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Death Reels, Movie Deals, Inclusion Rider Appeals | What We’re Watching & Reading

A belated but heartfelt post-Academy Awards telecast “What We’re Watching (& Reading)” column celebrates the people who make the movies and some women who died too soon.

Suspense Author on Her Latest Book | LJ Talks to Linda Howard

Alabama-based author Linda Howard published her first book in 1982 and deservedly received the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Her latest romantic suspense is a fascinating tale of paramilitary men and women facing battles of their own and of others’ making. According to LJ’s starred review, The Woman Left Behind (Morrow, […]

Tayari Jones Portrays a Complex American Marriage | LibraryReads Author

However engaging her prose, Tayari Jones is not the sort of author who tosses off fiction meant merely for entertainment. After completing Silver Sparrow, an LJ Best Book and NEA Big Read about the two daughters of a bigamist father, she wanted to dig into another timely and topical issue.

The Shape of Water: The Novel | Oscars 2018

Daniel Kraus’s The Shape of Water is no ordinary novelization of Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning movie.

Titan Books/Marvel Comics To Publish Original Black Panther Prose Novel

Beginning this April, Titan Books and Marvel Comics will combine to publish in both North American and UK markets original prose novels that expand on the comics giant’s most popular creations, including Black Panther, Captain America, Deadpool, Ant-Man, and Spider-Man.

Cooking with Team Voracious | What We’re Reading & Watching

The WWR/W team is gobbling up books, cooking and otherwise, including vegan and Instant Pot cookbooks, debuts, coming-of-age memoirs, Nigerian-based sf, and historical fiction.

LJ Talks to Naomi Hirahara

After six mysteries starring elderly Japanese American gardener and World War II atomic bombing survivor Mas Arai, Naomi Hirahara brings her Edgar Award–winning series to a close in her March release, Hiroshima Boy.

Diversity Reigns | 2017 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the nominees for the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. These awards honor the best in sf and fantasy—novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories—published during the prior calendar year.

A Sadly Growing Genre | School Shooting Fiction

As our country once again mourns the victims of yet another mass shooting, some readers may want to turn to literature to try to make sense of an action so violent and inexplicable. Fiction about school shootings is, sadly, an expanding genre, and four novels being published early this year will stir serious discussion.

Love Between the Covers | SELF-esteem

Valentine’s Day means love is in the air again. Readers wishing to spend the holiday swept up in a romance or to live vicariously through literary lovers should look no further than these SELF-e titles.