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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 […]

Top Commercial Fiction from Brackston, Evanovich, Mitchard, & More | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Billingsley, ReShonda Tate & Victoria Christopher Murray. A Blessing & a Curse. Gallery. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476748887. pap. $15. POP FICTION/AFRICAN AMERICAN Billingsley and Murray are both No. 1 national best-selling authors, with the former a NAACP Image Award winner and the latter a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee, and they have joined together […]

Debut Fiction from Award Winners, Movie Moguls, & Journalists | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Heaney, Katie. Dear Emma. Grand Central. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781455534609. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455534593. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455534647. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. COMING OF AGE Author of the beloved and funny memoir Never Have I Ever and a staff writer at Buzzfeed, Heaney turns out a coming-of-age tale starring college junior Harriet, the anonymous […]

From the Apostles to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham to India Today | Social Science Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Anderson, William. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Harper. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062419682. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062419682. LETTERS Everyone loves Laura Ingalls Wilder, it seems; Pioneer Girl, her annotated autobiography, which was published in 2014 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press, reached the No. 2 spot on the New York Times best […]