Playboys, Murder, and . . . Crosswords?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 The crossword puzzle as we know it was invented more than a century ago. A little more than 30 years ago, however, authors like Herbert Resnicow, Parnell Hall, and our very own Nero Blanc began to use the crossword puzzle for something new and exciting: the mystery novel. After all, who could match the brains and daring of a puzzle-cracking PI?

In the Crossword Mysteries series, Nero Blanc even includes DIY crossword puzzles in his book, allowing readers to try to solve the mystery along with

Peek into the Pages of the National Book Award–Winning Novel The Red Magician

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 The Red Magician was the first novel ever published by distinguished fantasy author Lisa Goldstein, her first step in an acclaimed 30-year career. Yet The Red Magician has always been more than just a stepping-stone. The winner of the 1983 National Book Award (then called the American Book Award), it has proven itself timeless, continuing to captivate readers with the poignant, heartrending story of a young girl named Kicsi who struggles to survive in the midst of the Holocaust, and the mysterious “red magician” who may hold her only way to escape.