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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.

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.

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.