Editors’ Fall Picks 2017

Forty-one timely titles for autumn and beyond

LJ Talks to Daniel Mendelsohn

Author and critic Daniel Mendelsohn’s literary memoir An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic tells at least two stories. At 81, Mendelsohn’s father, a retired research scientist, decided to sit in on his literature professor son’s Odyssey seminar at Bard College. After that, the father-son duo retraced Odysseus’s route on a Mediterranean sea cruise.

Lez Get Literary | SELF-esteem

While the umbrella term LGBTQ encompasses numerous identities, it only begins to address the diversity among marginalized communities. Fortunately, the rise of self-publishing allows for broader representation, particularly from “own voices.” The three f/f titles reviewed below, available through SELF-e, showcase both the hardships and successes faced by lesbian characters.

SELF-e Circs: The Top Ten Most Read Historical Titles in SELF-e Select

A Q&A with author Jane Davis, plus the top historical fiction novels being read through SELF-e Select, a subscription-based digital discovery platform that culls the best self-published submissions. To bring SELF-e to your library, visit the SELF-e website.

Sun, Moon, Stars | What We’re Reading & Watching

The “What We’re Reading & Watching” gang dons the safety glasses and checks out eclipse titles and more this week.

Eleanor Taylor Bland Award Honors Emerging Mystery Writers of Color

Sisters in Crime announced their fourth winner of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Award, which honors the memory of the pioneering African American mystery writer

Ann Hood’s Morningstar: Growing Up with Books | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Following The Book That Matters Most, fiction about a reading group whose members each present the book that most shaped or sustained their lives, Ann Hood’s Morningstar: Growing Up with Books seems like the perfect nonfiction complement.

A Special Day for Librarians | RWA 2017

A highlight of the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference is Librarians Day, held this year on Saturday, July 29

Self-Help Guru Gretchen Rubin Tackles “The Four Tendencies”

In an interview with LJ, Gretchen Rubin expands on a concept developed in her earlier work about habits, Better Than Before: the idea that people fall into one of four categories based on how they respond to expectations.

A Portrait of the Artist: Laurel Davis Huber’s “The Velveteen Daughter” | Debut Spotlight

Following an impulse to investigate an often enjoyed writer/illustrator from her childhood, Laurel Davis Huber embarked on a ten-year adventure that resulted in a captivating debut novel, The Velveteen Daughter, which traces the life of Pamela Bianco, a young artist growing up in early 20th-century America.