Voices To Be Heard: Celebrate Black Women All Yearlong with These Noteworthy Titles

An essential collection for readers and students of black history and literature; an ambitious, electrifying memoir; a bawdy, laugh-out-loud tell-all with a liberal dose of heart; a much-needed addition to the endless catalog of celebrity memoirs; highly recommended for those interested in race, ethnicity, and social commentary

A Dictionary Gets a Makeover | Behind the Book

Francesca Sterlacci and Joanne Arbuckle are coauthors of Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry (Rowman & ­Littlefield). The first edition of the dictionary was published in 2007 and the second this past July.

More 2017 Books Worth Your While | The Readers’ Shelf

What do book award chairs read during their off time? Below, the members of the American Library Association’s CODES awards share some personal favorites.

Indulge Your Readers’ Passions | Romance Reviews

What Is It About a Duke? Despite the rarity in real life of the existence of dukes, as well as other nobles, they are alive, well, and constantly multiplying on the pages of popular historical romances—especially those set during the 19th century. If your readers’ passions run toward high-ranking title-holders, check out the works below.

LJ Talks to Joseph Cassara | Debut Spotlight

The great gift of Joseph Cassara’s debut novel, The House of Impossible Beauties is his describing so acutely a little-portrayed community—queer people of color—in luxurious, gorgeously inflected language embodying gracefully intercut portraits to illuminating effect.

Bec & Co., D’Salete, Findakly/Trondheim, Longino & Others, Santos, Starks, & More | Graphic Novels Reviews

As comics slide more and more into the mainstream, publishers have increasingly been encouraged to take chances on critical and historical texts exploring the medium and its cultural impact.

Fonda Lee’s Epic Picks | BackTalk

Here are 12 fantasy novels and series inspired by cultures and eras that will take readers far from the Middle Ages.

Worldwide Pearls: Ten Top Titles for Winter Reading

Drawing on personal experience, Bodrožic´ is remarkably adept; Franzosini’s English-language debut is irresistible biographical fiction; for sophisticated readers and lovers of smart, spooky tales; multi-award winner Ørstavik offers an unsettling read that most will enjoy; a darkly propulsive nail-biter overlain with a vivid and piercing study of class tensions

Hayek/Lithgow, Artist Lynch, Forster’s Maurice, French Animation, Drama | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Miguel Arleta’s biting satire of the privileged class works despite a few kinks; Lynch provides insight into the formative process that eventually graduated to animation, short works, and feature films; Laguionie’s endearing animated tale celebrates a hardscrabble dame in her dotage; a splendid restoration plus an additional disc of extras befitting a near-classic film; a revelatory pas de deux from two veteran actresses

Debuter Maaren Joins Cogman, Hunter, Okorafor, Yolen, & Many More | Sf/Fantasy Reviews

This month’s selections of short fiction will delight both longtime fans with favorite authors and newcomers who want to sample the genres.