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.

SF/Fantasy’s Best: Nebula Award Winners, Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominees

Charlie Jane Anders’s All the Birds in the Sky won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad was one of six novels to be short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Britain’s most prestigious sf literary prize,

Susan Wittig Albert on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Heart

An LJ 2016 Indie Ebook Award winner, Susan Wittig Albert’s historical novel Loving Eleanor tells of the romance between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) and reporter Lorena Alice “Hick” Hickok (1893–1968). Here, Albert talks about the significance of their story and her own experience being an indie author.

June 2017 LibraryReads

Summer is on its way, and the June LibraryReads list has a handful of great beach reads. New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh is back with a captivating novel full of lust and betrayal. Set during World War I, Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network tells a fascinating story of courage and sacrifice, while Matthew Sullivan’s Midnight […]