In the Bookroom

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Batman, Essays, Mazes, Clones, and Breaking the World Shouting Record | What We’re Reading

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LJ and School Library Journal staffers carry the WWR flag into the world of clones, mazes, and bat caves.

Q&A: Malka Marom

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Canada-based singer and broadcast journalist Malka Marom talks to LJ about her book Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, a thoughtful account of Joni Mitchell’s life and creative process.

Q&A with Chris Nickson | Sponsored

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Chris Nickson’s newest book, Gods of Gold (Dec.: Severn House), takes readers back to 1890 Leeds and introduces Inspector Tom Harper. He recently answered some emailed questions about his books. This interview was sponsored by Severn House, and produced and published by LJ.

Librarians Who Write: How Librarian/Authors Will Thomas and Eleanor Kuhns Juggle Two Careers

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“A library is a natural place for an author” says Will Thomas, author of a series of Victorian-era novels featuring a private enquiry agent who is interested in social issues. Eleanor Kuhns believes “most librarians either wanted to write or are closet writers now.” Read more about what these librarian/authors have to say.

Bianca Amato | Behind the Mike

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Bianca Amato discusses her narration work on Philippa Gregory’s medieval England–set “The Cousins’ War” novels.

A New Year, a New Publisher: Fig Tree Books

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With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, scheduled to begin Wednesday evening, how appropriate then that on Monday, September 22,  Fig Tree Books LLC, a new publisher of literary fiction that chronicles the American Jewish experience, announced its inaugural list for the spring 2015 season. Its first four books include Prayers for the Living (March) by National […]

Betrayals, Bound Feet, Ghosts, and Rollergirls | What We’re Reading

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This week the School Library Journal/LJ staffers learn some things about spycraft, Chinese culture, roller derby doings, imperfect relationships, and growing up in 1970s Texas.

Q&A: Ann Hood

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Author Ann Hood tackles the multigenerational family saga with her sumptuous new novel, An Italian Wife, released this month.

Q&A: Chris Bohjalian & Grace Blewer

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Authors and narrators often develop close relationships over the course of a project, but Chris Bohjalian and Grace Blewer, the narrator of his recent novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, had quite a head start: they’re father and daughter.

Q&A: Ann Leckie

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Having recently won both the 2014 Nebula and Hugo Award for her acclaimed sf debut Ancillary Justice, author Ann Leckie talks to LJ about Ancillary Sword, which continues the story of Breq, a starship soldier.

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