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Take a Bite Out of Crime with Spencer Quinn’s Woof

Take a Bite Out of Crime with Spencer Quinn’s Woof

Lynn:  You’ve heard of hard-bitten detectives, but how about a detective that bites? Meet Bowser, one member of a detective partnership featured in Spencer Quinn’s new series opener Woof (2015). Bowser is the canine birthday gift that 11-year-old Birdie picks out from the pound and takes home. A bit dim and distractible, but lovable, loyal, and […]

2015 Orion Book Award Finalists Announced

2015 Orion Book Award Finalists Announced

The Orion Book Award honors books that “deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing.” Inaugurated in 2007, the Orion Book Award award is part of Orion Magazine, a bimonthly publication of environmental and cultural writing. For more information about Orion, visit their website. The finalists are below, […]

Hard-Boiled Crime, Picture Book Style

Hard-Boiled Crime, Picture Book Style

Lynn: What REALLY happened to Humpty Dumpty? His brother, Joe Dumpty, thinks he was pushed off that wall! I am sad to say that we missed What Really Happened to Humpty? (2009) by Jeanie Franz Ransom when it first came out. But after reading a new case report this spring, we scrambled to read the original. […]

Small-Press Lineup: Prospect Park Books

Small-Press Lineup: Prospect Park Books

Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!     Legal Name and Alias:  Colleen Dunn Bates, aka Colleen Bates, aka CDB Accomplices: Patty O’Sullivan, […]

Publishing U: How to Ace School Visits

Publishing U: How to Ace School Visits

Make an Impression with Young Audiences by Optimizing for the Q&A Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this entry in our Publishing U series, author of middle-grade novels Kate Milford offers tips on connecting with young audiences and getting discussions rolling during […]

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Those who aren’t ready to move on after saying goodbye to their friends at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce may want to escape into other richly detailed tales of life in the swinging sixties and the confounding, wide-lapelled seventies. Series fans who were always looking for clues into the real Don Draper will enjoy putting the pieces together in these postmodern […]