“Class Mom” Laurie Gelman Earns Top Honors | Debut Spotlight

Laurie Gelman has put her stamp on the world of women’s fiction with her debut novel, Class Mom, which revolves around the antics of kindergarten class mom Jen Dixon.

Lisa Ko’s Latest Novel Concerns Us All | LibraryReads Authors

Ko’s nuanced narrative communicates not just the burdens of the immigrant experience but the important lesson that one must learn—and sometimes fight—to be oneself.

Picking Up Books | What We’re Reading (& Watching)

What a whirl the spring and summer has been for the “What We’re Reading & Watching” gang! We survived LJ’s annual Day of Dialog (DoD), BookExpo (formerly Book Expo America, or BEA for you acronym fans), and then a quick swoop into Chicago for the ALA Annual conference, June 22–27. Books ruled all over, and […]

More Writing, Less War: LJ Talks to Thomas J. Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly

“I believe that consistent storytelling about war and trauma is the key to moving forward the conversation about war’s impact on mental health.”

Worthy YA Heroines | SELF-esteem

The Marauders’ Island

The female protagonists who helm YA novels come from different walks of life with a variety of experiences that help them overcome their circumstances. Here are two, featured in LJ’s SELF-e Select, who are bound to make an impression.

Claire Zion on Editing the Late Jo Beverley

We asked Zion to talk about her relationship with the much-revered author, Beverley’s process/themes, and her contributions to the romance genre.

Coming of Age in Apartheid-era South Africa | Debut Spotlight

South African–born, Toronto-based first novelist Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words tells the absorbing coming-of-age story of nine-year-old Robin Conrad. Living as a young white girl in Apartheid-era South Africa, Robin forms a new family after losing her own.

Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Literary Finds | BookExpo 2017

The ninth annual edition of the ever-popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share @BookExpo panel featured a mix of first-time and veteran librarian shouters with surprisingly little overlap. If there was one big book of the show that all the participants could agree on, it was A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window.

Nina George | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Nina George’s The Little French Bistro conveys the mysteries of life and love through the inter­actions among the inhabitants of that small Breton town. A resident of both Berlin and Brittany, George graciously answered a few questions LJ posed to her via email.

Geniuses & Gods, Podcasts & Presidents, “Mene” Moms, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

Books, movies, TV…it’s not quite enough for the LJ/School Library Journal “What We’re Reading & Watching” team. Now we add podcasts and menus to the menu.