Award-Worthy Authors from Ausubel to Tolstaya | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2018

Ausubel, Ramona. Awayland: Stories. Riverhead. Mar. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781594634901. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410862. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SHORT STORIES Winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and a NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award finalist for her debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us, Ausubel continues her elegant, risk-taking way with this […]

Painters, Photographers, Rappers, and Andrew Lloyd Webber | Arts Previews, Mar. 2018

Bonanos, Christopher. Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous. Holt. Mar. 2018. 366p. ISBN 9781627793063. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781627793070. BIOGRAPHY/PHOTOGRAPHY Famed for his gritty, sometimes lurid shots, particularly of mid-century New York, Arthur Fellig was nicknamed Weegee (from the Ouija board) for his spooky ability to arrive at the scene of a crime almost before […]

2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday, October 4, on CBS This Morning, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The list reflects the attentiveness to diversity characterizing the publishing world in recent years, with four of the five fiction finalists by women […]

Wrapping Up Day of Dialog Brooklyn

Held on September 15 to coincide with the Brooklyn Book Festival, the first-ever Day of Dialog Brooklyn was a great success, with folks coming from the tristate area (and nationwide) to hear authors like Alice McDermott and Stephanie Powell Watts and  editors introducing winter/spring 2018 titles. The Editors Picks‘ panel embraced houses large and small, […]

New Perspectives | Day of Dialog Brooklyn

Besides offering New Perspectives, speakers at this aptly named panel at LJ’s inaugural Day of Dialog Brooklyn asked thought-provoking questions. Obama campaign blogger Sam Graham-Felsen‘s debut novel, Green (Random, Jan. 2018), depicts the experiences of a white boy in a mostly black school. His novel is a reflection of his lived experience, “what it felt […]

Great Book Club Books | Day of Dialog Brooklyn

The “Great Book Club Picks” panel at LJ’s inaugural Day of Dialog/Brooklyn 2017

From Bohjalian to Wideman | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Mar. 2018

Bohjalian, Chris. The Flight Attendant. Doubleday. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780385542418. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542425. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/THRILLER Here’s a milestone: Bohjalian is publishing his 20th novel, and as always it combines popular tropes with a serious examination of social issues. Binge-drinking flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes up with another bad hangover […]

Buruma, Kaplan, & a Neruda Biography | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2018

Buruma, Ian. A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781101981412. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101981429. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR A leading public intellectual, the author of numerous award-winning titles, and named among 100 top global thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy, Buruma has succeeded Robert B. Silvers as the editor of the […]

From Africa to Alaska to Terror in Paris | New Voices in Literary Fiction, Mar. 2018

Benson, Adrienne. The Brightest Sun. Park Row: Harlequin. Mar. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778331278. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488028090. LITERARY Harlequin’s new literary imprint is feeling radiant about this debut from the African-raised Benson, who returned to work there as a Peace Corps volunteer. Set in the 1990s under Africa’s bright sun, it explores the lives of […]

Berry, Jance, & Some Surprise Authors | Thriller Previews, Mar. 2018

Bell, Natasha. Exhibit Alexandra. Crown. Mar. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781524761073. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524761097. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER Alexandra Southwood has been imprisoned in a locked room, and husband Marc is increasingly frantic as her bloodied belongings are found. But all is not as it seems in this ramping-up debut, touted for its hairpin twists […]