Family Mysteries: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me

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“Families are machines of glorious ­dysfunction,” says crime novelist Megan Abbott of the driving force behind her latest novel, You Will Know Me, “and that’s okay and inevitable.”

Curtis Sittenfeld | LibraryReads Author, April 15, 2016

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“I really like writing about characters who are smart but make a lot of mistakes or see things inaccurately, who are intelligent and observant and fairly misguided,” confided Sittenfeld in a conversation with LJ about her lusciously entertaining new novel, Eligible.

Q&A: Alison Case | Debut Spotlight, April 15, 2016

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Alison Case, an English professor at Williams College, MA, intimately knows the world of 19th–century British fiction, lending an unmistakable authenticity to the language and flow of her debut novel, Nelly Dean.

Reading the Rails: How Australia’s Historic Railway Libraries Inspired a Novel

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“Libraries have always seemed sacrosanct; places of infinite promise. All the people, all the worlds, all the moments you might discover on their shelves.”

Q&A: Sunil Yapa | Debut Spotlight, March 15, 2016

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Sunil Yapa’s Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist shines light on the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) riots in Seattle. Here, Yapa shares insights into his first novel and the ideas that inspired it.

Helen Simonson | March 2016 LibraryReads Author

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Author Simonson’s much-anticipated second book (after her 2010 debut, Major ­Pettigrew’s Last Stand), set in the summer of 1914 as World War I looms, is the Library­Reads top pick for March 2016

Q&A: K.B. Owen | SELF-e

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K.B. Owen’s Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery, the first in her mysteries featuring women’s college professor Concordia Wells, sees her heroine pulled into a whodunit after a family member dies and a friend is attacked. In the interview below, Owen discusses her love of the library, method of research for historical fiction, and […]

Q&A: Max Rodriguez, Founder of QBR: The Black Book Review

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Max Rodriguez is founder and publisher of QBR: The Black Book Review; he also started the annual Harlem Book Fair. Rodriguez recently answered a few questions about his work and about trends in books by and for African Americans.

Ruta Sepetys | LibraryReads Author, February 15, 2016

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Even as she chronicles maritime history’s worst tragedy—the 1945 Soviet sinking of the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff—Sepetys reveals her characters’ profound humanity to create a story that’s urgently and radiantly told.

Collecting Stories: Faith Hunter’s Monster Anthology Features Jane Yellowrock

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Urban fantasy author Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised across the South. Her popular series include the “Skinwalker” books featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the postapocalyptic “Rogue Mage” novels, helmed by stone mage Thorn St. Croix.