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.

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!

Reviewers of the Year 2015 | LJ Reviews

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Congratulations to 2015’s Reviewers of the Year

What Is the Greatest British Novel Ever Written? Hint: The Author Is a Woman

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A BBC Culture poll of 82 international book critics named George Eliot’s Middlemarch as the greatest British novel ever written. Women writers performed especially well, making up nearly 40% of the top 100 books.

Q&A: Randy L. Morkved

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Balcony 7 offers an intriguing mix of titles. Recently, the company’s publisher, Randy L. Morkved, answered some questions via email about how the business got started and what they have to offer.

Unnamed Press: LJ Talks to Press Founders C.P. Heiser & Olivia Taylor Smith

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Unnamed Press recently spoke to LJ about how it came to be that the authors on its winter 2016 list are all women, and why that’s a welcome development.

Q&A: Amy Rubinate, Ideal Audiobooks

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“The Ideal Audiobooks slogan is, ‘Stories with heart.’ We look for titles that are well written and compelling, that will entertain, delight, and enrich the lives of listeners.”

Righting a Wrong: On Forgotten Heroes of the Vietnam Conflict

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Louise Esola’s American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War (Pennway, 2015) focuses on an almost-forgotten tragedy: the death of 74 young men in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evansoff the coast of Vietnam on June 3, 1969.

James Patterson Will Be Honored at the National Book Awards

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On November 18 best-selling author James Patterson joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including the late Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Terry Gross, and Barney Rosset, when the National Book Foundation presents him with the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 66th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit […]

New Books, New Databases, New Attention to Indigenous Canadian Authors | Reference News, September 15, 2015

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The experiment that is Open Access (OA) continues, and one publisher that reports related success is the innovative University of Regina Press, based in Saskatchewan, Canada.