Finding the Literary Limelight | The Reader’s Shelf

Fame in this industry can happen in many ways. Debuts can act as lightning strikes, making authors instantly celebrated. Often the already notable become writers on the side, carrying their star power onto the page.

Writing Wildlife | The Reader’s Shelf

Readers expect novels full of human characters, but fiction is populated with wildlife, too—from the fantastic to the real, the endangered to the extinct, and from companions to subjects and protagonists themselves.

Short Takes | Wyatt’s World

As we enter the heart of the fall book season, some of the biggest titles just happen to be made up of smaller pieces. Here are five collections getting attention.

Remember These Names | Wyatt’s World

October ushers in the heart of the “big book” season, and for any author, especially those just breaking in, landing a fall publication date is impressive. Here are five who have earned such an honor and deserve attention this month and beyond.

Drink Up | Wyatt’s World

As the fall cookbook season gets underway—look for the annual Cookbook Countdown starting November 3—don’t forget the many titles focused on beverages, from bourbon to tea. These picks combine bar food and drinks, flash fiction and cocktails, and even famous distillery cats. Here are six covering swills of all sorts.

Politics in Prose | Wyatt’s World

We’re just a handful of weeks away from a new round of consequential elections around the world, and with the wounds of 2016 still raw, a fresh wave of books on politics and political concerns hits the shelves. Here are five examples from those with firsthand experience and those who will fuel future elections to come.

Two by Two: Doubles, Seconds, and Pairs | Wyatt’s World

Be it the fate of twins, an author’s second novel, braided narratives, or literary twosomes, September brings a number of titles concerned with the concept of two.

Dunkirk: The Battle That Altered History | RA Crossroads

In his storytelling approach to the events, figures, and actions of the start of World War II and the Battle of Dunkirk in the summer of 1940, Korda pulls readers in with a mix of history and his own family’s experience of war.

Tie-Ins: To Buy and DIY | Wyatt’s World

The fall movie and TV season is starting, bringing with it plenty of adaptations and tie-in editions to refresh the collection. Other page-to-screen versions demand that librarians make their own tie-in accompaniments and search for titles that connect to and expand upon the film or show.

Books for Thought | The Reader’s Shelf

Some of the best novels are those that get people talking. By introducing a new perspective, featuring gripping plots, and tackling ethical dilemmas, they become perfect catalysts for discussion among bibliophiles.