Key Literary Titles from Duchovny, Hellenga, Jane Hamilton, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Duchovny, David. Bucky F*cking Dent. Farrar. Apr. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780374110420. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374714765. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A quirky but heartfelt fable like his New York Times best-selling Holy Cow, this new work by Golden Globe Award–winning actor Duchovny features Carter administration–era Ivy Leaguer Ted Fullilove, who sells peanuts at Yankee Stadium while […]

Penguin Random House Forms New Adult Library Marketing Group


In a not unexpected move following the July 2013 merger of Random House and the Penguin Group, Penguin Random House has announced the creation of a unified, cross-company Penguin Random House Adult Library Marketing Group. Company officials said that this move is aimed at further strengthening its presence in the adult library market. “We will […]

Jill Bialosky’s The Prize: An Investigation into the True Value of Art


For her novel, The Prize, Bialosky wanted to escape the realities of her daily life to focus on the key idea: the intersection of art and commerce.

5 Under 35 Honorees Show Off Their Small-Press Credentials


On September 30, the National Book Foundation announced its 5 Under 35 honorees for 2015, and there’s nary a Big 5 author among them. Irish author Colin Barrett, whose Young Skins (Black Cat: Grove Atlantic) has already won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for […]

Jane Eyre Reimagined, Novellas from Jim Harrison, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 4


Carter, M.J. The Infidel Stain. Putnam. Mar. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780399171680. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698168749. MYSTERY Carter’s first work of fiction, The Strangler Vine, brought together soldier William Avery and secret agent Jeremiah Blake in late 1830s India with triumphant results; it was long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize and a finalist for the CWA […]

An Irish Rebel, John Elder Robison’s Brain Change, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 4


Egan, Timothy. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9780544272880. HISTORY Even if you don’t know Egan as a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, the National Book Award–winning author of The Worst Hard Time, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt […]

Nineteen Essential Mysteries/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 4


Barclay, Linwood. Far from True: A Promise Falls Novel. NAL. Mar. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9780451472700. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698182301. THRILLER When a screen at a seen-better-days drive-in tumbles down, killing four people, the daughter of one victim persuades PI Cal Weaver to investigate a break-in at her father’s house, where a hidden room reveals some […]

Jaipur Literature Festival Comes to Boulder Public Library


Proclaimed the world’s largest free literary festival, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has attracted world-class writers since its 2006 inception in Jaipur, India. On September 19–20, it left home for very nearly the first time and came to America, where it was hosted by a public library. The Boulder Public Library and Civic Lawns, […]

Why Fiction Matters | The Center for Fiction Has the Answer


Why fiction matters. That was the topic under discussion at a key panel presented by the New York City–based Center for Fiction at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 20, and it’s also the name of an exciting new series just launched by the center, featuring leading novelists reflecting broadly on the continued value of […]

Irish Writers Baume & Binchy, Man Booker Short-lister Sahota, Adam Hochschild, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Baume, Sara. Spill Simmer Falter Wither. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780544716193. $23; ebk. ISBN 9780544716223. LITERARY FICTION A lonely man and a one-eyed dog form a bond, and the man takes his furry friend into his home. Before, they were treated like outcasts by the villagers, but now they are feared as a […]