“Rain Is the Ink of the Northwest”: Writers Talk about Place and Fiction at ALA Midwinter

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Friday’s ERT/Booklist Author Forum, moderated by Booklist editor Brad Hooper, brought together a diverse group of novelists to talk about the state of the novel and the role place plays in fiction. Literary fiction writer Ruth Ozeki (My Year of Meats), prolific fantasy author Terry Brooks (“Shannara” series), thriller writer Gregg Olsen (Fear Collector), and […]

The Millions Launches Ebook Series

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Yesterday, book blog The Millions (which turns ten—an eon in internet years—in 2013) announced a series of short nonfiction ebooks called “The Millions Originals.” These shorts will be longer than the average long magazine article but shorter than the average book: they are nonfiction novellas, in other words. They can be purchased on Apple, Amazon, […]

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 […]

Web-Savvy Authors Have Strong Showing in Goodreads Choice Awards

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  Goodreads, the bookish social network that allows users to catalog their reads and snoop on those of their friends, has announced the winners of its fourth annual Goodreads Choice Awards, which are voted on by readers. Writers who have a foot in the online world proved popular: Jenny Lawson‘s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and […]

National Book Award Finalists Announced Today

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by Margaret Heilbrun and Molly McArdle The National Book Award finalists are out! Announced this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, which rumor indicates is a cable news morning show, the short list named five titles each in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. We were pleased with the overlap: we’ve got enough stars here […]

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 […]

Stephen King Wins 2012 ITW Thriller Award; Ebook, YA Awards Announced for 2013

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Stephen King Wins 2012 ITW Thriller Award; Ebook, YA Awards Announced for 2013

Heart of Gold: Neil Young and Patti Smith in Great Form at BEA | BookExpo America Day 2

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Heart of Gold: Neil Young and Patti Smith in Great Form at BEA | BookExpo America Day 2

Karen Russell Wins NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award

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Karen Russell Wins NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award

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