Iain (M.) Banks, Rest in Peace

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Two months after Iain Banks announced on his website that he had been diagnosed with terminal gall bladder cancer, the Scottish author of such acclaimed novels as The Wasp Factory  and The Hydrogen Sonata lost his brief battle on June 9 at the age of 59. Praised by William Gibson as “a phenomenon” and “fearlessly […]

Editors’ Picks Panel | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

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Library Journal’s sold-out 16th annual Day of Dialog, held May 29 at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium, got off to a rousing start with the perennially popular Editors’ Picks panel. Five top editors from leading publishing houses shared their summer, fall, and winter favorites with an enthusiastic and packed audience of librarians eager to identify titles to […]

Dennis Lehane, Chris Pavone Take Mystery’s Top Prizes

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At the Mystery Writers of America’s  67th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner, held Thursday evening at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dennis Lehane’s historical crime novel Live By Night won the Edgar for Best Novel. Surprisingly it was a first win for the veteran author of ten books. In his acceptance speech, Lehane  acknowledged the […]

Morrow Launches Digital-First Mystery Line

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Ebook original mysteries continue to gain traction with publishers (see Kristi Chadwick’s 4/15 Genre Spotlight feature “Following Digital Clues”)  as HarperCollins’s William Morrow imprint announced the launch this October of Witness Impulse, a new digital -original mystery, suspense, and thriller line. Over 100 titles have already been acquired, and the initial release of ten titles […]

The Game is Afoot! Mystery Publishers to Reveal Clues to Spring Titles; A Killer Trip to Paris

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Before you take off on this long holiday weekend, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Spring Mystery Announcements webcast, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00–1:00 PM PT.  Our moderator is LJ‘s mystery columnist Terry Jacobsen, and presenters include Soho Crime, Oceanview Publishing, Titan Books’s Hard Case Crime line, and Severn House and […]

January 8 is D-Day for “Wheel of Time” Fans: Final Volume to Be Released

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Fans of Robert Jordan’s epic “Wheel of Time” fantasy series were devastated when the author died in 2007 while working on the final volume. Fortunately Jordan had left extensive notes so another writer could finish the novel. Tomorrow A Memory  of Light will finally be released, bringing a best-selling series that began in 1990 to […]

Friday Ebook Freebies from Our Reviewers!

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My reviewers are a talented bunch. When they are not reviewing books, they are writing them! Take Ron Terpening, a professor of Italian at the University of Arizona, Tucson. A fiction reviewer for more than ten years,  he also has published six adult and YA suspense novels as well as several academic tomes. Now two […]

Books & Bibles: Christian Writers Gather in Dallas

Carol Award winners at the ACFW Awards Gala, September 2012

Wilda Williams reports on the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference.

No Joke: Calvin Trillin Takes 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor

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Calvin Trillin, a longtime New Yorker staff writer, comic novelist, and witty bard of political doggerel, was named the winner of the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his essay collection Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. The award, which includes a crystal plaque and a $5000 prize, was given to […]

Twenty Great Reads for National Reading Group Month

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A little birdie today told me that October is  National Reading Group Month (NRGM), an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). That little birdie (aka Michigan librarian Marika Zemke) also took a year-long hiatus from reviewing for LJ to read, discuss, and debate some 50 books via a private blog with 22 other […]

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