After the Fourth | What We’re Reading


The “What We’re Reading” team are planning big trips, relishing romance, hefting Outlander, curating our closets, checking out YA nonfiction, parsing Patchett, and sticking the dismount.

Finding Love in the Library: Embracing Indie Romance Books | SELF-esteem


Trends in the romance genre and readership are evolving as quickly as the technology. Direct access to a huge variety of new print books and ebooks is exciting for voracious romance readers. At the same time, the ability to control the publishing process and market books directly to interested readers is exciting for emerging and established romance writers.

Blake Crouch | LibraryReads Author, July 1, 2016


In Blake Crouch’s fantastically conceived yet utterly persuasive Dark Matter, contented family man Jason Dessen is walking home from a friend’s celebratory bar meet-up when he’s abducted. He awakens in a laboratory where everyone reveres him, yet things are decidedly off

Q&A: Camille Perri | Debut Spotlight, July 1, 2016


Camille Perri’s lighthearted first novel speaks directly—and with a pointed dose of cheek—to the increasing student debt burden on millennials. Here the author discusses her writing process and her thoughts on the current economic and political climate.

Joan Pedzich | In Memoriam


Going through this morning’s email I was dumbstruck by a notice that my longtime reviewer Joan Pedzich had died suddenly on Saturday, June 25. The email was from Joan’s husband, Bob. I was already reeling, but realizing that he thought to notify me the very next day pretty much did me in. Joan and I […]

Leckie, Novik, Liu Win 2016 Locus Awards


The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Locus Awards on Saturday, June 25, during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle. Nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ann Leckie’s conclusion to her “Imperial Radch” trilogy, Ancillary Mercy, was named Best Science Fiction Novel. Naomi Novik’s fairy-tale fantasy, Uprooted, which last month garnered […]

Aliens Among Us: The Gender Gap in SF | SELF-esteem


The first sf book I remember [reading] features a female engine mechanic, Lieutenant Lily, who “loves the big machines” and is the best shot on her spaceship’s crew—she’s also a frog. On my frequent library visits, I’d plunder the children’s section for more silly space adventures like Jane Yolen’s Commander Toad. As my reading advanced, however, I realized Lieutenant Lily was an endangered species. Although my parents and librarians found dozens of wonderful books with plucky heroines (no mean task in the 1990s, before YA became a publishing craze), there seemed to be a black hole on the sf shelf. Why did females, as characters or as authors, seem so rare in these stories?

Junior Mints, J.S. Bach, Racial Cleansing, Hollywood High | What We’re Reading


A quick “What We’re Reading” column before staffers go to ALA this year.

Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2016


Anne ­Tyler’s Vinegar Girl gives us the story of Kate Battista, a no-nonsense young woman who doesn’t aim to please, brusquely voicing her opinions at her job as preschool teacher and at home as housekeeper for her feckless scientist father and airheaded little sister.

Welcome to SELF-e YA | SELF-esteem

Witching Elm

SELF-e recently launched its newest YA Select module, a culling of the best self-published novels for teens—and adults who still love a good YA read! Below is a taste of the amazing titles on offer at subscribed libraries. Crawford, C.N. The Witching Elm. CreateSpace. (Memento Mori, Bk. 1). Nov. 2014. ebk. ISBN NA. Fantasy Gr […]