Articles tagged "Ursula K. LeGuin"

Shelfie with Veronica Chambers

We recently challenged author Veronica Chambers (QUEEN BEY and THE MEANING OF MICHELLE among many others) to a shelfie. Would she dare to show us (and thousands of our librarian pals) her favorite shelf in her personal library? What truths might it reveal about her as a reader and as a person? Well, we’re pleased to say that Ms. Chambers was undaunted and offered a fantastic snapshot of both the shelf and the “why” behind it.

Enjoy!

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I moved to the United States (from Panama, by way of England) when I was five-years-old. My parents were new Americans, both big readers, but money was always tight. I remember my library card and the Brooklyn Public Library at 1000 Utica Avenue, the way some kids remember softball mitts and playing fields. The library card was an extension of my hand. The library was my playing field.

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Charlie Jane Anders Is Seeing Stars

Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders’ newest novel, THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT (on shelves next month), has now earned its FOURTH starred review!

“Anders’s worldbuilding is intricate, embracing much of what makes a grand adventure: smugglers, revolutionaries, pirates, camaraderie, personal sacrifice, wondrous discovery, and the struggle to find light in the darkness. This breathlessly exciting and thought-provoking tale will capture readers’ imaginations.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Anders (ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY) weaves an intricate tale of colonialism and evolution on both physical and social levels. The harsh world and well-developed characters combine with stunning storytelling that will capture readers’ minds and hearts.”Library Journal, starred review

“After environmental sci-fi/fantasy (the award-winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY, 2016) and pop-culture dystopia (ROCK MANNING GOES FOR BROKE, 2018), Anders shifts gears for this sweeping work of anthropological/social sf… Anders contains multitudes; it’s always a fascinating and worthwhile surprise to see what she comes up with next.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Violence, politics, betrayal, love, friendship, encounters with alien predators, and experiences in a dying city entwine to create a conflicted world in an even stronger novel than Anders’ Nebula Award–winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY (2016); a tale that can stand beside such enduring works as Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (1969), Frank Herbert’s DUNE (1965), and Dan Simmons’ HYPERION (1989).”–Booklist, starred review

May 2018 All-Stars

Sooooo many stars! Have you ordered these forthcoming books for your library yet? (If not, what are you waiting for?!)

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
“[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Paris (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; THE BREAKDOWN) once again proves her suspense chops with this can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer
Also available in audio
“Steinhauer has written an unnerving and timely thriller with incredible pivots. From a perspective on activist/terrorist civilian organizations to an examination of Big Brother conspiracy plots, there’s something here for everyone to grip—with white knuckles.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Steinhauer is a master at layering gray upon gray, motive upon motive…. Another must-read from a modern master.” — Booklist, starred review

CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
“Drugs, gambling, vice, and banditry power China’s seaport mecca in this rollicking true crime saga. French’s two-fisted prose—‘When Boobee hops on a bar stool, lights an opium-tipped cigarette, and crosses her long legs, the sound of a dozen tensed-up male necks swinging round is like… a gunshot’—makes this deep noir history unforgettable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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