Q&A: Cecilia Gray | SELF-e Circs: The Top Ten Most Read Titles in SELF-e Select

In her “Jane Austen Academy” series, Cecilia Gray reimagines the author’s beloved characters and gathered them all into the same boarding school. Lizzie Egmont, counterpart to Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, stars in the series’ first novel, Fall for You, crusading against the school’s new coed policy and butting heads with the supposedly snobbish Dante Braxton.

Rumbles, Recycling, Roots, Researchers | What We’re Reading & Watching

A core team of LJ/School Library Journal staff discuss what they’re ritually reading and witchily watching this week. Happy Halloween!

Reaching New Audiences | NYCC Professional Day 2017

With record-breaking attendance, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, the 12th annual New York Comic Con (NYCC), held October 5–8, in a move to support its diverse and ever-growing body of attendees, this year extended its regular programming efforts by partnering with nearby businesses and institutions, offering events outside its central location at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Bite-Sized Reading | SELF-esteem

Sometimes an author can capture an audience in only a few dozen pages. All available in LJ’s SELF-e Select, these novellas manage to pack a big punch with limited word counts.

Libraries, Queens, Longmire, Roxane Gay, Standards | What We’re Reading & Watching

Fall is the reading season, but for the WWR/WWW people, it’s also time to watch.

Honoring Christian Fiction’s Best | Carol Awards 2017

The 16th annual conference of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), held September 21–24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX, culminated in the awards gala and the announcement of the 2017 Carol Award winners for excellence in Christian fiction.

Editors’ Picks | Day of Dialog Brooklyn 2017

The popular “Editors’ Picks” panel, moderated here by LJ fiction editor Wilda Williams, commenced the half-day event, with six New York editors and publishers presenting a preview of their biggest fall 2017–winter 2018 titles. Debut authors, new imprints, existing lines exploring uncharted genre territories, and current topics were all part of the conversation.

Strange Boys, Vanishing New York, Brollies, and IT | What We’re Reading & Watching  

A jewel in the slush pile, a killer clown, New York’s soul, umbrellas, and some lit for bored and brilliant kids.

Indie Halloween Reads | SELF-esteem

A good Halloween read can mean many things. Some readers are looking for scares that will keep them up at night, while others want to feel the coziness of autumn in a more lighthearted romp. Evil can come in the form of zombies and monsters, or you can root for well-meaning witches and ghosts. LJ’s SELF-e Select runs the gamut for a well-rounded literary experience this October.

Kurt Andersen’s Fantasyland Probes American Society & Politics

Kurt Andersen’s latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, investigates the current state of American society, factors leading up to the Trump presidency, and the influence of mass media, past and present.