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May 15, 2020

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April 2020 Issue


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The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures
by Noelle Stevenson

In 2011, 19-year-old Noelle Stevenson began her annual tradition of recapping her year through a Tumblr post, illustrating her prose reflections with spot comics. Over the course of a decade, she went on to huge success as a writer and artist, becoming the youngest ever National Book Award finalist, winning Eisner Awards, becoming showrunner for Netflix’s She-Ra—and cataloguing her triumphs along the way.

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Current Features

Top 10 Online Resources for Elections and Voting: 2020
by Kian Flynn

Voting has never been more complicated—or more vital. To help the public stay informed and participate, Kian Flynn (University of Washington Libraries) and members of ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) Education Committee share their top free online resources for reliable, up-to-date information on elections and voting.

Booklist Backlist: Kafka (for Kids!)
by Ronny Khuri

​Over time, the work of Franz Kafka has been neatly boiled down to the term Kafkaesque, which commonly refers to a nightmarish quality, skirting the line between reality and fantasy, maybe involving isolation or existential angst. It’s a gross oversimplification, I’m sure, but—for the sake of alliteration—let’s run with it!

The Shelf Care Interview: Tracey Hecht

In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks to Tracey Hecht. Hecht is the author of The Nocturnals book series, which includes The Best Burp, published in April, and The Weeping Wombat, scheduled to hit bookshelves this August.

Now Hear This: January LaVoy
​by Heather Booth

With the recent publication of King of Crows, January LaVoy completes over 80 hours of narration in Libba Bray’s Diviners series. In addition to this feat, LaVoy is the recognizable voice of many nonfiction audios featuring stories of strong Black women, an always satisfying narrator of genre fiction notable for her memorable character voices, and a true lover of stories.

Carte Blanche: War Is—Well, You Know
by Michael Cart

Thanks to the novel coronavirus, war has been much on my mind lately—not only the campaign against the virus but also the traditional shooting sort, the hot kind that has plagued our country since its beginning in revolution.

Writers & Readers: What Can Historical Fiction Teach Us About This Moment?
by Marie Benedict

We are living through history. This is always true, of course, but in the era of COVID-19, this statement seems particularly apt.

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