“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.
As the holiday approaches, the staff at LJ/School Library Journal give thanks for good books about girls, trains, getting old, future worlds, sitting in the dark, and tidying up for perhaps the last time ever.
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.
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.
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.
LJ and School Library Journal staffers’ post-Halloween reads and some guest appearances by a debut author and book review journalists
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.
In the run-up to Halloween, the ghosts, ghouls, witches, and warlocks at LJ/School Library Journal share their favorite scary reads.