BEA Finale: Galley Guide Registration, Key Day of Dialog Speakers, and Speed Dating with ReadingGroupGuides.com

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The 2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide arrives this week! If you’re coming to BEA, the guide should help you navigate the show floor. And even if you’re not, it offers an overview of the forthcoming books that publishers are most excited in pushing. Register here now. Meanwhile, some announcements if you are coming to […]

Ann Morgan’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe

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In conjunction with a roundup of ten key fiction-in-translation titles I will feature in LJ 6/1/15, I was able to interview Ann Morgan, author of this month’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe (Liveright: Norton). Morgan’s book highlights both the pleasure of reading beyond our own language (from Umberto Eco’s Numero Zero in […]

Fairy Tales from Cunningham, Murder from Eco, an American Qur’an, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt . 2

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Alarcón, Daniel (text) & Sheila Alvarado (illus.). City of Clowns. Riverhead. Nov. 2015. 144p. ISBN 9781594633331. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698168688. GRAPHIC NOVEL Fans (like me) of Alarcón, a New Yorker “20 Under 40” author whose Lost City Radio won the 2009 International Literature Award, will be intrigued to learn about this graphic-novel version of a […]

Justin Cartwright, Andrus Kivirähk, & Beatriz Williams Give History a Twist | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

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Cartwright, Justin. Up Against the Night. Bloomsbury USA. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781632860187. $27. LITERARY This latest from Whitbread Award winner Cartwright (Lion Heart) features Frank McAllister, who’s none too pleased to be descended from Piet Retief, leader of the South African Great Trek. Though Afrikaner legend paints him as a hero, Frank feels otherwise. […]

Kennedys and Johnsons: Three Fresh Takes | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

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Caroli, Betty. Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President. S. & S. Nov. 2015. 464p. ISBN 9781439191224. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781439191248. BIOGRAPHY Some folks say that Lyndon Baines Johnson married Lady Bird for her money and treated her badly. But not Caroli, who here portrays Lady Bird as […]

Literary Hub: Finding and Creating the Best Book Talk on the Web

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With the launch of Literary Hub, the brainchild of Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of independent house Grove Atlantic, lovers of smart, upmarket reading finally got the website they’ve been waiting for: one that offers a daily dose of thought-sparking essays, excerpts from newly published titles, and a curated roundup of the best book talk […]

2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide: Register Now, It’s Almost Ready

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With exhibits opening at BookExpo America on Wednesday, May 27, at 1:00 p.m., it’s time to start planning the trek around the convention floor. Eager to know where to find galleys for new titles by Gregory Maguire, Karin Slaughter, Anthony Marra, and Brandon Stanton? Want to find out when Laura Groff and Kathy Reichs are […]

The Last of Hijuelos, New Fiction by Albom & Allende, & Major History by Beevor, Kershaw, & Sebestyen | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Albom, Mitch. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Harper. Nov. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780062294418. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062294425. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Albom writes spiritually engaged work, from Tuesdays with Morrie, said to be the world’s best-selling memoir ever, to The First Phone Call from Heaven, his latest No. 1 New York Times best-selling novel. […]

Six Novels from Mega-Best-Selling Authors | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Baldacci, David. The Guilty. Grand Central. Nov. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781455586424. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586417. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455586394. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Third in the Will Robie series, The Target was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. Now the deadly CIA assassin is back for another round of bullets, though who knows […]

Cultural Conversations, from The New Yorker to Film to St. Mark’s Place | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Calhoun, Ada. St. Marks Is Dead : The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. Norton. Nov. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780393240382. $27.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE St. Mark’s Place, in lower Manhattan, occupies only three blocks, but in the intellectual life of the country it occupies a much grander space. Starting out as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s pear […]