The Virtues of Girl Detectives

photo courtesy of Elizabeth Frantz

Happy Publication Day to librarian Max Wirestone, whose debut mystery, The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, hits library and bookstore shelves today. To celebrate this important occasion, Wirestone shares some of the attributes of his favorite fictional girl detectives that influenced his own creation.

Black Dogs and Best Books | French on Fridays


More dog books and costume choices this week as Halloween looms.

Playing it Safe: Author Steve Albrecht Tackles Security Measures for Libraries


Dr. Steve Albrecht, author of Library Security, is retired from the San Diego police department and manages a training, coaching, and management consulting firm.

Garth Risk Hallberg | LibraryReads Author, October 15, 2015


An utterly absorbing speed-read notwithstanding its gorgeous 900-page heft, Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire lets readers live and breathe 1970s New York.

Q&A: Scott Hawkins | Debut Spotlight, October 15, 2015

©Scott Hawkins

An enticing and horrifying mashup of urban fantasy and mythology, Scott Hawkins’s debut novel, The Library at Mount Char, is sure to please adults and older teens looking for a harder edge and larger scale.

Jill Bialosky’s The Prize: An Investigation into the True Value of Art


For her novel, The Prize, Bialosky wanted to escape the realities of her daily life to focus on the key idea: the intersection of art and commerce.

Family Matters | French on Fridays


I’ve got real, surreal, and unreal families crowding into my brain this week.

Righting a Wrong: On Forgotten Heroes of the Vietnam Conflict


Louise Esola’s American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War (Pennway, 2015) focuses on an almost-forgotten tragedy: the death of 74 young men in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evansoff the coast of Vietnam on June 3, 1969.

James Patterson Will Be Honored at the National Book Awards


On November 18 best-selling author James Patterson joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including the late Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Terry Gross, and Barney Rosset, when the National Book Foundation presents him with the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 66th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit […]

Juxtapositions | What We’re Reading


The “What We’re Reading” gang reads books together and apart this week.