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In this edition, comedy and tragedy, Padma Lakshmi, Dracula, and more. Chris Schluep: This weekend I will be reading a book that I didn't have a chance to read last month.

Graphic Novel Friday: Best Comics of February

Welcome to our picks for Best Comics of February 2017, a month featuring graphic novels with mystery, science fiction, and war-torn heartbreak.

Horror and Dark Fantasy Fans, Take Note: The 2016 Bram Stoker Finalists Are Here

The Horror Writers Association announced the finalists for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards, given to works of excellence in horror and dark fantasy.

The PEN Literary Awards

The night before PEN America announced the recipients of its treasured literary awards, Tess Lewis, a translator and critic who was on her way to a concert, found a parking spot and checked her phone.

Announcing the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced the list of nominees for the 37th annual LA Times Book Prize. Here are some highlights:   Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Sara Baume, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Best Cookbooks of February

This month our spotlight pick for the Best Cookbooks is the memoir of a man who turned a love for the exotic funghi he hunted as a teenager into a foodie's dream job.

"Modern Love" by Sara Flannery Murphy

Sarah Flannery Murphy's The Possessions is a literary debut that incorporates obsession and communing with the dead.

Kristan Higgins Turns a New Page with "On Second Thought"

Kristan Higgins and I recently met up during an icy morning in Seattle. We settled in with warm cups of coffee in a corner of a beige-and-gilt hotel dining room to talk about her books, the two types of firefighters (no, it's not "hot" and "not hot"), and how her characters find their true selves through changing and difficult circumstances.

Julia Child's Memories of Publishing Icon Alfred Knopf

Julia Child wrote her memoir, My Life in France, with her great-nephew Alex Prud'homme, and in it she chronicled her early struggles and the genesis of a passion for food that she later brought to millions with joie de vivre.  Last fall Prud'homme penned The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act and it's a must-read for anyone wanting to know about Julia's life after Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the pressures of becoming the American grande dame of French food, and how she took re-tooled food television  into a style all her own.

The Mystery Woman in the Field: Kristin Hannah Asks Christina Baker Kline About "A Piece of the World"

Famed American artist Andrew Wyeth painted "Christina's World" in 1948. It shows a woman in a pale pink dress, propping herself up in a vast, empty field, and gazing at a house and barn in the distance.

Reading Is Fundamental

Do you remember the first book you received as a child?  Or the joy of reading a story that gave you comfort or set your imagination free?

“The Books Do Absolutely Operate out of a Sense of Fragmentation”: Rachel Cusk on Her New Novel, "Transit"

Rachel Cusk’s new novel, Transit, is the second in a projected trilogy. The series, which began in 2014 with the publication of Outline, follows the life of her protagonist, Faye, from Athens to London, after the breakup of her marriage.

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In this edition, futuristic crime-fighting, swan people, yetis, and more. Adrian Liang: Two weird and wonderful books are high on my weekend reading list.

Trust No One: Privacy 101 from "The Art of Invisibility"

"That's some catch, that Catch-22." If you're reading this, you're reading it on some sort of electronic device that's connected to the internet.

Big Prizes for Two Innovative Picture Books

This April, thousands of book lovers and international publishing professionals will travel to Bologna, Italy, to admire the best of children’s books and book art.

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of February

There's a good crop of mysteries and thrillers this month. Here are some of our favorites from The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of February.

YA Wednesday: Best Books of February

February's Best YA of the Month spotlight pick is a historical novel I can't stop recommending--Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham.  The narrative alternates between two teenagers, William Tillman in the days leading up to the Tulsa, Oklahoma race riots of 1921, and Rowan Chase, living in modern day Tulsa.

Cotswold Confidential: Maggie Robinson on Her New Victorian Romance Series

Come to Puddling-on-the-Wold, where aristocrats are sent to mend their ways after all parental scolding and punishments have failed.

The Book We've Been Waiting For...Philip Pullman's "The Book of Dust"

It's been announced and postponed a couple of times, but now it's really, truly, happening and instead of one book we can look forward to three - Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust trilogy.  Set ten years before The Golden Compass, The Book of Dust (releasing October 19) and two subsequent  novels, tell the story of Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon.  We're used to seeing prequels and sequels but this is something that Pullman calls an "equel," a story that rides shotgun to His Dark Materials trilogy that began two decades ago with The Golden Compass (titled Northern Lights outside the U.S.).

Amazon's Best Books of February: Part II

The late, great Oliver Sacks was so famously private, he didn’t divulge that he was gay until his memoir, On the Move, was published, shortly before his death at the age of 82.