Q&A: Max Rodriguez, Founder of QBR: The Black Book Review

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Max Rodriguez is founder and publisher of QBR: The Black Book Review; he also started the annual Harlem Book Fair. Rodriguez recently answered a few questions about his work and about trends in books by and for African Americans.

Building Blocks for Writers | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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Whether trying to avoid common pitfalls, learning about self-promotion, or just figuring out if this industry is a good match, both novices and the more experienced can find value in these guides.

Turning Pages, Catching Tears, Learning Languages | What We’re Reading

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WWR writers discuss gratitude, death, page-turners, princesses, true grit, eternal story lines, oddball narratives, and more this week.

Q&A: Angela Quarles | SELF-e

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In Steam Me Up, Rawley, the first book in her “Mint Julep and Monocle Chronicles” series, Angela Quarles combines steampunk and romance to create an alternate Deep South. Here the author discusses the story’s unique setting, her choice to self-publish, and personal sf favorites. This title is a 2015 LJ Self-Published Ebook Award winner and currently available to […]

Murder Most Traditional | 2015 Agatha Christie Award Nominees

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Agatha Christie was the queen of the traditional mystery, and every year Malice Domestic, a fan convention, honors those titles published in the previous calendar year that best typify the qualities of Dame Christie’s work (no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence, among other elements). The nominees for the 2015 Agatha Christie Awards reflect a wide range of authors, publishers, styles, and themes.

Ch-ch-changes & Other Oddities | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” mourns David Bowie and talks about our best reads of last year.

Ruta Sepetys | LibraryReads Author, February 15, 2016

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Even as she chronicles maritime history’s worst tragedy—the 1945 Soviet sinking of the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff—Sepetys reveals her characters’ profound humanity to create a story that’s urgently and radiantly told.

Collecting Stories: Faith Hunter’s Monster Anthology Features Jane Yellowrock

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Urban fantasy author Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised across the South. Her popular series include the “Skinwalker” books featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the postapocalyptic “Rogue Mage” novels, helmed by stone mage Thorn St. Croix.

Q&A: Taylor Brown | Debut Spotlight, February 15, 2016

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In his just published debut novel, Fallen Land, Brown draws from the vivid landscape of the past to capture the harsh realities of the post–Civil War South.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe | The Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Nominees

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The Edgar Award nominees are announced, and LJ/SLJ has the goods on the books!