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LJ Talks to First Novelist Aja Gabel | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Gabel’s thoroughly absorbing debut clarifies the special intimacy that’s inevitably a part of playing in a string quartet, but it goes a step further. As Gabel noted in a phone conversation with LJ, “This setup is ripe for plumbing human ­relationships.”

Prepping for BookExpo 2018 | Librarian Friendly Programs

While one LJ editor prepares for a BookExpo 2018 panel by perusing 75 books, add these LibraryReads events to your BEA calendar.

Obsessions & Other Stories | What We’re Reading & Watching

The WWR/W team gets obsessed with true crime, cult films, essay collections, creativity processes, ecofiction, and tween comic-book heroines.

Remembering Sue Grafton, Honoring Mystery’s Best | In the Bookroom

The Mystery Writers of America’s annual “Edgar Week” in New York City began with a memorial service honoring the late mystery author Sue Grafton at the New York Public Library and ended with the 72nd Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The Big Thrill | ITW Thriller Award Nominees 2018

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) have announced the nominees for the 2018 Thriller Awards. The winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XIII on July 14, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt, New York City.

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.

A Coming-of-Age Summer | SELF-esteem

For many young people, summer is a time of freedom and a chance for a bit of adventure—or sometimes, love. Here are some SELF-e Select titles featuring teens who could write quite the essay about how they spent their vacations.

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.

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

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.