A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen’s Classic

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“Jane Austen is the perfect writer. She doesn’t need to be rewritten,” declared McCall Smith, the genial author of the hugely loved “No. 1 Ladies Detective” series, during an interview in his suite at New York’s Warwick Hotel.

David Nicholls | LibraryReads Author

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A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.

Opening Locked Drawers with Patricia Cornwell | Behind the Book

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Nearly 25 years and 22 books later, Cornwell’s series featuring brilliant medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is a mainstay of the crime fiction genre and widely considered to be the catalyst for the increasingly popular forensic thriller subgenre.

Postcards from Paris 1950: Remembering Howard Fast

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Howard Fast’s birth, the author’s daughter, Rachel Fast Ben-Avi ) recalls those three months in 1950 when she, at the age of six, received postcards from a father who was “spending the summer in Paris.” At the time, Fast was in a federal prison for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Spotlight on Garth Stein | LibraryReads Authors

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In A Sudden Light, Garth Stein’s first novel after his momentous best seller, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 14-year-old Trevor travels with his father, Jones Riddell, to the imposing family mansion on Puget Sound.

Caitlin Doughty | LibraryReads Author

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Q&A with September LibraryReads top vote getter Caitlin Doughty

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.

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.

Q&A: David J. Peterson

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Linguist Peterson answers a few questions about the process of developing a language and gives librarians a jump start on their studies by offering a few Dothraki phrases that may come in handy in libraries.

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.

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