Tournament Season, Part 2 | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

An awesome event can show patrons and staff how valuable gaming is for building a positive community. A regular game day—where you set up games and people come in to play—is great, but if you want to capture what makes gaming so special and get your local players excited, you’ll want to do a tournament.

Editors’ Fall Picks 2017

Forty-one timely titles for autumn and beyond

Audiobooks from Boyd, Grann, and Penrose | Xpress Reviews

For libraries wishing to enrich their historical fiction collections; for those interested in Native American history, civil rights, and the history of forensic science in this county; mystery fans will find great satisfaction with the meticulously researched setting

LJ Media | Review Alert, September 1, 2017

Jon Hamm reads Whitman’s Life and Adventures of Jack Engle; not only relevant, An American Sickness is a must-read; the life of Emily Dickinson was led in Quiet Passion; On the Way to School will be especially useful for social studies collections owing to the insights into each family’s life

Audiobooks by Attenberg, Dorries, Foster, Fujimura, Healey, Judson, Lescroart, McKinlay, & Patterson | Xpress Reviews

A disappointing effort from Attenberg; flat characters from Foster; Fujimura’s account is for large collections where interest warrants; Healey is for historical fiction and women’s fiction fans; the operation of the Habsburg Empire; Lescroart’s latest: a very good work by an accomplished author; an appealing series entry for cozy fans—cupcakes not included

Maria Dueñas, Gregory Maguire, & Henning Mankell’s last book | October Fiction on Audio

Gregory Maguire reimagines the Nutcracker, Chantal Acevado fictionalizes Spanish princess Eulalia, and a debut thriller connects modern murders to medieval Moscow.

Nikki Giovanni, Masha Gessen, & Ta-Nehisi Coates | October Nonfiction on Audio

Masha Gessen describes the rise of totalitarianism in Russia, Matt Taibbi reports on the death of Eric Garner, and Nate Blakeslee documents the struggles of O-Six, an alpha female wolf in the Rockies.

A Magical Fish, a Shark Scientist, & an Unexpected Accordion | Early Elementary Audio in October

“Shark Lady” Eugenie Clark was the ocean’s most fearless scientist, E.D. Baker’s Maggie asks a “wish fish” for a new family, and Kate DiCamillo’s Eugenia Lincoln gets a surprise in the mail.

Colin Meloy, Cressida Cowell, & Lumberjanes | Middle Grade Audio in October

Mariko Tamaki’s Lumberjanes have Unicorn Power!, Katherine Paterson’s historical novel follows a 13-year-old literacy teacher in rural Cuba, and Cressida Cowell launches a new series.

Memoirs from Gabrielle Union, Amy Tan, & Khizr Khan | Stephanie’s Picks

Astronaut Scott Kelly discusses his time in space, Gabrielle Union shares her traumas and triumphs, and Gold Star father Khizr Khan describes his family’s love for America.