The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

If you love your historical fiction ancient, bloody, and well – researched, I highly recommend this first novel. Rangvald of Maer, a real Viking warrior who supported Harald Fairhair in his bid to become the first king of Norway, and Rangvald’s sister Svanhild are the main characters in this book, but the supporting characters are also fascinating. Ms. Hartsuyker did not insert 21st Century thinking into this book; the characters remain true to the time period. Her research into the book started long ago, when her whole family started researching their heritage and discovered they were descended from Harald Fairhair himself! This is the first in a trilogy — can’t wait for the next one. Get a copy of this book and curl up in front of a fire to read it.

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017)

Fall into this timeless book and get caught up in the word of Orphan Island. It’s a place governed by rules and magic and nature. Idyllic. Until one of the nine kids decides to break the rules…

Snyder treats world-building very differently than most fantasy authors. She does not share the background of the magic, nor does she sketch a complete world. She is interested in her wonderfully real characters and what they will do next.

This is NOT a book for folks who need all the loose ends tied up nor is it a book to pick up if you are feeling fragile or lost. You need your wits about you to read this book and definitely a friend to talk to, preferably one who’s also just read this book! Because so much is left open at the end, you will desperately want to talk to someone about this book. So, hurry up and read it so I can talk to YOU!

I would be surprised if Orphan Island wasn’t mentioned as a contender for the Newbery.

Chilling adventures of Sabrina. Book one, The crucible

Sabrina is about to turn sixteen and in order to become a full-blown sorceress, she finds herself having to make a huge decision: Choose her magical destiny or her non-magical boyfriend Harvey? And on top of that, an enemy, that Sabrina doesn’t even know she has, arrives in town with a deadly agenda. This is Sabrina the Teenage Witch like you’ve never seen her before! Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack have created a comic that looks like it came out of Rosemary’s Baby or the Omen. Gory, intense, and fun. 

Author Event: Kristy Woodson Harvey

May 8, 2017

authorKristy Woodson Harvey has been called “the next major voice in Southern fiction” by NY Times bestselling author Erin Hilderbrand, and on Tuesday, May 9 you can find out why when Harvey visits EPL to share her novel Slightly South of Simple. The first book in her new Peachtree Bluff Series, Slightly South of Simple explores the powerful bonds between sisters, mothers, and daughters while offering a heaping helping of “Southern charm, emotional drama, and heart.” Make sure to register to guarantee your seat at this special author event, and in the meantime, don’t miss this video in which Harvey talks about her strong new character Ansley Murphy and Ansley’s daughters Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. See you Tuesday!

This event is part of the 2017 Evanston Literary Festival.

Book Trailer of the Week

November 16, 2016

Our latest Book Trailer of the Week is for Amor Towles’ stylish new novel A Gentleman in Moscow.  Already a NY Times bestseller, the novel follows Count Alexander Rostov after a 1922 Bolshevik tribunal orders him to spend the rest of his life inside the luxury Metropol hotel for being an unrepentant aristocrat.  Described by theSkimm as crossing The Grand Budapest Hotel and Eloise with all the Bond villains, A Gentleman in Moscow is Rules of Civility-author Towles at his best.  Don’t miss it.

National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Fiction

September 17, 2015

The longlist for the 2015 National Book Award nominees was released today and though there were a lot of familiar faces to be found (Clegg, Pearlman, Hanagihara) we were happy to see some surprises as well.  Who could have predicted the appearance of Karen E. Bender’s Refund?  Or the inclusion of Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson?  Haven’t read them?  Well here’s your chance.  Reserve your own copies by clicking on the links and covers below: Continue reading “National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Fiction”

Meet Steven Erikson!

September 22, 2012

Author Steven Erikson visits EPL on Saturday, Sept. 29th at 4 pm.

EPL is bringing fantasy to life.  Fantasy fiction, that is.  In case you haven’t heard, NY Times Bestselling novelist Steven Erikson is coming to the library, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Author of the critically acclaimed “Malazan Book of the Fallen” fantasy series, Erikson will visit the Community Meeting Room of EPL’s Main Branch on Saturday, September 29th at 4 p.m. to read from Forge of Darkness – the first book in his new Kharkanas trilogy.  As we eagerly await this very special event, we thought we’d share a pair of pleasant diversions to help pass the time until Mr. Erikson’s arrival.  First off, check out this excellent intro to Forge of Darkness written for new fantasy readers by the author himself.  Then, as a final literary appetizer, don’t miss this fascinating Tor interview in which Mr. Erikson discusses escapist lit, the merits of fantasy fiction, and his growth as a writer.  Enjoy, and see you on the 29th!

Author Interview with Romance novelist Caridad Pineiro

December 7, 2011

(En español)

A creative book project in elementary school was the impetus to the thriving, successful career of Romance novelist Caridad Piñeiro. Writing her first romance novel in the fifth grade about stranded high school students on a tropical island finding solace in each other, she is now the author of over 20 published books. The New York City Chapter of Romance Writers of America honored Caridad with the Golden Apple Author of the Year Award. In a recent interview with Reader’s Services’ Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, Caridad Piñeiro shared her love of writing.

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The Resurgence of the Thriller

August 17, 2011

The Chicago Tribune ran an interesting article entitled The Evolution of the Thriller about the resurgence of the thriller as a popular genre in the post 9/11 world. According to Brad Thor, the author of the bestseller Full Black, the time period after the Cold War through the 1990s was a stagnant period for the thriller genre. 9/11 gave readers and writers a common, well-defined enemy back. Gone are the spy novels and simmering tension of superpowers of the mid-twentieth century replaced instead by detailed novels about military hardware and modern spycraft. According to author David Morrell, thrillers are the most popular form of reading in the past 10 years. Other books mentioned in the article include Rules of Betrayal by Christopher Reich and Die Twice by Andrew Grant. The article also pays homage to some classic gems of the genre including The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre, The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry, and Absolute Power by David Baldacci.

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