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Life After Game of Thrones
Cover Art The wait is finally over! Nearly a year after the completion of the second series, HBO will be airing the third season premiere of Game of Thrones this Sunday night, March 31. Based on the wildly successful George R.R. Martin books, the television drama series tells the story of the Seven Kingdoms and the charismatic personalities who are fighting for power.

If you found yourself won over by the intrigues, the scandals and all-around great fantasy storytelling, you may enjoy a similar epic series in our list of read-a-likes. These titles are Book 1 in multi-part science fiction series, allowing you to delve deep into other worlds and lose yourself in the escape. Enjoy and remember, winter is coming!
 
posted Mar 29, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

Hardboiled in Scotland
If you've read and enjoyed authors such as John Sandford, Dennis Lehane, and Michael Connelly, you're reading a genre lovingly referred to as "hardboiled." These gritty narratives with a street smart protagonist are popular in the United States, with many authors from which to choose. However, Scotland seems to lend itself well to this genre, too. You might want to try authors such as Denise Mina, Ian Rankin, Quintin Jardine, Val MacDermid, and a favorite of mine, Stuart MacBride.
 
posted Mar 26, 2013 by Jean B. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Inspired novel trips
Book your vacation, literally! Minnesota Monthly's April 2013 issue features 14 trips with Minnesota literary connections. Some of the books would make great book club books.
 
posted Mar 20, 2013 by Rose R. Category: Book Clubs

Coffee House Press to add Creative Nonfiction to Repetoire
Cover Art On March 1, Coffee House Press, a local publisher with a national reputation, announced it will publish essays and other creative nonfiction on a regular basis. As detailed in the full press release, the press "has published nonfiction titles in the past, including Kao Kalia Yang’s renowned memoir The Latehomecomer, Judith Kitchen’s recent essay collection, Half in Shade, and U Sam Oeur’s memoir, Crossing Three Wildernesses, the decision to include essays on a regular basis is a deliberate one in service of their mission."

If past titles are any indication, we have much to look forward to!
 
posted Mar 5, 2013 by Stephanie S. Category: Nonfiction

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