Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders | LJ Review

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This elegant literary mystery from Sanders (English, Columbus State Univ.) makes a fine debut, bringing to vivid life one of America’s greatest poets and presenting a fresh perspective on a less-familiar period of U.S. history.

The Virtues of Girl Detectives

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Happy Publication Day to librarian Max Wirestone, whose debut mystery, The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, hits library and bookstore shelves today. To celebrate this important occasion, Wirestone shares some of the attributes of his favorite fictional girl detectives that influenced his own creation.

Q&A: LaShonda Katrice Barnett | Debut Authors, February 15, 2015

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Barnett’s compelling and acclaimed debut novel, Jam on the Vine, shines a spotlight on the crucial role the black press played in the lives of African Americans after the Civil War.

First novels for the year’s first month | Jan. 2015 Audio in Advance | Stephanie’s Picks

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de Mariaffi, Elisabeth. The Devil You Know. Blackstone Audio. ISBN 9781481511438. Read by Andi Arndt. Rookie crime-beat reporter Evie Jones’s best friend, Lianne Gagnon, was killed in 1982 when both girls were 11. The suspected killer, a repeat offender named Robert Cameron, was never arrested. Now 21, in 1993, Evie is obsessed with finding out […]

Still Scared | What We’re Reading

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LJ and School Library Journal staffers’ post-Halloween reads and some guest appearances by a debut author and book review journalists

Special Report: ThrillerFest IX, Part II | What We’re Reading

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Part II of the ThrillerFest “What We’re Reading” report

Q&A: Elliott Holt

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In Elliott Holt’s Cold War–set debut novel, You Are One of Them, ten-year-old best friends Sarah Zuckerman and Jennifer Jones write letters to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov asking for peace. Jenny receives a response but Sarah doesn’t, and when Jenny heads to the USSR (and ensuing media stardom) at the Kremlin’s invitation, Sarah feels left […]

Stephen King Wins 2012 ITW Thriller Award; Ebook, YA Awards Announced for 2013

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Stephen King Wins 2012 ITW Thriller Award; Ebook, YA Awards Announced for 2013

Making Moral Choices with Four Debut Authors: A Public Library Association Panel

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Making Moral Choices with Four Debut Authors: A Public Library Association Panel

Q&A: Chris Pavone, January 2012

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Q&A: Chris Pavone, January 2012