Diversity and Quality | 2015 Nebula Award Nominations

Since 1966, the Nebula Awards have recognized the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). This week the organization announced its nominees for the 50th Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.

Richard Kadrey, Robyn Carr, & Eric Jerome Dickey | Audio in Advance April 2016 | Fiction

Fiction audiobooks releasing in April 2016

Top Pop from Carriger, Harbison, Iggulden, Steel, & More | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

Banner, Catherine. The House at the Edge of Night. Random. Jul. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780812998795. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812998801. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL Having published the first in a YA trilogy when she was only 15, Banner goes adult at the veteran age of 25, offering a saga starring three generations of women striving to […]

Helen Oyeyemi, Tracy Chevalier, & Edna O’Brien | Audio in Advance March 2016 | Fiction

Archer, Gretchen. Double Mint. (Davis Way Crime Caper, Bk. 4). Tantor. ISBN 9781515902089. Read by Amber Benson. It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino, and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a junkyard. But when special events coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just […]

Charlie Jane Anders, Barbara Pym, & an Estonian Best Seller | Audio in Advance March 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

Anders, Charlie Jane. All the Birds in the Sky. Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781501902444. Reader TBA. Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead parted ways under mysterious circumstances during high school and didn’t expect to see each other again. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly […]

DeConnick & Co., Gaiman, Mizuki, Morrison, Smith/Winet, and others | Graphic Novels Reviews, January 1, 2016

An adult drama that offers heavy plot traction as well as food for thought, an unmissable addition to one of comics’ greatest series, a poignant father-son drama, Thompson’s take on the American Dream, an original memoir of love and loss

Joy Williams, Deanna Raybourn, & Yasmine Galenorn | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Fiction

Adelman, Michelle. Piece of Mind. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681680026. Read by Tavia Gilbert. At 27, Lucy knows everything about coffee, comic books, and Gus (the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo), and she possesses a rare gift for drawing. But since she suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three, she has had […]

Erika Johansen, Annie Proulx, A.B. Yehoshua, & Rising Star Alexis M. Smith | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2016, Pt. 1

Johansen, Erika. The Fate of the Tearling. Harper. Jun. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780062290427. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062290434. LITERARY FICTION/FANTASY In The Queen of the Tearling, Princess Kelsea returned to the land of her birth to reclaim her throne. In The Invasion of the Tearling, Queen Kelsea faced serious trouble after refusing to send prisoners to […]

Best Books 2015: Genre Fiction

African American Fiction By Rollie Welch Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. Mama’s Boy. Gallery. ISBN 9781476714950. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476715032. F Billingsley’s emotionally moving story dramatically captures the fear an African American mother endures when her son gets involved in a racial confrontation with a white cop that goes very wrong. (African American Fiction and More, […]

O’Nan in Jerusalem, a Newly Discovered Tolkien, Abu-Jaber’s New Memoir, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3

Abu-Jaber, Diana. Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family. Norton. Apr. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780393249095. $26.95. MEMOIR Abu-Jaber, a fiction writer known for sparkling award winners like Crescent, has also given us the luscious memoir The Language of Baklava. Here she continues wrapping her discussion of love and identity in the sweet […]