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Authors

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Author Pronunciation Guides
Click on Teaching Books.net to hear how authors' names are pronounced. A more extensive site is You Say it How?, a joint project of the Library of Congress and the Wolfner Library that provides pronunciation for authors and all kinds of public figures.

Author Pseudonyms
The Mystical Unicorn bookstore has created this tool to help you find other names your favorite author also writes under (especially strong for romance writers). The website a.k.a. includes over 15,000 entries for “author pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, working names, legalized names, pen names, noms de plume, maiden names... etc.”

Everett Public Library E-Sources      Requires Everett Public Library card
The library subscribes to electronic resources that cover thousands of authors, including Contemporary Authors (includes Contemporary Literary Criticism as well), Literary Reference Center, and Novelist.

Paris Review Interviews, 1950 to present
"Over 50 years of literary wisdom rolled up in 300+ Writers-at-Work interviews."

Internet Public Library - Literary Criticism
Links to biographies, criticism, interviews, etc. for over 2,500 authors.

Yahoo Author Pages
Links to tens of thousands of web sites about authors and their works.

 

Awards

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EPL Lists of Award-winning Fiction
Browse major literary award-winners in Everett Public Library's catalog or print from our printer-friendly lists.

Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
Best books of the year according to the folks at Independent Publisher.

Major Poetry Award Winners
All the major poetry award winners are here.

Pacific Northwest Bookseller Awards
Annual award recognizing excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest.

Washington State Book Awards
"The Washington State Book Award (formerly the Governor's Writers Award) is given annually for 10 outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year."

Wikipedia List of Literary Awards
"This is a list of literary awards from around the world. This list is not intended to be complete, and is instead a list of those literary awards with Wikipedia articles."

 

Bestsellers & Booklists

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Bestsellers
There are many bestseller lists to choose from. Here are some of the big ones: New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Indie Bestsellers.

EPL NextReads Newsletters
Sign up to receive monthly email newsletters featuring reviews and recommendations from over twenty fiction and nonfiction categories.

EPL Booklists, Staff Picks & Award-winners
Everett Public Library's booklists, staff picks and major award-winners.

Fiction_L Booklists
Get fiction reading ideas based on genre, character, setting, subject, audience, etc.

Notable Books List (from the American Library Association)
The Notable Books Council of the American Library Association selects "25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader."

Oprah's Book Club
Read the books Oprah has chosen for her book club.

Outstanding Books for the College Bound
"The books on this list will... open doors to discovery, knowledge, adventure, and enchantment. They will inspire you to think about life, universal truths, and the human experience."

Overbooked
"Overbooked originals include annotated lists of nonfiction, fiction and mystery books which received starred reviews, themed booklists, featured titles lists and hot lists of hard cover US fiction releases."

The Reading List (from the American Library Association)
"The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them."

 

Book Blogs / Lit Blogs

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In addition to EPL's own fine blog areadinglife, there are many other excellent blogs on the web for book lovers. Here are a few of our favorites:

Book Groups

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Everett Public Library Book Discussion Group
Click the link to see the schedule for the Main Library Book Group. We also have multiple copies of select titles in our Book Group Collection which are available for community book groups to check out.

Book-Clubs-Resource.com
"A comprehensive guide to book clubs, reading groups and reading group guides."

Reading Group Guides
Guides to keep your book group discussions lively.  Discussion guides for over 1,000 books

 

Book Reviews, Literary Magazines, and Suggested Reading

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     Book Review Aggregators

Bookmarks Magazine
"A bimonthly print magazine, summarizes more than 500 book reviews a month from more than 50 major publications. Bookmarks offers the most comprehensive new book reviews anywhere in print. We also look for the classics: timeless novels, histories, biographies, and more in each issue."  For more from Bookmarks, look for our print copies in the Main Library magazine collection.

Complete Review
This site emphasizes literary fiction and has extensive review information for more than 2,800 titles, old and new. CR also tabulates other review sources for titles they've covered and offers the weblog The Literary Saloon.

Overbooked
This very useful web site specializes in literary and genre fiction as well as narrative nonfiction. Features include starred reviews from the major book review sources, "best of" lists compiled for easy browsing, and a collection of reader's advisory web sites.

     Book Reviews & Literary Magazines

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Believer Magazine
"The Believer is a monthly magazine where length is no object. There are book reviews that are not necessarily timely, and that are very often very long. There are interviews that are also very long. We will focus on writers and books we like."

BookForum
A bimonthly publication with feature articles, author interviews, reviews, and more.

BookPage
A monthly publication with dozens of reviews, interviews, with a searchable archive.

BookReporter
With the tagline "where readers and writers click," Bookreporter offers reviews, features, author profiles, a newsletter, and space for you to post your own reviews.

Bookslut
"Bookslut is a monthly web magazine and daily blog dedicated to those who love to read. We provide a constant supply of news, reviews, commentary, insight, and more than occasional opinions."

Context
"Context  is a triquarterly publication intended to create an international and historical context in which to read modern and contemporary literature. Its goal is to encourage the development of a literary community."

Full Stop
"Founded in January of 2011, Full Stop  is committed to an earnest, expansive, and rigorous discussion of literature and literary culture."

Guardian Unlimited
Book reviews and other links from UK publication, The Guardian.

Independent Publisher
Includes highlighted new releases, book awards, information on getting published, industry news, feature articles and more.

January Magazine
Includes book reviews, author interviews, and feature articles.

Los Angeles Review of Books
Premier west coast book review.

NewPages
"Good Reading Starts Here! News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more."

New York Review of Books
A bi-weekly publication, with thought-provoking reviews and features.

Open Letters Monthly
A top-shelf arts and literature review..

The Paris Review
Landmark literary review known for its fiction, poetry, criticism and author interviews.

Quarterly Conversation
An online quarterly magazine with feature articles and reviews of international literary fiction.

Rain Taxi
"Reviews of literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with an emphasis on works that push the boundaries of language, narrative, and genre."

Ready Steady Book
"ReadySteadyBook is an independent book review website, which is devoted to reviewing the very best books in literary fiction, poetry, history and philosophy."

Review of Contemporary Fiction
"The Review of Contemporary Fiction is a tri-quarterly journal that features critical essays on [and reviews of] fiction writers whose work resists convention and easy categorization..."

San Francisco Chronicle - Book Reviews
Weekly reviews.

Seattle Print Media – Book pages
The links here will take you directly to the Book pages for these local area publications, where you can find book reviews, news, reading calendars and more: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly and The Stranger.

     Book Suggesters

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goodreads
"Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world."

Gnooks
Enter an author's name in the Map of Literature to find similar authors, or try Gnod's Suggestions.

Novelist       Requires Everett Public Library card
Novelist helps you find books that will appeal to your particular tastes. It also includes extensive lists of award-winners, read-alikes, book discussion guides, feature articles, recommended reading, and teen reading suggestions. Novelist K-8 is the companion product for elementary and middle school readers.

Whichbook
“Whichbook gives readers an enjoyable and intuitive way to find books to match their mood. Instead of starting from the overwhelming choice of books available, Whichbook starts from the reader and enables each individual to build the elements of that elusive 'good read' we are all looking for but don't quite know how to define.”

LibraryThing
Use LibraryThing's Book Suggester to find books that may be similar to other titles you've read and enjoyed.

What Should I Read Next?
"Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our database of real readers' favourite books (over 32,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next."

 

Book Stores & Publishers

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AddAll
Search and compare prices across more than 40 online booksellers.

BookWeb
A directory of over 4,500 independent bookstores. Search for specialized bookstores, bookstores by city or ZIP Code, etc. Maintained by the American Booksellers Association.

NewPages
"Good Reading Starts Here! News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more."

 

eBooks, Audio Books & Book Media

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     E-Books

EPL eBooks and Audiobooks                 Requires EPL card
Access our downloadable eBooks and audiobooks from the link above. EPL also has audiobooks on CD and on Playaways (pre-recorded audiobooks on tiny MP3 players).

Bartleby
Several fulltext reference sources (primarily literary) and select full-text fiction and non-fiction.

EServer
"The EServer is a growing online community where hundreds of writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish works as open archives, available free of charge to readers."  Includes over 35,000 works.

The Internet Archive: Texts
Millions of online texts available for download.

Internet Public Library - Online Texts
Links to web sites offering online books.

On-Line Books Page
Emphasis is on full-text online books, but this site includes much more. In addition to over 30,000 online books, find features on book news, banned books, prize winning books, and women writers. The archives section has helpful links for literary criticism, foreign language books, etc.

Project Gutenberg
Over 38,000 full text books.

     Audio Books

EPL eBooks and Audiobooks                Requires EPL card
Access our downloadable eBooks and audiobooks from the link above. EPL also has audiobooks on CD and on Playaways (pre-recorded audiobooks on tiny MP3 players).

Audio Books For Free
Over 1000 audio books.  Site requires registration.

LibriVox
Over 1500 public domain audio books.

     Books & Authors in AV Media

The Bat Segundo Show
"The Bat Segundo Show is a cultural and literary podcast that involves very thorough long-form interviews with contemporary authors and other assorted artists."

BBC Open Book
"Open Book spotlights new fiction and non-fiction, picks out the best of the paperbacks, talks to authors and publishers, and unearths lost masterpieces."

Book TV
"Top nonfiction authors every weekend."  TV schedules, author interviews, programs and more. See also their companion site and archive: Booknotes.

Everett Public Library Podcasts
Listen to book reviews, library news, local history and other library programs.

Open Books Radio
Author interviews conducted by prolific Booklist reviewer Donna Seaman.

 

Genre Fiction Resources

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     Crime Fiction

ClueLass Home Page
Find information about new releases in the Bloodstained Bookshelf, or use the Deadly Directory to find mystery conventions, organizations, awards, reviews, newsletters, etc.

Crime Always Pays
Crime fiction blog of Declan Burke.

Detectives Beyond Borders: a Forum for International Crime Fiction
"Because murder is more fun away from home."

Historical Mystery Fiction
Great listing of historical mysteries.  Browse by author or era.

The Mystery Reader
Many mystery subcategories are reviewed in a fashion similar to movies - with star and violence ratings - as well as written descriptions. Includes author interviews, features, and links to authors. Coverages seems to be on books releases in the late 1990s to the present.

The Rap Sheet
A group blog focusing on crime fiction.

Seattle Mystery Bookshop
"For mystery lovers who know what they want and for those who haven't a clue..." Featuring all varieties of crime fiction and true crime.

Stop You’re Killing Me: a website to die for … if you love mysteries
“Stop, You’re Killing Me! is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. We list over 2,800 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 32,000 titles), both series (3,200+) and non-series.”

     Historical Fiction

HistoricalNovels.info
"Over 5000 Historical Novels Listed by Time and Place. Including more than 300 Reviews"

Historical Tapestry
Group blog devoted to historical fiction.

Historical Mystery Fiction
Great listing of historical mysteries.  Browse by author or era.

Reading the Past
"News, views, and reviews of historical fiction by Sarah Johnson"

     Romance

All About Romance: The Back Fence for Lovers of Romance Novels
“After more than ten years online, All About Romance is the premiere destination of romance readers. Our longevity, our unabashed love for romance books and our unbiased, intelligent, and often irreverent writing about romance fiction makes us unique on the Web.”

Romance Writers of America
The RWA is an organization for romance writers, but their website offers much for romance fans including an extensive directory of romance authors, current releases, bestselling authors, a guide to romance subgenres, and winners of the RITA and Golden Heart awards.

The Romance Reader
Romance books in many subcategories are reviewed in a fashion similar to movies - with star ratings - as well as with written descriptions. Includes author interviews, features, reader's reviews and comments, links to authors, etc. Coverage seems to be on books releases in the late 1990s to the present.

Romantic Times Online
Monthly review of new titles in various romance categories. Includes resources for writers, reader links, message boards, links to author's web pages, and more.

     Science Fiction and Fantasy

Locus Online
"News, reviews, resources, and perspectives on science fiction, fantasy, and horror."

SF Site
Covers science fiction and fantasy in print, media, and on the web.

Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase
"The ISFDB is an effort to catalog works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror."  This is an extensive resource.

Technovelgy
See how the ideas and inventions of science fiction writers have come to life. "Science fiction no more!"

 

Libraries

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Internet Public Library
Among other things, the IPL serves the public "by finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating quality information resources" available over the web.

Lib-web-cats
Library web pages and catalogs for over 5,000 libraries worldwide.

Public Libraries in Washington State
Links to public libraries in Washington state.

LibWeb - Libraries on the Web
An extensive international directory to libraries of all kinds.

 

Literary Criticism & Theory

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Critical Reading: a Guide
Designed for first year college students, this site provides a good guide for analyzing poetry or fiction. Includes brief advice on writing an analytical essay.

Everett Public Library E-Sources      Requires Everett Public Library card
Library card holders have access to many specialized online resources.  Some that especially appeal to readers include: Contemporary Authors, Literary Reference Center,and Novelist, along with the general periodicals databases EBSCO, eLibrary, and Proquest.

Internet Public Library - Literary Criticism
Over 2500 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works.

Literary Resources on the Net
An extraordinary collection of websites dealing with American and British literature, arranged by historic period or by broad subject such as Theatre and Drama, Theory, Women's Literature and Feminism, Ethnicities and Nationalities, etc. Emphasis is on sites useful to academics.

Voice of the Shuttle
This is an impressive resource for humanities research.

 

Local Literary News, Organizations & Events

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It's About Time
The It's About Time Writers Reading Series happens the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Ballard Library.

Jack Straw Productions
“The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to encourage the creation of new literary work; and to provide new venues for the writer and their work.” Each year twelve writers are selected to participate in giving public readings and in-studio interviews and their work appears in an annual anthology, radio broadcasts and internet podcasts.

King County Library System - Writer's Resources
A helpful list of resources for writers, particularly for writers' groups here in the northwest.

Possession Sound Writers
Everett Community College hosts the PSW Reading Series and conferences.

Richard Hugo House
“Richard Hugo House fosters writers, builds community and engages the Pacific Northwest in the world of writing." The Hugo House offers many programs, classes, readings and resources.

Seattle Arts & Lectures
"Seattle Arts & Lectures presents to our community transformative programs with acclaimed writers that foster diverse ideas, the imagination, and a love of reading and writing."

Seattle Print Media – Book pages
The links here will take you directly to the Book pages for these local area publications, where you can find book reviews, news, reading calendars and more: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly and The Stranger.

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival
"The Vancouver International Writers Festival is one of North America's premiere literary events."

Write on the Sound
Edmonds writers conference.

 

Neglected Books

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The Best Novels You've Never Read
"Sixty-one critics reveal their favorite underrated books of the past ten years."

The Most Underappreciated Books at the Complete Review
"Here is our selection of the most underappreciated books currently under review, ranked in some order of how outrageous the neglect seems to be."

The Neglected Books Page
"Here you'll find lists of thousands of books that have been neglected, overlooked, forgotten, or stranded by changing tides in critical or popular taste."

Village Voice author survey
"To help guide you through the waters of the literary unknown, we asked a number of authors to name their favorite obscure book."

Writers No One Reads
"Highlighting forgotten, neglected, abandoned, forsaken, unrecognized, unacknowledged, overshadowed, out-of-fashion, under-translated writers."

See also these books in the Everett Public Library collection for more ideas: Bartleby & Co.; Lost Classics; Remarkable Reads; Unknown Masterpieces; and The Stone Reader (dvd).

 

Poetry

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Academy of American Poets
"The official website of Academy of American Poets, Poets.org offers hundreds of essays and interviews about poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, almost 2,000 poems, and audio clips of 150 poems. Each month, the site receives a million unique visitors, making it one of the largest and most popular poetry site on the internet."

American Life in Poetry
"American Life in Poetry is a free weekly column for newspapers and online publications featuring a poem by a contemporary American poet and a brief introduction to the poem by Ted Kooser." The website features the current column and houses the complete column archive.

Electronic Poetry Center
A gateway for readers and writers of experimental electronic poetry

Major Poetry Award Winners
All the major poetry award winners are here.

Modern American Poetry
A multimedia companion to the Anthology of American Poetry by Oxford Univ. Press (2000). Includes excerpts and analysis of poems by over 150 American poets.

New Pages
Directory and reviews of literary magazines, plus a lot more.

Open Books
Poetry-only bookstore in Seattle.

PennSound
Excellent collection of MP3 audio poetry.

Poetry Daily
Online poetry anthology which republishes a new poem every day from books, magazines and journals.

Poetry Foundation
Home of Poetry magazine, and host of the Harriet blog, podcasts, poems and biographies for thousands of poets, a "poetry tool" for finding poems by subject or occasion, and more.

Poetry Northwest
Top-shelf poetry magazine, published right here in Everett.

Poets West
"The gateway to on-line information about poets and poetry in the Northwest." Extensive calendar of reading events.

Representative Poetry Online
Over 4,000 online poems (searchable and also indexed by name, title, date, and first line), a poetry timeline, a glossary, criticism and other writing.

     Poetry Blogs

 

Series and Sequels

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Fantastic Fiction
Great source for series information.

Gaslight Books Checklist: The 4-part Trilogy
Series and sequels in SF, Fantasy and Horror.

Scifan
Find SF and fantasy series by author or by series name.

Sequels and Prequels for Romance Novels
Database for novels in series. Search by author, title, or series name.

Stop, You're Killing Me!
"A website to die for ... if you love mysteries."

What's Next: A Searchable Database of Novels in Series
Database for novels in series. Search by author, title, or series name.

 

Writers' Resources

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King County Library System - Writer's Resources
A helpful list of resources for writers, particularly for writers' groups here in the northwest.

New Pages - Creative Writing Programs
This is a great directory to creative writing programs -- and note the sidebar links to writing contests, literary magazines, book publishers and more.

Poets & Writers
"Poets & Writers, Inc. is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers."

Writer Beware
A project of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, "Writer Beware conducts a variety of activities revolving around the effort to raise awareness of the prevalence of literary fraud."  Writer Beware is designed "so it can be used by any writer, regardless of subject, style, genre, or nationality."

See also our category Local Literary Links

 

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