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Lessons in Fantasy Languages from Harry Potter and The Hobbit

From the pseudo-Latin in Hogwarts spells to the Old English roots of Middle-earth, professor of medieval culture Michael Livingston explores how fantasy literature can help introduce us to the joys of philology.  [Read more]

What We Mean When We Call Something “Shakespearean”

Everything from the Thor movies to The Lion King has been called “Shakespearean,” but what do we really mean when we use that term? Emily Asher-Perrin points out that the answer is more complicated than you might think… [Read more]

ADAPTATIONS   (Almost) Every Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Comic Book Adaptation in the Works

We’re living in a golden age of sci-fi and fantasy properties being developed for film and television. It seems that nearly every network and studio has snatched up the rights to old and new classics, with a bevy of projects in production or premiering soon. To keep you on top of the latest news, we’ve updated our master list of every SFF adaptation currently in the works, from American Gods to Y: The Last Man!   [Read more]


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.

March HarperCollins/Edelweiss egalley update for upcoming titles:

New and Featured
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Featured Titles | New Review Copies | New Catalogs
You’ll find a few great featured titles below here. Note that these may or may not have review copies available, but they’re titles about which the publishers are pretty excited. New digital review copies and catalogs that were posted in the past week are located below these Featured Titles. Enjoy!
Featured Titles
All About Stephen Hawking
Chris Edwards, Amber Calderon, Jennifer Mujezinovi…
As an Oxford student, Stephen Hawking never expected that people across the world would know his name, or that his hobby of stargazing would lead him to be one of the world’s greatest scientists. Stephen Hawking made cosmology, or the study of the universe, accessible to everyone.
He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of twenty-one, but didn’t let that stop him from receiving a graduate degree from Cambridge and going on to be an expert in the scientific origin of the un…
View in Edelweiss Blue River Press (Cardinal Publishers Group)
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology

Mary Hogan
When life falls apart, a little fantasy goes a long way…

It started as a dream vacation in Spain, with Fay and Paul Agarra enjoying all the delights of a European holiday. A respected New York City judge, Paul has always been the man Fay can rely on, no matter what. When he inexplicably disappears from a Barcelona street corner, Fay knows something is terribly wrong. Once reunited, Paul shrugs off the episode as a simple misunderstanding—but Fay suspects her almost perfect life has taken a dark…

View in Edelweiss William Morrow Paperbacks (HarperCollins)
Pub Date: June 19, 2018
Fiction / Contemporary Women

The Word Is Murder
Anthony Horowitz
A woman crosses a London street.

It is just after 11am on a bright spring morning, and she is going into a funeral parlor to plan her own service.

Six hours later the woman is dead, strangled with a crimson curtain cord in her own home.

Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric man as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. And Hawthorne has a partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, curious about the case and looking for new material.

As brusque, imp…

View in Edelweiss Harper (HarperCollins)
Pub Date: June 5, 2018
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
*Review copy availability may vary depending on publisher settings.

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April 2018
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