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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.

In Pursuit of Lost History: How a Forgotten Doctor Inspired a Novel

Jody Shields, author of The Winter Station, found the subject of her new novel after she stumbled across a reference to a Russian doctor’s memoir of the 1910–11 Manchurian plague in a medical journal. Both the doctor and the epidemic, which killed 60,000 people, had been lost to history.

The Horror, the Horror | 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy, has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. Named in honor of the author of Dracula, the prizes are presented annually in 11 categories, including fiction, poetry, screenplays, and nonfiction.

Q&A: K.B. Owen | SELE-e Circs: The Top Ten Titles in SELF-e Select

K.B. Owen’s novel Dangerous and Unseemly won the 2015 Indie Ebook Awards Best Mystery. The first book in the “Concordia Wells” series, it sees the titular series character pulled into a whodunit after a family member dies and a friend is attacked.

You Say You Want a Resolution | What We’re Reading & Watching

The WWR/W team makes reading resolutions (or not) and takes #Shelfie photos

Book to Screen | Babylon Berlin

January 30 marks the streaming release of Netflix’s latest European import, Babylon Berlin. Based on the best-selling crime novels by Volker Kutscher, the 16-part, two-season series, directed by Tom Tykwer, is the most expensive German television series ever produced.

Editors’ Spring Picks: 34* Titles To Wave a Flag About

From bone-chilling true crime to poignant family dramas to delightful romantic romps, these 34 picks are top-of-list reads.

Mystery Writers of America Edgar® Nominees Announced

On Edgar Allan Poe’s 209th birthday, the Mystery Writers of America announce the nominees for the 2018 Edgar Awards.

Q&A with Jayne Ann Krentz & Nancy Pearl

Novelists and librarians Jayne Ann Krentz and Nancy Pearl discuss love, and librarianship, and the power of fiction