LGBT History Month 2019

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) October is LGBT History Month! Started in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, this monthly observance is a time to celebrate the diverse and longstanding history of the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

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Stars! They’re (Kinda) Just Like Us!

By Julie T. Less tabloid, more tell-all! Celebrity memoirs are a dish best devoured audiobook-style. Up close and personal with your speakers or headphones, you’ll often feel connected with these performers in a way that transcends print. It’s like they’re sharing their childhood foibles and adulting struggles with you over a cup of coffee. Jane […]

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Harvey Awards

By Kaley Nominees for the Harvey Awards have been announced, and it looks like a solid selection to choose from. The Harvey Awards started in 1988 as a way for peers in the comics industry to celebrate exceptional work. This year they’ll award creators for Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Bye, Bye Biographies!

by Lois H. It’s the end of the month already and it’s time for us to say goodbye to biographies and memoirs. This doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye, of course, but we’ll be moving on to something a little different. Starting in July, Beyond Bestsellers is going to start focusing less on […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Memoirs and Biographies

by Lois H. Happy June and welcome to another month of Beyond Bestsellers! I hope you had some good laughs last month as we celebrated all things humorous. This month, we’ll be taking a walk in another person’s shoes. That’s right—it’s Memoir and Biography month. Need a refresher on Beyond Bestsellers? Here’s a quick rundown.

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Prose Bowl 2019: Round 3

by Lois H. Welcome back to Prose Bowl 2019! At the beginning of March, we started with 60 of the best books from the past year. After two weeks of voting, we narrowed our competitors down to the top title of each genre. Now it’s time for a genre showdown! For some, this may be […]

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Under the Sea

by Marina M. I don’t like to date myself but, in this case, it’s necessary. I was in 8th grade and taking an oceanography class when The Little Mermaid came out. That was almost thirty years ago. The combination of those two events led me to a life-long interest of marine life and marine biology. […]

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From Podcast to Page

By Lois H. It’s safe to say that I’m a podcast fanatic. I listen while driving, cleaning, walking, and any other moment of the day that I can spare. I even listen to a podcast while I’m trying to fall asleep! This past weekend, I spent an inspiring two days listening to my favorite creators at […]

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Where My Ladies at?

By Kristi S. You know that old saying: behind every great man is a woman whose work he’s stolen? Well, that may not be the exact phrase but it has certainly happened often. For centuries (truly), women have gone unrecognized for their work. Colleagues snub their discoveries. Their intellectual ability is called into question. Their […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Weird History

by Emily Z. It’s a new month and that means a new Beyond Bestsellers theme! This October, we’re all about keeping it weird and historical with some weird history. What is that? Is that a genre of book now? Yes. Why just weird history, you ask? Well, the thing about history is that there’s a […]

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