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Summer Fall Bests | Debut Novels

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 13:26

This compendium of best debuts from summer and early fall is actually two lists in one: books that LJ reviewers have found strong, insightful, and sure to start everyone talking (“Books To Get”) and forthcoming titles that I’ve determined measure up to the buzz they’ve been receiving (“Books To Anticipate”). Either way, these fresh voices offer great debut novels that will carry eager readers into the autumn.

Books to get

Pop Fiction

Borman, Tracy. The King’s Witch. Atlantic Monthly. Jul. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780802127884. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780802146243.

The UK’s joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces launches a historical fiction trilogy starring  Frances Gorges, forced into the court of King James by an ambitious uncle and surrounded by the scheming that will culminate in the Gunpowder Plot. “Flawless prose and an absorbing plot.” (LJ 5/1/18)

Dalcher, Christina. Vox. Berkley. Aug. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780440000785. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780440000822.

In this politically acute tale, the Pure Woman movement sweeps the nation, and women can’t speak more than 100 words a day, with a counter on the wrist administering electric shocks for overage. “Perfect for readers who enjoy speculative fiction or women’s studies.” (forthcoming LJ review)

Green, Hank. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Dutton. Sept. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781524743444. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524743451.

In this debut from YouTube Crash Course sensation Green, April May makes a video of the looming sculpture she encounters late one night and, as the first to document a worldwide phenomenon, finds herself uncomfortably the center of international attention. “Timely and sorely needed.” (LJ 7/18)

Hurley, Blair. The Devoted. Norton. Aug. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780393651591. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393651607.

Raised Catholic, Nicole had her flings with drugs and sex but became increasingly committed to Zen Buddhism. Eventually, though, she must wrest free of her obdurate mentor. “All lovers of great fiction with complex characters as well as anyone fascinated by narratives about religious cults will want.” (LJ 6/15/18)

Lewis, Marjorie Herrera. When the Men Were Gone. Morrow. Oct. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062869319. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062836052. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062836045.

It’s 1944, and with no men in town to coach, it looks as if Brownwood, TX, must forgo its high school football games. Then assistant principal Tylene Wilson, a whiz with the pigskin, talks herself into the job. Want stories about good people or a good cry? “[You] won’t do much better than this heartrending read.” (LJ 7/18)

Lovering, Carola. Tell Me Lies. Atria. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781501169649. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501169663.

Betrayed by love-of-her-life Stephen DeMarco in college and on the outs with her mother as well, Lucy Albright has abandoned her professional aspirations and settled for a no-account job. Now Stephen is back, but is he worth the risk? “A new adult debut that is full of toxic love, secrets, and intense romance.” (LJ 5/1/18)

Meyerson, Amy. The Bookshop of Yesterdays. Park Row: Harlequin. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778319849. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488078736.

When Miranda Brooks inherits Prospero Books from her uncle Billy, whom she hasn’t seen in years, she returns to Los Angeles and follows clues to understanding his past—and her own. As Shakespeare says in The Tempest, “What’s past is prologue.” “A sweet read.” (LJ 5/1/18)

Owens, Delia. Where the Crawdads Sing. Putnam. Aug. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780735219090. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735219113.

Coauthor of best sellers about working as a wildlife scientist in Africa, Owens returns home to limn “Marsh Girl” Kya Clark, on her own in the North Carolina wetlands and suspected of a crime. “Carefully observed details about marshland wildlife and the surrounding area’s social class distinctions create a dramatic and immersive setting.” (forthcoming LJ ­review)

Pearce, AJ. Dear Mrs. Bird. Scribner. Jul. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781501170065. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501170089.

In 1940s London, Emmy is stuck at Women’s Friend magazine, answering letters sent to Mrs. Bird’s Problem Page. The real problem: Mrs. Bird insists on bland answers to only the blandest letters. Emmy’s solution: respond herself to the women who really need help. A Discover Great New Writers pick; a July LibraryReads pick; “a fresh portrait.” (LJ 4/15/18)

Literary: At Home

Dion, Katharine. The Dependents. Little, Brown. Jun. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780316473873. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316473880.

After his wife’s death, Gene worries that his marriage wasn’t as grand as he thought, and his strained relationship with his doubt-casting daughter doesn’t help. At least he’s got a decades-old friendship for support. “Sympathetic, believable…insightful.” (LJ 5/1/18)

Johnson, Caleb. Treeborne. Picador. Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250169082. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781250169099.

Interviewed about three generations of family in fading Elberta, AL, Janie Treeborne starts by recalling her grandfather’s work on a now-crumbling dam expected to burst and flood their 700-acre homestead. “So vivid and real that readers won’t want [the] stories to end.” (LJ 5/1/18)

Kiesling, Lydia. The Golden State. Farrar. Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780374164836. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374718060.

Young wife and mother Daphne, whose Turkish husband is being barred from the country, flees San Francisco with toddler Honey. But living in high-desert Altavista only intensifies her dismay. “There’s so much to love about this novel.” (LJ 7/18)

Ma, Ling. Severance. Farrar. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780374261597. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374717117.

Completed after having won the Graywolf SLS Prize for the best novel excerpt from an emerging writer, this title lampoons workaholism and apocalyptic sagas equally as Candace Chen, on contract, still obsessively posts pictures of a New York City emptied by Then Shen Fever. “A smart, searing exposé.” (LJ 4/15/18)

Markley, Stephen. Ohio. S. & S. Aug. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9781501174476. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501174490.

In 2013, four former classmates return to small-town New Canaan, OH, now defined by recession, opioid addiction, racial tension, ongoing Middle East war, and the country’s locked-horns politics. A Discover Great New Writers pick and BookExpo buzz book; “highly recommended.” (LJ 5/1/18)

Mattson, Joshua. A Short Film About Disappointment. Penguin. Aug. 2018. 278p. ISBN 9780525522843. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780525522850.

This futuristic dystopia is formatted as a series of film reviews by Noah Body, who covers outlandish movies in prose he’s sure no one reads while sneaking in his own hilarious if cynical observations on the world. “Wildly experimental [and]…at times laugh-out-loud funny.” (LJ 6/15/18)

Saunders, Paula. The Distance Home. Random. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780525508748. $27.

In 1960s South Dakota, cattle broker Al appreciates daughter Rene’s gift of dance, something he scorns in his equally talented but wistfully shy son. Estrangement and tragedy result. “A true and honest story…captur[ing] the underlying turmoil of a dysfunctional family at war.” (LJ 7/18)

Literary: Abroad

Freiman, Lexi. Inappropriation. Ecco: HarperCollins. Jul. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062699732. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062699756.

Teenage Ziggy Klein is equally unsettled by her parents’ sexual excesses and the radical feminism of her new friends at her swanky private Australian girls’ school. “A bold and heady coming-of-age tale with a biting sense of humor and a heavy dose of contemporary cultural critique.” (LJ 5/15/18)

Greengrass, Jessie. Sight. Hogarth: Crown. Aug. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9780525574606. $21; ebk. ISBN 9780525574620.

Winner of a Somerset Maugham Award for her debut story collection, Greengrass goes long-form with an unnamed narrator chronicling her movement toward motherhood, even as she recalls the death of her own mother. “[An] assured first novel.” (LJ 6/15/18)

Hughes, Caoilinn. Orchid and the Wasp. Hogarth: Crown. Jul. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781524761103. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524761127.

In this first novel from an award-winning Irish poet, edgy and intrepid young Gael Foess endures her self-absorbed parents until her father walks out, then travels from Dublin to London to New York to find a way to heal the family.” “Wry, crackling prose…about what constitutes a meaningful life.” (LJ 6/15/18)

Kim, Crystal Hana. If You Leave Me. Morrow. Aug. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780062645173. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062645203.

At a refugee camp with her widowed mother and brother in 1950s Korea, Haemi Lee must choose between two cousins for her family’s sake. Inspired by Kim’s grandmother; “this sensitive and hauntingly written novel will easily leave readers wanting more.” (LJ 7/18)

Wise, Spencer. The Emperor of Shoes. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781335145901. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488080562.

In this heartfelt work, a young Jewish American expat takes charge of his family’s shoe factory in China, coming to empathize with the workers and falling in love with one of them even as he challenges his father. “An impressive debut.” (LJ 5/15/18)

Youngson, Anne. Meet Me at the Museum. Flatiron: Macmillan. Aug. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781250295163. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250295156.

Initially brought together by an artifact called the Tollund Man, disaffected English farmwife Tina Hopgood and museum curator and widower Anders Larsen grow ever closer through a series of increasingly engaged and engaging emails. “Luminous, affecting, and delightful.” (Xpress Reviews 6/15/18)

Mystery/Thriller

Barnard, J.E. When the Flood Falls. Dundurn. (Falls Mysteries, Bk. 1). Jul. 2018. 424p. ISBN 9781459741218. pap. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781459741232.

Once a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Lacey McCrae is divorced from her abusive husband and working security when she and her roommate are troubled by escalatingly dangerous incidents. Winner of the Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award as Canada’s best unpublished mystery; “a complex, unconventional debut.” (LJ 7/18)

Brandreth, Benet. The Spy of Venice; A William Shakespeare Mystery. Pegasus Crime. Aug. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9781681777986. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681778457.

In this historical thriller by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rhetoric coach, Will joins a group of traveling players journeying to Italy, where he gets involved with all manner of adventures. There’s a villain, with the trap laid for him “as intricate and impressive as some of the greatest Shakespearean plots.” (LJ 5/1/18)

Clark, Tracy. Broken Places. Kensington. (Chicago Mystery, Bk. 1). Jun. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781496714879. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781496714893.

Furious when a bumbling former colleague is slated to investigate the murder of her beloved Father Ray Heaton, stubborn-as-hell Cass Raines, an African American private investigator, launches her own probe. “Compelling, suspenseful, and action-packed.” (LJ 6/1/18)

Cobb, May. Big Woods. Midnight Ink. Jul. 2018. 312p. ISBN 9780738757810. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738759234.

When sister Lucy disappears, teenage Leah is persuaded that Lucy won’t end up dead in the Big Woods like other recent kidnapping victims. A reclusive widow the police can’t be bothered with thinks she knows what’s happening. An LJ Mystery Debut of the Month; “heart-wrenching.” (LJ 7/18)

Frear, Caz. Sweet Little Lies. Harper. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062823199. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062823281.

DC Cat Kinsella anxiously investigates an Islington housewife’s strangling, as her estranged father’s pub is nearby, and she realizes that he might be implicated. “Secrets and lies come back with a vengeance in this intense page-turner.” (LJ 7/18)

Jones, Sandie. The Other Woman. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250191984. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250192011.

Lovers Emily and Adam face a woman who won’t let Adam go—his mother, Pammie. What starts as standard sniping gets a whole lot scarier. “Readers’ pulses will race uncontrollably as they anticipate how Pammie might strike next.” (LJ 7/18)

Logan, T.M. Lies. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781250182265. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250182289.

Joe Lynch has a terrible quarrel with neighbor Ben, even shoving him to the ground. Now that Ben has vanished, Joe is suspected of his murder, never mind the absence of a body. “A tensely woven eight-day cat and mouse chase.” (LJ 7/18)

McTiernan, Dervla. The Ruin. Penguin. Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780143133124. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780525504894.

Twenty years after Maude and Jack Blake’s mother succumbed to a heroin overdose, Jack commits suicide, compelling partner Aisling Conroy, a medical resident, to reinvestigate. “Reminiscent of Tana French’s ‘Dublin Murder Squad’ series and…the close-to-home, quieter suspense of Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game.” (LJ 6/1/18)

Stage, Zoje. Baby Teeth. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250170750. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781250170774.

What’s a devoted mother to do when her young daughter wants to kill her so that she can snuggle up to her father? “The author keeps the suspense taut by alternating chapters between Hanna and Suzette, offering a terrifying glimpse into the inner thoughts of a budding sociopath.” A July LibraryReads pick. (LJ 4/1/18)

Turton, Stuart. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Sourcebooks Landmark. Sept. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781492657965. $25.99.

After Aiden Bishop thinks he sees a woman murdered in the woods, each day at 11 p.m., he must inhabit the bodies of different guests at a party he’s interrupted so that he can identify the killer. “[­Turton] expertly manages the many moving parts…while taking the reader ever deeper into the story.” (LJ 7/18)

SF/FANTASY

Edwards, K.D. The Last Sun. Pyr: Prometheus. (Tarot Sequence, Bk. 1). Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781633884236. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781633884243.

Last of the fallen Sun Court, Rune Saint John is hired to find Lady Judgment’s missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, built on Nantucket when ordinary humans destroyed the original city. “­Edwards’s gorgeous debut presents an alternate modern world that is at once unusual and familiar.” (LJ 5/15/18)

French, Jonathan. The Grey Bastards. Crown. (Lot Lands, Bk. 1). Jun. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780525572442. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780525572466.

Separating humans and nasty orcs, the Lot Lands are ­patrolled by bands of half-orcs that include the Grey Bastards, with whom Jackal rides. Of course his loyalty will be tested. “Winner of the 2016 Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO), this gritty debut takes the swords and sorcery trope to new heights.” (LJ 6/15/18)

Hawke, Sam. City of Lies. Tor. (Poison War, Bk. 1). Jul. 2018. 360p. ISBN 9780765396891. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765396914.

Best friend to Tain, the Chancellor’s Heir, and nephew to the Chancellor’s poison master, Jovan is drawn into the political chaos that results when both his uncle and the chancellor are slain by an unidentified poison. “Epic fantasy.” (LJ 6/15/18)

Heng, Rachel. Suicide Club. Holt. Jul. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250185341. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250185358.

In a near-future where the genetically blessed can live for 300 years—or maybe forever—lucky “Lifer” Lea Kirino is drawn by her renegade father into the Suicide Club, whose members resist the quest for immortality. “Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled.” (LJ 5/15/18)

Ruocchio, Christopher. Empire of Silence. DAW. (Sun Eater, Bk. 1). Jul. 2018. 624p. ISBN 9780756413002. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780756413026.

Eldest of a powerful pa latine Lord, Hadrian Marlowe is stunned when his father sends him to the Chantry, which battles technological heresy, and his efforts to escape his fate end up altering the universe. “A wow of a book.” (LJ 7/18)

Schiffman, Jay. Game of the Gods. Tor. Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780765389541. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765389558.

Even as tensions presage a coming global war, judge for the Federacy Max Cone wishes he could drop politics. But the kidnapping of his wife and children put him in a different frame of mind. An LJ SF Debut of the Month; “absorbing sf adventure.” (LJ 7/18)

Books To Anticipate

Coleman, Claire. Terra Nullius. Small Beer. Sept. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781618731517. pap. $17.

A Noongar woman from Western Australia, Coleman uses stark, pounding language to imagine an Australia on the verge of recolonization, echoing the past and tearing apart Native families in particular. Perhaps that’s why “Jacky was running…. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from.” Short-listed for Stella and ­Aurealis honors.

Donkor, Michael. Housegirl. Picador. Aug. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250305176. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781250305190.

An Observer “New Face of Fiction” for this lyrical, heartfelt story, Donkor takes housegirl Belinda from Ghana (and from the young hire she’s training) to serve a posh Ghanaian couple in London as a model for their wayward daughter. Pitch-perfect dialog contrasts lilting African politesse and teenage London cool (“­Belinda, totally. Yeah. Thank you”) while showing how young women talk.

English, Talley. Horse. Knopf. Aug. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781101874332. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101874349.

In limpid, affecting language, award-­winning poet English depicts teenage Teagan, blindsided with her family when her father departs, who manages by working with Obsidian, her father’s head-tossingly independent-minded horse (“if she let him trot he tried to canter”). An original portrait of family disruption, the relationship of horse and rider, and on­going grief.

Fox, Hester. The Witch of Willow Hall. Graydon House: Harlequin. Oct. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781525833014. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488096747.

When her family is forced by scandal to flee early 1800s Boston for their country estate, Willow Hall, Lydia senses the hall’s dark secrets and discovers her own special powers, which she uses in the name of love. “My blood runs in time with the river. My ears roar. It’s all clear now.” Absorbing, dark-edged ­entertainment.

Hua, Vanessa. A River of Stars. Ballantine. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399178788. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399178801.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Hua, who totes around awards for her short fiction, offers a smooth, page-turning novel about Chinese factory clerk Scarlett Chen, pregnant by her boss/lover, who is sent to America to give birth and ends up on the run from the maternity center (“Always restless, she was now skidding out of control, a scooter on gravel”). A culturally adept work starring the irresistible Scarlett.

Moore, Wayétu. She Would Be King. Graywolf. Sept. 2018. 312p. ISBN 9781555978174. $26.

Blending the stories of sun-bright Gbessa, exiled from her village; June Dey, who fled his Virginia plantation; and Norman Aragon, son of a British colonizer and a Jamaican slave, Moore imaginatively re-creates Liberia’s early years in resonant, near-folkloric language (“The elders say that where you find a suffering village, you will hear the wind give warning”). A BookExpo buzz book.

Perry, S.K. Let Me Be Like Water. Melville House. Aug. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9781612197265. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781612197272.

In this meditative, beautifully wistful study of mourning from British poet Perry, Holly doesn’t want to leave London (“I didn’t want to lose the feeling the river gives me in the morning”). But she’s moving to Brighton to try to fill the terrible gash left in her life by her boyfriend’s death. Meeting a retired musician with his own burdens helps redirect her life.

Taneja, Preti. We That Are Young. Knopf. Sept. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780525521525. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525521532.

Taneja’s account of the chaos that ensues when the Devraj family patriarch decides to step down as head of the flourishing industry and entertainment conglomerate he founded echoes King Lear while exploring contemporary India (“For a freak moment, he wonders if he’s landed in the right city. The crowd is only one-deep”) and human behavior in extremis. It’s a rich, absorbing, magisterial work.

Walker, Nico. Cherry. Knopf. Aug. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780525520139. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525520146.

Walker has some story; he served as a medic on more than 250 missions in Iraq and currently has two more years left of an 11-year sentence for bank robbery. Featuring a former army medic with PTSD who supports his heroin addiction and his wife through bank heists, this can’t-put-down autobiographical novel is told in raw, graphic language. “Act like you love the police. Act like you never did drugs. Act like you love America so much it’s retarded.”

Barbara Hoffert is Editor, Prepub Alert, LJ

Master of the Universe | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 09:04

One of the most successful library programs I’ve ever run was a monthly game. I had been toying with the idea for a while when a friend and patron mentioned that she had seen that our library already hosted after school Magic the Gathering. She mentioned her boyfriend was an excellent Dungeon Master, the person who tells the story and guides the players through the world, and had been looking for an excuse to run a game for a while.

I was sold immediately. I was vaguely familiar with the rules of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) but hadn’t had time to commit to learning them in depth, and I was intimidated by what I saw as a steep learning curve before I could run a game. To have someone else come in and jump that hurdle for me seemed like a quick and easy solution. This solution lasted three months.

Dungeon Master Tom Heisler guides a group of Dungeons & Dragons players (left);
related items (right) are now part of the collection

Think big

I was working in a town with a population of 2,000, and if ten people came to a program, it was a runaway hit. My initial mistake was basing assumed attendance off of previous programs. I was right, or so I thought, when three people showed up the first time who had never played before. They chose premade characters and jumped into play. The next time, there were eight. The time after that, there were 16.

D&D is a game best played with a maximum of eight people at the table. Because the players take turns describing their action and fighting in battle, having more than eight players makes it almost impossible to get anything done. We didn’t want to turn people away, but we had to find a way to make it more manageable. Having players sign up ahead of time is one way to deal with the situation.

Eventually our Dungeon Master’s schedule changed, and it seemed that the only solution was going to be becoming a Dungeon Master myself.

Mastering the game

It turns out that being a Dungeon Master is a lot like being a librarian. You don’t need to know the answers to every question, only how to find those answers. I was incredibly hesitant at first, but after watching our Dungeon Master in action (and a few helpful YouTube videos), I felt confident that I was up to the task.

Luckily, Wizards of the Coast, the game’s publisher, provides volumes of tutorials and books of prewritten stories, known as campaigns. I didn’t have to make anything up from scratch. The main website (dnd.wizards.com) also provides premade characters, so beginners can start without going through the lengthy process of character creation.

My players were forgiving of any mistakes I made and had a ton of fun. They were even impressed that it was my first time DMing a game. The program kept growing, and the library saw a lot of new patrons. Because we added the game ­titles—The Player’s Handbook, The Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual—into our collection, the new patrons got library cards and began checking them out. Our circulation climbed!

Preparing for the quest

The game I ran for my players was D&D Fifth Edition, which puts less emphasis on the rules and the numbers than the fourth edition. It tries to bring out the fun of the game in the storytelling and roleplaying aspects, therefore making for a great starting point. The players need a set of seven dice: one four-sided, one six-sided, one eight-sided, two ten-sided, one 12-sided, and one 20-sided. A local game shop was happy to donate sets to the library and also advertised our game nights, which was a great draw.

We used miniature figures to represent the players, nonplayer characters (NPCs), and their enemies. Figures aren’t necessary for a successful game but are good for beginners who may have a hard time visualizing the world or for gamers used to video games in which the world is laid out before them. The game store also donated maps, which helped in battle to visualize where players were in relation to what they were fighting. Some Dungeon Masters also like to create atmosphere with elements such as music and lighting.

D&D can be a valuable addition to any public library’s programming. It engages a different population than may normally come into the library and is a perfect opportunity for more outreach with the community, including local businesses. This program, though it can be overwhelming at first, is easy to implement and pays off in spades. When I left that library, the game was going strong with plenty of regular players showing up. It was a bit unwieldy at times, but it was always entertaining. The games typically ran for two hours, fueled by pizza from a local shop that was generously provided by our Friends group.

I loved my experience, and I strongly advocate for any librarians who think their community may enjoy something like this to try it out. You just may be the next Dungeon Master.

Kathryn Kania works as a Teen Librarian at the Pelham Public Library, NH. She loves swing dancing, video games, and fall in New England

Fear Not | Genre Spotlight: Horror

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 18:33

Despite its long-term
and growing popularity, horror can be a tricky genre for librarians to recommend confidently. A 2014 survey, developed by LJ with NoveList and the RUSA CODES Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Committee, revealed that library workers had quite a bit of anxiety about providing readers’ advisory (RA) in unfamiliar genres. When they were asked which genres they were most intimidated by, horror was one of the top four. To help ease that worry, last May I wrote “Making Horror Less Scary” as part of an LJ series of “Readers’ Advisory Toolkits.”

Over the last 12 months there has been an explosion in the popularity of horror with a mainstream audience. Since the start of 2018, we have seen Jordan Peele’s blockbuster film Get Out win the Oscar for best screenplay and nab the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation at the Nebula Awards. Stephen King was presented with the PEN America Literary Service Award, given to a critically acclaimed writer whose body of work “helps us understand and interpret the human condition.”

These recognitions are forcing people to confront a common bias against horror, which is often misunderstood as a genre doused in blood and filled with cheap jump scares. Today’s tales range from gory to subtle, from straightforward to weird. Horror is a complex mode of storytelling that probes deeply into readers’ emotions, eliciting uncomfortable feelings that many readers crave. According to Melissa Ann Singer, senior editor at Tor/Forge, horror “becomes increasingly popular during times of societal unease. When people are worried that the world is going to pieces around them, when they have lost faith in the idea that things will soon (or even someday) be better than they now are…. The struggle of the horror novel is often the struggle to restore order and normality to a chaotic world, community, or family.”

Horror is also a genre in which critically acclaimed authors of color, such as Victor LaValle, Linda Addison, Carmen Maria Machado, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Stephen Graham Jones, are seeing critical and commercial success, offering inclusive tales that mine terror from both real-world racism and supernatural monsters. As Jones explains, hugely influential horror authors have historically often written from the perspective of marginalized groups and cultures: “Maybe Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild implanted all these alien insects in us, and they’re just now crawling out onto the page. But it could have been Samuel R. Delany, too. Or Shirley Jackson…. We always have been [here].”

Horror is even being touted as a good beach read, with Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World (Morrow, Jun.) appearing on many of this summer’s must-read lists. His thought-provoking, politically charged, and utterly ­terrifying home invasion tale fits unapologetically within the confines of horror.

Horror has clearly moved out of the shadows and is now demanding attention. Librarians can run away in fear, or can stand their ground and get ready for the hordes of horror-hungry readers searching for scary stories to keep them alternating between covering their eyes and compulsively turning the pages. The following is a sampling of what’s to come during the second half of 2018.

Big Names and New Voices

This fall marks the return of one of the most popular horror characters of recent memory, Lestat, in Anne Rice’s Blood Communion (Knopf, Oct.), an eagerly anticipated epic tale in which Prince Lestat fights for control of the vampire world. A new Rice inevitably means holds queues and requests for more terrifying vampire novels. Thankfully, the conclusion of Glen Hirshberg’s “Motherless Children Trilogy,” Nothing To Devour (Tor, Nov.), follows quickly on its heels. This final installment of the award-winning series contemplates how far a mother—both a human mother and an undead one—will go for her children. Readers may want to look back to an even more famous vampire, Dracula, with Dracul (Putnam, Oct.) by best-selling writer J.D. Barker and Bram Stoker’s direct descendant Dacre Stoker. The younger Stoker used the classic author’s original notes and texts to create a terrifying and compelling prequel that reveals how a young Bram Stoker confronted evil to craft a masterpiece.

It’s not only vampires who come back to life in horror novels, though. Two well-known authors are also probing the depths of Hell this fall. First is the return of Sandman Slim in Richard Kadrey’s tenth entry in the series, Hollywood Dead (Harper Voyager, Aug.). Slim returns from the underworld once again in a supernatural noir tale filled with danger and dark humor, but this time the stakes are raised; his reanimated body has a very strict time limit, one that could lead to a final death. Grady Hendrix then invokes the devil in his latest novel, We Sold Our Souls (Quirk, Sept.), in which heavy metal and Faustian bargains ­collide in what the quirky, pop culture–fueled, best-selling author is calling his darkest book yet.

For readers on the hunt for more subtle scares with artful writing, several new titles prove that horror is worthy of the attention of even the more literary set. Sarah Perry follows up on her success with 2017’s haunting The Essex Serpent with a tale of the monster behind humanity’s darkest and most evil moments in Melmoth (Custom House: Harper­Collins, Oct.), while Laird Hunt, author of the New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection Neverhome, returns with In the House in the Dark of the Woods (Little, Brown, Oct.), a terrifying trip deep into the forests of colonial New England. As Michael Homler, an editor at St. Martin’s, explains, the horror genre is ever evolving. “You can have a story that relies on victims getting killed in very painful ways or stories that are more psychological or ones that deal with race and/or religion. They can be literary; they can be commercial. It’s not a one-fits-all genre ­anymore.”

One sign that horror is becoming more mainstream is the willingness of major publishers to take a chance on newer voices. Beginning in July, Rio Youers’s supernatural thriller Halcyon (St. Martin’s) is set on an island oasis in the middle of Lake Ontario, where paradise comes at a horrifying price. August brings Reddit sensation Dathan Auerbach out of the forums and into print with Bad Man (Doubleday), a dark and suspenseful tale of a missing child, the brother who won’t stop looking for him, and the evil at the core of it all. August also heralds the newest novel by rising speculative fiction star Nicky Drayden. Temper (Harper Voyager), set in an alternative South ­Africa, pits twin brothers against powerful demons in a story that deftly combines sf, fantasy, horror, and dark humor. Come September, Brendan Deneen takes the mundane fear of adult responsibility and melds it with the haunted house trope in the fast-paced, chillingly twisted The Chrysalis (Tor).

Tremblay, who also serves as a juror on the Shirley Jackson Awards, explains that while “horror is becoming more inclusive, let’s not kid ourselves, we still have a long way to go. Horror is finally starting to shed some of its well-earned reputation/stigma for being a reactionary genre. Writers are finding more space and opportunity to explore socio­political issues and experiences within the genre. The publishers and its audience are becoming more receptive and accepting as the work and its artists become more diverse. Again, though, miles to go before we sleep.”

Indie Presses ON THE RISE

The horror offerings from major houses are only an introduction to the wonderful world of monsters and mayhem. The growing ranks of smaller presses are building impressive catalogs that feature not only some of the most critically acclaimed authors but some of the most popular as well.

You don’t get bigger than Stephen King. He serves as editor, along with Bev Vincent, on Flight or Fright (Cemetery Dance, Sept.), a curated compendium of horror stories that includes a brand-new tale of King’s own that plays off his fear of flying. Cemetery Dance is one of the biggest players in the horror independent press world, and its general manager, Brian James Freeman, will be releasing Walking with Ghosts (PS Publishing, Aug.), which presents 29 of his eerie, compelling, and simply unforgettable tales, many of which have never been published before. Horror fans will be eager to read this well-known writer’s first collection.

Other small presses are identifying and cultivating their own new voices of horror, including JournalStone, which saw huge success in 2017 with S.P. Miskowski’s I Wish I Was Like You, as it garnered critical acclaim, multiple award nominations, and even an appearance in the New York Times Book Review. This year brings more dread from Miskowski with the aptly titled The Worst Is Yet To Come (Trepidatio, Sept.), a psychological horror novel about two troubled teenage girls and their sinister influence. Also in the JournalStone stable of authors is Gwendolyn Kiste, who was nominated for a 2017 Bram Stoker award for her story collection And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe. She is making her novel debut with The Rust Maidens (­Trepidatio, Sept.), a story told in two chilling time lines. In 1980 Cleveland, young girls are transforming into grotesque creatures right before everyone’s eyes, and in the present, a now-grown woman is coming to terms with her part in the horrific events.

One of last year’s biggest surprises was the emergence of hybrid publisher Inkshares on the horror market. It published one of the most talked about horror titles of the year, Scott Thomas’s Kill Creek, which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and took the top horror slot on the 2018 RUSA CODES Reading List. Fans are eagerly awaiting Thomas’s follow-up, Violet (Inkshares, Oct.), a creepy tale of an imaginary friend who is upset that she had to wait 20 years for her human to come back.

Perhaps the most anticipated event in horror published by small presses is the impending return of legendary horror editor Don D’Auria, mastermind behind the paperback horror boom of the early 2000s, with the September launch of Flame Tree Press and its lineup of speculative fiction featuring award-winning authors and brand-new voices. High on Flame Tree’s list is Jonathan Janz’s The Siren and the Specter (Sept.), a terrifying tale about a haunted house and the deeply haunted man who is challenged to spend a month there.

Trending: Lovecraft

Although he has been dead for more than 80 years, H.P. Lovecraft is having a moment. While the man himself was a notorious racist, misogynist, and xenophobe, many writers, especially white women and people of color, have begun acknowledging his faults while still paying tribute to his influence. Authors including Victor LaValle and Matt Ruff have enjoyed much acclaim for their African American–­centered reimaginings of Lovecraftian worlds. The trend is still gaining steam, as we can see in a trio of upcoming titles that use Lovecraft as their starting point.

Critically acclaimed British horror editor ­Stephen Jones has a third volume in his series of inter­connected novels, The Lovecraft Squad: Dreaming (Pegasus, Nov.), which features original contributions by many of the genre’s best-known voices. The series, which will entice Cthulhu fans and novices alike, reimagines a secret worldwide league charged with fighting Lovecraft’s eldritch monsters. Another popular series, James Lovegrove’s “Cthulhu Casebooks,” uses Lovecraft as a frame but also inserts Sherlock Holmes into the mix. The third book in the series, Sherlock Holmes and the Sussex Sea-Devils (Titan, Nov.), sees Holmes and Watson tasked with solving Cthulhu-inspired mysteries. The ­Lovecraftian details are perfectly rendered, and the whodunit component will satisfy both mystery and horror fans. Lovegrove’s series is also an accessible entry point to the Cthulhu mythos for curious readers who don’t want to get in over their heads.

Not every Lovecraft-inspired title is as tongue-in-cheek as these two. Many authors are looking to pay homage to Lovecraft while inserting their own voice into the pantheon. Garden of Eldritch Delights (Raw Dog Screaming, Oct.), a horror story collection by a modern master of the form, Lucy A. Snyder, offers explosive tales of trauma and survival, featuring memorable monsters while also looking back to Lovecraft for inspiration.

HORROR INVASION

Yet arguably even more popular than Lovecraft right now are the hordes of international horror authors dragging themselves onto American shores. One of the most well-known names is Sweden’s John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let the Right One In. Lindqvist’s new book, I Am Behind You (St. Martin’s, Oct.), centers on four families on vacation who wake up at their campsite to find that the entire world as they have always known it has disappeared. Fever Dream from critical darling Samanta Schweblin, who hails from Argentina, beat out Lincoln in the Bardo for the 2018 Tournament of Books, presented by the Morning News, and was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. Schweblin offers a hotly anticipated, masterfully unsettling collection of new stories, Mouthful of Birds (Riverhead, Jan. 2019).

There are also a few new voices on the horizon, such as Shirley Barrett from Australia, whose The Bus on Thursday (Farrar, Sept.) may sound innocuous but is assuredly not. Think Maria Semple meets The Exorcist in a remote Australian town. Be ready to laugh as goose bumps rise. Asian horror is a class all by itself, but many of the best titles don’t make it into English translation. Gladly, with the increased popularity in international horror in general, that tide appears to be turning as one of Japan’s most promising writers, Yukiko Motoya, will see her English-language debut with The Lonesome Bodybuilder (Soft Skull, Nov.), including 11 stories in which the grotesque and bizarre invade the normal world. This inventive and chilling volume will have U.S. audiences craving more from Motoya and other Asian horror authors.

Librarians and booksellers can keep up with the new international voices that are coming to the United States with collected works on the topic. Leading the pack is The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 5 (Apex, Sept.) by series editor ­Lavie Tidhar and volume editor Cristina Jurado. These books showcase the very best of global speculative fiction, including horror. But for fans who don’t want to share the stage with their speculative fiction siblings, there is now A World of Horror, edited by Eric J. Guignard (Dark Moon, Sept.), a fresh collection of horror authors representing 22 countries. Each entry explores monsters and myths from the authors’ homelands, from Ukraine to Uganda and from Indonesia to Brazil.

Big Scares in Smaller Doses

Like sf and fantasy, horror has a rich legacy in the short story and novella format. Noted editors such as Ellen Datlow identify and curate the best horror tales. Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (Saga: S. & S., Sept.) presents new entries by a diverse list of today’s best horror writers. There’s also the tenth anniversary edition of her year-end anthology, The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Horror Fiction (Night Shade, Oct.).

There are also enjoyable holiday-themed collections available every year, including Halloween Carnival (Cemetery Dance, Oct.), edited by Brian James Freeman and featuring 25 authors from all over the world who put the horror back in All Hallows’ Eve. Readers may also enjoy Hark! The ­Herald Angels Scream (Anchor: Double­day, Oct.), edited by best-selling author Christopher Golden and offering 18 stories that delve into the darkness that lurks under the surface of the holiday season. Though these volumes will appeal to die-hard fans, they also let newbies dip their toes into the genre.

While anthologies are a great method for discovering new authors, many readers want to explore the work of a single creator. Nick Mamatas has been writing in the sf, dark fantasy, and horror genres for years, but his stories have been spread out across many different publications. With the release of The People’s Republic of Everything (Tachyon, Aug.), a decade’s worth of his stories have been collected into one volume, with a bonus introduction by Jeffrey Ford.

Newcomer Dustin LaValley explores horror in a slightly longer form. His new collection of three white-knuckle novellas, 12 Gauge: Songs from a Street Sweeper (Sinister Grin, Jul.), is action-packed, fast-paced, violent, and full of criminals and adventures that thrill, terrorize, and satirize.

“At the end of the story, when good triumphs, we feel a cathartic release,” says Tor/Forge’s Singer about the appeal of the genre. “All has been restored or saved. The world makes sense again. Even if this moment of calm is transient, for now, all is right with the world…. The reader has…survived. It’s a chance to take a deep breath and relax, to have faith in ­human nature.”

Horror Lineup

AUTHOR TITLE PUBLISHER RELEASE Auerbach, Dathan Bad Man Doubleday Aug. Barrett, Shirley The Bus on Thursday Farrar Sept. Datlow, Ellen, ed. The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Horror Fiction Night Shade Oct. Datlow, Ellen, ed. Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories Saga: S. & S. Sept. Deneen, Brendan The Chrysalis Tor Sept. Drayden, Nicky Temper Harper Voyager Aug. Freeman, Brian James, ed. Halloween Carnival Cemetery Dance Oct. Freeman, Brian James Walking with Ghosts PS Publishing Aug. Golden, Christopher, ed. Hark! The Herald Angels Scream Anchor: Doubleday Oct. Guignard, Eric J., ed. A World of Horror Dark Moon Sept. Hendrix, Grady We Sold Our Souls Quirk Sept. Hirshberg, Glen Nothing To Devour Tor Nov. Hunt, Laird In the House in the Dark of the Woods Little, Brown Oct. Janz, Jonathan The Siren and the Specter Flame Tree Sept. Jones, Stephen The Lovecraft Squad: Dreaming Pegasus Nov. Jurado, Cristina, ed. The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 5 Apex Sept. Kadrey, Richard Hollywood Dead Harper Voyager Aug. King, Stephen & Bev Vincent, eds. Flight or Fright Cemetary Dance Sept. Kiste, Gwendolyn The Rust Maidens Trepidatio Sept. LaValley, Dustin 12 Gauge: Songs from a Street Sweeper Sinister Grin Jul. Lindqvist, John Ajvide I Am Behind You St. Martin’s Oct. Lovegrove, James Sherlock Holmes and the Sussex Sea-Devils Titan Nov. Mamatas, Nick The People’s Republic of Everything Tachyon Aug. Miskowski, SP The Worst Is Yet To Come Trepidatio Sept. Motoya, Yukiko The Lonesome Bodybuilder Soft Skull Nov. Perry, Sarah Melmoth Custom House: HarperCollins Oct. Rice, Anne Blood Communion Knopf Oct. Schweblin, Samanta Mouthful of Birds Riverhead Jan. 2019 Snyder, Lucy A. Garden of Eldritch Delights Raw Dog Screaming Oct. Stoker, Dacre & J.D. Barker Dracul Putnam Oct. Thomas, Scott Violet Inkshares Oct. Tremblay, Paul The Cabin at the End of the World Morrow Jun. Youers, Rio Halcyon St. Martin’s Jul.

Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor (RA) in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up and trains library staff worldwide on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All and its evil twin RA for All: Horror and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. Spratford is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d ed. (ALA Editions, 2012) and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and is currently organizing Librarians’ Day for StokerCon 2019. You can follow her on Twitter @RAforAll

Summer Reads To Warm the Heart | Romance Reviews

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 17:18

The Sizzle and Sweet of Summer Reads Despite the summer, with all its activities, being possibly busier than the rest of the year, the idea of taking the time to curl up on a porch swing with a glass of ice-cold tea or lemonade and a good book still has appeal, and publishers are making sure there are plenty of options. Whether readers prefer romances set in the past or the present; stories that are tenderly innocent or page-singeingly torrid; books realistic to a fault or dusted with magic; or love stories featuring humor, earnestness, or suspense, this season’s bumper crop have it all.

Ashe, Katharine. The Prince. Avon. (Devil’s Duke, Bk. 4). Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062641748. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062641755. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Forensic physician’s daughter Elizabeth Shaw will do anything to study medicine at Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh, even disguise herself as a man. But Libby needs help, so when the popular but reclusive portrait artist Ibrahim Kent (aka Ziyaeddin Mirza, Prince of Tabir) sees through her façade and doesn’t give her away, they strike a dangerous bargain. He will allow her to move into his house—as medical student Joseph Smart—and introduce her to a noted artist/surgeon who can help her in her quest; she will pose for him once each week. The plan works perfectly except for one thing—they fall in love. A brilliant, atypical heroine with goals of her own and a responsible royal who has a kingdom to look after star in an engaging romance that keeps things wonderfully unsettled until the very end. VERDICT Sparkling repartee, definitive commentary on social issues, and a pair of deserving protagonists make this a worthy addition to Ashe’s series and a delectable summertime read. Ashe (The Duke) lives in Durham, NC.

James, Eloisa. Too Wilde To Wed. Avon. (Wildes of Lindow Castle, Bk. 2). Jun. 2018. 373p. ISBN 9780062692467. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062692405. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Returning from fighting in the Colonies, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde is shocked to find Diana Belgrave, the woman who jilted him several years ago, at his family estate serving as governess for his half-sister and a boy society thinks is his child. However, deeply affected by war and circumstance, North and Diana are not quite the same people they once were. Passion simmers between them as a hero who doesn’t want to be a duke and a heroine who doesn’t want to be a duchess struggle to mesh their feelings with their situations and finally discover the true meaning of love. VERDICT Exquisite character development, breathtaking sensuality, perfectly placed humor, and vivid descriptions of fashion, food, and assorted political detail and current events result in a rewarding romance that is emotionally complex and provides an exceptional sense of time and place. A heartwarming delight. James (Wilde in Love) lives in New York City. [A Spring Editor’s Pick, LJ 2/1/18, p. 31.]

Lindsey, Johanna. Marry Me by Sundown. Gallery: S. & S. Jul. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781501162237. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501162268. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Called home to Philadelphia just before the London Season gets under way, ­Violet Mitchell is stunned to learn that the family she hasn’t seen in five years is in dire financial straits because their father, Charles, has gone off seeking gold in Montana. With disaster looming, ­Violet heads out west to find her father—and discovers Morgan Callahan, instead. Sadly, Charles is dead, and the gruff, reclusive mountain man who was her father’s partner abducts Violet, believing she is working for his enemy and isn’t Charles Mitchell’s daughter at all. Naturally, this all sorts itself out, but as ­Violet spends time at the camp, determined to find Charles’s money, her relationship with Morgan changes. ­VERDICT With humor, a lively pace, appealing characters, a dash of danger, and solid historical detail, Lindsey’s latest provides a compelling picture of the Old West, in the author’s inimitable style. Lindsey (A Man To Call My Own) lives in New Hampshire.

Long, Julie Anne. The First Time at Firelight Falls. Avon. (Hellcat Canyon, Bk. 4). Jun. 2018. 366p. ISBN 9780062672902. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062672919. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

With a ten-year-old daughter and a thriving flower shop, single mom Eden ­Harwood doesn’t need a man in her life—and for years she’s managed to keep the local bachelors at bay. But elementary school principal and ex–Navy SEAL Gabe ­Caldera is not so easily dissuaded, and Eden, as determined as she is to avoid a relationship, can’t deny the pull between them. Propriety wars with passion as they come to terms with their feelings, only to have their budding relationship threatened when Eden’s past—and her daughter’s ­father—come to town. Appealing protagonists are complemented by an exceptional cast of old and new characters (an overly critical helicopter mom and a precocious ten-year-old are especially pleasing), bringing the quirky town to life. ­VERDICT Sweet, sexy, flirty, and upbeat, Long’s latest Hellcat romp is undiluted fun and as refreshing as a California breeze. A great summertime read. Long (Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap) lives in Northern California.

Lorret, Vivienne. How To Forget a Duke. Avon. (Misadventures in Matchmaking, Bk. 1). Jun. 2018. 371p. ISBN 9780062685483. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062685490. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Jacinda Bourne’s investigative methods are anything but conventional, but when it comes to ensuring a happy marriage for her family’s matrimonial agency clients, she’ll stop at nothing—not even haring off to the Duke of Rydstrom’s Sussex estate to discover what he, their most prestigious patron, is hiding. Unfortunately, she wakes up on a rock, drenched in seawater, with no memory. The locals who rescue her assume she’s the Duke’s bride-to-be, setting the stage for a comedy of errors that becomes a romance of dukely proportions. A persistent, un­orthodox heroine and a protective hero find love in a story that benefits from a beautifully realized supporting cast and an assortment of charming apropos quotes and references to Jane Austen’s Emma. ­VERDICT With clever wit, heady sexuality, and lush description, Lorret’s title puts an ­enticing spin on the classic amnesia trope and launches a series (the author’s Avon print debut) in fine style. Lorret (Just Another Viscount in Love) lives in Indiana.

MacLean, Sarah. Wicked and the Wallflower. Avon. (Bareknuckle Bastards, Bk. 1). Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780062692061. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062691972. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

When spinster Lady Felicity Faircloth announces, in a fit of pique, that she is the Duke of Marwick’s intended bride—and he goes along with it—she has no idea that she is playing into the hands of a man who wants nothing more than to ruin the Duke. Marwick is about to renege on a bargain he made with his siblings years ago, and Devil (aka Devon Culm), one of the powerful Bareknuckle Bastards, is out for revenge and intends to use ­Felicity to accomplish it. It’s a perfect plan, but falling for Felicity wasn’t in the cards. Set as Victoria’s reign is just beginning, MacLean’s stunning series opener spins a compelling tale rich with mythological and fairy-tale allusions and history (the ice trade and the “unpickable” Chubb lock are enthralling), taking readers on a tantalizing journey to the dark, criminal world of Covent Garden. VERDICT An intrepid heroine who wants more than society offers makes a deal with the Devil that they just might live to enjoy. This intense, deliciously sensual tale of intrigue and deception begins a promising series. ­MacLean (The Day of the Duchess) lives in New York City.

Mason, Debbie. Sandpiper Shore. Forever: Grand Central. (Harmony Harbor, Bk. 6). Jun. 2018. 343p. ISBN 9781538744222. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538744215. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

From the moment Secret Service Agent Logan Gallagher pulled Jenna Bell out of the path of an oncoming car and then decked her smarmy former fiancé, he’s been her knight in shining armor. Despite the obvious magnetism, Logan isn’t the marrying kind. Then he finds himself engaged to a princess he had been guarding but, owing to a knock on the head, doesn’t remember. To top it all off, Jenna is planning the wedding. A complex, multilayered plot keeps the pages turning, while a meddling, ghostly great-­grandmother adds a whimsical touch. VERDICT Quirky, funny, sweet, and overflowing with a colorful cast, this welcome installment in this popular seaside series is complete in itself, but because of a number of continuing characters and plot threads, readers may wish to begin with the first title, Mistletoe Cottage. Mason (Driftwood Cove) lives in ­Ontario, Canada.

Pineiro, Caridad. What Happens in Summer. Sourcebooks Casablanca. (At the Shore, Bk. 2). Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781492649670. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492649687. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Bitterly torn apart by conflicting life ambitions, focused, goal-oriented ­Connie Reyes and brilliant, restless Jonathan Pierce went their separate ways after one love-drenched summer at the shore. Now seven years later, Connie is an up-and-coming attorney and Jon is a wealthy tech wizard with an entrepreneurial spirit, and they are back in quaint Sea Kiss, NJ, where it all began. Their initial anger soon melts away as their passion blazes as hot as ever, but getting past Connie’s wariness is a challenge—just the kind that Jon is now ready to tackle. A bevy of winning characters contribute to the depth, humor, and continuity of a story that touches on issues of trust, dependability, and expectations. VERDICT Pineiro has penned a tender, sexy, often lighthearted yet realistic version of the classic reunion plot, offering a delightful beach blanket read. Pineiro (One Summer Night) lives in New Jersey.

Ryan, R.C. Cowboy on My Mind. Forever: Grand Central. (Montana Strong, Bk. 1). Jun. 2018. 483p. ISBN 9781538711156. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538711149. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

One of three brothers adopted and raised by Mackenzie Monroe, Ben Monroe was a hot-headed hellion growing up; where he went, trouble followed. Now he sports a deputy sheriff’s badge and for once in his life is on the right side of the law. As well, Rebecca Henderson, the girl Ben has adored since grade school, has come home to stay, intending to carve out her own space and her own life, despite ­parental objections. Then the bullets begin to fly, and as Rebecca and Ben struggle to find answers, they are hard-pressed to resist the feelings that have sparked between them for years and are suddenly ablaze. ­VERDICT A strong, protective hero and an independent heroine fight for their future in this modern rough-and-tumble Western that has the importance of family at its core. (A bonus novella, Sara Richardson’s Rocky Mountain Cowboy, pairs a journalist with a cowboy snowboarder.) Ryan (Reed) is a pseudonym for Ruth Ryan Langan; she lives in the Detroit area.

Singh, Nalini. The Ocean Light. Berkley. (Psi-Changeling Trinity, Bk. 2). Jun. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9781101987827. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101987841. PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Amazed to find that he is not dead after being shot in an assassination attempt, Bowen Knight, security chief for the ­Human Alliance, wakes up in a Black Sea installation in the care of the enigmatic and mysterious water changelings. The mesmerizing yet furious Maia, among them, is convinced the Human Alliance is responsible for the disappearance of some of the sea changelings. Bo’s life miraculously has been saved, but it’s only a matter of time before a specialized chip implanted in his head to block Psy telepathic interference fails and destroys his brain along with it; he has only a five percent chance of survival. But Bo is falling for Maia, and with no time to lose, he needs to get to the bottom of the strange occurrences. Singh’s vivid, relatable characters; wickedly complex plot; and unforgettable romance take readers deep into the heart of a mysterious watery world, with an alluring new culture to puzzle over and enjoy. ­VERDICT Another brilliant, thought-provoking fantasy romance from a worldbuilder like no other. Readers could benefit from experiencing the books in order. Singh (Archangel’s Viper) lives in New Zealand.

Thayne, RaeAnne. The Cottages on Silver Beach. HQN: Harlequin. (Haven Point, Bk. 8). Jun. 2018. 374p. ISBN 9781335007018. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488029363. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Ever since her brother Luke’s troubled wife vanished seven years ago, innkeeper and photographer Megan Hamilton has helped him to raise her young niece and nephew and deal with the undercurrent of suspicion that still swirls around Luke. Megan is resentful of anyone who thinks he could be guilty of a crime, and at the top of her list is Denver-based FBI agent and true-crime writer Elliot Bailey, her brother’s one-time best friend. Their paths rarely cross, but when Elliot comes home to heal from a gunshot wound and finish a novel, he rents the cottage next to Megan’s at her inn—and the romantic fire ignites. Still, ­Elliot needs results, too, and taking a look at the old case files uncovers an overlooked lead that just might provide answers. VERDICT An ice-cold case adds a dash of mystery and drives the plot of this family-rich reunion story that looks at some serious emotions and brings our protagonists together to the surprise of no one but themselves. A thoroughly charming seasonal read. Thayne (Sugar Pine Trail) lives in Northern Utah.

Thomas, Tara. Broken Promise. St. Martin’s Paperbacks. (Sons of Broad, Bk. 3). Jul. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781250137982. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250137999. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Alyssa Adams decided to become a cop when she was 15 and her sister was murdered, and she has never stopped trying to find out who did it or help others in the same situation. So when shipping expert Kipling Benedict, eldest son of Charleston’s powerful old-money Benedicts, learns that his half sister, Jade, has been kidnapped, Alyssa gets involved. The killer is crafty, having waited a long while to bring the Benedicts down—and this time The Gentle­man is determined to succeed. A startling revelation turns Alyssa into a target, and as she and Kipling struggle to stay ahead of the game, they must deal with their mutual fascination as well. VERDICT Grim, occasionally frightening, and fueled by old enmities, this fast-paced romantic suspense brings a ­vicious killer down and ties up a number of loose ends in the process. Twisted Ends, a bonus series novella, is included. Thomas (Deadly Secret) lives in the ­Southeastern United States.

Wilson, Sariah. #Moonstruck. Montlake Romance. (#Lovestruck). Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781503949362. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781503902831. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Thanks to a philandering jazz musician father, Maisy Harrison, lead guitarist and singer for her (and her brothers’) fledgling band Yesterday, has two unbreakable rules: never date a musician, and never have sex with one. Those hold true especially for musicians with reputations, such as totally hot pop star Ryan De Luna—and definitely not when they accept the gig to open for Ryan on his latest tour. But Ryan is out to change his image and having a serious girlfriend is key. He asks Maisy to be his “fake” sweetheart—no sex, of course—and with her family’s finances in the tank, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. If only she’d realized how hard he’d be to resist. VERDICT Making excellent use of sassy banter, hilarious texts, and a breezy style, Wilson’s energetic story brims with sexual tension and takes readers on a musical road trip that will leave them smiling. Perfect as well for YA and new adult collections. Wilson (­#Starstruck) lives in Utah.

Wright, Elle. Touched by You. Dafina: Kensington. (Wellspring, Bk. 1). Jun. 2018. 286p. ISBN 9781496716002. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781496716019. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Still grieving after the bitter loss of his wife and baby daughter two years earlier, tech consultant Carter Marshall heads to Wellspring, MI, to oversee his firm’s software installation for Wellspring Water Corporation and get his life back on track. He isn’t contemplating romance when he pulls Brooklyn Wells from the path of a truck. So he’s startled to find himself captivated by the outspoken, fiercely independent woman who turns out to be the daughter of the man with whom he has come to do business. The interest is mutual, but controlling and ruthless Parker Wells Sr. has other plans for his offspring. Brooklyn isn’t about to be bullied, though, and when Carter stands up for her, the battle lines are drawn for a fight that has its roots in past secrets, a fight that Carter and Brooklyn are determined to win. ­VERDICT Overflowing with steamy passion, soul-wrenching guilt, and intense family dynamics, this engrossing series opener leaves an enticing string or two dangling as it brings a hero wary of loving again and a heroine who wants to experience life on her own terms together and nicely sets the stage for the stories to come. Wright (Wherever You Are) lives near Ann Arbor, MI.

ROMANCE & POLITICS

Former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams (aka romance writer Selena Montgomery) will run for governor in the fall after picking up three-quarters of the votes in the May 22 Democratic primary. Much more to come.

RT Book Reviews Ceases Publication

Romance fans were surprised and dismayed when RT Book Reviews (originally Romantic Times) announced at the annual RT Booklovers Convention in Reno, NV, this May that it would cease publication immediately. Fortunately, the website will be available for a year, although no new content will be added; then the site will go dark.

Founded in 1981, Romantic Times, commonly known as RT, was one of the earliest and certainly the most comprehensive and influential of the dedicated romance review publications, providing timely evaluations and articles of interest. In later years, it expanded its coverage to include a variety of fiction genres. Although it maintained both a print and online presence for a number of years, in 2016 it discontinued the print magazine and moved to an online-only format. The RT organization also sponsored the annual convention, as well as other popular events, and presented a number of romance-related awards. A strong advocate for the romance genre, it was an exceptional resource and will be missed.

LJ Talks to First Novelist Rachel Heng | Debut Spotlight

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 15:39

Photo by Andrew Bennett

Suicide Club (LJ 5/15/18) is a riveting contemplation on what it means to live. Debut author Rachel Heng talks about turning the complexities of life and death into a literary dystopia.

 

Where did you get the idea for a story about prolonging life?
It came from my own obsession with and fear of death. I first wrote about [it] in a short story that featured a similar world to that in Suicide Club. It began as a thought experiment, a way to think about what life would be like if we didn’t have to die. It wasn’t a very good story, but I remained intrigued and eventually started writing a novel set in the same universe.

Then I started seeing articles in the news about cryogenic freezing and Silicon Valley billionaires trying to “hack death,” and it turned out I had to make up much less stuff than I’d originally anticipated. So much of it was already happening.

Your book cover features the line, “a novel about living.” What does living mean to you and what did you want your protagonist Lea to learn?
Living to me is a kind of openness to cruelty, loss, and pain, but also beauty, kindness, unexpected grace. I suffered a loss at a fairly young age and the biggest way in which it affected me was that it made me close myself up. It taught me to be “strong” and left me with a deep fear of not being in control. Death undoes all of that; we exercise, sleep early, eat kale, or whatever, but in the end we still all die, and there’s nothing we can do to control that. The world of Suicide Club is one that is hyper-controlled, and at the beginning, Lea has fully bought into that. As the story progresses, she opens herself up bit by bit, first to cruelty—the world’s, but also her own—and pain, as well as beauty, kindness, and peace.

The epigraph I chose…is a line from Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness.” I love this poem because it links joy to pain, kindness to loss, and seems to embody the openness that is the project of my novel.

Why did you decide to use the estranged relationship between Lea and her father as the thrust of the narrative?
When I started the book, it was very much world- and premise-driven, and the hardest work was figuring out who the characters were and what they would do. I knew I wanted Lea to be someone who had bought into the system from the beginning, whose beliefs would be slowly undone. What I didn’t know was how this would happen. Then as I was redrafting, I realized that her relationship with her father was the most emotionally compelling aspect of her narrative and ended up writing this into the main plot.

I think this relationship works because our first encounter with death is so often dealing with the mortality of our parents. I remember not being able to sleep as a child, gripped by the terrible thought that one day my parents would die, that I would never see or speak to them again. This estranged relationship is similar in that it is the first loss that Lea experiences, one that causes her fear of other losses and death to take root.

How did you develop the Suicide Club?
The Suicide Club itself was one of the earliest things that came to me as I was writing the [original] short story. Those in the Club are the logical consequence to a world in which death is taboo and practically illegal. It made sense to me that there would be two opposing, somewhat extreme forces: on one hand, the gleaming “lifers” who seek to live forever and the Ministry that dictates who will and who won’t; on the other, the Suicide Club that wants to undo society’s all-consuming drive towards immortality. Both positions are untenable, but one couldn’t exist without the other.

How do you feel as you get closer to the July release of your first novel?
I think one of the ways I managed to finish the novel was by telling myself that no one would ever read it. But now…that illusion doesn’t hold up, and I find myself feeling increasingly anxious. While part of the anxiety is worrying about how the book will be received, the bigger feelings have been of exposure and vulnerability. Writing has always been very private for me—I wrote in secret for many years, and most people around me didn’t even know I wrote fiction—so to have it out in the world in such a public way feels extremely exposing. Yet at the same time—like any writer—I wish fervently for my book to be read, or I wouldn’t have published it in the first place.

I just don’t want anyone to talk to me about it because that would be mortifying (unless they absolutely, 100 percent got it and loved it and thought I was a genius—I kid, I kid).—Kate ­DiGirolomo

 

Graphically Speaking | Spotlight on Graphic Novels

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 05:00

Now, more than ever, graphic novels are the air pop culture breathes, providing the source material for today’s biggest events in film, TV, online/digital content, and publishing in general, as sequential art steadily infiltrates the literary and academic worlds.

Libraries and their patrons are greatly responsible for this rising popularity, as evidenced by the swell in circulation and sales of graphic novels across digital and print platforms. OverDrive’s collection development specialist and resident graphic novel expert Jack ­Phoenix reports a 47 percent increase in circulation of the company’s more than 30,000 titles in the category, noting manga as a vast contributor to that growth. He further cites a staggering 75 percent spike in circulation of nonsuperhero titles, including biographies, memoirs, and those dealing with historical and social issues, such as civil rights pioneer Congressman John Lewis’s autobiographical March trilogy, cocreated with writer ­Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell.

According to Josh Hayes, head of Diamond Book Distributors and executive VP of Diamond Comic Distributors, “Despite a difficult 2017, libraries performed above the traditional retail channels, which is a testament to the quality content we’re seeing in the category year over year.” Another important factor is the expansion of middle grade graphic novels, easily one of the most successful segments right now.

Not to be outdone, hoopla digital owner and cofounder Jeff Jankowski tells LJ that “since 2016, we’ve seen a 76 percent increase in graphic novel circulation and a 46 percent increase in unique comic book users.” Superhero series such as Wonder Woman and The Avengers are the highest circulating for hoopla, followed by humorous works, such as Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate and Sarah Anderson’s “Sarah’s Scribbles” collections. Jankowski adds that “comics and graphic novels are becoming a preferred reading choice in schools and libraries. We continue to invest in the experience and depth of content we are offering public library patrons.”

Debuts drawing interest

This fall sees the comics landscape continue to diversify with the arrival of fresh voices from across the literary and entertainment industries. In September, Aminder Dhaliwal, a Disney animation director, debuts Woman World (Drawn & Quarterly [D&Q]), a witty, thoughtful look at a post­apocalyptic universe in which a genetic mutation has killed off all males. D&Q marketing director Julia Pohl-Miranda describes the work as “very funny, very feminist…an e-original in a distinctive way since it began and blew up in popularity on Instagram before it became a D&Q release.” [See the interview with D&Q publisher Peggy Burns below.]

Also decidedly feminist is newcomer Emma’s The Mental Load: Comics from the Front Lines of Women’s Lives and Other Social Justice Issues (Seven Stories, Oct.), which investigates unpaid labor in the 21st century done primarily by women, as well as social justice issues, including immigrant rights and income ­inequality.

Esteemed author Margaret Atwood’s first foray into comics (Angel Catbird) was so successful that this autumn sees the Man Booker Prize winner release two new works with Dark Horse. Joining fellow Canadian and Astro Boy artist Ken Steacy, Atwood launches the first single-issue of War Bears (Sept.), which considers the impact of World War II on a Canadian creator’s life and career. In October comes The Complete Angel Catbird, illustrated by the acclaimed Johnnie Christmas and Tamra ­Bonvillain, collecting the first three volumes of the popular series combining human/animal hybrids and pulpy superhero adventure. With Infidel (Image, Sept.), former best-selling Vertigo editor and short film writer/director Pornsak Pichetshote makes his comics writing debut, accompanied by celebrated artists Aaron Campbell, José Villarrubia, and Jeff Powell. This genre-bending haunted house story centers on an American Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors who move into a building occupied by entities that feed on xenophobia.

In the realm of dark speculative fiction, Prentis ­Rollins’s first full-length graphic novel, The Furnace (Tor, Jul.), is described by Tor editor Diana Pho as a “cautionary tale about the surveillance state and a searing critique of the prison-industrial system, all told through the eyes of a man trying to be a better father.” Pho draws parallels between Rollins’s work and 2017’s widely praised YA graphic novel I Am Alfonso Jones, from Tony Medina and others, as both convey “big, weighty topics told through intimate human perspectives and vibrant art that paints a complicated picture.”

Q&A: Tee Franklin

Tee Franklin, a queer disabled black woman, founded Inclusive Press to publish her own comics and those of other marginalized creators. The author has since received widespread acclaim for the queer romance novella Bingo Love, illustrated by Jenn St-Onge and Joy San, which garnered $60,000 via Kickstarter and won the 2017 Queer Press Grant before being released by Image Comics (LJ 2/1/18; ow.ly/ylBu30k2TBd). We interviewed Franklin about her experiences with Kickstarter, self-publishing, and more.

What were your expectations when you started your Kickstarter campaign to fund Bingo Love?
I honestly expected to have to beg and plead with people to fund the Kickstarter. Never did I think that we were going to be funded in five days; that was just completely unheard of. As the numbers kept rising, I almost hit the cancel button and returned everyone’s pledges. I’m so glad I didn’t!

Bingo Love is creator-owned but published by Image Comics—what does that mean in terms of the practical tasks involved?
Bingo Love was self-published by me and my publishing company, Inclusive Press, via Kickstarter. Instead of bringing it to any of the major comics publishers, I decided to give it to the people and let them tell me yes or no. A few months after the Kickstarter ended, I was introduced to the head honcho at Image. Image believed in Bingo Love and wanted to publish the book and have it reach people and places that I couldn’t have reached on my own…. I’m forever grateful.

Hazel and Mari’s story is one readers don’t typically encounter. Has its reception been what you’d hoped for?
Bingo Love (already in its third printing) has been accepted by many people. A story of two teens who fall in love and reunite in their mid-sixties doesn’t get told because “happily ever afters” for the LGBTQ community typically don’t exist in [mainstream] entertainment. And it’s because [readers] get to see these characters—black, queer women—grow old together, love each other…that [they] see themselves. This is why I believe the book has sold so well.

How did the creative team come together?
I found artist Jenn St-Onge and colorist Joy San via Twitter. Comics editor Erica Schultz and I had known each other for several years, and Erica knew letterer Cardinal Rae. I reached out and offered them all jobs; I’m so thrilled they said yes. They did such a fantastic job, they’re all extremely talented.

Is the artwork what you envisioned for the book, or did the artists’ style move you to consider another direction(s)?
I didn’t consider any other direction for Bingo Love. Jenn’s beautiful artwork, along with Joy’s colors, fit perfectly in the Bingo Love universe. Jenn took my script and created a masterpiece, bringing tears to the eyes of people as young as 11, all the way to an 80-year-old woman. This team knocked it all the way out of the park.

What can you tell us about your next project(s)?
I’m working on a horror miniseries that will be coming out through Image this year, and I have a few more comics in the pipeline to keep me busy for the next few years. I’ve also decided to dip my toe into the prose pool, so we’ll see what happens; hopefully I don’t drown.

What are the most important takeaways from your experiences in making Bingo Love?
Bingo Love has given people hope and that’s something that is needed…. I’ve even had Hazels and Maris thank me for telling their story. People have broken down in my arms and thanked me for what I’ve done—[both] straight and LGBTQ folks. It’s a relatable [story] about finding your true love. To the creators out there, especially marginalized creators, you don’t have to take no for an answer. Just get on out there and create. The only person who can stop you from creating something is you.

Fan faves meet scholarship

Times have changed when a major comic book publisher launches a series of prose works and academic presses turn their attention to graphic novels. Kathryn Marguy, publicity and communications manager, University of Texas (UT), acknowledges that “perhaps unsurprisingly, not many university presses work in the [graphic] space.” Yet this year brings more academic publishers promoting illustrated works, a sign that visual storytelling is indeed gaining traction in the academy. UT puts forth its first-ever graphic biography with debut author/artist María Hesse’s Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life (Sept.). Originally published in Spanish and translated into English by Achy Obejas, this volume portrays the artist’s tumultuous life from her own perspective. Two new additions to Ohio State University’s “Latinographix” series also arrive in September, with Eric J. García’s Drawing on Anger: Portraits of U.S. Hypocrisy offering a scathing indictment of Republicans, Democrats, and America itself via cartoons and comics collected from 2004 to the present. Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, touted as the first anthology of its kind, spotlights comics and artwork by more than 80 Latinx contributors.

Princeton builds on its growing list of graphic narratives with Totally Random: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics (A Serious Comic on Entanglement) (Jun.) from father-daughter team Jeffrey and Tanya Bub. In July, Pennsylvania State (Penn State) brings us reportage illustrator Olivier Kugler’s Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters with Syrian Refugees, a firsthand look at the life of refugees and their caregivers, as documented by the author while on assignment. Academic presses are also dabbling in fiction. Writer Ilan Stavans and artist Roberto Weil’s meta-adaptation of Don Quixote of La Mancha (Penn State, Oct.) has Miguel de Cervantes’s fictional knight and his luckless squire encountering past and present creators and adaptors as well as the modern world (available in English and Spanglish editions).

Fans of military and naval history and biography, general history, and stories of the high seas, are sure to embrace several works from the Naval Institute’s Dead Reckoning imprint, launching in September. First releases include Ian Densford’s Trench Dogs, an anthropomorphic retelling of World War I; Kevin Knodell and others’ The ‘Stan, a series of short comics chronicling the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan; and Brent Dulak and others’ Machete Squad, depicting a U.S. Army medic’s struggle to preserve life and sanity during a tour in Afghanistan.

For readers seeking comics with a more literary bent, Humanoids’ Life Drawn imprint promises “diverse voices…from different points of view, whether powerful political and personal stories from Afghanistan or Vietnam or a biography of Hedy ­Lamarr,” reports ­Fabrice Giger, CEO/publisher. Highlighting its debut season is Luisa: Now and Then (Jun.; LJ 6/1/18), a queer transformative tale about self-acceptance and sexuality by French creator Carole ­Maurel, adapted by Caldecott Medal winner Mariko Tamaki (This One ­Summer).

Simon & Schuster’s graphic imprint Gallery 13 brings lots of in-house love to Eisner-nominated writer Alex de Campi and artist Victor Santos’s ambitious historical noir thriller Bad Girls (Jul.), which tells of three tough ladies looking to escape Cuba, with $6 million in stolen cash, the night before the country fell to Castro’s Communist rule.

Q&A: Drawn & Quarterly, 28 Years of Quality Lit

Montreal-based Drawn & Quarterly (D&Q) is a preeminent publisher of literary graphic novels. For almost three decades, its output has been designed by writers and artists solely responsible for the ideas behind their works. Its past and present roster speaks for itself: Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, Seth, Guy Delisle, and Yoshihiro Tatsumi, to name a few. We queried publisher Peggy Burns to find out more about the press and its methodology.

In your 15 years at D&Q, three as publisher, what achievement(s) are you most proud of? What goals are you determined to accomplish?
The biggest achievement is [that] we have created a professional, streamlined alternative for authors that exists between multinationals and micro­publishers. We provide creative freedom, solid distribution and sales, ­author-friendly royalty rates, transparent contract and payment terms, first-rate foreign rights, and a full-scale integrated marketing campaign in three countries.

What qualities does D&Q look for in prospective titles?
D&Q is different from most major publishers in that we are not seeking to replicate past successes by following a blueprint. We look for authors with singular visions. Equally important is that each creator stands out from the others on our list. We publish 25 books a year, so it is imperative that each have its own personality and [make its own] contribution. Each season requires a mix of fiction, memoir, reprints, and both new and established authors in order to succeed. Our unofficial mandate is less is more—to publish fewer books and sell more of those titles, thereby fully supporting each work on our list. In 2017, we toured ten authors, so our commitment to marketing each book is sincere.

What qualities do you consider when selecting works in translation?
We do not treat translations differently from other books we acquire. With each work we ask, “Is this a distinctive approach? How does it complement our list?” We just started translating works in Korean. In 2017, we published Yeon-Sik Hong’s Uncomfortably Happy, and in September we’ll release Ancco’s Bad Friends. Quality literature is quality literature, no matter the language in which it is written.

Does D&Q have any new imprints in the works?
D&Q has its house brand and our children’s imprint, Enfant. We also have a significant reprint project…that we’re pretty proud of and will announce soon!

What 2018 titles are you most enthused about sharing with our readers?
I adore all of our books! I am enthusiastic about how our list ebbs and flows and the various ways the works all relate to one another, even if we look for distinct qualities in each of them.
In May, we launched Aline Kominsky­-Crumb’s Love That Bunch (Xpress Reviews 5/25/18), putting the career of this pioneering female cartoonist—the first to delve into autobiographical comics—in its rightful historical context. At the same time, John Porcellino (the contemporary king of autobiographical comics) was on the road touring his new book From Lone Mountain, published in March. John also contributed to Julie Doucet’s Dirty Plotte, releasing this fall, and Aline featured Julie in Weirdo magazine, for which Aline is a co­editor. It all comes together, sometimes it just takes a few decades.

Big houses, new imprints

Many of the most exciting developments at DC Comics are all about imprints. In August, DC’s new Black Label line unleashes modern comics luminaries Frank Miller, John Romita Jr., Kelly Sue ­DeConnick, Scott Snyder, Phil Jimenez, Lee Bermejo, John Ridley, Greg Rucka, and Greg Capullo to create epic, out-of-continuity Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman stories. First up is Miller and Romita’s three-part Superman: Year One (Nov.), in celebration of the Man of Steel’s 80th anniversary.

August also sees Neil Gaiman’s return to DC Vertigo with the debut of the Sandman Universe line, which kicks off with his The Sandman Universe. The imprint’s four ongoing series by creators of Gaiman’s choosing feature Si Spurrier and Bilquis Evely (The Dreaming, Sept.), Nalo Hopkinson and Dominike Stanton (House of Whispers, Sept.), Dan Watters and others (Lucifer, Oct.), and Kat Howard and Tom Fowler (Books of Magic, Oct.). Mature readers who miss DC ­Vertigo’s glory days of Hellblazer, Preacher, and the like are directed to two new imprints, both curated by former Vertigo editors. IDW’s creator-owned Black Crown label, established in 2017 by editor Shelly Bond, follows up its first series, Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler’s Kid Lobotomy, with a collected edition of the initial arc of Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez’s Assassinistas (Aug.), which follows a gay college student happy to coast through life until his bounty hunter mom blows his tuition on the gear she needs to get back in the game, meaning her son is in for a ride and an interesting semester abroad. At Dark Horse, veteran editor Karen Berger, who oversees Berger Books, announces two works with edge: Emma Beeby’s graphic biography of the infamous courtesan and spy Mata Hari (Nov.) and Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s ­Incognegro: Renaissance (Oct.). Johnson and Pleece’s prequel to the ­much-admired Incognegro follows Zane Pinchback, a black cub reporter in early 1920s Harlem who poses as a white man to find the killer of a black writer.

Women artists at work

With the momentum brought on by the #metoo and #timesup movements reinvigorating women’s narratives, something trailblazers such as Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan in New York) have been at for more than a decade, new comics arrive to further women’s stories in an industry still largely dominated by men.

From Fantagraphics, Swedish cartoonist Liv Strömquist’s Fruit of Knowledge (Aug.) traces how different cultures and traditions have shaped women’s health and body image throughout history, reminding us of modern civilization’s shortcomings in those areas; Anne Simon’s The Song of Aglaia (Jul.) introduces a willful sea nymph who, after experiencing betrayal and rejection from the men in her life, comes to value her independence; and Georgia Webber’s Dumb (Jun.) presents a graphic memoir about overcoming a throat injury and muteness to find one’s voice.

Independent presses such as D&Q continue to specialize in literary works both utterly of the social and political moment and firmly grounded in the comics canon. With Coyote Doggirl (Aug.), Lisa Hanawalt, producer of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, delivers an uproarious, feminist send-up of and tribute to Westerns. In Blame This on the Boogie (Oct.), cartoonist Rina Ayuyang chronicles the adventures of a Filipino American girl born in the decade of disco. Other current and upcoming profemale releases include comprehensive collections of the raw, autobiographical cartoons of Aline Kominsky-Crumb (Love That Bunch, May) and Julie Doucet (Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet, Oct.).

From IDW in September, Top Shelf’s Girl Town collects minicomics and anthology contributions by Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes), while Black Crown sends the anthology Femme Magnifique, edited by Shelly Bond, back to print. A Kickstarter success, ­Magnifique gathers illustrated minibios of 50 women who changed the world, from Harriet ­Tubman and Sally Ride to Kate Bush and Michelle Obama, as told by more than 100 global creators, including Cecil Castellucci, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Carey, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Tee Franklin [see the Q&A, p. 36], and Gilbert Hernandez.

In October, Anne Frank’s Diary (Pantheon) gets introduced to a new generation of readers with the first graphic adaptation of this important historical work. Authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation and including text from the original, the project is headed by Oscar-nominated director Ari Folman and artist David Polonsky.

DiversE makers, material

The growing supply of and demand for diversity in graphic novels and in those who create them strengthen the argument that sequential art is a singularly exciting medium. Calvin Reid, senior news editor, Publishers Weekly, contends that “the demand for genres beyond superhero comics, the demands of women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, kids, and others for comics that reflect their lives is changing the American comics marketplace dramatically.”

Thus consider Gumballs (Top Shelf: IDW, Jun.), a pioneering comic from transgender cartoonist Erin Nations, in which graphic memoir combines with observational comedy, character studies, and more. Or Lauren Keller and others’ How Do You Smoke a Weed? A Comics Guide to a Responsible High (Jun.) from Charlie “Spike” Trotman’s Iron Circus Comics, which boasts a talented roster of queer, straight, male, female, nonbinary, and multiracial creators. Coming in September from PM Press, edited by Quincy Saul, Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies collects stories about the Africans who escaped slavery in the Americas and created their own new societies and cultures. With A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns (Limerence: Oni, Jun.), genderqueer artist/writer Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson illustrate the basics of everyday usage, leavening a serious topic with just the right amount of ­humor.

Notable forthcoming graphic biographies and memoirs include Congressman Lewis’s much-anticipated Run: Book One (Comics Arts: Abrams, Oct.). Cocreated with writer Aydin and illustrators Afua Richardson and Powell, it begins the next chapter in the life of the civil rights icon, starting after the historic success of the 1965 Selma campaign. Also continuing his acclaimed memoir series, French-­Syrian cartoonist Riad Sattouf releases The Arab of the Future. Vol. 3: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1985–1987 (Metropolitan: Holt, Aug.). Other standouts include Keiler Roberts’s unsparing ­Chlorine Gardens (Koyama, Sept.), which touches on pregnancy, raising children, and mental illness; ­Liana Finck’s self-dubbed “neurological coming-of-age story” Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir (Random, Sept.); and Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart’s The Art of the Graphic Memoir (St. Martin’s, Nov.).

Noam Chomsky comes to comics in Jeffrey Wilson and Eliseu ­Gouveia’s The Instinct for Cooperation: A Graphic Novel Conversation with Noam Chomsky (Seven Stories, Jun.). Sure to satisfy sports fans is The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling (Ten Speed: Crown, Oct.), as told by ­Aubrey ­Sitterson and Chris Moreno.

COMICS IN THE CLASSICS

On the crime fiction, thriller, and noir front, Pulitzer Prize winner Jules ­Feiffer introduces Ghost Script (­Liveright: Norton, Jul.; Xpress Reviews 6/8/18), the gripping finale to his innovative “Kill My Mother” ­trilogy. Artist John K. Snyder III adapts novelist Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways To Die (IDW, Jul.) into a graphic, grainy, and moody setting that evokes the noir magazine covers of the period. And depicting male adolescence in the 1950s with grit, David Small’s first major adult work, Home After Dark (­Liveright: Norton, Sept.; LJ 6/1/18), follows up (and possibly surpasses) National Book Award finalist Stitches. Meanwhile, top suspense from Titan Comics/Hard Case Crime features Edgar-­nominated Duane ­Swierczynski’s Breakneck, illustrated by Simone Guglielmini (Aug.); Max Allan Collins’s Quarry’s War, with artist Szymon Kudranski (Jul.); and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer: The Night I Died (Oct.), penned by Collins, with artist Marcelo Salaza, and timed to celebrate the 100th birthday of the legendary crime novelist.

Stunning literary adaptations include Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel, illustrated by Fred Fordham (Harper, Nov.); Jack London’s classic short story To Build a Fire (Gallery 13, Oct.), from acclaimed writer/­artist ­Christophe Chabouté; and award-winning cartoonist Peter ­Kuper’s ­Kafkaesque: Fourteen Short Stories (Norton, Sept.). For music fans, creator Bill Morrison’s lavish adaptation of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine (Titan Comics, Aug.) complements NBM’s The Beatles in Comics! (Nov.), the complete illustrated story of the Fab Four, from their formation through Beatlemania and the turbulent 1960s to their breakup. Rock enthusiasts will savor Joe Pearson and others’ Pearl Jam: Do the Evolution (IDW, Sept.), detailing the creation of the group’s Grammy-­nominated animated video, codirected by comics’ Todd ­McFarlane and Kevin Altieri.

Translations & manga

Speaking to the wide appeal of comics and graphic novels, or Bandes dessinées, in France, Flore Piacentino, project manager, French Publishers Association/Syndicat national de l’edition, tells LJ that “half of the [French] population reads at least one Bande dessinée per year, with 35 percent of books borrowed [from libraries] in France being graphic novels.” Furthermore, over the past decade, sales of French comics for adults and children, manga, and American comics have strongly increased. Highlighting the growing success of translated French works for American audiences, Piacentino says that “each year, translation rights for more than 200 French comics are sold to American ­publishers.”

Responding to the trend, D&Q has added several fresh voices from abroad to its 2018 offerings. German cartoonist ­Aisha Franz’s Shit Is Real (Jun.) traces a young woman’s struggles with depression in the wake of an unexpected breakup, while Korean creator Ancco’s Bad Friends (Sept.) examines female friendship in a 1990s South Korea torn between tradition and Western modernity. D&Q’s Pohl-Miranda is most excited about Ancco’s work after the huge success of Yeon-Sik Hong’s Uncomfortably Happy, noting “there’s a really good space for literary manhwa [Korean manga] carved out by the manga (and gekiga [alternative manga]) reading public.”

Mark de Vera, publishing sales manager, VIZ Media, relates that VIZ’s “library business has grown steadily over the past five years because of big new hits such as Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul [see Vol. 5: re, Jun.]…and Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia [see Hideyuki Furuhashi & Betten Court’s Vigilantes. Vol. 1, Jul.], as well as sequels to beloved manga ­series.” De Vera lists the most notable new trends as “the success of RWBY, a manga adaptation of the hit YouTube show [see RWBY Official Manga Anthology. Vol. 2: Mirror, Mirror (Aug.) and RWBY: Official Manga Anthology. Vol. 3: From Shadows (Nov.)] and continued growth of My Hero Academia, currently the biggest manga and anime property in America.”

The next age of superheroes

Signaling that the superhero genre is alive and well is the unprecedented success of the Black Panther film, which garnered a record-breaking $242.1 million in box office sales in its first days of hitting theaters this past February. Jenny McClusky, collection development librarian, Ingram Library Services, considers superhero saturation from the perspective of libraries, telling LJ that “with the name recognition of critically acclaimed graphic novel creators [e.g., Mariko Tamaki, Gene Luen Yang] now on board to write superhero stories, the usual complexities of superhero worlds should hopefully take a backseat in ­public library collection development. If this approach works, we could see libraries and educators, as well as graphic novel fans, embrace superheroes in a whole new way.”

PW’s Reid notes several recent attempts by Marvel and DC to incorporate “diversity and social trends to their well-known heroes: Marvel has a lady Thor as well as an Afro-Latino Spider-Man…an Islamic Ms. Marvel, the revival of Black Panther, Iceman coming out as gay.” Fans should also look to John Ridley’s The American Way. Vol. 2: Those Above and Those Below, continuing a series the Oscar-winning director (12 Years a Slave) began a decade ago, as well as a new series he’s working on that expands the background of DC heroes from marginalized communities, The Other ­History of the DC Universe. Still, many of the major current releases are collected or deluxe editions of ongoing series or recent successes, including Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal; Deluxe Edition (Jun.), with Quarto set to release Robert Greenberger’s long-overdue DC Comics Heroines: 100 Greatest Moments (Sept.).

Etching out the times

Among the big titles set in the continually revisited World War II era is Anthony Del Col and others’ Son of Hitler (Image, Jun.), which sees a British agent find the title character in occupied France and recruiting him for a most dangerous mission.

America and its conflicted history remain popular themes as well. Val Mayerik and Jim Berry’s Kickstarter-funded Of Dust & Blood: The Battle at Little Big Horn (NBM, Oct.) views that fateful event through the eyes of a cavalry scout and a young Lakota warrior. Jump ahead to 1970s America, a popular setting for the macabre, as seen in National Book Award winner Nate ­Powell’s Come Again (Top Shelf: IDW, Jul.), marking the artist’s first solo graphic novel in seven years. In a hilltop “intentional community” in Arkansas, high in the Ozark Mountains, the spirit of the Love Generation is kept alive even as the Me Decade comes to an end.

As evidenced by this latest crop of titles, the graphic medium continues to transform the storytelling landscape. Citing Congressman Lewis’s March trilogy and Ken Krimstein’s upcoming graphic biography The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt (Sept.), Bloomsbury associate publisher and editorial director Nancy Miller considers the current strengths and boundless possibilities of comics. For Miller, “graphic nonfiction can be especially effective in bringing a historical subject to vivid life in a way that makes it feel quite of the moment, both politically and visually—and almost cinematic in its sweep and immediacy…speak[ing] to readers in new ways.”

Going Graphic

Below are the forthcoming titles mentioned in this article. Translations are denoted by (Tr.)

AUTHOR TITLE PUBLISHER RELEASE Aldama, Frederick Luis (ed.) Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology Latinographix: Ohio State Sept. Ancco Bad Friends (Tr.) Drawn & Quarterly Sept. Atwood, Margaret & others The Complete Angel Catbird Dark Horse Oct. Atwood, Margaret & Ken Steacy War Bears Dark Horse Sept. Ayuyang, Rina Blame This on the Boogie Drawn & Quarterly Oct. Beeby, Emma Mata Hari Berger: Dark Horse Nov. Block, Lawrence & John K. Snyder III Eight Million Ways To Die IDW Jul. Bond, Shelly (ed.) Femme Magnifique Black Crown: IDW Sept. Bongiovanni, Archie & Tristan Jimerson A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns Limerence: Oni Jun. Bub, Tanya & Jeffrey Bub Totally Random: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics (A Serious Comic on Entanglement) Princeton Univ. Jun. Cervantes, Miguel de & others Don Quixote of La Mancha Penn State Oct. Collins, Max Allan & others Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer: The Night I Died Hard Case Crime/Titan Oct. Collins, Max Allan & others Quarry’s War Hard Case Crime/Titan Jul. De Campi, Alex & Victor Santos Bad Girls Gallery 13: S. & S. Jul. Del Col, Anthony & others Son of Hitler Image Jun. Densford, Ian Trench Dogs Dead Reckoning: Naval Inst. Sept. Dhaliwal, Aminder Woman World Drawn & Quarterly Sept. Doucet, Julie Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet Drawn & Quarterly Oct. Dulak, Brent & others Machete Squad Dead Reckoning: Naval Inst. Sept. Emma The Mental Load: Comics from the Front Lines of Women’s Lives and Other Social Justice Issues Seven Stories Oct. Feiffer, Jules Ghost Script Liveright: Norton Jul. Finck, Liana Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir Random Sept. Frank, Anne & others Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation Pantheon Oct. Franz, Aisha Shit Is Real (Tr.) Drawn & Quarterly Jun. Furuhashi, Hideyuki & Betten Court My Hero Academia. Vol. 1: Vigilantes (Tr.) VIZ Jul. Gaiman, Neil & others The Sandman Universe Sandman Universe: DC. Aug. Garcia, Eric J. Drawing on Anger: Portraits of U.S. Hypocrisy Latinographix: Ohio State Sept. Greenberger, Robert DC Comics Heroines: 100 Greatest Moments Quarto Sept. Hanawalt, Lisa Coyote Doggirl Drawn & Quarterly Aug. Hart, Tom The Art of the Graphic Memoir St. Martin’s Nov. Hesse, María Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life (Tr.) Univ. of Texas Sept. Hopkinson, Nalo & Dominike Stanton House of Whispers Sandman Universe: DC Sept. Howard, Kat & Tom Fowler Books of Magic Sandman Universe: DC Oct. Howard, Tini & Gilbert Hernandez Assassinistas Black Crown : IDW Aug. Ishida, Sui Tokyo Ghoul. Vol. 5: re VIZ Jun. Johnson, Mat & Warren Pleece Incognegro: Renaissance Berger: Dark Horse Oct. Kafka, Franz & Peter Kuper Kafkaesque: Fourteen Short Stories Norton Sept. Keller, Lauren & others How Do You Smoke a Weed? A Comics Guide to a Responsible High Iron Circus Jun. Knodell, Kevin & others The ‘Stan Dead Reckoning: Sept. Kominsky-Crumb, Aline Love That Bunch Drawn & Quarterly May Krimstein, Ken The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt Bloomsbury Sept. Kugler, Olivier Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters with Syrian Refugees Myriad: Penn State Jul. Lee, Harper & Fred Fordham To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel Harper Nov. Lewis, John & others Run: Book One Comics Arts: Abrams Oct. London, Jack & Christophe Chabouté To Build a Fire Gallery 13: S. & S. Oct. Maurel, Carole & Mariko Tamaki Luisa: Now and Then (Tr.) Life Drawn: Humanoids Jun. Mayerik, Val & Jim Berry Of Dust & Blood: The Battle at Little Big Horn NBM Oct. Miller, Frank & John Romita Jr. Superman: Year One Black Label: DC Nov. Morrison, Bill The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Titan Comics AUG. Nations, Erin Gumballs Top Shelf: IDW Jun. Nowak, Carolyn Girl Town Top Shelf: IDW Sept. Pearson, Joe & others Pearl Jam: Do the Evolution IDW Sept. Pichetshote, Pornsak & others Infidel Image Sept. Powell, Nate Come Again Top Shelf: IDW Jul. Roberts, Keiler Chlorine Gardens Koyama Sept. Rollins, Prentis The Furnace Tor Jul. Sattouf, Riad The Arab of the Future. Vol. 3: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1985–1987 (Tr.) Metropolitan: Holt Aug. Saul, Quincy (ed.) Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies PM Sept. Simon, Anne The Song of Aglaia Fantagraphics Jul. Sitterson, Aubrey & Chris Moreno The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling Ten Speed: Crown Oct. Small, David Home After Dark Liveright: Norton Sept. Snyder, Scott & Greg Capullo Dark Nights: Metal; Deluxe Edition DC Jun. Spurrier, Si & Bilquis Evely The Dreaming Sandman Universe: DC Sept. Strömquist, Liv Fruit of Knowledge Fantagraphics Aug. Swierczynski, Duane & others Breakneck Hard Case Crime/Titan Aug. Various The Beatles in Comics! NBM Nov. Various RWBY: Official Manga Anthology. Vol. 2: Mirror, Mirror (Tr.) VIZ Aug. Various RWBY: Official Manga Anthology. Vol. 3: From Shadows (Tr.) VIZ Nov. Watters, Dan & others Lucifer Sandman Universe: DC Oct. Webber, Georgia Dumb Fantagraphics Jun. Wilson, Jeffrey & Eliseu Gouveia The Instinct for Cooperation: A Graphic Novel Conversation with Noam Chomsky Seven Stories Jun.

Jody Osicki, Community Services Librarian, Saint John Free Public Library, NB, began reviewing videos and graphic novels for LJ in 2006. A pop culture devotee since age three, he has written about film, music, books, and other works of popular art for various publications since 1990. Osicki was LJ’s 2014 Video Reviewer of the Year

Modernists, Memoirs, Melancholia, Movies | Classic Returns

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:27

This “Classic Returns” column introduces some fascinating personalities readers might have missed the first time around. In the real-lives realm, we have strong survivors: Mary Berg, a fortunate escapee of the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi occupation; Albert Race Sample, who triumphed over a stint in the Texas “plantation prison” system; Pauli Murray, whose internal conflicts and external influence made her a powerful voice in the civil rights movement; even Derek Taylor, the Beatles’ press agent in the Swingin’ Sixties, is a survivor of sorts. Fictional survivors include Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose, who suffered through a horrible childhood and has addiction issues; the star-crossed lovers in W.H. Hudson’s back-to-nature novel; and Tom Kristensen’s melancholy Dane Ole, who might have matched Patrick Melrose drink for drink.

Besides survivor stories, there are sf reissues, rereleased mysteries, essays by Saul Bellow, Hollywood books, one covering a megastar and the other an outlier’s memoir, and Canadian author Helen Weinzweig’s rediscovered feminist classic.

Aickman, Robert. Compulsory Games. NYRB Classics. May 2018. 368p. ed. by Victoria Nelson. ISBN 9781681371894. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681371900. SF/SHORT STORIES
This collection from British supernatural/gothic writer Aickman (1914–81) includes 11 original stories from eight original collections not included in the Faber four-volume centenary set reissued in 2014. Four stories unpublished in the author’s lifetime—“The Strangers,” The Coffin House,” “A Disciple of Pain,” and “The Fully Conducted Tour”—are also featured. Editor/author Nelson (Gothicka) notes that Aickman’s “sophisticated modernist tales” deserve “a much higher ranking in the literary canon than the genre ghetto they currently occupy.”

Arnason, Eleanor. Ring of Swords. Heirloom: Aqueduct. (Heirloom, Vol. 5). May 2018. 350p. ISBN 9781619761407. pap. $20. SF
The fifth volume in Aqueduct’s Heirloom imprint reissues sf writer Arnason’s “Hwarhath” novel, originally published in 1993. The aim of Heirloom Books is “to bring back into print work that has helped make feminist sf what it is today,” according to Aqueduct editor L. Timmel Duchamp. Celebrated sf author Ursula K. Le Guin provides a new introduction, elaborating on her original  blurb for the 1993 edition. Among other things, Le Guin said the “ancestry” of Ring of Swords includes The War of the Worlds, A Tale of Two Cities, and War and Peace.

 

Berg, Mary. The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto; 75th Anniversary Edition. ed. by S.L. Schneiderman & Susan Pentlin. OneWorld. Jun. 2018. 320p. photos. bibliog. notes. index. ISBN 9781786073402. pap. $22.99. AUTOBIOG
Author Berg, born Mary Wattenberg in Poland, began writing her diary in 1939, when she was 15 years old and the Nazis were cracking down on the Jewish residents of the Warsaw Ghetto, where she and her family lived. She  chronicled the increasing terror of daily life for four years before escaping to America. First published in 1945 as Warsaw Ghetto: A Diary, this edition features the original introduction by Yiddish journalist Schneiderman, who first met Berg on the dock after her ship arrived in America. Pentlin (emerita professor of modern languages, Central Missouri State Univ.) also contributes an introduction.

Hudson, W.H. Green Mansions. Overlook. May 2018. 400p. illus. by Keith Henderson. ISBN 9781468309195. $30; pap. ISBN 9781585679485. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781468304176. LIT
Argentinian-born naturalist, ornithologist, and author Hudson’s 1904 allegorical novel is set in the Amazonian jungle. Abel, a war refugee, seeks sanctuary in the virgin forests of Venezuela, where he meets and begins a star-crossed romance with Rima, the last survivor of a mysterious aboriginal race. Hudson’s other books helped foster the back-to-nature movement of the 1920s and 1930s; this full-cloth restoration of a 1926 edition features a foil-stamped cover, 60 black-and-white drawings by Scottish illustrator Henderson, and a new introduction by author Margaret Atwood. (Film note: Audrey Hepburn and Tony Perkins starred in a 1959 film version of Green Mansions, directed by Hepburn’s then-husband, Mel Ferrer.)

Murray, Pauli. Song in a Weary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage. Liveright: Norton. May 2018. 592p. ISBN 9781631494581. pap. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631494598. MEMOIR/LGBTQ
Murray (1910–85), a poet, lawyer, feminist, activist, and later, Episcopal priest, was pivotal in the overturning of Plessy v. Ferguson and other Supreme Court civil rights cases, as well as a cofounder of the National Organization for Women. She befriended progressive leaders such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Thurgood Marshall and was active in social justice movements. Her second memoir (after 1956’s Proud Shoes) was originally published posthumously in 1987. Patricia Bell-Scott (emerita, Univ. of Georgia), author of The Firebrand and the First Lady, an account of Murray’s relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt, provides a new introduction.

St. Aubyn, Edward. Patrick Melrose. Picador. May 2018. ISBN 9781250305664. $26. F
As a tie-in to the Showtime Network five-part “limited event series” starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, this volume collects all five of St. Aubyn’s “Patrick Melrose” novels. Never Mind unfolds over a day and an evening at the Melrose family chateau in France; Bad News opens with 22-year-old Patrick on a drug-fueled trip to New York to collect the ashes of his abusive father; the next book offers Some Hope for a newly sober Patrick; Mother’s Milk looks at him as husband, father, and son; and At Last is set over the single day of a funeral. St. Aubyn’s quintet is celebrated by other authors and critics (including tough nuts such as New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani and author/critic Francine Prose in her upcoming collection, What To Read and Why).

Sample, Albert Race. Racehoss: Big Emma’s Boy. Scribner. May 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501183980. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781501183997. MEMOIR/LAW & CRIME
First published in 1984, the author’s account of his life as an African American in the Jim Crow South and 17 years of incarceration at a Texas “prison plantation” in the 1950s and 1960s has a hard-won happy ending. Sample (1930–2005) went on to be the first ex-convict in Texas to work for the governor’s office, to be hired as a probation officer, and to serve on the state bar of Texas. He was granted a full pardon in 1976 and received many awards for his work in the field of corrections and rehabilitation of ex-offenders. This edition has a new foreword and afterword written by Sample’s widow, Carol, and ten percent more material.

Taylor, Derek. As Time Goes By. Faber & Faber. May 2018. 228p. illus. index. ISBN 9780571342662. pap. $14.95. MUSIC/MEMOIR
Taylor was press officer for the Beatles in 1964 and for the band’s label, Apple Records, between 1968 and 1970. In the interim, he repped megastar acts such as the Beach Boys and the Byrds. Among the first Sixties pop culture books (released in 1973), this book contains anecdotes about the Beatles’ frenetic 1964 world tour, the scene on the Sunset Strip (1966–67), the Utopian beginnings of Apple Records, and the 1970 breakup of the Beatles. Music journalist and pop culture author Jon Savage (Teenage; 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded) provides a new introduction.

Short Takes

Bellow, Saul. It All Adds Up: From the Distant Past to the Uncertain Future. Penguin Classics. Jun. 2018. ISBN 9780143106685. $22; ebk. ISBN 9781623730338. ESSAYS
Literary giant Bellow (1915–2005) took a break from fiction to muse on history, politics, art, writers, intellectuals, and more in this collection of essays written over a 40-year period. Also included are his remembrances of lost friends such as John Cheever, Allan Bloom, and John Berryman. With a new intro by editor and critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, who reviewed the original 1994 edition.

Brown, Carter. No Harp for My Angel/Booty for a Babe/Eve, It’s Extortion. Stark House. May 2018. 298p. ISBN 9781944520441. pap. $19.95. MYS
This edition comprises three “Al Wheeler” mysteries (Books 4–6) from the British-born, Australia-based author’s long-running series. Brown wrote around 300 books featuring five different series characters, but American police lieutenant Al Wheeler was his most popular; all three books were published in 1956.

Duncan, Francis. So Pretty a Problem (Mordecai Tremaine, Bk. 3). Sourcebooks Landmark. May 2018. pap. 288p. ISBN 9781492651765; ebk. ISBN 9781492651772. MYS
This Golden Age mystery (originally released in 1947) about the murder of an artist and his wife’s puzzling confession is the third of five books (after Murder Has a Motive and Murder for Christmas) starring amateur criminologist Mordecai Tremaine.

Frangioni, David & Thomas Schatz. Clint Eastwood: Icon; The Essential Film Art Collection. Insight Editions. Jun. 2018. 240p. illus. ISBN 9781683833055. $39.95. FILM
Happy 88th birthday (May 31, 1930) to director/actor/
producer Eastwood, whose 60-plus years in Hollywood are represented here in a revised, expanded edition of a 2009 tribute. Frangioni, a prominent collector of Eastwood memorabilia, and movie expert and University of Texas performing arts professor Schatz have added new content from Eastwood’s most recent films.

 

Kristensen, Tom. Havoc. NYRB Classics. Jun. 2018. 528p. tr. from Danish by Carl Malmberg. ISBN 9781681372075. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681372082. F
Danish journalist, critic, poet, and author Kristensen (1893–1974) penned this “lost Modernist classic” in 1930. Author Karl Ove Knausgaard dubbed this roman à clef that follows a self-destructive literary critic who appears to have it all  “one of the best novels to come out of Scandinavia.”

Lanchester, Elsa. Elsa Lanchester, Herself: An Autobiography. Chicago Review. Apr. 2018. 368p. photos. index. ISBN 9780912777832. pap. $15.99. FILM/AUTOBIOG
She was so much more than Bride of Frankenstein. Actress of stage and screen Lanchester (1902–86) also played dotty British ladies, queens, and the occasional murderess. This long-out-of-print autobiography recounts her unconventional life and times, including her unorthodox marriage to actor and director Charles Laughton.

Weinzweig, Helen. Basic Black with Pearls. NYRB Classics. Apr. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9781681372167. pap. $14; ebk. ISBN 9781681372174. F
First published in 1980, Weinzweig’s layered, dreamlike second novel is recognized as a landmark of feminist fiction. With an afterword from fellow Canadian writer (The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World) and editor (Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s) Sarah Weinman.

Busting Out with Books | What We’re Reading

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:32

My recent prompt to the “What We’re Reading & Watching” crew was a call to discuss reading something out of their comfort zones, maybe a genre hop or a complete 180-degree flip from fiction to nonfiction (or vice versa). Laura and Etta made that 180 turn; like Etta, I’m primarily a mystery fan, but I genre-hopped to historical fiction in preparation for moderating a panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog.  Lisa also studied and read for the Great Reporting panel she moderated, but stuck pretty close to home as far as comfort zones go. Ashleigh, too, stood by her favorites but stretched her reading to letters between two beloved African American authors. Whatever our zones, we’re always trying to expand our reading horizons here at WWR Land.

Liz French, Senior Editor, LJ
Like my WWR colleague Lisa (see below) and fellow review editors Wilda Williams and Barbara Hoffert, I moderated a panel at LJ’s annual Day of Dialog, the Top Historical Fiction discussion. In order to know what the heck I was talking about, I had to binge on some really great historical fiction titles (poor little me, right?). I don’t want to pick favorites among the five books (and authors), so I’ll just talk briefly about each: B.J. Shapiro’s The Collector’s Apprentice (Algonquin) is set in the 1920s and the art world, big pluses in my opinion; Ramin Ganeshram’s The General’s Cook (Arcade: Skyhorse) makes you feel the tension and indignities of living every day as a slave in 1790s Philadelphia; Susanna Kearsley’s Bellewether (Sourcebooks Landmark) uses her trademark parallel narrative storytelling to excellent effect; Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Atria: S. & S.) also has artists behaving badly and madly as in Shapiro’s novel, and multiple time lines and viewpoints, as in Kearsley’s, but she goes further, with a murder, family secrets, and a ghost. There’s a murder in Beatriz Williams’s The Summer Wives (Morrow), too, and several time lines, but she adds class conflict and the 1969 USA moon landing to her story. Each novel has such a strong sense of place—I was transported out of my comfort zone into each of their worlds, and the trips were exciting to boot. 

Laura Girmscheid, Research Manager, LJS
I usually read fiction but picked up Garrett M. Graff’s Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan To Save Itself—While the Rest of Us Die (S. & S.) at the recommendation of a friend. The book is about the U.S. government’s Continuity of Government (COG) program that’s been in place since the Cold War. It discloses formerly secret bunkers located around the country and highlights the workings of one called Raven Rock near Camp David in Maryland. These were designed to withstand global nuclear war and preserve the country’s government as well as various U.S. artifacts. The program doesn’t care who is president so long as there is a president. If you’ve ever watched Designated Survivor, you are familiar with the idea of an order of succession to the presidency. I’m not too far into the book, but it’s easy to read. I think I’m going to like it!

Lisa Peet, Associate Editor, LJ
Earlier this month I read Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Algonquin), by Tim Mohr, as part of prep for the Day of Dialog panel I moderated on Great Reporting. And this fit the bill; I liked it quite a lot. The subject matter hit a bunch of my sweet spots: history as viewed through a specific lens, events that happened in my adult lifetime, and early punk rock. In this case, as the title would indicate, the book focuses on the fall of the Berlin wall and what part was played by the early punk movement in the DDR and Eastern Europe, from 1981 through 1989. Mohr has good sources in addition to opened Stasi records, which he admits are pretty dry, and his narrative is very engaging—he’s obviously making sure his voice matches up with the subject without falling into total inarticulacy, so lots of short, sharp sentences, sometimes repeated like song choruses, and plenty of profanity. As someone who was involved in the downtown NYC punk scene starting in roughly 1981, I was fascinated by the contrast. I definitely consider what I was part of as a scene, rather than a movement. It may have stemmed from adolescent (and post-adolescent) rebellion and a dislike of conformity on my end, but it didn’t carry the same kind of life-and-death charter—no one I knew was going to jail for their beliefs (other than public intoxication, maybe), or having to dodge police to make the music they wanted to make or attend concerts or marches. So even though I know my history, and have read a fair amount about the end of the DDR and the Communist regime at the time, this was an interesting filter to drive home the import of what a lot of young people were dealing with there and then. It also sparked a wave of nostalgia, and I stayed up too late last week Googling photos of punks in the early 80s East Village and falling down a few where-are-they-now rabbit holes. Not everyone I knew then has aged well; imagine.

Henrietta Verma, WWR Emerita
Amanda’s discussion of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark in the last installment of What We’re Reading was so compelling that the book is now high on my TBR list. That would be out of my comfort zone—I’m a big mystery novel reader, but for some reason hardly ever read true crime. At the moment I’m more in my zone, though pushing it a little with the kind of angsty mom who’s a little too like me for my liking. The mom in question, Nina Browning, stars in Emily Giffin’s All We Ever Wanted; her son has done something awful at a party, and she and the victim’s father are the only ones taking it seriously. The first half of this book got me through a bumpy, scary plane ride, so it must be good, but if Nina’s wealthy, obnoxious husband doesn’t get his comeuppance soon, I’ll throw my Kindle at the first rich guy I see. 

Ashleigh Williams, Editorial Assistant, SLJ
So this book is kind of a cheat when it comes to extending beyond my comfort zone. I’m very familiar with Audre Lorde’s work, and I’m pretty vocal about it—so much so that a colleague handed me Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974–1989 (Midsummer Nights) unprompted the moment it showed up at our office! But I haven’t read many letters between writers. I’m almost too excited to read this, so I’m really trying to take my time and savor the exchanges between these amazing black lesbian writers who were hugely influential in the black feminist arts and who continue to shape queer studies today. It feels like a gift to experience their friendship through the written mundanities of their lives and to “eavesdrop” (as Mecca Jamilah Sullivan calls it in the introduction) on the ways in which they supported each other. It seems that Lorde liked to send Parker gifts, including a check for stamps and Bazooka Bubble Gum, and playfully but firmly asked Parker to send her work for personal critique or publication. The pair exchanged confidences about community organizing and the need to work with youth, with prisoners, and with the public overall while navigating the bureaucracy and limitations of institutions like the public school system and the National Endowment for the Arts (“Nothing connected with the NEA is only what it seems to be on the surface,” Lorde wrote in an early undated letter). I’ve barely skimmed the surface of this text, and I already feel like I’ve learned so much about these two brilliant creators.

 

 

Sophisticated Reads | Day of Dialog 2018

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:18

With a title aptly echoing Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady,” as noted by moderator and LJ Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert, the “Sophisticated Reads” panel led off with Gary Shteyngart declaring “Librarians, I love you” before launching into a discussion of his multi-faceted Lake Success (Random, Sept.), a road-trip novel about an ultrarich but clueless hedge-fund manager abandoning his wife and autistic son to hop a Greyhound in search of his college girlfriend and the real America. Shteyngart said that while all his books are “comic at heart, I try to write about something that matters in life,” and what matters here is finding connection with those whom we might seem to have little in common.

Next, debut novelist Crystal Hana Kim touched on resonant emotional truths in If You Leave Me (Morrow, Aug.), a sprawling, multigenerational family saga set during the Korean War and its aftermath. The author cited chilling stories passed down by her war survivor grandmother, as well as being a lifelong reader, as her primary research sources for portraying how women in particular have navigated tough choices during wartime.

An eerie, metaphysical thriller whose protagonist encounters her recently deceased husband while attending a horror film festival in Havana, Cuba, Laura van den Berg’s The Third Hotel (Farrar, Aug.) aims to convey an “extreme rupture to the character’s sense of self,” said the author. Horror can do that; as the narrative declares, “Horror is the dislocation of reality, a dislocation designed to reveal the reality that’s been there all along.” Van den Berg further clarified that art in general serves as “a kind of jolt, a disturbance in the air and to the smooth surface of the self”—exactly what she hopes readers will get from her novel.

(Pictured l. to r.) Laura van den Berg, Walter Mosley, Gary Shteyngart,
Crystal Hana Kim, James Frey

Described by Hoffert as “a story hot enough to burn through your eyes,” New York Times best-selling author James Frey’s sensuous, stylistically experimental Katerina (Scout: Gallery, Sept.) is about relationships, yes, but especially about the act of creation. Moving mostly between contemporary America and 1920s Paris, it sees an emotionally broken writer return to his raucous, raunchy young days in the City of Light and his affair with the heart-sucking titular heroine. Citing his own early days as a writer, Frey said he was inspired to create “divisive works that change people’s lives and burn the fucking world down,” the latter phrase featuring prominently throughout. For Frey, that’s “learning to write, chasing your dreams…loss…a book about books.”

Though Walter Mosley is a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, his intellectually exciting new stand-alone, John Woman (Atlantic Monthly, Sept.), is decidedly not a mystery despite opening with a violent crime. Reinventing himself after terrible loss, the titular character, now a deconstructionist historian professor, challenges his students to question what they think they know, which in turn challenges readers as John deconstructs the twists and turns of history. “As time goes by, things change,” said Mosley, perhaps echoing his own constant reinvention as a writer, his taking back the creative license he says capitalism strips away by pigeonholing authors. As the mic was passed among the authors, each pushing the envelope in a different way, Frey concluded, “I’d rather fail than having done nothing at all.”

Photos ©2018 William Neumann

 

Read To Lead | Leadership

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:11
Seventeen Titles To Give
New Library Leaders Context
and Help Experienced Ones
Keep Things Fresh

Library Focused

Evans, G. Edward & Holland Christie. Managerial Leadership for Librarians: Thriving in the Public and Nonprofit World. Libraries Unlimited. 2017. 379p. index. ISBN 9781440841705. pap. $65; ebk. ISBN 9781440841712.

This title is aimed at librarians with some managerial experience and knowledge/understanding of foundational concepts. Though some chapters cover familiar ground, the authors quickly move the discussions beyond the basics. They also focus on adapting management concepts and theory specifically for the public and nonprofit sectors and combining the development of advanced management skills with those of dynamic leadership. (LJ 4/1/18)

The LITA Leadership Guide: The Librarian as Entrepreneur, Leader, and Technologist. Rowman & Littlefield. 2017. 152p. ed. by Carl Antonucci & Sharon Clapp. illus. index. ISBN 9781442279018. $75; pap. ISBN 9781442279025. $37.

The authors encourage librarians who aspire to leadership roles to embrace the ever-changing technology and space needs of their patrons and to adopt an entrepreneurial spirit in both areas. They examine the effect these changes have had on the mission and operations of libraries and how leaders willing to take risks can help ensure that libraries continue to be relevant to the communities they serve. (LJ 10/15/17)

The Many Faces of School Library Leadership. 2d ed. Libraries Unlimited. 2017. 184p. ed. by Sharon Coatney & Violet H. Harada. index. ISBN 9781440848971. pap. $50; ebk. ISBN 9781440848988.

Though this work is aimed at K–12 librarians, the advice is easily adaptable to all types of librarianship. The K–12 focus offers some interesting angles that do not typically show up in other titles, such as literacy and curriculum leadership and advocacy leadership.

Related OrganizationS

Garrett, Charles E. Guiding Principles for Commonsense Leadership: A Little Black Book for Educational Leaders. Dog Ear. 2017. 91p. ISBN 9781457559105. pap. $14.95.

Targeting a specific population (principals and administrators), this book is nonetheless applicable to aspiring leaders in any setting. The author covers a wide range of topics with emphasis on common sense, collaboration, and avoiding common pitfalls such as poor listening.

Inclusive Leadership in Higher Education: International Perspectives and Approaches. Routledge. Jan. 2018. 215p. ed. by Lorraine Stefani & Patrick Blessinger. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781138201446. pap. $46.95; ebk. ISBN 9781315466095.

As its title implies, this volume showcases leadership practices that promote inclusion across all groups in higher education organizations. Content includes case studies from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the UK, as well as topical chapters focused on particular challenges and opportunities faced by leaders in this environment.

Transformational Leadership and Not for Profits and Social Enterprises. Routledge. (Studies in the Management of Voluntary & Non-Profit Organizations). Mar. 2018. 232p. ed. by Ken Wiltshire & others. index. ISBN 9781138204829. $150; ebk. ISBN 9781315468570.

Much like libraries, the role of not-for-profit organizations has become more complex and with this comes a need for innovative leadership. The essays in this title draw on real-world experiences from the not-for-profit world to help aspiring leaders support their teams and client communities and situate their organizations to succeed in an increasingly challenging milieu.

General Leadership

Fabritius, Friederike & Hans W. Hagemann. The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance. TarcherPerigee: Putnam. 2017. 272p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780143129356. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101993200.

Part leadership theory and part strategy for training your brain, this work is designed both for individual development and as a resource for creating higher functioning teams. The first two sections focus on individual development and the third expands the individual strategies to a team setting, including advice for hiring and training.

Grieser, Randy. The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization. Achieve. 2017. 216p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9781988617008. $21; ebk. ISBN 9781988617015.

Not all great leaders head up governments, large corporations, or notable organizations. Grieser maintains that “ordinary” leaders can come from any part of any size organization, and, if they pay attention to ten key areas, they can be influential in the success of their organization. The author adds survey responses from 1,700 professionals to his own experience, as well as examples for translating ideas into action.

Hougaard, Rasmus & Jacqueline Carter. The Mind of the Leader: How To Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results. Harvard Business Review. Mar. 2018. 328p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781633693425. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781633693432.

An important part of leading is having a vision and bringing it to fruition but not at the expense of the people you lead. The authors contend that truly successful leaders must exhibit mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion. They offer success stories from such corporate giants as Marriott, Accenture, McKinsey & Co., and LinkedIn to underscore their theory.

Kottler, Jeffrey A. What You Don’t Know About Leadership, but Probably Should: Applications to Daily Life. Oxford Univ.Mar. 2018. 344p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780190620820. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780190620837.

The emphasis here is boiling down leadership theory into practical strategies that can be used across a multitude of professional situations. Kottler calls out particular attributes (flexibility, humility, self-confidence) that are marks of a successful leader, and dangerous pitfalls (narcissism, hubris) that can cause a leader to fail.

Meyer, Ron. Leadership Agility: Developing Your Repertoire of Leadership Styles. Routledge. Jan. 2018. 264p. illus. index. ISBN 9781138065109. pap. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781315159980.

Just as there are styles of learning, there are also styles of leading. This title details ten leadership techniques, suggesting in which contexts, settings, and roles each might be particularly effective and for which they may not be suited. The author explains why it is advantageous for leaders to learn how and when to switch among various methods.

Northouse, Peter G. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice. 4th ed. SAGE. Jan. 2018. 335p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781506330082. pap. $67.

Currently in its fourth edition, this title provides an overview of leadership concepts and strategies. Each chapter contains a self-assessment questionnaire, exercises, and worksheets for practice and introspection. This new edition adds a chapter on diversity and inclusion and an ethical leadership style survey.

Spodek, Joshua. Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow. AMACOM. 2017. 246p. index. ISBN 9780814437933. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780814437940.

This leadership workbook provides 22 exercises designed to help the reader build the skills and abilities that successful leaders possess. Each chapter encompasses one exercise, progressing from an inward-facing self-development focus to more advanced practice that budding leaders can work through in their own professional setting.

Tjan, Anthony. Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters. Portfolio. 2017. 304p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780399562150. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399562174.

As with the previous title, Good People contends that successful leaders should exhibit compassion and integrity. The author defines these and other “good” qualities and provides excerpts from interviews with leaders who embody them. Additionally, he stresses the importance of hiring with an eye toward applicants who exhibit these qualities instead of simply judging them by the record of accomplishments listed in their résumés. (LJ 4/1/17)

SPECIAL ASPECTS

Bailey, Cathy Quartner. Show Up as Your Best Self: Mindful Leaders, Meditation, & More. CreateSpace: Amazon. 2017. 186p. ISBN 9781523787197. pap. $12.95.

Taking on the responsibilities that come with being a leader can be stressful. Bailey explains how adopting mindfulness practices such as quiet reflection and meditation not only can help relieve stress but also enable leaders to manage uncertainty better, solve problems, and engage more deeply in active listening and other habits that will maintain crucial connections throughout their organizations.

Kahnweiler, Jennifer B. The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength. Berrett-Koehler. Mar. 2018. 188p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781523094332. pap. $20.95; ebk. ISBN 9781523094318.

It may seem like all successful leaders must be extroverts, but Kahnweiler makes the case that many introvert qualities are well suited for that position. She discusses how introverts can benefit from their natural tendency toward observation, listening over talking, and careful word choice and lays out a four-step strategy they can use to build on these and other qualities that will help them become successful leaders.

Quayle, Moura. Designed Leadership. Columbia Univ. 2017. 226p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780231173124. pap. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780231544689.

This title lays out strategies for incorporating design thinking into leadership. Quayle explains how design thinking is an important addition to the leader’s toolkit because it inspires innovation and creativity. She explains the ten principles and methods of designed leadership, offers advice on how to practice them, and provides case studies that showcase their effectiveness.

Sara Holder is Associate Professor and Head of Research and Information Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has authored journal articles on subjects including librarian training and development and academic library management. She is active in ALA, ACRL, and LLAMA and is a frequent reviewer for LJ (she is the 2018 Video Reviewer of the Year)

Editors’ Mystery Picks: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:24

Moderated by LJ Fiction Editor Wilda Williams, the inaugural Mystery Editors’ Picks panel opened with industry veteran Tom Colgan, VP and editorial director of Berkley’s lauded Prime Crime imprint, presenting the irresistible combination of clever librarian sleuths and cute, crime-solving cats, as featured in Jenn McKinlay’s Hitting the Books (“Library Lovers” series) and Sofie Kelly’s The Cats Came Back (“Magical Cats” series, now in hardcover). At the other end of the mystery spectrum and proving equally appealing were edgy, authentically drawn historicals featuring one-of-a-kind female protagonists, as exemplified by Rhys Bowen’s 1930s-set Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding: A Royal Spyness Mystery and Victoria Thompson’s series launch City of Secrets, set during the suffragette era.

Three-year-old upstart Crooked Lane—now publishing 75 titles a year—has seen an increase in its thriller entries, said publisher Matt Martz, highlighting debut author Laurie Petrou’s dark psychological thriller Sister of Mine. But he stressed that new entries in well-respected (and LJ-acclaimed) series will continue to head the company’s frontlist, including P.J. Tracy’s The Guilty Dead, the latest in a long-running police procedural series from a mother/daughter writing team, with this volume written by daughter Tracy after P.J.’s recent death, and Ellen Byron’s Mardi Gras Murder, next in the “Cajun Country Mystery” series that launched the publisher with the best-selling Plantation Shudders.

Ensuring Soho Crime’s commitment to its 30-year-old motto, “crime has no time zone,” senior vice president/associate publisher Juliet Grames’s list spanned continents, cultures, and cuisines, as well as an array of narrative styles. Consider Shamus Award–winning John Straley’s Alaska-set Baby’s First Felony, Stephen Mack Jones’s Detroit-based Lives Laid Away, rising star Mick Herron’s London Rules (blurbed as the John le Carré of our generation), and fan favorite Sujat Massey’s The Satapur Moonstone, the second in the series starring Perveen Mistry, India’s first female lawyer.

Having worked with authors such as Jeffrey Archer, Lucinda Riley, and Ann Cleeves before joining St. Martin’s Minotaur Books in 2017 to head the development of crime fiction, Catherine Richards spent nearly a decade as the senior editor of commercial fiction at the UK-based Pan Macmillan. Here she debuted an impressive, all-female list, which ranged from newcomer Sandie Jones’s chilling domestic suspense The Other Woman, to gorgeous, sweeping historicals by Jess Montgomery (The Widows) and Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers), to Zoje Stage’s fantasy-tinged thriller Wonderland.

Lastly, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Janet Evanovich’s “Stephanie Plum” series, Dan Zitt, VP, content production, Penguin Random House Audio/Books on Tape, announced the release of Evanovich’s Look Alive Twenty-Five, narrated by Lorelei King, and Lee Child’s latest “Jack Reacher” novel, Past Tense, read by Scott Brick. Zitt also shared the ins and outs of casting a mystery audio and for podcast fans recommended This Is the Author, a brief, ten-minute podcast with authors discussing the experience of narrating their own book. Click here for a full list of titles.

Photos ©2018 William Neumann

Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Show Picks | BookExpo 2018

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 10:39

Shout ‘n Sharers (left to right): Wilda Williams (moderator), Stephanie Anderson, Gregg Winsor, Jennifer Hubert Swan, and Shayera Tangeri. Photo by Chris Vaccari

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Library Journal’s popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel once again took center stage on the final day of BookExpo 2018, held May 30–June 1 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Occupying the Downtown Stage, one of three main venues for special book and author events, the discussion was moderated by LJ Fiction Editor Wilda Williams and featured a mix of first-time and veteran librarian shouters: Stephanie Anderson, assistant director of selection, BookOps, New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries; Gregg Winsor, reference librarian, Johnson County Library, Overland Park, KS; Jennifer Hubert Swan, middle school librarian and director of library services, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School, NYC; and Shayera Tangeri, senior librarian, Porter Ranch Branch Library, CA.

As with last year’s session, there was surprisingly very little overlap in the discoveries shared by panelists. Home After Dark, author/illustrator David Small’s long-awaited follow up to his 2011 National Book Award finalist Stitches, drew nods from Winsor, Swan, and Williams. Other titles attracting multiple attention included The Real Lolita, Sarah Weinman’s investigation of the kidnapping that inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s literary masterpiece; Stephen L. Carter’s Invisible, which recounts the life of the author’s remarkable grandmother, who helped take down 1930s gangster Lucky Luciano; and Sarah McCoy’s Marilla of Green Gables, the much anticipated prequel to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables.

In 2017, A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window was the Big Book of the show. No such thriller appeared on the horizon this year, but buzz is building for British screenwriter Alex Michaelides’s chilling debut The Silent Patient, which will be released in early 2019 by Macmillan’s new Celedon Books imprint.

The following list includes all titles presented, in roughly the order mentioned, with bold titles indicating those selected by more than one panelist.

Stephanie Anderson, BookOps, NYPL & BPL

Murata, Sayaka. Convenience Store Woman (Grove Atlantic, Jun.) F

Farizan, Sara. Here To Stay (Algonquin Young Readers, Sept.) YA Fic

Weinman, Sarah. The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World (Ecco: HarperCollins, Sept.) True Crime/Lit

Gerald, Casey. There Will Be No Miracles Here (Riverhead, Oct.) Memoir

Carter, Stephen L. Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster (Holt, Oct.) Biog

Guillory, Jasmine. The Proposal (Berkley, Sept.) Romance

Invisible Planets, ed. & tr. from Chinese by Ken Liu (Tor, pap. release Aug.) SF/Short Stories

Lal, Ruby. Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan (Norton, Jul.) Hist

Chung, Nicole. All You Can Ever Know (Catapult, Oct.) Memoir

Brodell, Ria. Butch Heroes (MIT, Sept.) LGBTQ Hist

 

Gregg Winsor, Johnson Cty. Lib., Overland Park, KS

Michaelides, Alex. The Silent Patient (Celadon, Jan. 2019) Psychological Thriller

Pinborough, Sarah. Cross Her Heart (Morrow, Sept.) Psychological Thriller

Ryan, Hank Phillippi. Trust Me. (Forge, Aug.)  Psychological Thriller

Small, David. Home After Dark. (Liveright, Sept.) Graphic Novel/Coming of Age

Hendrix, Grady. We Sold Our Souls (Quirk, Sept.) Horror

Reed, Elliott, A Key to Treehouse Living (Tin House, Sept.) Coming-of-Age Fiction

Dalcher, Christine. Vox. (Berkley, Aug.) Dystopian Fiction

Walker, Karen Thompson. The Dreamers (Random, Jan. 2019) Literary SF

Harvey, Michael. Pulse (HarperCollins, Oct.) Science Thriller

Moshfegh, Otessa. My Year of Rest and Relaxation. (Penguin, Jul.) Literary Fiction

Suri, Tasha. Empire of Sand (Orbit: Hachette, Nov.) Fantasy

Shayera Tangeri, Porter Ranch Branch Lib., CA

Anderson, Pam. How To Cook Without a Book, Completely Updated and Revised: Recipes and Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart (Clarkson Potter: Crown, Aug.) Cooking

Dyson, Michael. What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America (St. Martin’s, Jun.) Politics

Felix, Antonia. Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life (Sourcebooks, Aug.) Biog

Dawson, Delilah S. & Kevin Hearn. Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell (Del Rey, July) Fantasy

Kimball, Christopher. Milk Street: Tuesday Nights; More Than 200 Simple Weeknight Suppers That Deliver Bold Flavor, Fast (Little, Brown, Oct.) Cooking

Lepore, Jill. These Truths: A History of the United States (Norton, Sept.) Hist

Loren, Roni. The One You Can’t Forget (Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jun.) Romance

McCoy, Sarah. Marilla of Green Gables (Morrow, Oct. ) Coming-of-Age Historical/YA Crossover

Morgan, Sarah. The Christmas Sisters (HQN: Harlequin, Sept.) Holiday Romance 

Novik, Naomi. Spinning Silver (Del Rey: Ballantine, Jul.) Fantasy

Gallagher, Cayla. Unicorn Food: Rainbow Treats and Colorful Creations To Enjoy and Admire (Skyhorse, May) Cooking

Schlueter, Heather. Cooking with Your Instant Pot® Mini: 100 Quick & Easy Recipes for 3-Quart Models (Sterling Epicure, May) Cooking

Yolen, Jane. Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse (Tor.com, Oct.) Fantasy

Jennifer Hubert Swan, Little Red Sch. House & Elisabeth Irwin High Sch., NYC

Brooks, Molly. Sanity and Tallulah (Disney-Hyperion, Oct.) Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Reed, Elliot. A Key to Treehouse Living (Tin House, Sept.) Coming-of-Age/YA Crossover

Shepard, Megan. Grim Lovelies (HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct.) YA Fantasy

Medina, Meg. Merci Suárez Changes Gears (Candlewick, Sept.) Middle Grade Fiction

Fresh Ink, ed. by Lamar Giles (Crown Bks for Young Readers Aug.) YA anthology

Pessl, Marisha. Neverworld Wake (Delacorte, Jun.) YA Fiction

Sarles, Shawn. Campfire (Jimmy Patterson: Little Brown, Jul.) YA Horror

Colfer, Eoin & Andrew Donkin (text) & Giovanni Rigano (illus.). Illegal (Sourcebooks, Aug.) Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Imani, Blair. Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Writing History (Ten Speed: Crown, Oct.)  Hist

Small, David. Home After Dark (Liveright: Norton, Sept.) Graphic Novel/Coming of Age

Wilda Williams, LJ Reviews

Corera, Dan. Operation Columba—The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe (Morrow, Oct.) Hist

Mohr, Tim. Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Algonquin, Sept) Hist

Dalcher, Christine. Vox (Berkley, Aug.) Dystopian Fiction

Hua, Vanessa. River of Stars (Ballantine, Aug.) F

Park, Samuel. The Caregiver (S. & S., Sept.) F

Carter, Stephen L. Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster (Holt, Oct.) Biog

Weinman, Sarah. The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World (Ecco: HarperCollins, Sept.) True Crime/Lit

Lewis, Marjorie Herrera. When the Men Were Gone (Morrow, Oct.) Historical Fic

McCoy, Sarah. Marilla of Green Gables (Morrow, Oct.) Coming-of-Age Historical/YA Crossover

Barbash, Tom. The Dakota Winters. (Ecco: HarperCollins, Dec.) Coming-of-Age Fic

Carey, Edward. Little. (Riverhead, Oct.) Literary Historical Fic

Parry, Ambrose. The Way of All Flesh (Canongate, Oct.) Historical Mys

Mustich, James. 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List (Workman, Oct.) Lit

Abbott & Co., Anderson, Drnaso, Gipi, Kupperman, Prum, Rivière, Small, & More | Graphic Novels Reviews

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:06

James bond Redux It’s been a few years since Cold War icon James Bond appeared on the big screen, but the British special agent has been busily traveling the world foiling evil villains in the pages of various comics series. From Dynamite Entertainment, Van Jensen and ­Dennis Calero’s Ian Fleming’s James Bond Agent 007: A Dynamite Thriller (Apr.) sees the character in an adventure inspired by ­Fleming’s original novels, while Warren Ellis and Jason Masters’s James Bond. Vol. 1: VARGR (Dynamite, 2016) presents a slightly more modern character, taking on enemies using cutting-edge ­technology for nefarious means.

Other recent series either inspired by or satirizing Bond include Garth Ennis and Russ Braun’s Jimmy’s Bastards. Vol 1. (Aftershock), which pits an extremely Bond-like protagonist against vengeful legions of his illegitimate children. Rich Tommaso’s decidedly more family friendly Spy Seal. Vol 1: The Corten-Steel Phoenix (Image) follows the titular anthropomorphic lead on a globe-spanning caper. Also from Ennis, this time paired with illustrator Goran Parlov, is Fury Max: My War Gone By, offering a grim and gritty tour of the Cold War through the singular eye of Marvel Comics’ classic character Nick Fury. In Zero. Vol. 1: An Emergency (Image), creator Ales Kot et al trace a tough, charismatic secret agent on a sf-infused journey of self-discovery.

Fans looking for more realistic espionage thrillers might try Greg Rucka and Steve Rolston’s Queen & Country: The Definitive Edition. Vol. 1 (Oni), in which British agent Tara Chase battles with terrorists and outmaneuvers bureaucrats.—Tom Batten

Abbott, Megan & Alison Gaylin (text) & Steve Scott & others (illus.). Normandy Gold. Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics. Apr. 2018. 152p. ISBN 9781785858642. pap. $19.99. thriller

Normandy Gold is a sheriff in small-town Oregon. When her sister is brutally murdered, and the police investigating are unable to solve the crime, Normandy travels to Washington, DC, seeking justice. Soon she’s undercover in a seedy prostitution ring that counts various notorious criminals and political powerhouses among its clientele. But Normandy is as tough as they come and never leaves home without her great big hunting knife. Citing the influence of 1970s neonoir films such as Taxi Driver and Dressed To Kill, coauthors Abbott (You Will Know Me) and Gaylin (What Remains of Me), two of today’s most highly acclaimed crime fiction writers, craft a vicious and gritty revenge thriller, unflinching in its depiction of the way men prey on women and the lengths one woman will go to balance the scales. Illustrator Scott (Batman; X-Men Forever) evokes classic 1970s comics artists Gene Colan and Paul Gulacy while also maintaining a thoroughly cinematic vibe. VERDICT The frank sexual content and grisly violence may shock even the most hardened readers, but anyone hoping for gripping, fast-paced suspense will be more than satisfied.—TB

Anderson, Ho Che. Godhead. Fantagraphics. Feb. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9781683960805. $24.99. THRILLER

This masterly mashup of sf, theology, and espionage opens with a blindfolded man being questioned and beaten by a masked gunman in a scene rendered in an expressionistic wash of black and gray. Yet over the next few pages, the illustration changes, allowing for more concrete shapes and designs. By episode’s end, in which the gunman loses interest and wanders off and the hostage returns to work as the CEO of a major multinational corporation housed in a spire reminiscent of the Tower of Babel, author/illustrator Anderson (Scream Queen) has shifted to a more definitive and straightforward cartooning style. This fascinating sequence perfectly sets the tone for the story that follows, in which detail and meaning emerge slowly but steadily. What is the connection between the business’s head of security and the CEO’s attacker? Why was the CEO assaulted in the first place? Is the corporation testing a machine that allows users to speak directly with God? Why does ­everyone who uses the device return violently insane? VERDICT This genre-bending, mind-dazzling first volume in a projected ongoing series will have readers desperately awaiting future installments.—TB

Bessora (text) & Barroux (illus.). Alpha: Abidjan to Paris. Bellevue Literary. May 2018. 128p. tr. from French by Sarah Ardizzone. ISBN 9781942658405. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781942658412. GRAPHIC NOVELS

“I’m prepared to drink urine, but only my own!” jokes Antoine, who, with Alpha, Abebi, and young Augustin have hired a rickety minibus to sneak them north from the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire (where there’s “no work, no hope”) toward Algeria, intending to cross the Mediterranean for a better life in Europe. And now they’re out of water. But that’s only one challenge during the harrowing trip. Border troops must be paid off with bribes known as “tranquilizers.” People die from police beatings or drown. Sex worker Abebi gets AIDS and becomes pregnant. Augustin goes missing to seek his mother. Inspired by an undocumented immigrant hanging around Barroux’s (Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier) studio, fiction writer Bessora (Pick Me, Pretty Sirs) lays forth the many forms of devastation suffered by lives adrift while introducing memorable characters who draw empathy, admiration, and chuckles. Barroux’s spare, marker-based style for the captions suggests an immigrant’s own graphic diary. VERDICT Winning prizes from PEN and Doctors Without Borders, this uncomfortable chronicle compels readers, tweens through adults, to identify with the world’s unwanted while yet savoring a rip-roaring if often futile adventure.—Martha Cornog, ­Philadelphia

Drnaso, Nick. Sabrina. Drawn & Quarterly. May 2018. 204p. ISBN 9781770463165. $24.95. GRAPHIC NOVELS

In Drnaso’s enthralling sophomore effort (after the acclaimed Beverly), a woman named Sabrina vanishes from her Chicago apartment, leaving friends and family haunted by what might have befallen her. Unable to cope, her boyfriend Teddy takes refuge with his childhood friend Calvin, a U.S. Air Force airman struggling with the end of his marriage. When Sabrina’s horrific fate is finally revealed, our cast find themselves at the center of a news cycle quickly warped by a paranoid, apocalyptic radio host and his legion of online supporters who refuse to believe the official story. Cinematic and deeply timely, this tale is torn from today’s darkest headlines of fake news, terrorism, and the ultimately dehumanizing effect of the Internet. Drnaso’s artwork seems basic at a glance, but page to page, panel to panel it reveals depths of emotion that culminate in a reading experience guaranteed to linger. VERDICT More indictment of modern life than satire, and almost sure to be one of the most discussed graphic novels of the year—if not the next several, this should skyrocket Drnaso to the top tier of comics creators today.—TB

Ellis, Tyler. Chimera. Bk. 1: The Righteous & the Lost. Comicker. Jun. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9780997487336. pap. $19.99. FANTASY

DEBUT This Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity nominee sees a band of four thieves in a timeless space frontier planning to use a device called the Chimera in order to earn enough money to escape the ongoing interstellar holy war between the Resistance Coalition and the Zodiacal Conclave. Russell, a telekinetic, jackal-like alien; Alice and Charlie, human brother and sister with slowly revealed pasts; and an enigmatic, chameleon-like translator quickly find themselves facing off against a demon from the Conclave. A third figure, who simply calls himself “God,” is on his way to retrieve the Chimera and with his seven priestesses cleanse the galaxies by offering a choice: convert or die. While God has an ace up his sleeve in the form of a traitor in the group, even by stacking the deck, his plans are falling apart. ­VERDICT Reminiscent of Fiona Staple’s art for Saga but not as detailed, debuter Ellis’s digital illustrations get the point across well. Though the opening issues are rather static plot-wise, once the story gets moving, the motivations of the characters draw readers in, leaving them wanting to know what happens next. Contains strong language and mature themes.—Melanie C. Duncan, ­Washington ­Memorial Lib., Macon, GA

Gipi. Land of the Sons. Fantagraphics. May 2018. 280p. ISBN 9781683960775. pap. $29.99. sf

In a postapocalyptic world ravaged by deadly disease and blight, two brothers scavenge for survival. Their father, a pitiless and withholding man, is consumed with eradicating any weakness in his sons, punishing them for even daring to utter the word love. Following his death, and obsessed with what secrets might be held in his diary, the illiterate duo set out in search of someone who can read it to them. Award winner ­Gipi’s (Notes for a War Story) deceptively simple, scratchy illustrations make all the more disturbing the brutality the brothers encounter on their ensuing grim, violent adventure across a fallen realm inhabited by mutants and horrific marauders. While this might sound fairly boilerplate for the current dystopia genre, Gipi’s attention to psychological detail sets his story apart, as does what is ultimately an achingly poignant climax guaranteed to bring a tear or two to the eyes of even the most jaded readers. ­VERDICT Gipi (aka Gianni Pacinotti) is already a fan favorite, but this, his most fully realized and mature work to date, might be the breakout hit that garners him a much larger readership.—TB

Kupperman, Michael. All the Answers: A Graphic Memoir. Gallery 13: S. & S. May 2018. 224p. ISBN 9781501166433. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501166440. MEMOIR

Eisner Award–winning Kupperman (Tales Designed To Thrizzle) is best known for his deliriously funny, absurdist humor comics. Here the author/artist breaks away dramatically from that tradition to present a powerful and decidedly serious volume that doubles as a memoir of his relationship with his father, Joel, and a biography of his father’s life. In the years surrounding World War II, Joel Kupperman was the star of hundreds of episodes of the game show Quiz Kids, becoming wildly famous as a child prodigy. Urged along by his domineering mother, as well as a brilliant producer eager to fight anti-Semitism by manufacturing a lovable Jewish child celebrity, Joel traveled the country, met seemingly every major Hollywood star of his day, and even spoke as a representative of American youth at the first-ever UN assembly—all of which thoroughly emotionally crippled him. Author Kupperman explores his father’s experience with a mixture of melancholy and awe, as well as something between grief and rage at the way Joel was treated and in turn behaved toward his family. VERDICT A heartbreaking, deeply affecting story about fathers and sons that asks questions with no easy answers. ­[For more on Gallery 13, see the interview with the editors LJ 6/1/18.—Ed.]—TB

Maurel, Carole & Mariko Tamaki. Luisa: Now and Then. Life Drawn: Humanoids. Jun. 2018. 272p. tr. from French by Nanette McGuiness. ISBN 9781594656439. pap. $29.95. f

In 1995, 15-year-old Luisa enters a Paris bus and exits, somehow, in 2013. Or, in 2013, 33-year-old Luisa suddenly encounters a lost and confused version of herself at age 15. Either way, the younger Luisa is both mystified by cultural differences big and small in the 21st century but mostly taken back by her future self, a disillusioned food photographer living alone in a small Paris apartment. Moreover, the elder Luisa isn’t too thrilled at suddenly having to answer for more than a decade’s worth of compromise and disappointment. This tale from French creator Maurel (Apokalypse), adapted into English by Tamaki (cocreator, This One Summer), straddles both coming of age and coming to terms with middle age, sending a familiar plot in fascinating and bold new directions, as both versions of Luisa are forced to acknowledge their repressed sexuality in order to move forward. VERDICT A funny, touching, and beautifully illustrated and colored story about self-­acceptance with equal appeal to adult and YA audiences.—TB

Prum, Vannak Anan & others. The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea: A Graphic Memoir of Modern Slavery. Seven Stories. May 2018. 256p. tr. from Khmer by Lim Sophorn. ISBN 9781609806026. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781609806033. memoir

Meet one of the 40 million people held in 21st-century slavery, worldwide. A Cambodian self-taught artist and laborer, Prum tried to enter Thailand to find work but was sold for slave labor into the Malaysian fishing industry. His chilling memoir shows step by step how easily free people can be exploited when the financial need is great—Prum’s wife was pregnant—and jobs are scarce. Injury, starvation, torture, and risk of murder became the lot of Prum and his fellow slaves. Only trading his art for cash and advantages kept him going, until after nearly five years, a Cambodian human rights organization helped him escape. Prum’s great skill with colorful pencils and inks makes his ordeal captivating in character detail, background, and folk art–style design. Each vivid, tapestry-like panel fills a page, with small text blocks on the side, while accompanying essays provide additional context. This visually handsome work tells of great ugliness via a nail-biter tale of heroism. Explicit violence, nudity, and rape are depicted blatantly as normal and expected for enslaved people. ­VERDICT An essential wake-up call for adults and high schoolers about the present-day misery lurking behind comfy, tech-enhanced modern life.—Martha Cornog, Philadelphia

Rivière, Tiphaine. Notes on a Thesis. Jonathan Cape: Random UK. May 2018. 184p. tr. from French by Francesca Barrie. ISBN 9781910702499. $28.95. GRAPHIC NOVELS

DEBUT Burnt out from teaching, Jeanne decides to pursue a PhD under a renowned Kafka expert. But soon enmeshed in the labyrinth of the library, the eccentricities of faculty and staff, and reams of academic text, she’s caught in a Kafka-esque tale herself. Everyone around her is vain, obstructive, and indifferent. And, alas, her progress seems to lead only to a 64-page plan plus voluminous research—no dissertation. First-time creator Rivière, herself an “all but dissertation” veteran, embellishes Jeanne’s conundrum with surreal and remarkably funny visual metaphors in cartoony watercolors. Advisor Karpov suggests that Jeanne read extensively in Schopenhauer, all while visualizing her as a slobbery spaniel he keeps busy by sending it to fetch a ball, then climb rocks, and finally worm up a crevasse. Jeanne in turn imagines charging Vikings when confronting questions during her orals and afterward turns into a plant when the cognoscenti ignore her. Eventually, the thesis, fantasized first as a classical cathedral, morphs into a plaza of wondrously off-beat modernist structures. VERDICT This brilliant satire of academic dysfunction is not to be missed. Some nudity and adult language.— Martha Cornog, Philadelphia

Small, David. Home After Dark. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780871403155. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631493362. GRAPHIC NOVELS

Multi-award-winning writer/artist Small (Stitches) returns with an important novel about adolescence and the search for identity. In the mid-1950s, Russell Pruitt and his father, a Korean War veteran, flee Ohio and settle in the rural town of Marshfield, CA. His father takes a job teaching English to prisoners at San Quentin, and Russell spends his days exploring, eventually befriending a boy named Warren. After a sexual encounter with Warren leaves Russell shaken, he ends that friendship and takes up with some rough, smart-aleck neighborhood kids. Their days are filled with wandering, riding bikes, and fantasizing about their futures, and all is idyllic until one of Russell’s new friends hatches a sinister scheme to ruin the reputation of poor, rejected Warren. Small is a masterful illustrator, with an incredible ability to establish his characters’ inner lives through physical gestures or facial expressions, conveying a kaleidoscopic style of storytelling reminiscent of filmmaker Terrence ­Malick. VERDICT While the incredible success of Stitches, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Alex Award, might have seemed almost impossible to follow up, Small has managed to create an even more resonant and stirring work. [See ­Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]—TB

Tom Batten is a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in the Guardian and The New Yorker. He lives in Virginia

LJ Talks to the Editors of Gallery 13 | Eye on Publishing

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:43

In 2007, for the first time ever, all the major book publishers exhibited at the decades-old San Diego Comic-Con International, marking a memorable turning point for both comics and mainstream publishing. “I’ll never forget it,” recalls Ed Schlesinger (pictured left), who was there representing Simon & ­Schuster (S&S) as an editor of genre fiction and, with the house, had participated in cons previously. “That year, all the book people were there. We were speaking directly with fans, promoting and hand-selling books that attendees were genuinely excited about reading,” he says.

That face-to-face interaction and the chance to point people toward new literary discoveries invigorated Schlesinger, laying the groundwork for a vision he would develop in-depth with S&S coworker Adam Wilson nearly a decade later—a vision for how to get more great books, specifically comic books, into the hands of hungry readers.

Both lifelong comics devotees, ­Wilson and Schlesinger grew up on the superhero stories of Marvel and DC. ­Wilson, who worked at Harlequin for nearly ten years before joining S&S in late 2011, reveals that from an early age, he’d always wanted more from the medium, presciently recognizing its awesome potential as a vehicle for diverse storytelling. And while aware of the burgeoning underground comics movement of the 1970s–80s, he notes that he had little exposure to the more avant-garde works themselves.

Wilson worked with Schlesinger at various comic cons promoting fantasy, sf, horror, and media tie-ins, and they often ruminated over the possibilities of what they might one day do in comics. So when they collectively hatched the idea for an S&S comics label in ­February 2016, there was no hesitation.

In 2017, the editors launched ­Gallery 13, S&S’s first-ever graphic novels imprint, ­and quickly saw their well-laid plans succeed wildly. Captivated by the quality of the stories—“sure to be embraced by all readers,” read an LJ review referencing Christophe ­Chabouté’s AloneLJ caught up with the editors at their midtown Manhattan offices at the iconic Rockefeller Center. ­Currently ­publishing six books a year, two a season, ­Gallery 13 offers a title list that already boasts an ­Eisner Award nominee (Chabouté as Best Writer/Artist for 2017’s Alone and Park Bench with Gallery 13, and Moby-Dick with Dark Horse Comics). In addition, Iasmin Omar Ata’s debut, ­­Mis(h)adra, praised for its manga-inspired innovative visuals and singular perspective depicting a young man’s struggles with epilepsy, was an LJ Editor’s Pick in 2017.

The imprint focuses on full-length graphic novels, walking the line between literary and upmarket yet accessible—there’s definitely a commercial vibe—and the titles are geared exclusively toward adult audiences. However, one of its earliest releases, Jeff Lemire’s Roughneck, was honored with a 2018 Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, proving there’s strong YA crossover appeal in the stories Schlesinger and Wilson are choosing to acquire.

Another upcoming Chabouté title, an adaptation of a classic Jack London short story, To Build a Fire (Oct.), is sure to draw in readers who might have first encountered the work in a high school or college course. Using classic literature as a bridge to reach those who might not pick up a graphic novel on their own is an idea that appeals to both ­editors. Wilson, who hopes to see more readers give graphic novels a try, has an eye toward books that could be used for course adoption, including more adaptations of classics as well as works in translation. Stories invested in a ­variety of voices will guide the future of Gallery 13.

NEW TITLES

All the Answers: A Graphic Memoir by Michael Kupperman (May 2018)
Bad Girls by Alex de Campi & Victor Santos (Jul. 2018)
Other People by Joff Winterhart (Sept. 2018)
To Build a Fire by Jack London & Christophe Chabouté (Oct. 2018)

Upholding the vision of the creators is a key tenet of the Gallery 13 mission. Michael Kupperman’s All the Answers (starred review, LJ 6/1/18), which chronicles the author’s relationship with his father and his father’s silence about his life as a child prodigy is a “powerful and decidedly serious” memoir, and writer Alex de Campi gets all the details right in the ambitious historical noir thriller she created with artist ­Victor Santos. Bad Girls (Jul.), de Campi and Santos’s breakthrough first-time collaboration, transports readers to 1958 New Year’s Eve, in ­Havana, Cuba, the night before the country’s fall to Fidel Castro’s Communist rule and the mad dash to close all of the city’s mob-­controlled casinos.

As evidenced by the steady increase in sales across the library and bookstore markets, graphic novels are gaining in popularity, and Gallery 13 titles are a part of that growth. Entertaining, educational, and relatable, they show that quality storytelling through this medium is on the rise. Clearly, readers should trust the people making that happen—editors such as Schlesinger and Wilson—because doing what they love, they’re doing everything ­absolutely right.—­Annalisa Pešek

Exploring a Rapidly Expanding Podcast Universe | Discovery & Advisory

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:46

The appeal of podcasts is easy to understand—they’re free, easy to sample and subscribe to, and there are now so many that it’s possible to find a show to match any interest and satisfy any reader.

Podcast listening continues to increase. Edison Research’s 2018 Infinite Dial study reports that 44 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have listened to a podcast, up from 40 percent the previous year. Ease of listening contributes to that trend as music apps incorporate podcast feeds; Google Play Music added podcast support last year, and Spotify just added it this spring. Apple has incorporated podcast downloading as a feature on iTunes for years; its current podcast app is now simply called Apple Podcasts.

Yet with more than 500,000 active podcasts available through Apple Podcasts alone, how can discovery be managed—for librarians or for patrons looking for guidance? First, some general advice for finding great podcasts and then recommendations for readers with particular interests.

Podcast App Discovery Features

The podcast app you or your patrons are already using probably has a built-in discovery feature. Most have directories to make finding new podcasts easier. Some may have personalized recommendations based on current subscriptions, but just about any podcast app will have subject-based categories for convenient browsing. Finding podcasts this way to match book tastes may be easier for nonfiction buffs, as it’s no stretch to map nonfiction genres such as politics, history, and travel onto podcast categories, but don’t overlook the Arts & Entertainment (or similar) category in those apps, as it will probably include both fiction podcasts and podcasts about fiction genres.

NPR has been a longtime leader in popularizing podcasts, and its NPR One app makes it even easier to unearth new programs and episodes of interest. Listeners can follow their favorite shows and mark episodes as “interesting,” and the app will recommend others that they may enjoy based on their listening history. It’s useful when listeners are in the mood for something new but aren’t sure what to try, and it’s surprising that more podcast apps don’t have a similar feature.

Follow the Guests

Listeners of even a few podcasts will realize that most podcasters make guest appearances on other podcasts. If you hear a guest you like, pay attention to the plugs at the end of the episode. If that individual has a podcast, try it out. It’s a simple but effective way to find more shows to follow.

Likewise, many podcasts today are produced by networks such as Earwolf, Radiotopia, Maximum Fun, Gimlet Media, or Nerdist. The hugely popular Welcome to Night Vale has begun this spring to spin off new shows on its budding network. Membership in a network gives podcasts a natural way to build their publicity and income, and typically podcasts on a network will cross-promote other shows. Take note of all the podcasts on the network(s) you or your patrons like; they’ll probably share common elements of style and sensibility.

Online Communities

Whatever your online discussion forum of choice—Facebook groups, Twitter, Subreddits, or forums for particular interests such as fitness, gaming, fanfiction, cooking, or reading—odds are there’s a thread floating around with podcast recommendations. Do a search for the word podcasts or podcasts-plus the genre you’re looking for, or try googling “podcasts like” and a book title. It’s nearly guaranteed that someone has asked for prior recommendations. Podcasts come and go, so if that suggestion thread is more than a year old, start a new one to get some current offerings.

Following your favorite authors on social media is a great tactic to discover their guest appearances on podcasts, and may lead listeners to a new favorite. Authors often do virtual book tours including a round of podcast appearances when they’re promoting a new release. When an author has a new book, pay attention to where they’re guesting. If a podcast features an author you like, check out the next episode as well; you may discover a new regular listen—or a new ­favorite author.

ON THE LINE Libraries that lack the resources to provide their own podcast recording equipment may have access though a consortium or local library organization. The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a nonprofit resource-sharing agency for New York City’s libraries and archives. Studio manager Molly Schwartz shows off
the audio recording booth at METRO’s Studio 599. Schwartz produces and hosts METRO’s podcast, Library Bytegeist.
Photos ©2018 William Neumann

Best Podcast Lists

Plenty of media and book websites post lists of best podcasts. There’s no single authoritative body issuing a universally recognized award such as the Academy Awards, and no Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes for ratings, so be prepared to poke around the web a little. Here are a few “best of” lists worth checking out.

The A.V. Club’s Podmass column is a weekly roundup of its favorite episodes from the previous week’s podcasts. It’s a great way not only to hear about notable episodes and interviews from well-known podcasts but to get highlights from new and less-well-known programs. As of this writing, the current week’s list includes royal weddings, deep readings of literary short fiction, and fairy-tale versions of notable women from history.

Lifehacker’s subject editors have an interesting and eclectic list of their favorites, covering a wide range of topical ground and a mix of the famous and obscure.

Vulture recommends new podcasts for 2018 featuring something for true crime fans (Atlanta Monster and West Cork) and Marvel comics fans (Wolverine: The Long Night), among others, and suggests checking out the Night Vale Presents productions Adventures in New America (forthcoming), set in an alternate New York City inhabited by space vampires, and Pounded in the Butt by My Own Podcast, which features celebrity readers narrating author Chuck Tingle’s surreal gay erotica.

The New Yorker’s Best Podcasts of 2017 list includes less common recommendations such as Uncivil, which spotlights lesser-known stories from the Civil War; Ear Hustle, about domestic life in prison and is produced by inmates at San Quentin State Prison; Nocturne, “a podcast about the night” featuring recordings of night sounds, stories about terrifying and remarkable nighttime events, and explorations of dreams; and The Nod, which offers deep dives into African American culture.

Book Riot’s 15 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers list has listening recommendations for readers: author interviews on Beth’s Bookshelf and Penguin Random House’s Beaks & Geeks; The Brit List Podcast for Anglophiles; Banging Book Club for sex-related book talk with a strong dose of issues of representation and feminism; Backlisted, “giving new life to old books”; and The Secret Library Podcast about the publishing industry, among others.

How To Start a Podcast: What To Consider Before, During,
and After You Hit “Record”

By Chris Kretz

have a great idea for a podcast? It’s an exciting challenge and opportunity to share your message with the world. However, podcasting also requires technical skill, a host of logistical decisions, and extreme attention to detail. So how do you start a podcast? Deliberately. Willingly. And with a lot of patience. Here is a basic look at the process.

The Idea

A podcast can contain many things, from discussions and interviews to scripted dramas and stories. Decide what you want to capture. Many subsequent decisions will be driven by what type of podcast you want. Ask yourself:

• What’s your show about? Write an intro that you’ll say at the beginning of each episode to help you define it.

• Has it been done before? Listen to existing podcasts on the same topic: How will yours be different?

• What’s the format? One host? A team? Rotating guests?

• What’s your tone? Informal and off-the-cuff? Highly scripted? Consider your own strengths and weaknesses.

• Check to see what names have been taken. You may have to get creative.

Recording

Your recording setup will depend on your budget and situation. For a one-person show, one mic is all you need. If you have multiple people on each show, a digital audio recorder that can take multiple mics would be a better choice.

Regardless, the basic ingredients are a microphone, equipment to record into, and editing software.

• Microphones These break down into two types: USB mics connect to a laptop or desktop computer. They are easy to use and come in a range of price and quality. Examples include Blue’s Yeti and Samson’s Meteor. XLR mics have three-pronged outputs and connect to external recording devices. They are more expensive but give you better quality. Examples include the Shure SM58 and the Rode Procaster.

• Recording devices You can start with a desktop or laptop computer running sound editing software such as Garageband for Mac and Audacity for Windows Digital audio recorders work with XLR mics, provide better audio quality, and are more portable. Audio files need to be transferred to a computer for editing. Examples include the Zoom H6 and the Tascam DR-40.

• Recording space Pick the quietest spot you can find and guard against interruptions. Most spaces are not as insulated as you think; noise seeps in from everywhere. People have been known to record in closets and under blankets.

Editing

Do at least some basic editing and postproduction work before releasing your podcast to the world.

Things to take care of:

• Audio levels: make sure they are consistent, with no sudden leaps in volume or sections that are too low to hear. Your software will help you adjust.

• ID3 tags: Make sure your audio file has the standard ID3 metadata tags encoded. Podcast players and directories will display this information as author, title, artist, track no., etc.

• Cover/album art: Design an eye-catching, simple graphic for your podcast and embed it in each audio file. It will be your calling card across multiple podcast directories and apps. Apple’s requirements for artwork are currently a JPG or PNG image, from 1,400 to 3,000 pixels square.

Hosting

You need a stable, reliable host to hold your files and generate your RSS feed. The feed is the constantly updated XML file of metadata about your podcast that distributes it to directories and apps across the digital landscape.

Many commercial hosts exist, usually charging a sliding scale for their services. Others are free but come with limitations.

Some things to consider about hosts:

• Check any data upload limits. Choose the tier appropriate to the amount of content you expect to produce. Most hosts reset the limits at the beginning of the month.

• What type of customer service do they provide? Do they offer tutorials or help pages?

• How hard will it be to get your content off their platform should the need arise?

• Popular hosting sites include Blubrry, Libsyn, Podbean, and SoundCloud.

Distribution

Apple continues to be the major player in the podcast distribution game. So your first step is to submit your show to Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes). You’ll need an existing Apple ID to log in and submit your RSS feed to Apple. Once accepted, your show will appear in the directory, the Apple Podcast app, and in any app that pulls from Apple, such as Overcast, Downcast, Castro, and so on. Some services, such as Spotify, require you to submit your RSS feed to them individually.

Now What?

A lot of work goes into a podcast, but don’t let the technical requirements dissuade you. If you’re passionate about an idea and are willing to commit to it, then get started. The sooner you start, the sooner others can start listening.

Chris Kretz is Head of the Southampton Library, Stony Brook University Libraries, NY. He produces two podcasts: The Long Island History Project (longislandhistoryproject.org) and The Radio Tower (lirtvhs.org/podcasts)

Book podcasts

There are, of course, many podcasts specifically devoted to books and reading. NPR’s All About Books interviews best-selling and award-winning novelists; it recently featured an interview with librarian and readers’ advisory expert Becky Spratford. The hosts have talked to writers in a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres.

Reading Glasses features discussions on book culture, author interviews, and the reading lifestyle. Hosts Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara interview authors, librarians, and publishers; review “bookish technology” such as reading lights and ereader accessories; and hold animated discussions about how to get more out of your reading life: breaking up with a bad book, consolidating your book collection with your partner’s, or using your ereader in the bath.

BookRiot produces a dizzying array of book-related podcasts—some general-interest like Book Riot the Podcast and All the Books, and some specific to particular genres such as For Real (all things nonfiction-related), Read or Dead (mystery/thriller), SFF Yeah (sf/fantasy), and When in ­Romance.

Anglophiles may want to try The Guardian Books Podcast, which features in-depth author interviews and thematic investigations into literary trends.

Unladylike is an Australian podcast about women and writing. Hosts Adele Walsh and Kelly Gardiner’s manifesto states that they “talk with women and nonbinary people about writing and reading and particularly about process: the thinking, planning, plotting (or not), research, drafting, and editing that writers do.” Guests have included mystery author Kerry Greenwood, romance novelists Anna Campbell and Kylie Scott, and Bandjalang illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft.

Listener’s Advisory

Podcasts are a great way for fiction readers to sample short works or discover new authors. Fiction podcasts often fit an audiobook-style mold, with a single narrator reading a story, but some programs (as well as some audiobooks) go beyond that with fully produced dramatic presentations in the style of a radio drama, with music, sound effects, and a cast of actors.

NPR’s Selected Shorts features a rotating cast of guest hosts including Jane Curtin, Jane Kaczmarek, and Robert Sean Leonard, presenting stories by well-known and emerging writers, read by such celebrity narrators as Tony Hale, John Lithgow, and Parker Posey.

Radiotopia’s The Truth presents original dramatized short stories in a format called “movies for your ears,” with full sound design and music, produced by a team of screenwriters and actors.

Bronzeville is an episodic scripted audio drama by Oscar and BAFTA nominee Josh Olson, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, and Tika Sumpter in a story about characters playing and running an underground lottery.

For a different kind of fiction, try Dead Pilots Society, readings of TV comedy pilot scripts that never got produced. Episodes have featured writers like Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, and John Hodgman and comic performers Jason Ritter, Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, and Cedric Yarbrough, among others.

THE GENRE LANDSCAPE

The podcast landscape for genre enthusiasts is particularly rich.

True Crime

Fans of true crime such as Michelle McNamara’s new posthumous best seller I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer are truly living in a golden age of podcasts. It’s hard to open a podcast app without tripping over a recommendation for true crime.

West Cork is Audible’s original true crime podcast. Creators Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey follow the case of a French filmmaker murdered outside a small Irish town. Audible provides online supplemental material, including maps and time lines, for enthusiastic sleuths to follow.

My Favorite Murder, hosted by comedians Karen ­Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, has taken off in popularity since its launch in 2016. Hardstark and Kilgariff each research a different weekly case and relate the details in a conversational format full of passionate digressions and life advice (like “stay out of the forest”).

Criminal is a different kind of “true crime” podcast. While the label technically fits—it’s about crime and it’s all true—this show is rarely interested in gory murders. Rather, it’s an examination of a different encounter with a different kind of crime every episode, interviewing perpetrators, victims, and families touched by crime in some way.

The Grift by Maria Konnikova (The Confidence Game) is a fascinating limited-run series with ten episodes about con artists, both living and historical, whose crimes range from art fraud to gambling swindles to claims of psychic powers.

In the Dark’s first season covered the case of abducted child Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota, examining how police mishandled the case and its effect on national fear of danger to children and the development of sex offender registries. Its second season started May 1 and chronicles Curtis Flowers, a man on death row in Mississippi whose case has had two mistrials and three convictions overturned on appeal; he’s been tried six times for the same crime.

Crimetown digs into the crime culture of a variety of American cities. The excellent first season concerned Providence and the influence of organized crime on law enforcement and local politics at all levels in a story with few purely good or bad characters. The topic for Season 2 has yet to be announced, but Season 1 includes a generous handful of bonus episodes to satisfy listeners.

Fantasy & SF

Sf and fantasy (sf/f) readers are well covered in the podcast world. Readers who like John Scalzi’s upcoming Head On or N.K. Jemisin’s recently concluded “Broken Earth” trilogy may want to check out some of these ­podcasts:

Sword & Laser is a long-running literary sf/f podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. They not only highlight current reading picks but also present a very active companion discussion forum on Goodreads and run an ongoing sf/f book club alternating between the two genres. (Belmont also cohosts the Vaginal Fantasy book club with Felicia Day featuring romance novels by female authors.) Bonus: learn what the hosts are drinking each episode.

Escape Pod and PodCastle are sibling fiction podcasts (sf and fantasy, respectively) that have been running audio short fiction for well over a decade (they also produce PseudoPod for horror and Cast of Wonders for YA fiction). They’ve featured authors from the unknown to the famous (and some that went from the former to the latter) with a rotating cast of narrators.

StarShipSofa is another long-running sf podcast. It has featured fiction by genre giants like Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, and China Mieville and is the first podcast to win a Hugo Award for best fanzine for its audio adaptations.

io9.com editors and sf authors Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders have just launched Our Opinions Are Correct. The first episodes covered themes of hope and dread in the new series Star Trek: Discovery and a discussion of how propaganda and mind control in sf relates to recent revelations about the ways Facebook data is used by outside entities. A promising new entry.

Horror

Horror readers have plenty to choose from, whether they’re interested in true tales of the weird or dramatized fiction.

The Noir and Bizarre is a nonfiction podcast about the dark and strange side of Baltimore. Episodes focus on such topics as the city as Edgar Allan Poe knew it and the Baltimore man who popularized and commercialized the Ouija board.

Archive 81 is as of this writing on hiatus between seasons, but fans of Lovecraftian weird fiction will enjoy this audio drama about Dan Powell, who disappeared after being hired to archive a series of strange and disturbing audiotapes.

Welcome to Night Vale is a little harder to classify—it’s a surreal, creepy, and very funny audio drama featuring local radio from a small desert town in which every conspiracy theory is true. Night Vale has thus far spawned two novels, the aforementioned new podcast network, and a wildly enthusiastic fan base.

Lore, recently adapted into a TV miniseries by Amazon and a new series of books, digs into the darker side of history to look at people, places, and things more terrifying than fiction. Recent episodes have featured the horrors of disease, abandoned places, and the secret history of Southern cities.

Romance

Romance readers may be interested in Girl, Have You Read…?, which focuses on fiction, especially romance, with African American protagonists. Smart Podcast, Trashy Books is hosted by Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’ Sarah Wendell and Dear Author’s Jane Litte. They interview authors, for instance Alisha Rai and Jasmine Guillory, and cover such topics such plots twists and book covers.

The Lonely Hearts Romance Comics Podcast explores romance comics and romance in comics, and Book Thingo is an Australian podcast for romance readers, featuring, among other delights, an episode called Readers Are the New Gatekeepers, with librarian Wendy Crutcher.

There’s a wide range of podcasts for any interest that readers might have, and since most podcasts are free, it’s easy to explore and sample the range. Podcasts are a great way for patrons to take a deeper dive in a favorite genre, discover something new, or just listen to fellow readers and fans share their enthusiasm.

Professional Listening: Podcasts About Librarians and Libraries

By Cecily Walker

Lost in the Stacks: The Research Library Rock’n’Roll Radio Show On air since 2014, Lost in the Stacks is one of the longest running library-related podcasts on this list. Recording in the studios of Georgia Tech’s WREK-FM, the hosts choose a topic, then use it to create a mix of music, interviews, and library talk.

Bellwether Friends Readers’ advisory that goes beyond books. Hosts Anna, Alene, Carolyn, and Julie have varied interests that are reflected in the show’s topics. Be sure to check out episode 83: “Classical Music Advisory with Robin Bradford,” any of their “Book Buzz” episodes, and the episode where I talk about pens for 90 minutes.

The Librarian Is In This New York Public Library podcast is about books, culture, and the world of libraries. Every episode stands alone, but together the archive forms a compendium of curiosities that include such topics as technology, trans characters in novels, fat-positive children’s books, and hippo ranching, to name a few. Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius have an easy camaraderie and start to feel like old friends after a few listens.

The Worst Bestsellers is a podcast where the hosts talk about best sellers of questionable quality. Librarians are cautioned not to express their opinions on titles to our patrons, so this podcast is both refreshing and cathartic. Hosts Kait and Renata hold nothing back as they discuss pop culture advice books, juggernaut vampire series, and numerous romance novels from well-known authors. Be sure to check out their discussion of John Gray’s Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus from a queer perspective.

Archivist’s Alley  Archivist’s Alley describes itself as “a safe conversational space designed for casual and lively discussions
about how to preserve our work and identities in the professional landscapes and media that we work and create in.” Though
the podcast is only five episodes in as of press time, conversations
are meaningful, thoughtful, and cover such subjects as digital preservation, social justice and equity, women in archiving,
digital forensics, and personal media archives.

Turbitt & Duck: Purveyors of Cultural Expertise and Library Sass to the Discerning Connoisseur Since 1885 Despite the title, Sally Turbitt and Amy Walduck have only been producing this podcast since late 2017. Librarians from Australia, Sally and Amy broadcast about libraries, galleries, archives, and museums worldwide. Notable episodes include episode two, in which the hosts discuss why they created the podcast, and episode five, which covers the hosts’ favorite and not-so-favorite books of 2017.

Time To Read is a podcast book club produced by the Winnipeg Public Library, Manitoba, Canada. Listeners can participate in the book club at their leisure and discuss the selected novels whenever it is convenient. Episodes are released the first Friday of every month. Recent reads feature Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. Upcoming titles include Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park.

Library Bytegeist
Audio stories from the libraries, archives, and museums of New York City, hosted by Molly Schwartz of the Metropolitan New York Library Council.

NonLibrary-Specific And Worthwhile

The Broad Experience is a conversation about women, the workplace, and success. Host Ashley Milne-Tyte takes great care to include women of various ages from a variety of backgrounds who speak to the theme of each show. Notable recent episodes include “Putting Yourself First”; “Your Weight, Your Worth”; and “Your Work, Your Private Life.”

Cultura Conscious Host Paula Santos is a self-avowed podcast addict who enjoys everything about art and culture. The podcast features Santos’s conversations with artists, museum workers, and other cultural leaders about how the work they do in their communities intersects and is informed by considerations of race and inequity in society. Cultura Conscious is relatively new on the podcast scene, so it’s easy to choose a topic you’re interested in and start there.

Call Your Girlfriend is “a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere” and is hosted by real-life besties Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. Each week the pair phone each other and record their conversations about pop culture and politics. The hosts advocate the practice of Shine Theory, a belief that women should befriend and learn from the success of other women they’re inclined to envy. CYG has more than 120 episodes that cover a number of topics, but “Best of CYG 2017” is a good place to start.

Another Round by Buzzfeed is a podcast hosted by Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu (and occasional guest hosts). The podcast focuses on topics ranging from politics, race, and gender to pop culture, squirrels, and Clayton’s bad jokes. In late 2017, Buzzfeed announced that it would stop producing Another Round, but Clayton and Nigatu took ownership of the podcast and promise to return. Notable episodes include “Madam Secretary, What’s Good” (with Hillary Clinton), “Two Dollars and a Paperclip” (with Ava DuVernay), and “Was That a Microaggression or Just Tuesday?” (with NPR’s Audie Cornish).

Cecily Walker is Assistant Manager for Community Digital Initiatives,Vancouver Public Library, BC

Jason Puckett is Online Learning Librarian, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta

Self-Care for New Moms, Toddler Meal Plans, Chabon on Fatherhood, Raising the Tech Generation | Parenting Reviews

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 19:23

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES It’s no wonder decision fatigue runs rampant, as parents today face both age-old decisions, such as how to potty train (Sarah ­Ockwell-Smith’s Ready, Set, Go!) and prepare nutritious meals (Nicole M. Avena’s What To Feed Your Baby & Toddler) to managing wisely the constant onslaught of information (Mike Brooks & John Lasser’s Tech Generation). And is it any surprise that many moms struggle with rebuilding their health and energy after childbirth? Exploring the topic in-depth are ­Oscar ­Serrallach’s The Postnatal Depletion Cure (reviewed below) and Dayna M. Kurtz’s Mother Matters (Familius, May), offering a holistic guide on self-care through acupuncture, the expressive arts, and massage. To help combat the overwhelming barrage of parenting advice, popular Christian authors Sally and Clay Clarkson’s The Lifegiving ­Parent (­Tyndale House, May) shares principles for creating a home that nurtures, guides, and renews, while Stella O’Malley’s Bully-Proof Kids (Gill, May) presents an ­essential work on an important subject regrettably topping today’s headlines.

Avena, Nicole M. What To Feed Your Baby & Toddler: A Month-by-Month Guide To Support Your Child’s Health and Development. Ten Speed: Crown. May 2018. 224p. index. ISBN 9780399580239. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399580246. CHILD REARING

Neuroscientist Avena (What To Eat When You’re Pregnant) spends her days studying how food affects our brain and our behavior and here shares how to navigate feeding infants and toddlers. With the busyness of life, says the author, comes the temptation to turn to easy-fix meal choices. Focused on providing careful nutritional guidance and simple-to-­prepare recipes, ­Avena’s guide organizes meal plans month by month in chapters detailing what is happening developmentally in a child’s body, concentrating on a key nutrient at each stage of growth that will be especially crucial to changes at a specific time. Each month’s recipes are strong in this primary nutrient, making preparing healthy meals for baby a snap. Dining out, picky eating, food allergies, and other important medical issues are also addressed in the final chapters. ­VERDICT Specific nutritional information and straightforward, fun-to-eat recipes make this a great primer for new parents.

Brooks, Mike & Jon Lasser. Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kits in a Hyper-Connected World. Oxford Univ. Aug. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780190665296. $24.95. CHILD REARING

Cyberbullying, video-game violence, and sexting are common anxieties for parents. But an imbalanced use of technology isn’t a problem only for children; studies show that 28 percent of teens believe their parents are addicted to their phones. ­Coauthors and school psychologists Brooks (director, Austin Psychology and Assessment Ctr.; ­techhappylife.com) and Lasser (associate dean, Coll. of Education, Texas State Univ.) argue that screen time has become so integrated into our daily routines that we can’t imagine existing without it. Have we become servants to technology? Brooks and Lasser answer, yes. Struggles with delayed gratification, decision fatigue created by myriad options, and continuous peer-to-peer comparisons are a result of this brave new world of hyperconnection. So how can we reap the benefits and minimize the fallout? Brooks and Lasser provide strategies on three levels: green for prevention (getting kids plugged into activities such as Girl Scouts, community service, and team sports; keeping screens out of bedrooms, setting time limits, and mindfully engaging), yellow for addressing emerging concerns (using collaboration and consequences to minimize challenges), and the red-light level, which calls for strong intervention when necessary. ­VERDICT A key title for libraries, with relevant research that supports a balanced approach to technology use.

Burrowes, Susan. Off the Rails: One Family’s Journey Through Teen Addiction. She Writes. Aug. 2018. 308p. ISBN 9781631524677. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631524684. CHILD REARING

With two healthy children and rewarding careers, educator and communications expert ­Burrowes and husband Paul were shocked when, within only a few months, their lives were thrown into upheaval as daughter Hannah’s ordinary teen moodiness shifted into vicious anger. “If she’s willing to hit me, what else is she capable of,” asks Burrowes at the start of this often disturbing, raw, and uncut account written from both the author’s and Hannah’s perspectives. Readers follow Hannah as she’s admitted to a psychiatric hospital then completes progressive treatments at the Second Nature Wilderness Family Therapy program and comes to understand Austrian neurologist Viktor Frankl’s idea that “caring is the last human freedom.” After Hannah completes a strict regimen at the wilderness program, she is treated at a residential center. ­Burrowes reflects on the experience: “when you have a child in treatment, everything you see, hear, and do is filtered through a lens of frustration, failure, and shame. Readers will appreciate Hannah’s final move toward redemption when Hannah returns home and healing begins. VERDICT A powerful work of unfiltered truth about addiction, mother-daughter relationships, and the importance of working together.

Chabon, Michael. Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces. Harper. May 2018. 144p. ISBN 9780062834621. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062834638. CHILD REARING

A well-known author once told Pulitzer Prize winner Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Wonder Boys; Telegraph Avenue), “You can write books or you can have kids…you lose a book for every child.” Yet Chabon, father of four, argues that books, unlike children, don’t love you back. So begins this literary ode to parenting in which the author admires his son Abe’s rare gift for doing things with panache but struggles to understand his love for fashion, stumbles over bedtime reading, and ponders how to teach his son how to treat the women in his life even as he explores his own foibles and failures in this regard. As parenting is likely to lead to self-reflection, Chabon further examines his own childhood through the looking glass, contemplating his decision not to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. In the last section, Chabon writes about visiting his father, who is hospitalized for a possibly fatal infection, meditating on his own relationship with Dad. VERDICT Literary and emotionally provocative, Chabon’s memoir is a quick read that will appeal to parents as well as fans of his fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/17.]

Ockwell-Smith, Sarah. Ready, Set, Go! A Gentle Parenting Guide to Calmer, Quicker Potty Training. TarcherPerigee. Jun. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9780143131908. pap. $16. CHILD REARING

Blogger Ockwell-Smith (Sarah­Ockwell-Smith.com) is read by two million parents each year. As a prenatal teacher, birth and postnatal doula, cofounder of ­GentleParenting.com, and mother of four, the author provides tips for potty training. In the first chapter, bringing her gentle approach to a developmental milestone, she devotes attention to the physiological factors involved in potty training and how to know when your child is ready. The decision can only be made by your child, advises the author. As the text continues, she provides suggestions on how to begin and answers questions, such as do pull ups contribute to a mixed message that slows the process? And are girls usually ready to potty train before boys? She disagrees with the common carrot-dangling reward method, preferring a more mindful technique using effort-based praise and dealing with emotions involved in the act itself. Nighttime training is a common struggle for parents, and the author dedicates an entire section to solving evening potty woes. The last chapter contains common questions parents ask, and helpful recommendations of books and videos for children fill the appendix. VERDICT There is little new here, but potty training is of perennial interest to parents, and newbies may find this a solid starter manual.

Power, Thomas J. & Linda Wasmer Andrews. If Your Adolescent Has ADHD: An Essential Resource for Parents. Oxford Univ. (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative). Aug. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780190494636. pap. $12.95. CHILD REARING

Published as part of an initiative developed by the Annenberg Public Policy Center to spread awareness about adolescent mental-health issues, this volume from Power (director, Ctr. for Management of ADHD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; coauthor, ADHD Rating Scale-5 for Children and Adolescents) and Andrews (If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder) addresses new challenges teens face in academics and social relationships created by ADHD, providing information on symptoms, diagnosis, behavioral modification, and the pros and cons of therapy and medication. The second half of the book assists with the struggles of enforcing curfews, promoting healthy sleep habits, being involved without being intrusive, helping your teen deal with peer pressure, and minimizing some of the possible risks involved for teen drivers with ADHD. Difficulties in the classroom are also addressed, with the authors offering advice for managing homework and study time, as well as working with teachers to form a written educational plan. Since half of students diagnosed with ADHD meet the criteria as young adults, the final portion of the book explores choosing the right college, finding classroom accommodations, and familiarity with the workforce. VERDICT A valuable resource and great addition to Oxford’s comprehensive series on adolescent mental health.

Serrallach, Oscar. The Postnatal Depletion Cure: A Complete Guide to Rebuilding Your Health and Reclaiming Your Energy for Mothers of Newborns, Toddlers, and Young Children. Goop/ Grand Central. Jun. 2018. 286p. ISBN 9781478970309. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781478970293. CHILD REARING

According to Australian family practitioner and debut author Serrallach, while the topic of postpartum depression has received more attention in recent years, less focus has been given to the smaller shifts in emotion and physical depletion experienced by a large percentage of women after childbirth. Baby brain—a term for the exhaustion, pain, forgetfulness, indecision, low energy levels, moodiness, and difficulty sleeping—is commonly reported by many women, asserts the author, who also reports that a mother’s brain shrinks five percent during pregnancy as infants sap vital nutrients from her body. This stimulates the growth of a healthy baby but results in residual symptoms for mothers even months or years after giving birth. Moreover, women may cave to society’s emphasis on the needs of baby first, which may cause them to feel they are selfish in spending time to ensure that their own physical needs are met by getting plenty of sleep and exercise. Serrallach states this is primarily an issue in Western cultures, pointing out that countries such as China, Korea, and Zimbabwe maintain customs that enable the physical and emotional healing of mothers and that we can learn from their practices. Additional information includes rebuilding micronutrients lost during pregnancy, balancing hormones, and healing your relationship with your partner and libido. ­VERDICT A practical volume that will be of use to mothers everywhere.

Turgeon, Heather & Julie Wright. Now Say This: The Right Words To Solve Every Parenting Dilemma; The 3-Step Approach to Effective Communication. TarcherPerigee. May 2018. 352p. notes. index. ISBN 9780143130345. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781524704018. CHILD REARING

Psychotherapist Turgeon and early childhood therapist Wright, coauthors of The Happy Sleeper and HappySleeper.com, are known for offering online consultation for exhausted parents. Here they employ the ALP method: Attune (watch, listen, and understand), Limit Set (state reasonable boundaries), and Problem Solve (engage your child in creating solutions) to a variety of parenting situations. Though the authors acknowledge that up-front communication is an art, not an exact science, and that their words are not the only words, their research shows that parents are looking for communication examples. After describing ALP, they walk readers through applying the model in challenging moments (tantrums, sibling rivalry, screen time, bedtime, etc.), including sample scripts. VERDICT Parenting styles are so individual, and this book may appeal to some (especially first-timers), but communication with children is not a simple process, and the scripts at times seem stilted. An ­optional purchase.

Richmond, VA–based freelance writer Julia M. Reffner has reviewed books and DVDs for a variety of genres for LJ. She has judged several book awards and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Word Weavers

Nonfiction on Soviet & Latin American Art, Fashion Then & Now, Bruce Lee, Julian of Norwich, Omega-3s, the Soul of America | Review Alert: June 1, 2018

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:45

Below is a list of Nonfiction titles to be reviewed in the June 1, 2018, issue of Library Journal. These lists include pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience.

Starred reviews are indicated with **.

Publishers: Please remember to send us one finished copy of each book that is scheduled for review (i.e., all of the forthcoming titles listed below) if you initially submitted a galley or bound manuscript. Our reviewers are not paid, and we like to send a finished copy of the reviewed book as a thank you. Materials should be mailed to: Library Journal, 123 William Street, Suite 802, New York, NY 10038.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: LJ is seeking summer/fall football titles for a roundup in the August 2018 issue. Please include with your submissions the following bibliographic information (author, title, publisher, pub date, ISBN, format, price) and a brief summary of the material (catalog copy will suffice). The deadline is Friday, June 1. To find out more, contact Stephanie Sendaula at ssendaula@mediasourceinc.com.

Arts & Humanities

Fine Arts

Baskind, Samantha. The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture. Pennsylvania State Univ. Feb. 2018. 328p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780271078700. $44.95. FINE ARTS

Beckwith, Naomi & Valerie Cassel Oliver. Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen. Prestel. Mar. 2018. 276p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9783791357379. $60. FINE ARTS

Dernie, David. Victor Horta: The Architect of Art Nouveau. Thames & Hudson. May 2018. 256p. illus. photos by Alastair Carew-Cox. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780500343234. $60. ARCH

Soviet Art

Moscow Design Museum. Designed in the USSR: 1950–1989. Phaidon. Apr. 2018. 240p. illus. index. ISBN 9780714875576. $39.95. FINE ARTS

Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary. Getty. Feb. 2018. 160p. ed. by Cristina Cuevas-Wolf & Isotta Poggi. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781606065396. $49.95. FINE ARTS

Latin American Artists

Greet, Michele. Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris Between the Wars. Yale Univ. Mar. 2018. 296p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780300228427. $60. FINE ARTS

Velasquez, Roxana. Modern Masters from Latin America: The Perez Simon Collection. Ediciones El Viso. Mar. 2018. 208p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9788494746666. $45. FINE ARTS

Ready-To-Wear & Ready-To-Read: books always in fashion

**Banks, Jeffrey & Doria de la Chapelle. Norell: Master of American Fashion. Rizzoli. Feb. 2018. 224p. illus. notes. ISBN 9780847861248. $65. DEC ARTS

Benaïm, Laurence. Fashion and Versailles. Flammarion. Feb. 2018. 240p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9782080203359. $65. DEC ARTS

**Burton, Roger K. Rebel Threads: Clothing of the Bad, Beautiful & Misunderstood. Laurence King. 2017. 328p. illus. index. ISBN 9781786270948. $50. DEC ARTS

**Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams. Thames & Hudson. 2017. 368p. ed. by Florence Müller & Fabien Baron. illus. notes. ISBN 9780500021545. $65. DEC ARTS

Day, Carolyn. Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease. Bloomsbury Academic. 2017. 208p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781350009370. pap. $31.95; ebk. ISBN 9781350009400. DEC ARTS

Fairer, Robert & Claire Wilcox . John Galliano: Unseen. Yale Univ. 2017. 362p. photos by Robert Fairer. ISBN 9780300228953. $60. DEC ARTS

Hardy, Joanna. Ruby: The King of Gems. Thames & Hudson. 2017. 268p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9780500519417. $125. DEC ARTS

The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th-Century Women Designers. Bloomsbury USA. Feb. 2018. 272p. ed. by Nancy Deihl. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781350000469. pap. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781350000483. DEC ARTS

Petkanas, Christopher. Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 512p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781250051691. $45; ebk. ISBN 9781250161420. BIOG

Vreeland, Lisa Immordino. Love, Cecil: A Journey with Cecil Beaton. Abrams. 2017. 256p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781419726606. $50. DEC ARTS

Short Takes

**Battaglia, Giovanna. Gio_Graphy: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion. Rizzoli. 2017. 224p. photos. ISBN 9780847858392. $39.95. DEC ARTS

Know-It-All Fashion: The 50 Key Modes, Garments, and Designers, Each Explained in Under a Minute. Wellfleet. Apr. 2018. 160p. ed. by Rebecca Arnold. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781577151746. pap. $14.95. DEC ARTS

Lynn, Eleri. Tudor Fashion: Dress at Court. Yale Univ. 2017. 208p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300228274. $45. DEC ARTS

Meylan, Vincent. Bulgari: Treasures of Rome. ACC. Feb. 2018. 296p. illus. index. ISBN 9781851498796. $95. DEC ARTs

North, Susan. 18th-Century Fashion in Detail. Thames & Hudson. Jun. 2018. 224p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780500292631. $40. DEC ARTS

**Asome, Carolyn. Vogue Essentials: Handbags. illus. index. ISBN 9781840917666.

Fox, Chloe. Vogue Essentials: Little Black Dress. ISBN 9781840917659.

ea. vol: Octopus. (Vogue Essentials). Apr. 2018. 160p. photos. $20. DEC ARTS

Asome, Carolyn. Vogue on Jean Paul Gaultier. ISBN 9781849499699.

Cosgrave, Bronwyn. Vogue on Chanel. ISBN 9781849491112.

Fraser-Cavassoni, Natasha. Vogue on Calvin Klein. ISBN 9781849499705.

Sinclair, Charlotte. Vogue on Gianni Versace. ISBN 9781849495530.

ea. vol.: Hardie Grant. (Vogue on Designers). 2017. 160p. illus. bibliog. index. $19.99. DEC ARTS

Literature

Bloom, Harold. Iago: The Strategies of Evil. Scribner. May 2018. 160p. ISBN 9781501164224. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781501164248. LIT

Theroux, Paul. Figures in a Landscape: People & Places. Houghton Harcourt. May 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780544870307. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780544866669. LIT

**Trilling, Lionel. Life in Culture: Selected Letters of Lionel Trilling. Farrar. Sept. 2018. 464p. ed. by Adam Kirsch. notes. index. ISBN 9780374185152. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780374719333. LIT

Performing Arts

Campion, James. Accidentally Like a Martyr: The Tortured Art of Warren Zevon. Backbeat. Jun. 2018. 272p. photos. index. ISBN 9781617136726. pap. $24.99. MUSIC

Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion. Overlook. Jun. 2018. 336p. ed. by Barney Hoskyns. photos. index. ISBN 9781468316278. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781468316285. MUSIC

**Polly, Matthew. Bruce Lee: A Life. S. & S. Jun. 2018. 672p. photos. filmog. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781501187629. $35; pap. ISBN 9781982100087. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781501187643. BIOG

Stein, Seymour with Gareth Murphy. Siren Song: My Life in Music. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 352p. photos. index. ISBN 9781250081018. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250116857. AUTOBIOG

**Suchet, John. Verdi: The Man Revealed. Pegasus. Jul. 2018. 288p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781681777689. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681778297. MUSIC

Sports & Recreation

Benedict, Jeff & Armen Keteyian. Tiger Woods. S. & S. Mar. 2018. 512p. notes. index. ISBN 9781501126420. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781501126475. SPORTS

Bercovici, Jeff. Play On: The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age. Houghton Harcourt. May 2018. 288p. notes. index. ISBN 9780544809987. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544935327. SPORTS

Ruck, Rob. Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL. New Pr. Jul. 2018. 320p. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9781620973370. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781620973387. SPORTS

Science & Technology

Agriculture

Jenkins, Steve & others. Happily Ever Esther: Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission To Give Animals a Home. Grand Central. Jul. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781538728147. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781538728123. PETS

Health & Medicine

Coomer, Sarah Hays. Physical Disobedience: An Unruly Guide to Health and Stamina for the Modern Feminist. Seal. Aug. 2018. 272p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781500857738. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781580057745. HEALTH

Home Economics

Vetri, Marc & David Joachim. Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone. Ten Speed: Crown. Aug. 2018. 272p. photos. index. ISBN 9780399579226. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399579233. COOKING

Sciences

Broks, Paul. The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars: A Neuropsychologist’s Odyssey Through Consciousness. Crown. Jul. 2018. 304p. bibliog. ISBN 9780307985798. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780307985804. SCI

Goldfarb, Ben. Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. Chelsea Green. Jul. 2018. 304p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9781603587396. $24.95. NAT HIST

**Greenberg, Paul. The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet. Penguin Pr. Jul. 2018. 288p. notes. index. ISBN 9781594206344. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698183469. NAT HIST

Hanson, Thor. Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees. Basic. Jul. 2018. 304p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780465052615. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780465098804. NAT HIST

Kinch, Michael. Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity. Pegasus. Jul. 2018. 360p. notes. index. ISBN 9781681777511. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681778204. SCI

**Ross, John F. The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West. Viking. Jul. 2018. 400p. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9780525429876. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780698409989. NAT HIST

Ujifusa, Steven. Barons of the Sea: And Their Race To Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship. S. & S. Jul. 2018. 448p. notes. index. ISBN 9781476745978. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476745992. SCI

**Woodhouse, Keith Makoto. The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism. Columbia Univ. Jun. 2018. 392p. notes. index. ISBN 9780231165884. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780231547154. NAT HIST

Social Sciences

Biography

Dahl, Linda D. Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jul. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781335017475. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488095337. MEMOIR

Delgadillo, Charles. Crusader for Democracy: The Political Life of William Allen White. Univ. Pr. of Kansas. May 2018. 304p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780700626380. $34.95. BIOG

Guerrero, Jean. Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. One World. Jul. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399592393. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399592409. memoir

**Moore, Michael Scott. The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast. Harper Wave. Jul. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9780062449177. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062449191. memoir

History

Ambinder, Marc. The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983. S. & S. Jul. 2018. 384p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781476760377. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476760391. HIST

DeFelice, Jim. West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express. HarperCollins. May 2018. 320p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780062496768. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062496799. HIST

Gibler, John. Torn from the World: A Guerrilla’s Escape from a Secret Prison in Mexico. City Lights. Jul. 2018. 180p. notes. ISBN 9780872867529. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780872867833. HIST

Jones, Seth G. A Covert Action: Reagan, the Cia, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland. Norton. Jul. 2018. 320p. illus. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9780393247008. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393247015. HIST

Lehman, John. Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea. Norton. Jun. 2018. 352p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780393254259. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393254266. HIST

**Meacham, Jon. The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. Random. May 2018. 416p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780399589812. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780399589836. HIST

**Mulloy, Darren J. Enemies of the State: The Radical Right in America from FDR to Trump. Rowman & Littlefield. Jul. 2018. 208p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781442276512. $34. HIST

Taylor, Cory. How Hitler Was Made: Germany and the Rise of the Perfect Nazi. Prometheus. Jun. 2018. 295p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781633884359. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781633884366. HIST

Law & Crime

Brottman, Mikita. An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere. Holt. Nov. 2018. 288p. photos. notes. ISBN 9781250169143. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781250169150. CRIME

Calls for reform

Lerner-Wren, Ginger with Rebecca A. Eckland. A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America’s First Mental Health Court. Beacon. Mar. 2018. 208p. notes. ISBN 9780807086988. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780807086995. LAW

Roth, Alisa. Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness. Basic. Apr. 2018. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9780465094196. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780465094202. LAW

Political Science

Laqueur, Walter & Christopher Wall. The Future of Terrorism: ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Alt-Right. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781250142511. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250142528. POL SCI

**McFaul, Michael. From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia. Houghton Harcourt. May 2018. 528p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780544716247. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780544716254. POL SCI

**Reel, Monte. A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA’s Secret War. Doubleday. May 2018. 352p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780385540209. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385540216. POL SCI

Runciman, David. How Democracy Ends. Basic. Jun. 2018. 256p. notes. index. ISBN 9781541616783. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781541616790. POL SCI

Professional Media

Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library. ACRL. Feb. 2018. 440p. ed. by Peter D. Fernandez & Kelly Tilton. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780838989395. pap. $88. PRO MEDIA

**Dowd, Ryan J. The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone. ALA. Jan. 2018. 248p. index. ISBN 9780838916261. pap. $57. PRO MEDIA

Hastings, Robin M. Planning Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery for Digital Assets: The Innovative Librarian’s Guide. Libraries Unlimited: Teacher Ideas. 2017. 130p. index. ISBN 9781440842382. $55. PRO MEDIA

Social Science

Corchado, Alfredo. Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration. Bloomsbury Pr. May 2018. 304p. notes. ISBN 9781632865540. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781632865564. SOC SCI

Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country. Univ. of Arizona. (Indigenous Justice). Apr. 2018. 216p. ed. by Marianne O. Nielsen & Karen Jarratt-Snider. index. ISBN 9780816537815. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780816538393. SOC SCI

**Duberman, Martin. Has the Gay Movement Failed? Univ. of California. Jun. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780520298866. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780520970847. SOC SCI

Garretson, Jeremiah J. The Path to Gay Rights: How Activism and Coming Out Changed Public Opinion. New York Univ. Jun. 2018. 352p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781479850075. pap. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781479881925. SOC SCI

**Griswold, Eliza. Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America. Farrar. Jun. 2018. 336p. maps. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780374103118. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374713713. SOC SCI

Quart, Alissa. Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America. Ecco: HarperCollins. Jun. 2018. 320p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780062412256. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062412270. SOC SCI

The Future of Flint

Clark, Anna. The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy. Metropolitan: Holt. Jul. 2018. 320p. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781250125149. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781250125156. SOC SCI

.Hanna-Attisha, Mona. What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. One World. Jun. 2018. 384p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780399590832. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399590849. SOC SCI

Travel & Geography

**Atkins, William. The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places. Doubleday. Jul. 2018. 384p. photos. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780385539883. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539890. TRAV

Mayle, Peter. My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now. Knopf. Jun. 2018. 192p. photos. ISBN 9780451494528. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451494535. TRAV/MEMOIR

Spirituality & Religion

History and philosophy

Crooks, James. We Find Ourselves Put to the Test: A Reading of the Book of Job. McGill-Queen’s Univ. May 2018. 184p. notes. ISBN 9780773553156. $29.95. REL

Jacobs, Alan. The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis. Oxford Univ. Aug. 2018. 280p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780190864651. $29.95. HIST

O’Malley, John W. Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church. Belknap: Harvard Univ. May 2018. 320p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780674979987. $24.95. REL

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. A Palace of Pearls: The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. Oxford Univ. Aug. 2018. 456p. ed. by Howard Schwartz. illus. by Zann Jacobrown. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780190243562. $34.95. REL

Stanley, Brian. Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History. Princeton Univ. Jul. 2018. 504p. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780691157108. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781400890316. REL

Weil, Simone. Love in the Void: Where God Finds Us. Plough. Apr. 2018. 134p. ed. by Laurie Gagne. ISBN 9780874868302. pap. $8. REL

Memoirs & Biographies

Hall, Amy Laura. Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich. Duke Univ. Aug. 2018. 144p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781478000259. pap. $18.95. BIOG

Jones, Allan. Beyond Vision: Going Blind, Inner Seeing, and the Nature of the Self. McGill-Queen’s Univ. Jun. 2018. 400p. notes. ISBN 9780773552852. $34.95. BIOG

Rolf, Veronica Mary. An Explorer’s Guide to Julian of Norwich. IVP. Jun. 2018. 170p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780830850884. pap. $18. BIOG

Stone, Rachel Marie. Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light. IVP. May 2018. 224p. notes. ISBN 9780830845330. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780830887019. MEMOIR

Advice & Self-Help

Kamin, Ben. The Blessing of Sorrow: Turning Grief into Healing. Central Recovery. Jul. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781942094654. pap. $17.95. REL

LJ Talks to First Novelist Aja Gabel | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

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Photo by Darcie Burrell

Imperious Jana, empathetic Brit, golden-boy Henry, and pugnacious Daniel: in Aja Gabel’s The Ensemble, they aren’t just friends and colleagues but the Van Ness Quartet, listening to one another every moment to create great music as one. 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.”

That perception came to Gabel long before she began her novel. As a young cellist, she once studied with a string quartet and was astonished when they had an argument in front of her. “It didn’t occur to me until then that they were real people who had to live together and work together,” she explains. “Their career depended on their relationship.” As with all string quartets, that relationship might have been fraught with personal tensions or financial worry, but the members had to make it work or the group would fail.

Not surprisingly, Van Ness Quartet members see themselves as family, something generally missing from their lives. First violinist Jana barely speaks with her alcoholic mother and shepherds her group with steely ambition; “she has the personality to be a first violinist,” concedes Gabel. Cellist Daniel’s parents are uncomprehending and his association with second violinist Brit complicated; she’s lost both parents and can be too passive, “working through a journey that makes her a good musician,” as Gabel asserts. They all fret that viola prodigy Henry will leave, but he’s committed to the group especially because of his friendship with Jana, who values him not for his talent but for himself.

Further accentuating the book’s theme, Henry’s marriage to solo violinist ­Kimiko requires some tough juggling of careers and children, and if Kimiko has some long-­suffering moments, she finally “gets to do all the things she wants to do but maybe not all at once,” observes Gabel. The author offers some especially perceptive insights into evolving human needs and desires, perhaps because of her own personal concerns.

“I am 35, and I was really troubled in the last five years thinking about the imperative for women to have children, what we give up, what we are supposed to want,” she explains, clarifying that “this is a story of love and growth over time because that’s what’s really interesting to me.” Personal loss, with both her brother and her father having died when she was young, further compelled Gabel to look squarely at “what time gives us,” and readers get a visceral sense of its gifts and burdens as the narrative unfolds over nearly two decades.

Before she began her PhD in creative writing, Gabel had written only short stories and was terrified by the mountainous challenge of long fiction. Then instructor Antonya Nelson asked what she knew enough about to write a book, and the answer was obvious. “I had just played so long, it didn’t seem like knowledge, just a piece of what I did,” says Gabel. “It was great advice for a debut novelist.”

Throughout, Gabel beautifully communicates how music is made and how it sounds. That’s a challenging task for any writer, which she accomplished by listening obsessively to each piece she describes to assure herself of technical mastery but then “connect[ing] that knowledge to the person playing. It’s not a major to minor shift but how Daniel thinks about this movement.”
In the end, Gabel hopes readers will be inspired to listen to a quartet—“especially if they’ve never done so. It’s not as big as an orchestra, or as weird and unusual as a soloist. It’s a conversation.” Like the one Gabel has with her readers.—Barbara Hoffert

Created by a group of librarians, LibraryReads offers a monthly list of ten current titles culled from nominations made by librarians nationwide as their favorites. See the May 2018 list at ow.ly/a8sm30jDzU1 and contact libraryreads.org/for-library-staff/ to make your own nomination.

Graphic Novels | Best Sellers, May 2018

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 17:59

This list includes titles most in demand by libraries and bookstores nationwide from Baker & Taylor six months prior to the week ending April 14, 2018. (c) Copyright 2018 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.

 

RANK 1 Lumberjanes. Vol. 7: A Bird’s-Eye View. [P] Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh. illus. by Carey Pietsch & Ayme Sotuyo. BOOM! Box. 2017. ISBN 9781684150458. $14.99. 2 Ms. Marvel. Vol. 8: Mecca. [P] G. Willow Wilson. Marvel. 2017. ISBN 9781302906085. $17.99. 3 Saga. Vol. 8. [P] Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. Image. 
2018. ISBN 9781534303492. $14.99. 4 Black Panther & the Crew: We Are the Streets. [P] 
Ta-Nehisi Coates & Yona Harvey. illus. by Butch Guice. Marvel. 
2017. ISBN 9781302908324. $17.99. 5 Batman. Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles. [P] Tom King. 
illus. by Mikel Janin. DC. 2017. ISBN 9781401273613. $19.99. 6 Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York. [HC] Roz Chast. Bloomsbury USA. 2017. ISBN 9781620403211. $28. 7 Superman. Vol. 4: Black Dawn. [P] Peter J. Tomasi. illus. by 
Patrick Gleason & Doug Mahnke. DC. 2017. ISBN 9781401274689. $16.99. 8 Lumberjanes. Vol. 8: Stone Cold. [P] Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh. illus. by Carey Pietsch. BOOM! Box. 2018. ISBN 9781684151325. $14.99. 9 The Walking Dead. Vol. 29: Lines We Cross. [P] Robert 
Kirkman. illus. by Charlie Adlard & others. Image. 2018. 
ISBN 9781534304970. $16.99. 10 Wonder Woman. Vol. 4: Godwatch. [P] Greg Rucka. 
illus. by Liam Sharp. DC. 2017. ISBN 9781401274603. $16.99. 11 American Gods. Vol. 1: Shadows. [HC] Neil Gaiman & 
P. Craig Russell. illus. by Scott Hampton & Walt Simonson. 
Dark Horse. 2018. ISBN 9781506703862. $29.99. 12 Attack on Titan 23. [P] Hajime Isayama. Kodansha. 2017. 
ISBN 9781632364630. $10.99. 13 Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition. [HC] Joshua Williamson & Tom King. illus. by Jason Fabok & Howard Porter. 
DC. 2017. ISBN 9781401276447. $19.99. 14 Black Butler. Vol. 24. [P] Yana Toboso. Yen. 2017. 
ISBN 9780316511209. $13. 15 Tokyo Ghoul:re. Vol. 1. [P] Sui Ishida. VIZ Media. 2017. 
ISBN 9781421594965. $12.99. 16 Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi佑aptain Phasma. [P] 
Kelly Thompson. illus. by Marco Checchetto. Marvel. 2017. 
ISBN 9780785194552. $16.99. 17 America. Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez. [P] 
Gabby Rivera. illus. by Joe Quinones. Marvel. 2017. 
ISBN 9781302908812. $17.99. 18 Escape from Syria. [HC] Salma Kullab. illus. by Jackie Roche. Firefly. 2017. ISBN 9781770859821. $19.95. 19 The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan. [HC] Robert Kirkman. illus. by Charlie Adlard & others. Image. 2017. ISBN 9781534303270. $19.99. 20 Justice League. Vol. 4: Endless. [P] Bryan Hitch & others. 
DC. 2017. ISBN 9781401273972. $16.99.

The GPO’s Year of Change | Notable Government Documents 2017

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:41

The Government Publishing Office (GPO) in 2017 saw major activity. It completed the digitization of the Congressional Record and named four new depository libraries: Zach S. Henderson Library, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro; Pope County Library, Russellville, AR; Fort Stockton Public Library, TX; and Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne. Fourteen libraries signed Memoranda of Agreement to join the Preservation Partnerships Program, in which individual depositories can pledge to retain and preserve specific documents or collections and provide permanent no-fee public access.

The GPO also saw turnover in important roles: in ­October, Laurie Hall was officially appointed Super­intendent of Documents (SD) after having served in an acting capacity since April 2016. She oversees the Library Services and Content Management Operations, which includes the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Cataloging and Index Program.

In November, GPO director Davita Vance-Cooks left for work in the private sector. Vance-Cooks was confirmed by the Senate in 2013 as the nation’s 27th Public Printer—the first woman and first African American to serve in the post. Her focus was on modernizing the agency. GPO deputy director Jim Bradley took over as acting director until his retirement in March 2018; he was succeeded by GPO chief of staff Andrew M. Sherman, who will serve as acting deputy director.

UPDATING CODE

Throughout 2017, Vance-Cooks continued to lead ­lobbying effort to reform Title 44 of the U.S. Code, which defines the mission and responsibilities of the GPO and FDLP. Several previous attempts to legislate change were frustrated by budgetary issues and politics.

HR 5305, the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018, was introduced on March 15 and referred to the Committee on House Administration and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The legislation largely reflects recommendations of the depository library community, including strong affirmations of the public’s right to no-fee access to government information and that depository libraries are an effective means of providing that access.

HR 5305 introduces the term information dissemination products (IDPs) and affirms that any recorded information in any format falls under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent of Documents.

It authorizes the SD to establish a national collection of IDPs and provide permanent public access through an online repository established and operated by the GPO director. The national collection is also defined to include collections housed in the nation’s depository libraries and in the electronic collections of federal documents that reside on servers at academic and public libraries, museums, and digitization initiatives such as Google Books, the HathiTrust, Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive.

HR 5305 charges the heads of federal agencies and offices to provide electronic and tangible IDPs for inclusion in the national collection. It authorizes the SD to establish a comprehensive catalog of metadata for all historical IDPs that includes hyperlinks to those digitized by nonfederal entities. It also formalizes the Preservation Partnership Program.

HR 5305 represents the strongest congressional affirmation yet of our principles and role. Though at press time it had yet to pass a single committee, the depository library community remains hopeful and confident.

Mark Anderson (mark.anderson@unco.edu) is Chair of the Notable Documents Panel of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) and Reference/Research Librarian for Government Information, History and Geography, James A. Michener Library, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley

Federal

The al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, Doctrine, Modus Operandi and U.S. Policy To Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam. by Paul Kamolnick. Strategic Studies Inst. & U.S. Army War Coll. 2017. 334p. illus. SuDoc# D 101.146:AL 7/4. purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo81181

This work documents the distinct history and doctrinal beliefs of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS), the transnational adversaries that conduct terrorism in the name of Sunni Islam, examines al-Qaeda’s and IS’s basic strategic concepts and terrorist methods, considers strategic implications, and offers ­recommendations for policymakers, military planners, strategists, and professional military educators.

Best Practices for Collecting Onsite Data To Assess Recreational Use Impacts from an Oil Spill. by E. Horsch & others. 2017. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Technical Memorandum NOS OR&R 54. Assessment & Restoration Div. 2017. online. 121p. https://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-ORR-54

On April 20, 2010, 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, an explosion and subsequent fire aboard BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig led to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Federal and state natural resource trustees engaged in natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) to document the environmental harm and ultimately restore the gulf and compensate the U.S. public. This manual provides guidance on methods and considerations for collecting such data.

Certification Status and Experience of U.S. Public School Teachers: Variations Across Student Subgroups. U.S. Dept. of Education, Inst. of Education Sciences, National Ctr. for Education Statistics. 2017. online. 222p. illus. SuDoc# ED 1.102:C 33. https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2017056

This snapshot of U.S. public school students’ teachers’ credentials and experience uses two datasets available to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The report pre­sents the percentage of U.S. public school students taught by educators with state certification, more than five years of experience, and a postsecondary degree in the subject in which they teach. Access varies among students by demographics, school settings, states, and large urban school districts.

The City Becomes a Symbol: The U.S. Army in the Occupation of Berlin, 1945–1949. by William Stivers. Ctr. for Military History, U.S. Army. 2017. 326p. illus. maps. SuDoc# D 114.2:C 67/2/B 45. purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo88399

Thoroughly researched and documented, this book illuminates the development of the Cold War from the vantage of Occupied Berlin. It provides a detailed account of the army’s role in the first four years of the occupation, supplemented with maps, photographs, and an extensive ­bibliography.

Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Blue Mountains Region. ed. by Jessica E. Halofsky & David L. Peterson. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Svc., Pacific Northwest Research. 2017. 331p. illus. maps. SuDoc# A 13.88:PNW-GTR-939. purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo86352

The Blue Mountains Adaptation Partnership (BMAP), one of the largest climate change adaptations on federal lands to date, encompasses the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National forests in Oregon and Washington. BMAP was formed to find solutions to minimize the negative effects of climate change and facilitate the transition of diverse eco­systems to a warmer climate. This state-of-the-science synthesis projects changes in climate and hydrology and the potential effect on water resources, fisheries, and ­vegetation.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Alabama Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan I and Environmental Impact Statement; Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. 2016. online. 536p. illus. ow.ly/VmkG30jxqz7

The Alabama Trustee Implementation undertook this restoration planning effort to restore natural resources and services affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The focus is to address the loss of recreational shoreline uses in Alabama and propose compensatory restoration projects that would provide the public with additional activities.

Eclipse Kit and Activity Guide. National Aeronautics & Space Administration. 2017. 44p. illus. eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-kit

This well-designed guide contains more than a dozen home or classroom activities for youngsters of all ages, including step-by-step instructions, materials lists, and background information on eclipses and our solar system. While the total eclipse of 2017 is behind us, you can get a jump on the next, in 2024.

Field Trip Guides to Selected Volcanoes and Volcanic Landscapes in the Western United States. U.S. Geological Survey. 2017. Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5022. pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/sir20175022

The North American Cordillera is home to a greater diversity of volcanic provinces than any comparably sized region in the world, owing to the interplay among changing plate-margin interactions, tectonic complexity, intracrustal magma differentiation, and mantle melting. This report links to 19 detailed guides to areas such as Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood, featuring history, maps, photos, local info, and a road log.

In Persistent Battle: U.S. Marines in Operation Harvest Moon, 8 December to 20 December, 1965. by Nicholas J. Schlosser. History Div., Marine Corps Univ. 2017. 54p. illus. maps. SuDoc# D 214.14/6:B 32. purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo82899

Part of the “Marines in the Vietnam War Commemorative Series,” this document looks at Operation Harvest Moon, the marines’ last large-scale, conventional operation in country. The battle demonstrated many of the frustrations and problems faced by American forces in South Vietnam against the Viet Cong–led insurgency, including the disparity in fighting abilities between the marines and South Vietnamese Army units and lack of coordination between the Marine Corps and other U.S. forces.

Iranian Naval Forces: A Tale of Two Navies. Office of Naval Intelligence. 2017. 42p. illus. maps. SuDoc# D 201.2:IR 1. purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo85530

This work offers current information on the major reorganization of Iran’s two navies and provides a brief history of Iran’s naval forces, including Iran’s Persian imperial past, the spread of Islam, and the Iran-Iraq War. Nearly a decade after the re­organization, the United States has a better understanding of Iran’s ultimate intentions for the maneuver and clearer insight into how its navies are progressing. Our authorities, the report concludes, must address each of these navies as distinct, with independent strategies, doctrines, and ­missions.

Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World. U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation & Science Ctr., U.S. Agency for Intl. Development/West Africa (USAID/WA). 2016. 236p. illus. maps. SuDoc# ID 1.2:AF 8/2. eros.usgs.gov/westafrica

Beautifully illustrated with maps, graphs, tables, and images, this text describes the natural environment of 17 countries in West Africa and the impact human populations have had over the past four decades. The atlas tells a story of rapid environmental change with the hope that the data will help build a clearer picture of past and current land use and land cover and guide us in making informed choices to support livelihoods now and for future generations.

My Public Lands, Middle School Teaching Guide: Citizen Voice in Land Use Decisions. by Scott Richardson. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 2017. 26p. maps. SuDoc# I 53.7/2:P 96/4. ow.ly/VHge30jFzmg

Three innovative classroom exercises introduce students to public land management. Working in small groups, students learn about the history of the BLM and explore the inter­connected concepts of balanced land management and public involvement.

North Cascades Ecosystem: Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Svc., U.S. Fish & Wildlife Svc. 2017. 325p. illus. maps. SuDoc# I 49.2:B 38/8/DRAFT. ow.ly/QgEz30jFziw

Three agencies have drafted this plan to evaluate the impacts of four possible approaches to restoring the grizzly bear to the North Cascades Ecosystem, a portion of its historical range. The project will seek to achieve a restoration goal of 200 bears while creating guidelines for human-­grizzly conflicts; capture, release, and monitoring techniques; public education, involvement, and access management; and habitat management. The plan analyzes the potential environmental impacts on wildlife and fish (including grizzlies), the wilderness, visitor use and recreational experience, public and employee safety, socioeconomics, and ethnographic resources.

Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Schools. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Svc. 2017. 144p. illus. SuDoc# A 98.9:441/2017. purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo87583

This colorful item is from the Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition in which school nutrition professionals, students, parents, chefs, and community members cooked up new ideas to get children excited about making healthy food choices. The recipes feature dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains; all are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. With fun names such as Porcupine Sliders, Smokin’ Powerhouse Chili, and Squish Squash Lasagna, these kid-tested and ­-approved dishes are sure to be a hit.

Responses to Climate Change: What You Need To Know. by Kailey Marcinkowski. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Svc., Pacific Northwest Research Station. 2017. SuDoc# A 13.88:PNW-GTR-955 (CD-ROM). www.fs.usda.gov/ccrc/education/responses-climate-change

Based on curriculum developed by the U.S. Forest Service, this online module is useful to anyone wanting to learn more about climate change and strategies for managing our natural resources. Through the use of engaging graphics and inter­active tools, it orients users to the three principle climate change adaptation options: resistance, resilience, and transition.

Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety. Applied Technology Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 2017. 282p. illus. SuDoc# HS 5.108:SCH 6/2. www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=802379

Schools can use the authoritative information here to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing natural hazards. Based on a two-year project of the Applied Technology Council with funding from FEMA, the document serves to update existing policies and provide new knowledge about natural hazard–resistant design and strategies and procedures recommended by other federal agencies.

STATE & LOCAL

BANFF, CANADA

Grizzly Bears Threatened by Trains in Banff. CBC News. 2017. video. www.cbc.ca/player/play/1049459779621

This video describes how efforts to understand why grizzly bears, a threatened species, are attracted to rails now when they were not during the past century. Conservationists are looking at food ­supply, climate change, habitat loss, and other societal variations while the railroad company is taking steps to provide safer paths for bears to travel.

CALIFORNIA

LGBT DREAMers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). by Kerith Conron & Taylor N.T. Brown. Williams Inst., UCLA Sch. of Law. 2017. 4p. OCLC # 974378488. PDF. ow.ly/5y3b30jA0tb

A statistical overview of the states with the largest number of LGBTQ Dreamers—California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Florida—and how enrollment in DACA helped these students pursue educational ­opportunities.

COLORADO

Analysis of the Economic Impact and Return on Investment of Education: The Economic Value of the Colorado Community College Systems. Colorado Dept. of Education. Colorado Community Coll. Syst. 2017. OCLC # 1009899937. online. www2.cde.state.co.us/artemis/hedmonos/hed9152im72017internet

This expansive study examines the overall economic impact and societal benefits of Colorado’s community colleges. Correlations between education and issues such as health and wellness are assessed, in addition to economic impacts. Overall, the conclusions demonstrate a positive return on investment.

Colorado Flood Recovery: Three Years of Progress. Colorado Recovery & Resiliency Office. 2017. 60p. OCLC # 985116406. interactive videos and story map available at arcg.is/2gd4DVs. PDF. ow.ly/a8xh30jCZYe

This dynamic work illustrates how state resources work together to recover after natural disaster. Videos, photos, maps, charts, and illustrations help readers understand the scale of the 2013 flood, the steps to recovery, and the resilience of the people to revitalize their land.

Guide to Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry. Colorado Marijuana Occupational Health & Safety Work Group. Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment. 2017. 66p. OCLC # 973021972. PDF. ow.ly/7B7H30jD06e

A compilation of regulations and best practices from state and federal resources in an easy-to-follow guidebook that examines the industry from multiple perspectives, including workers, employers, safety leaders, doctors, epidemiologists, and regulatory specialists.

GEORGIA

Georgia State Park Discovery Backpack. by Raymond Leung & James Kavanaugh. Georgia P.L. Svc. 2017. ISBN 9781583554050; ISBN 9781583554456; ISBN 9781583551103. OCLC # 990339650. KIT. www.chrl.org/georgia-state-parks-discovery-backpacks

Georgia residents can check out a backpack from their public library to learn about their state’s grand outdoors. It includes pocket guides detailing the birds, wildflowers, trees, and wildlife, plus a pair of binoculars! The packs are the latest additions to the state park pass for a free visit to a state park or historic site.

INDIANA

Building a Nation: Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection. Indiana Univ. Digital Image Collection. ow.ly/Es1M30jD0uD

Some 25,000-plus black-and-white photos were digitized and archived to create this collection of architectural history of cities and architects who used Indiana limestone in their buildings. A wonderful visual interpretation of the dynamics of the legacy of American construction.

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Wildlife. New Mexico Game & Fish Dept. 2017. interactive website. magazine.wildlife.state.nm.us

This long-standing magazine now has an interactive website to complement its print and PDF versions. The site has a lot more photographs than the print and PDF versions; its clean layout allows users to select easily what area they are most interested in reading. The magazine still focuses on education and public interest stories about the state’s wildlife. PDFs are archived back to 2005.

NORTH CAROLINA

In Prison: Serving a Felony Sentence in North Carolina. by Jamie Markham & others. Univ. of North Carolina (UNC) Sch. of Government. 11p. 2017. ISBN 9781560118992. OCLC# 101139448.

Students at the UNC School of Government use the format of a graphic novel to explain how a felony prison sentence is served from the moment of sentencing to supervision after release.

North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program Evaluation Key Findings (2002–16). by Ellen Peisner-Feinberg. FPG Child Development Inst., Univ. of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. 2p. OCLC # 1001572335. online. PDF. ow.ly/NPE230jD0IW

In two pages, the author presents her findings on pre-K evaluation studies related to math, reading, literacy, language, and general knowledge.

North Carolina’s Blue Economy. North Carolina Sea Grant Coll. Program. North Carolina State Univ. 2017. OCLC # 974229064. ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/blueeconomy

A marketing study showcasing the coastal areas and the variety of industries they support to fuel and shape North Carolina’s economy.

Reducing the Burden of Cancer in North Carolina: A Data and Resource Guide for Communities To Fight Cancer. Div. of Public Health. Cancer Prevention & Control Branch. 2017. 140p. OCLC # 1011356666. online. PDF. ow.ly/OWL230jA1V7

In 2014, North Carolina issued a plan to reduce the varying “burdens of cancer” entitled “A Call to Action: North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2014–2020.” One measure of that plan was to deliver a surveillance report of the six priority cancers along with a statewide blueprint for cancer prevention and control. This is the culmination of those findings.

The ALA/GODORT PANEL

Chair Mark Anderson
Univ. of Northern Colorado
Federal Selector Suzanne Reinman Oklahoma State Univ.
Federal Judge
Christine Adams Youngstown State Univ.
Federal Judge Carole Spector
Univ. of San Francisco
State/Local/Selector Kathy Hale
State Lib. of Pennsylvania
State/Local/Judge
Aimée C. Quinn Central Washington Univ.
State/Local/Judge Melanie Sims  Lousiana State Univ.
International
 Selector Hayley Johnson  Nicholls State Univ.
International
Judge Sonnet Ireland
St. Tammany Parish Lib.
International Judge Annalise Sklar
Univ. of California–San Diego

TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS Please complete the online nomination form at ow.ly/UjXa30jEhdr.

Titles considered for the next review should be published in 2018. The deadline for nominating a publication is January 9, 2019.

NORTH DAKOTA

Art50! Exhibitions Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. North Dakota Council on the Arts. 2017. OCLC # 990058357. online. 56p. PDF. ow.ly/VbWa30jzwBO

This eclectic collection of works showcases state artists representing a variety of visual media, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, photos, and pottery, exemplifying an assortment of styles and themes.

Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota. 2d ed. by William C. Sherman & Thomas D. Isern. North Dakota State Univ. 2017. 152p. ISBN 9780911042276. OCLC # 1003273298.

This revised 1983 atlas features a sociologist’s attempts to map and analyze comprehensively each ethnic group in North Dakota. The state is divided into six sections, and the population is mapped from each section. His analysis shows that the historical three ethnic groups from the last century still hold sway in this century despite social change.

The Windbreak Cookbook: Featuring Fruits of Prairie Forests. by Derek Lowstuter & others. NDSU North Dakota Extension Svc.; North Dakota Forest Svc. Circular F. 2017. ISBN 9781681840888. OCLC # 1004662947. 120p. book + online. PDF. ow.ly/upG130jxp07

This guide features not only a recipe for acorn muffins but also an explanation of how to make acorn flour, preceded by a list of the deciduous trees in North Dakota that provide the nuts. A cross between a cookbook and a field guide to the trees, shrubs, and beauty of the Peace Garden State.

OHIO

The State Library at 200: A Celebration of Library Services to Ohio. by Cynthia G. McLaughlin. Donning. 2017. 80p. ISBN 9781681840888. OCLC # 978249531. online. PDF. ow.ly/mEZ630jA2Hs

In celebration of its 200th anniversary, the State Library of Ohio carefully selected photos with matching stories to regale readers as well as recall the varied transitions the state library made through two centuries of serving its citizens. Proceeds will go ­toward an LIS scholarship at Kent State University.

OREGON

FAQs About the Death with Dignity Act. Oregon Health Authority. Public Health Div. 2017. OCLC # 1015390752. 6p. online. PDF. digital.osl.state.or.us/islandora/object/osl:103292

This FAQ was updated on December 1, 2017, to ensure the Death with Dignity Act information is current for Oregonians.

Hazy, Smoky Air: Do You Know What To Do? Healthy Security, Preparedness, & Response Program. Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Div. 2017. online. PDF. ow.ly/oSmU30jD1tH

Wildfire smoke can be a significant hazard, especially for individuals with heart and lung disease. This poster advises specific steps one can take to reduce the risk. It also provides the URL of the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Information.

Stink Bugs of Oregon. Oregon Insect Pest Prevention & Management. Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, Plant Protection & Conservation Program. 2017. OCLC # 990145522. online. Downloadable. https://digital.osl.state.or.us/islandora/object/osl:87275

Who knew stinkbugs came in such a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes? This poster depicts 20 of the 50 or so species of these critters found in Oregon, along with the Latin names of each. All that is missing is the smell. A cheerful addition to an elementary school classroom or bulletin board.

RHODE ISLAND

A Guide to Rhode Island Government and History. Secretary of State. 20p. 2018. OCLC # 1023510502. PDF. ow.ly/cXdy30jA3a9

This open access activity book covers Rhode Island history from Colonial times to the present, portrays the current structure, and features some state government elected officials. Written for young scholars, it invites readers to solve puzzles, color pictures, and answer trivia questions.

Rhode Island Taking Shape and Shaping History: 1600–Present. Rhode Island Dept. of State. ow.ly/eXg330jA5s0

A web-based time line with images and embedded videos. Drop-down menus link to bonus materials, such as teacher resources.

International

A Deadly Journey for Children: The Central Mediterranean Migration Route. United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 2017. 20p. illus. maps. PDF. Free. ow.ly/pMsg30jyBYS

The Central Mediterranean Migration route from North Africa to Europe is used by thousands of immigrants fleeing violence, war, poverty, and climate change. In 2016, roughly 181,000 immigrants traversed this route, including more than 25,800 unaccompanied children. This study is based on interviews with migrants (82 women, 40 children) in Libya and covers abuse, exploitation, sexual violence, detention, smuggling, and the psychological and social impacts of the migration experience. UNICEF advocates a six-point plan to keep refugee and migrant women and children safe.

Forcibly Displaced: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts. World Bank. 2017. 187p. graphs. ISBN 9781464809392. ow.ly/d1Pk30jyPYc

The total number of refugees and displaced persons worldwide is more than 65 million, or almost one percent of the global population. Of this group, 95 percent live in the developing world. This report examines forced displacement from a socioeconomic perspective and covers history, prevention and preparedness, managing change for host communities, reducing vulnerabilities via development support, and providing assistance in rebuilding lives.

Media Coverage of the “Refugee Crisis”: A Cross-European Perspective. by Myria Georgiou & Rafal Zaborowski. Council of Europe. 2017. 24p. REF 048517GBR. PDF. Free. ow.ly/jC0H30jyQxJ

In 2015, the world saw a sharp rise in the numbers of refugees and migrants arriving on Europe’s shores: approximately one million people that year alone. Examining what was dubbed “the refugee/migration crisis” by the European media, this report looks at mainstream media’s role in framing the crisis as a means to understand the narratives surrounding it, its geographical trends, and challenges to policy­makers. The report isolates the frames through which newspapers narrate the refugee/migration crisis in order to strategize ways to create fairer ­coverage.

Syria at War: Five Years On. U.N. Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). 68p. ISBN 9789210601009. dx.doi.org/10.18356/21a09522-en

The state of Syria five years after the conflicts begun in March 2011 is contrasted with Syria prior to the war, using economic and social indicators. The work reveals the EU’s socio­economic cooperation with Syria and the flow of refugees and migrants, along with the EU’s economic support to countries taking on that migration. Additionally, the effects of sanctions on the Syrian people, owing to the resulting blockade of humanitarian aid, are discussed. Key steps are identified to assist the population once a conflict resolution has been reached.

Terrorism and the Media: A Handbook for Journalists. U.N. Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 2017. 110p. ISBN 9789231001994. PDF. Free. ow.ly/jPh230jyR5W

This handbook for journalists and media professionals provides information on how to report acts of terrorism and violent extremism. It offers guidelines and examples for a variety of situations, e.g., working from the front lines, covering an attack, interacting with terrorists, journalist safety, and reflection on an attack in its aftermath. It also addresses professional challenges and ethical ­dilemmas.

“This Is Our Home”: Stateless Minorities and Their Search for Citizenship. U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). 2017. 27p. PDF. Free. ow.ly/N8VF30jyRft

Building on the UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign To End Statelessness that began in 2014, this report focuses on individual interviews with more than 120 stateless, formerly stateless, or at-risk minority groups: the Karana of Madagascar, Roma and other ethnic minorities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Pemba and Makonde of ­Kenya. Causes and effects of statelessness among these groups is examined, while the site contains videos that detail their struggles.

The Trump Presidency: Policy, Outlook, Scenarios and Possible Implications for the EU. European Political Strategy Centre. 2017. 9p. ISBN 9789292421274. PDF. Free. ow.ly/FT7X30jyRos

This European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) brief was written in response to the state of the Trump presidency as of February 14, 2017, and serves as an analysis of early policy pronouncements as well as offering response strategies to possible Trump administration actions. Encouraging concentration on issues of strategic importance to the ­European Union rather than focusing on “tweetstorms,” recommendations deal with Loud America, Walled America, and Trouble America and their implications for EU member nations. A useful snapshot of the European reaction to the Trump White House and its direction.

We Can! Taking Action Against Hate Speech Through Counter and Alternative Narratives. Council of Europe. 2017. 174p. ISBN 97887184450.

In an attempt to counteract hate speech, this manual is geared toward young activists, educators, human rights workers, and youth workers as a tool to confront, dismantle, and replace hateful narratives, especially in online ­environments. Numerous examples, with drawings.

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FEDERAL

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FEMA Distribution Ctr.
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Marine Corps Univ.
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NASA Headquarters
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National Park Svc.
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Canada
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CALIFORNIA
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Public Policy Bldg., Rm. 2381
Los Angeles, CA 90095
williamsinstitute@law.ucla.edu

COLORADO
Colorado Dept. of Education
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Denver, CO 80203
www.cde.state.co.us

Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. S.
Denver, CO 80246
www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/contact-cdphe

Colorado Recovery & Resiliency Office gov_crro@state.co.us

GEORGIA
Georgia Public Library Svc.
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Atlanta, GA 30345
georgialibraries.org

INDIANA
Indiana University Digital Image Collection
1320 E. 10th St.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
mdalmau@indiana.edu

NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Game & Fish Dept.
PO Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87507
ispa@state.nm.us
NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina Division of Public Health
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Raleigh, NC 27699-1931

North Carolina State Univ.
News/Media Svcs.
Butler Communication Bldg.
Box 7504
Raleigh, NC 27695-7504
www.ncsu.edu

UNC School of Government
Knapp-Sanders Bldg.
Campus Box 3330
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330
www.sog.unc.edu/publications

NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota Council on the Arts
1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58503
www.nd.gov/arts

NDSU Extension Svc. Publications
311 Morrill Hall, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications
OHIO
Ohio State Library
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Columbus, OH 43201
library.ohio.gov

OREGON
Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
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Salem, OR 97301-2532
info@oda.state.or.us

Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Div.
500 Summer St. NE E-20
Salem, OR 97301-1097
oha.directorsoffice@state.or.us

RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island Secretary of State
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Providence, RI 02904-2615
sos.ri.gov

INTERNATIONAL

Council on Europe
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European Union
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UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
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Washington, DC 20036
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UNESCO
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UNICEF
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United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
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Beirut, Lebanon
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World Bank
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Washington, DC 20433
worldbank.org

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