, Ancillary Mercy, was named Best Science Fiction Novel. Naomi Novik’s fairy-tale fantasy, Uprooted, which last month garnered […]

Aliens Among Us: The Gender Gap in SF | SELF-esteem

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For its second Indie Ebook Awards, LJ is honoring five areas of fiction: romance, mystery, sf, fantasy, and YA. To further discuss these genres, indie authors and librarians judging this year’s contest will be taking a closer look at their complexities, places in the library, and connections to the self-publishing world. Here J.K. Ullrich, one of last year’s award winners, writes about sf’s troubling gender gap. Her novel Blue Karma is available to read on the SELF-e platform.

Junior Mints, J.S. Bach, Racial Cleansing, Hollywood High | What We’re Reading

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A quick “What We’re Reading” column before staffers go to ALA this year.

Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2016

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Anne ­Tyler’s Vinegar Girl gives us the story of Kate Battista, a no-nonsense young woman who doesn’t aim to please, brusquely voicing her opinions at her job as preschool teacher and at home as housekeeper for her feckless scientist father and airheaded little sister.

Welcome to SELF-e YA | SELF-esteem

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SELF-e recently launched its newest YA Select module, a culling of the best self-published novels for teens—and adults who still love a good YA read! Below is a taste of the amazing titles on offer at subscribed libraries. Crawford, C.N. The Witching Elm. CreateSpace. (Memento Mori, Bk. 1). Nov. 2014. ebk. ISBN NA. Fantasy Gr […]

Frisco, Chimps, Perfume, Translations, Suck Fairies, & More | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” has a lunch date with authors and a reading date with LJ and Junior Library Guild colleagues this week.

Q&A: Emma Cline | Debut Spotlight, June 15, 2016

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Emma Cline’s debut, The Girls, a compelling tale about Evie, a lonely teenager who falls in with a group of older girls belonging to a hippie cult, has already received early praise, including a starred LJ review.