Winter Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2017

Crais, Robert. The Wanted. Putnam. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780399161506. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399573903. THRILLER A No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Grand Master, Crais brings back investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike but mixes in Jon Stone, who’s made popular cameo appearances in previous books. Here, when single mother […]

Paul Kix’s The Saboteur | Last of the December Picks

Kix, Paul. The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando. Harper. Dec. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062322524. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780062322548. lrg. prnt. HISTORY Raised in a fairy-tale chateau and educated at top schools, French aristocrat Robert de la Rochefoucald joined the Churchill’s Special Operations Executive (fondly dubbed the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare) […]

Fowler, Lovesey, Tursten, & More | Mystery Previews, Dec. 2017

Fowler, Christopher. Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery. Bantam. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780553448139. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101887073. MYSTERY When a man snapping photographs in In London’s Regent Park sees a girl walking a dog—and then sees her vanish into thin air—you know it’s time for grumpy old guy detectives Arthur […]

Media Stars, Rock Stars, Actors, & More | Memoir Previews, Nov./Dec. 2017

Archibald, Brett. Alone: Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 384p.ISBN 9781250143303. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250143310. CD: Macmillan Audio. MEMOIR While on a surf-charter boat tossed about by a storm in the Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia, Archibald blacked out from food poisoning, fell overboard, and came to with the […]

Katherine Arden, Ursula Le Guin, Andy Weir | Barbara’s Picks, Nov./Dec. 2017

Arden, Katherine. The Girl in the Tower. Del Rey: Ballantine. Dec. 2017, 384p. ISBN 9781101885963. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101885970. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/FANTASY Following her absorbingly vibrant and highly praised debut, the LibraryReads pick The Bear and the Nightingale, Arden returns with a sequel that continues the story of the brave and impetuous Vasya in […]

Register for the 2017 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

It’s June, so it must be time for the American Library Association’s annual conference. And that means it’s time for the 2017 ALA Galley and Signing Guide. After all, how else will you find Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter and Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark, Jamie Ford’s Love and Other Consolation Prizes and Celeste Ng’s Little […]

BookExpo Book Buzz 2017

What buzzed big at BookExpo this year? Big-name books, of course, like Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner), New York Times Best Book author Claire Messud’s The Burning Girl (Norton), and new works from National Book Award winners Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing, Scribner) and Alice McDermott (The Ninth Hour, Farrar). On the […]

Day of Dialog 2017 Report

Back in New York after BookExpo detoured to Chicago last year, Day of Dialog had one of its strongest showings ever

Books To Buzz About | Day of Dialog 2017

Five novelists, including three first-timers, discuss their buzzy fiction

Reading the World | Day of Dialog 2017

LJ Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert moderated the “Reading the World” panel, which featured representatives from four publishers at the forefront of works in translation—Other Press, Archipelago Books, Europa Editions, and New Directions Publishing. For those not familiar with their work, Hoffert began with a brief introduction, noting that Other published Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation (a 2015 LJ Best Books “More […]