Q&A: M. Simone Boyd & Onnie I. Kirk Jr.

The Day Sonny Died, coauthored by daughter/father writing team M. Simone Boyd and ­Onnie I. Kirk Jr., is a gritty, poignant, and realistic debut novel about three generations of an African American family struck repeatedly by violent tragedy.

Q&A: RESIST! Cartoonists Respond to the Election

After Election Day, November 8, 2016, Gabe Fowler had to do something. As owner of Brooklyn’s Desert Island comics shop and editor of the quarterly comics tabloid Smoke Signal, he decided to devote a special issue of that publication to cartoonists reacting against the forces of intolerance.

Celebrating Mystery’s Best | Edgar Award Nominees 2017

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) celebrated Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday on January 19 by releasing the nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2016.

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

Erika Imranyi, Park Row: Harlequin | Eye on Publishing

Park Row thus seemed the perfect name for the new literary imprint Harlequin announced in July 2016, with the first titles publishing in early summer 2017. The imprint, explains editorial director Erika Imranyi, springs from the rich Harlequin tradition of publishing engaging commercial fiction while showing how successfully the publisher has pushed beyond those borders.

Striking a Chord | SELF-esteem

While the musical experience is typically an aural one, there’s something to be said for reading about one’s appreciate for the medium. Here are a few odes to music available on LJ’s SELF-e platform.

2017 Gumbo | What We’re Reading

We’re reading: aloud, long-form journalism, parental nightmares, New Orleans novels, Wild Westerns, Richard III rewrites, Brooklyn books, whodunits, a raconteur’s remembrances, & more Lippman!

Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

To celebrate Fisher as a writer, I have gone back into Library Journal‘s Book Verdict vault and pulled up our reviews of her novels and memoirs. For librarians, these would make a nice display counterpoint to DVDs of the actress’s films and stage performances.

Spotlight | Katherine Arden, LibraryReads Author, January 2017

Rooted in Russian history and folklore and told in language as extravagantly beautiful as the fire bird itself, Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale brings us Vasilisa Petrovna, a village girl with royal bloodlines and more mysterious, magical antecedents who saves her corner of medieval Russia and effectively all humankind.