Embracing Differences | Designing the Future


Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize– and Carnegie Medal–winning author of The Sympathizer, on the future of diverse literature—taking the “norm” out of our literary value system.

Louise Penny | LibraryReads Author, August 2016

Louise Penny. (Jean-François Bérubé)

Numerous mysteries bind Louise Penny’s gracious, richly conceived A Great Reckoning, next in the series starring ­Armand Gamache, former chief of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec and just named commander of the Sûreté’s academy.

A Thriller with Heart: John Hart’s “Redemption Road”


Perennially on the New York Times best sellers list and the only author to have won Edgars for two consecutive titles, Down River and The Last Child, John Hart returns this year with the already hailed Redemption Road.

Q&A: Rumaan Alam | Debut Spotlight, August 2016


Alam’s first novel, Rich and Pretty, tells the compelling, multifaceted story of two women in their 30s who have been best friends since junior high school. Here, he discusses these distinct protagonists and how he was able to portray the intricacies of female ­friendships as a male author.

Blake Crouch | LibraryReads Author, July 1, 2016


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


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.

Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2016


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.

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


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.

Women Authors Sweep 2016 Nebula Awards


Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Nebula Awards, held May 14 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton, with a winning slate of female authors.

Q&A: Josh King; A Former Advance Man Talks Political Pitfalls and Campaign Stagecraft


“I stayed at the White House for five years, far longer than the average tenure back then, but life on the road is incompatible with being a grounded ­husband and father, so it was time to say goodbye.”