National Poetry Series Winners Explore Personal Anguish and Social Issues

Brewer’s thoughtful collection can be approached by all readers; Pimentel is a poet to watch; Sax’s terrific first ­collection is highly recommended for poetry lovers; Schultz’s work is weighty but worth it for serious readers

Britannica Original Sources | Reference eReviews

This is a growing resource, and it’s to be expected that the content will evolve to represent a greater diversity of genders and ethnicities. A worthwhile purchase.

Well Read for the Summer | The Reader’s Shelf

As June heats up, new summer reading opportunities unfold. Those in search of a great story and wide-ranging delights might consider an array of popular genres.

A Future-Forward Look at Current Events | SF/Fantasy Reviews

WHILE READERS often turn to sf and fantasy for “out-of-this-world” experiences, many of these titles are often grounded in current events woven into fantastical landscapes. Reflecting a resurgence of hard sf, two debut authors this month are ensuring that the world’s challenges are not lost.

Actor Snipes and Norman’s Debut of the Month, Cato’s Latest “Breath of Earth,” Yoon Ha Lee, Levine, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Setting is a huge draw for sf and fantasy readers, promising total escape from the humdrum real world. While many are imagined, these fictional universes often carry an author’s cultural influences or borrow from an actual society or physical place. This month’s titles give readers a sense of the variety in cultures and settings in both genres.

LJ Talks to Cartoonist Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is known for crafting thoughtful, richly emotional stories with beautifully fluid and dynamic illustrations. This year she presents Boundless, a compilation of short stories depicting characters struggling against the confines of their lives, limitations, and circumstances.

Omingraphics’ Health Series Online | Reference eReviews

Omnigraphics’ Health Reference Series is a valuable medical resource, but a trial period is recommended before a final decision is made regarding purchase.

Praise for Newcomers Drayden, Bates, Bennis, Gailey, Tidbeck, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Drayden’s winning mashup mixes genres and moods with gleeful abandon, heralding a fresh new talent; Bennis’s military steampunky fantasy debut is filled with quick action, witty dialog, and appealing characters; Valente proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories

Before Hollywood: Film & Music History in Florida

From silent films to soul music, Jacksonville to St. Augustine; readers who are interested in the beginning of film-making in Florida, or are well-versed in soul music and want to learn more about its history, will find what they need right here

Lisa Ko’s Latest Novel Concerns Us All | LibraryReads Authors

Ko’s nuanced narrative communicates not just the burdens of the immigrant experience but the important lesson that one must learn—and sometimes fight—to be oneself.