I always get such a kick when a little-known author that LJ has covered suddenly gets wider recognition in the literary world. Linda Lappin’s Signatures in Stone, an atmospheric mystery that I reviewed last year, was honored this past weekend with the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
With Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert as moderator, five editors from the major publishing houses presented their key titles for Fall 2015/Spring 2015. The focus this year was heavily on fiction, with major releases from acclaimed literary authors Richard Ford and Jane Smiley, notable debuts by Jessie Burton and Tiphanie Yanique, and breakout buzz books by Emily St. John Mandel and Keith Donohue
Agatha Christie may have killed off Hercule Poirot in 1975′s Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, but come September her beloved Belgian sleuth will be resurrected in new adventure penned by psychological thriller author Sophie Hannah with the official approval of the Christie estate. Today HarperCollins revealed the book’s title and details about the plot.
A coming-of-age stand-alone with a hint of mystery, a debut espionage thriller about Russian spies trained in the art of sexual seduction, and a twisty tale of psychological suspense in the tradition of Gone Girl garnered the top prizes at the Mystery Writers of America’s 68th annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner, held May 1, 2014, at New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.
New Adult (NA) fiction is the rage these days in the publishing world, but what is it exactly? Is it an actual genre or just a marketing term? At a lively PLA2014 ConverStation session entitled “New Adult Fiction: What is It, Where is It, and What Should We Do with It,” facilitators Sophie Brookover (LibraryLinkNJ—The Library Cooperative, Piscataway, NJ) and Kelly Jensen (Beloit (WI) Public Library) ) threw out five questions for the audience to discuss at their tables and then share in the main conversation.
One of Ireland’s greatest exports is its literature. So why not celebrate that great Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, with a book? For the fourth straight year, New York’s Irish Arts Center did just that, distributing thousands of free Hibernian titles to commuters and school children across the city’s five boroughs.