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Magazines, Free Books, Book Trailers/Videos & More Game of Thrones & other stuff…

Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6: “Beyond the Wall”

How Randyll Tarly Answers Game of Thrones’ Most Baffling Question

Remade Bodies and Surreal Spaces: Where to Start With the Work of Jeff VanderMeer

The Lamentation of Their Women -The Prince of Darkness selects a young woman from the Bronx as his chief lieutenant. Content warning for mature themes and graphic violence.

RBdigital Magazines, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. Your library’s collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits.

  • Online reading: Instantly read all current and backlist magazines on desktop and mobile browsers.
  • Mobile apps: Download and read magazines on 95% of today’s mobile devices, including iOS (Apple®), Android™, and Kindle Fire™/HD/HDX.
  • Backlist: Grow your collection and build a digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading.
  • Easy browsing and checkout: Browse your library’s collection by newest issue, keyword search, genre and language to find your favorites and to discover new reading interests.
  • Two ways to read: Check out magazines and read them instantly on your desktop or mobile browser — or check out and download magazines through mobile apps.
  • Helpful notifications: Sign up for weekly email reminders about your favorite magazines.
  • No limit and permanent checkout: Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish.


Listen to the Just the Right Book podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of the venerable Connecticut independent R.J. Julia Booksellers. Started last December and updated weekly, Just the Right Book helps readers uncover new titles. Coady discusses contemporary books of all genres, interviews everyone from authors to book sellers, and gives you the inside scoop from the literary world. Each podcast includes a written list of all the books discussed, with a healthy mix of both fiction (like Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and Steve Erikson’s Shadowbahn) and nonfiction (including Trainwreck by Sady Doyle and The Unwinding by George Packer).

  • Free eBooks: Classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books.
  • 25 sources of free public domain books: This is an updated list of sites that offer free public domain books in electronic and audio format.
  • The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 11,000,000 fully accessible books and texts. There is also a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed or downloaded by the print-disabled at

Below are author interviews, book trailers, and info from recently published or upcoming books. Borrow or request them through your local public library. Enjoy! (disclaimer below) 

Penguin Random House/Books on Tape:

New releases                    21 Books You’ve Been Meaning To Read


Visit their YouTube Channel for new Book Trailers.

  • Under the Radar, Over the Moon is a video series celebrating debut and midlist titles that have set our hearts aflutter. Each month we’ll talk about some of our favorite upcoming books by authors who have all of the talent in the world but maybe not the name recognition…yet!  These books may or may not be on your radar, but we’re over the moon about them and we want to share that love with you.
  • Genre Bending celebrates the great genre fiction coming out from HarperCollins with author interviews, podcasts, guest posts from featured authors, and more!
  • Are you looking to start a book club? Do you need title suggestions for your current book clubs? Start at the HarperCollins Book Club! It includes tips on how to choose what to read, suggested questions that will stimulate conversation and a number of helpful websites where you can find discussion guides.

October HarperCollins/Edelweiss egalley update for upcoming titles:

Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevingne

When one of their friends mysteriously disappears, a group of teens are forced to confront the challenges and secrets of their lives in this edgy and suspenseful coming-of-age tale from international supermodel, actress, and social media darling Cara Delevingne.

His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray brings us another compelling suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, this time featuring an undercover English DEA agent who will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.

Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet

Four influential women we thought we knew well—Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters—and how they spearheaded the modern progressive movement.

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

Fatal Discord by Michael Massing

A deeply textured dual biography and fascinating intellectual history that examines two of the greatest minds of European history—Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther—whose heated rivalry gave rise to two enduring, fundamental, and often colliding traditions of philosophical and religious thought.

The Duchess by Penny Junor

In this, the first in-depth biography of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall—the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana “a bit crowded”—esteemed royal biographer Penny Junor tells the unlikely and extraordinary story of the woman reviled as a pariah who, thanks to numerous twists of fate, became the popular Princess Consort.

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January 2018
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