Poems, Prose, Makeup, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

The “What We’re Reading & Watching” team is finding poetry in motion (pictures), prose titles, self-help how-tos, and dogs’ companionship.

Finding the Sweet Spot | Best Magazines 2017

The transformation of magazines continued apace in 2017, showing signs that some publishers have found the sweet spot within the print-digital mix. The ten best publications of the year illustrate that trend.

Mothers & Others | Memoir

A farewell memoir column covers mothers and other parental concerns

L. Penelope Launches New Series with Major Publisher | Debut Spotlight

L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone, winner of the 2016 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Award and the first book in the author’s “Earthsinger Chronicles” series, finds a new home with publisher St. Martin’s.

Crime Fiction’s “Girl” Power | Mystery Genre Spotlight

Women dominate psychological suspense, the Roaring ’20s hit historicals, and diverse representation improves but has a way to go; meanwhile, a debut thriller from Zoje Stage demonstrates a truly murderous mother-daughter connection

Fresh Starts, New Beginnings | Romance Reviews, April 15, 2018

Just as spring is a time of beginnings, themes of hope and fresh starts are popular in the romance genre. Whether it’s a heroine running from her past toward a new life, a couple reunited after years apart, or an individual turned in an unexpected direction, the concept that change is possible, with the dream of better things to come, is irresistible—and the inherent promise of the season.

Madeline Miller’s Circe: Perpetual Outsider, Powerful God | No. 1 LibraryReads Author

Like her Orange Prize–winning The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s Circe revitalizes our appreciation of ancient Greek mythology and its profound insights into human nature, never mind its basis in the antics of the gods.

Sayers, Superstars, Shinigamis, Slayers, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

We’re watching rock operas and true crime series; reading about time travelers, belles, death gods, social creatures, and quirky Brits in the new “What We’re Reading & Watching” column.

Birds of a Feather | The Reader’s Shelf

The brilliance of birds has become a recent topic in literary and cultural conversation. Notable nonfiction works explore just how intelligent birds are, while novelists use them for any number of devices.

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.