BookExpo Book Buzz 2017

What buzzed big at BookExpo this year? Big-name books, of course, like Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner), New York Times Best Book author Claire Messud’s The Burning Girl (Norton), and new works from National Book Award winners Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing, Scribner) and Alice McDermott (The Ninth Hour, Farrar). On the […]

Karan Mahajan Wins NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award

On Thursday, June 1, at a packed event at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street, Karan Mahajan was awarded this year’s Young Lions Fiction Award for The Association of Small Bombs (Viking). A National Book Award finalist named a Best Book by the New York Times, among many other publications, […]

Day of Dialog 2017 Report

Back in New York after BookExpo detoured to Chicago last year, Day of Dialog had one of its strongest showings ever

Editors’ Picks Panel | Day of Dialog 2017

Day of Dialog opened with the ever-popular Editors’ Picks panel, moderated by Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert and expanded this year from five to seven panelists

Editors’ Picks List | Day of Dialog 2017

ELIZABETH BEIER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, ST. MARTIN’S, MACMILLAN Kramer, Jane. The Reporter’s Kitchen. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250074379. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466885981. Niederhoffer, Galt. Poison. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250085290. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085306. Shahidi, Afshin. Prince: A Private View. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781250134431. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781250134448. Taranto, […]

Four Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World. Algonquin. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781616205287. $26.95. LITERARY There are in-house raves for this debut, and the subject matter—the consequences of Hurricane Katrina—recommend it highly. When older daughter Cora refuses to evacuate as the storm approaches, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave, and his white, upper-crust […]

Bradford, Evans, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Secrets of Cavendon. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781250091451. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250091475. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORICAL Bradford continues her No. 1 New York Times best-selling “Cavendon Chronicles,” which details events surrounding two families living in a grand home in England’s northern reaches. It’s 1949, a new generation of Inghams and […]

Technology, Literature, & Dan Rather | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Berlin, Leslie. Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age. S. & S. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781451651508. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781451651522. TECHNOLOGY Five of the world’s six most valuable companies are high-tech firms, and they were helped to the top by the six innovators profiled here, who broke ground in 1970s and early […]

Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide | Last Chance

The 2017 Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide will be ready this week. Here’s your last chance to register in advance for the guide. This year’s guide contains over 200 listings, with many of the giveaways and signing opportunities on a schedule, which makes the guide particularly handy. Nathan Englander, Nicole Krauss, Don Winslow, Alice […]

Allende, Keneally, Sontag, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Allende, Isabel. In the Midst of Winter. Atria. Nov. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501178139. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501178153. CD: S. & S. Audio. LITERARY When the personal shades into the political, Allende is there. Her latest novel features 60-year-old human rights scholar Richard Bowmaster, who feels he’s hit the end of the road—and one snow-blown Brooklyn […]