Librarian Authors at BEA & ALA

Librarians are a talented bunch. They not only promote and share books, but they also write them! Consider the two latest literary efforts by working librarians.

Coming in September from Prashanti Press is LJ Reviewer of the Year Jeanne Bogino’s debut novel, rockangelRock Angel,  which a recent LJ review praised as “true music fiction, a soulful ballad that will interest readers of rock nonfiction titles such as Nikki Six’s The Heroin Diaries or drug-fueled fiction like Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls.” Jeanne, who works at the New Lebanon Public Library in upstate New York, will be signing ARCs this week at BookExpo America. She has an autograph session on Friday, May 29 from 10 to 11am at Table 5 and a 10:30am Meet and Greet on Saturday May 30 at Booth #2433. If you are going to to BEA, show Jeanne some library love and pick up a copy of her book.

Since Tulsa librarian Will Thomas was first profiled ten years ago as a newbie author in “Shelf Life” (LJ 2/15/04), his Victorian mystery series featuring private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, has increasingly been attracting critical acclaim. The latest, Fatal Enquiry (Minotaur, May), received a starred LJ review (“warm,  witty, and richly atmospheric”) and high praise (“energetic adventures’)  from the New York Times mystery columnist Marilyn Stasio.

At ALA Annual in Los Vegas Thomas will participate in the panel, I’m a Librarian! NO! I’m an fatalenquiryAuthor! NO! I’m a Librarian AND an Author, ” (Saturday, June 28, 3-4pm), with fellow Macmillan authors and librarians Ashley Weaver (Murder at Brightwell) and Kat Spears (Sway). Thomas will also appear at United for Libraries’s author breakfast, “First Author, First Book: Veterans & Rookies”, Sunday, June 29, 8:30-10am.

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Wilda "Willy" Williams ( is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.