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 […]

Frisco, Chimps, Perfume, Translations, Suck Fairies, & More | What We’re Reading


“What We’re Reading” has a lunch date with authors and a reading date with LJ and Junior Library Guild colleagues this week.

Q&A: Emma Cline | Debut Spotlight, June 15, 2016


Emma Cline’s debut, The Girls, a compelling tale about Evie, a lonely teenager who falls in with a group of older girls belonging to a hippie cult, has already received early praise, including a starred LJ review.

LJ’s Self-Publishing Survey | Self-Publishing & Libraries


LJ reached out to public librarians in a recent survey to get their take on how self-published titles are represented—or not—in their own collections.

LJ’s Indie Ebooks Awards 2016

Indie Ebook Award Logo

LJ is hosting its second Indie Ebook Awards, celebrating the best self-published titles in the following genres: romance, mystery, sf, fantasy, and YA.

Late-Night Reading | French on Fridays

What to do when the neighbors yowl and prowl? Read!

Women Authors Sweep 2016 Nebula Awards


Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Nebula Awards, held May 14 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton, with a winning slate of female authors.