February is the month for . . . horror?

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Did you know that in addition to being Black History Month, that February is also Women in Horror Month?  Actually, I have a feeling most readers didn’t know that.  If February always makes you think “Valentine’s Day. Yuck!!” then perhaps you’d like to celebrate Women in Horror.  We’re already past Valentine’s Day, but there’s still […]

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Do you fall for pickup lines?

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Ever have someone say the perfect pickup line to you?  Or maybe say something that just caught your attention in the right way? If you participated in the recent Friends with Benefits event here at Central Library, you saw our display of books that only show you a pickup line as an invitation to take […]

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Arabic (and Diaspora) Fiction

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Much of the Arabic-speaking world has been in the spotlight as of late, so I'd like to spotlight some of its literature. Take a look at Center for the Reader's list (and display, pictured below) of Arabic (and diaspora) fiction, which includes these gems: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea A "Scheherazade-like" peek into the lives […]

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Sisters, Sisters…

"Sisters, sisters, There were never such devoted sisters; Never had to have a chaperone, no sir; I'm here to keep my eye on her..." Now that I have your attention (and probably just planted the earworm for that song from White Christmas), let's talk sisters. In fiction, that is. When you think of sisters, does your mind […]

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Reading Resolution: Stop Worrying about Your Numbers

I'm sure you've noticed the trend: Right after Christmas, you start seeing television commercials for Weight Watchers, diet and fitness plans, exercise equipment, gym memberships, etc., and all in the name of "start your new year off right!" Of course the "a new year, a new you" idea isn't limited to physical appearance, however -- many resolutioners take […]

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Adventures in La La Land and the Year’s Best Short Fiction

La La Land ran away with the Golden Globes, and we've compiled a list of Hollywood-set fiction to go with! You can view the whole kit and caboodle (digitally) here, on display outside of Center for the Reader (see the photo below), or peruse just a few of the headliners right now: The Gilded Life of Matilda […]

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Was your 2016 reading list a little ho-hum?

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It's okay. We all need a shake-up or two now and then. If, like me, you're looking to expand your literary horizons in the new year, consider taking a swing at Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge! 2017's includes additions from authors Daniel José Older, Sarah MacLean, Roxane Gay, Celeste Ng, Ausma Zehanat Khan, and Jacqueline Koyanagi. Following […]

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Let’s take a moment to swap perspectives.

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What with all the hullabaloo of the election and the past year in general, it seems an appropriate time to listen, reflect, and empathize. Gather your wits before and after the holiday madness. Center for the Reader's December display of swapped perspective novels -- and one play! -- may provide the requisite breathing room. Take a look at […]

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Black Snowflakes

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This time of year, it's easy to reach for a feel-good, holiday read. You know the type, with book covers featuring happy people, snow, maybe some mistletoe. Maybe pretty bows or pine trees. However, those of us with a tendency to lean toward the dark side might want some different selections to page through. On […]

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*Hot hockey hunks* to melt even the iciest of hearts

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Preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary Blues exhibit at @STLpubLibrary, which opens Monday! https://t.co/g2ONgh4xaF #stlblues pic.twitter.com/p9ttXEZH53 — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 30, 2016 SLPL is decking the halls with boughs of... Blues? Come to Central to check out our latest Great Hall trimmings, and cozy up with a holiday treat: hockey-themed romances! You're not […]

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