Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed Poet Laureate

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On Wednesday, June 10, outgoing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named Juan Felipe Herrera the library’s 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2015–2016. Herrera, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN USA National Poetry Award, and the International Latino Book Award, among numerous other honors, is the first Hispanic poet […]

Books That Buzzed at BookExpo America, Pt. 2

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Among the titles introduced by Knopf editor Diana Miller at the Editors’ Picks panel opening this year’s Day of Dialog was Garth Risk Hallberg’s $2 million debut, City on Fire, swift but deep at 900-plus smartly rendered pages and featuring a range of characters interlinked in 1970s New York. Miller’s fellow panelist Robert Weil, publishing […]

Christopher Buckley, James Lee Burke, Paolo Giordano, & Ruth Rendell | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Buckley, Christopher. The Relic Master. S. & S. Dec. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781501125751. $26.95. HISTORICAL Buckley, who’s been called “the funniest writer in the English language” by Tom Wolfe and has a Thurber Prize for American Humor to prove it, offers a boisterous tale of 16th-century relic hunting that should have broad appeal. It’s 1517, […]

Mystery from Ann Cleeves to Victoria Thompson | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Cleeves, Ann. Harbour Street: A Vera Stanhope Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781250070661. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466881051. MYSTERY Malice Domestic Honored International Visitor in 2015, Cleeves won the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black; nonreaders (anyone here?) still know her from Vera, the Netflix show based on her Vera Stanhope […]

Sports, the Middle East, & the U.S. Presidential Campaign | Social Science Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Coppins, McKay. The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. Little, Brown. Dec. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780316327411. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316327466. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316383714. POLITICAL SCIENCE With all the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency, wouldn’t it be nice to have […]

2015 BookExpo America Books That Buzzed

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At this year’s BookExpo America, eager fans pulled Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Riverhead) from boxes even as publicists carried them across the floor, and once the remaining galleys were unloaded they lasted for the duration of a commercial break. Oscar Hijuelos’s final, posthumous Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise (Grand Central) and Jesse Eisenberg’s first […]

From Kevin Barry to Mary Gaitskill to Stephen King | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Barry, Kevin. Beatlebone. Doubleday. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780385540292. $24.95. LITERARY FICTION Barry broke out big with his darkly brilliant debut, City of Bohane, winner of the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, and has since published two show-stopping collections. Here, after appearing with foresightful Graywolf, he’s getting his first big-house publication in the United States, […]

Mary Beard’s Ancient Rome, Edmund de Waal’s Porcelain, Jon Meacham’s Next Presidential Study, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Beard, Mary. S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome.. Liveright: Norton. Nov. 2015.  512p. ISBN 9780871404237. $35. HISTORY Cambridge classics professor Beard couldn’t be more modern in how she shares her ideas, serving as a television presenter and authoring the popular blog “A Don’s Life” while dealing firmly but genially with trollers who just can’t seem […]

From James Patterson to Anne Perry to New Zealand Phenom Ben Sanders | Mystery/Thriller Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Andrew, Sally. Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery. Ecco. Nov. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780062397669. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062397683. MYSTERY When her recipe column for the local paper is switched out for a self-help column, middle-aged widow Tannie Maria is surprised to find that she’s really good at helping others. Then an abused […]

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 […]