Q&A: RESIST! Cartoonists Respond to the Election

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After Election Day, November 8, 2016, Gabe Fowler had to do something. As owner of Brooklyn’s Desert Island comics shop and editor of the quarterly comics tabloid Smoke Signal, he decided to devote a special issue of that publication to cartoonists reacting against the forces of intolerance.

Erika Imranyi, Park Row: Harlequin | Eye on Publishing

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Park Row thus seemed the perfect name for the new literary imprint Harlequin announced in July 2016, with the first titles publishing in early summer 2017. The imprint, explains editorial director Erika Imranyi, springs from the rich Harlequin tradition of publishing engaging commercial fiction while showing how successfully the publisher has pushed beyond those borders.

Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

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To celebrate Fisher as a writer, I have gone back into Library Journal‘s Book Verdict vault and pulled up our reviews of her novels and memoirs. For librarians, these would make a nice display counterpoint to DVDs of the actress’s films and stage performances.

Spotlight | Katherine Arden, LibraryReads Author, January 2017

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Rooted in Russian history and folklore and told in language as extravagantly beautiful as the fire bird itself, Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale brings us Vasilisa Petrovna, a village girl with royal bloodlines and more mysterious, magical antecedents who saves her corner of medieval Russia and effectively all humankind.

Books to Screen: Maria Semple’s “Today Will Be Different”

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Academy Award winner Julia Roberts is set to star in the TV adaptation of Maria Semple’s sophomore novel

So You Think You Want To Review? Expert Advice from a Seasoned Editor

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Henrietta Verma discusses her new book, offering advice for librarians on writing, reviewing, and leadership

Alice Hoffman | Spotlight LibraryReads Author, November 15, 2016

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“This novel comes from lots of different places,” explained Hoffman in a phone interview with LJ, “but one thing I was thinking about was mothers and daughters, and I was missing my own mother.”

In Memoriam: Leonard Cohen, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

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While Leonard Cohen’s songs will remain his main legacy, it’s worth considering his other literary efforts, including nine books of poetry and two novels.

Pack Leaders: Maria Goodavage Embeds with Secret Service Dogs

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Veteran reporter and author Maria ­Goodavage goes behind the scenes with the hardworking dogs (and their humans) in Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States. Here, she talks about the daring animals’ training, provenance, and special bond with their handlers.

Q&A: Katherine Reay, Author of A Portrait of Emily Price

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Katherine Reay made her fiction debut in 2013 with Dear Mr. Knightly, a romantic tale with a soupçon of Jane Austen and new adult appeal. Her novels incorporate literary references with story lines about young women making crucial life decisions.