INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

I LATCHED ONTO KIRKUS
by Harvey Havel

I am really very fortunate that I chose to self-publish my work instead of hanging on and waiting for Santa Claus to grant my request of being a great writer. Doors that I pounded on did not open, even though I knew there were people inside. I didn't have any contacts in the publishing world, and I was treated ...


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NATHAN HILL
by Gregory McNamee

It’s been attracting strong reviews, including a starred one here in the pages of Kirkus, and many enthusiastic readers as well. That’s all to the good, though the will of the universe seems to have been thwarted in what appears to be a happy outcome—for, to hear him tell it, Nathan Hill’s debut novel, The Nix, almost didn’t happen. At ...


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BOOKS IN THE NEWS
by Gregory McNamee

If you don’t stop making a bollix of your life and faffing about, you may just wind up doing time in gaol. British English and American English are horses of different colours—horses all the same, but sometimes only dimly recognizable as kin, as a Yank might discern on a viewing of, say, Guy Ritchie’s film Snatch, with Brad Pitt further ...


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JORY JOHN AND BOB SHEA
by Megan Labrise

Not only are Jory John and Bob Shea comedian-level funny—they’re also stand-up guys.

They write smart books for kids (I Will Chomp You!, Quit Calling Me a Monster!). They make sure to shout-out their editor and art director (Maria Modugno! John Sazaklis!). And when your computer overheats and you lose all the files from their phone interview, they graciously agree ...


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BLOGS

THE HUNTING OF (WO)MAN
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

Cover Story: Walled Off
BFF Charm: Yay x 3
Swoonworthy Scale: 8.5
Talky Talk: The Hunting of Man
Bonus Factor: Road Trip
Relationship Status: Gimme More

Cover Story: Walled Off

Like An Ember in the Ashes, I don’t particularly care for this ...


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FATAL FINISHERS: RING OUT 2016 WITH MYSTERY AND MAYHEM, PART I
by J. Kingston Pierce

During my many years as a magazine editor, and more recently in my role as books critic, I’ve rarely had the opportunity to live completely in the present. These jobs have required that I focus on the not-too-distant future, that I map out news and features coverage weeks or even months in advance. So my perception of time can get ...


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SEPTEMBER 2016
by Leila Roy

Our Summer Reading Program is over, and our patrons are getting ready to head back to school in a few days—some have already started, even! So, of course, it’s time to take a look at what titles are headed our way in September.

There are, happily, a TON of new books due out. Here are a very few that are ...


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