Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most anticipated books for August based on number of copies in initial printing

According to Publishers Weekly, the following books have the largest initial printings of the books to be released in August:

Friction by Sandra Brown will have an initial run of 400,000 copies and be released on August 18. From her publisher:
Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jack Livings wins the PEN/Bingham prize for debut fiction with ‘The Dog’

Jack Livings has won the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction for his book, The Dog. The Prize “honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work – a novel or collection of short stories – represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.”

In their citation, the judges said:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Grand Arbor Reserve apartment complex blinks; bookmobile and teacher volunteers to return

Robert Willett/News & Observer photo

Wake County Public School System photo
Raleigh News and Observer staffer Mechelle Hankerson has reported that the Grand Arbor Reserve apartment complex has changed its position. The Lacy Elementary School teacher volunteers will be allowed to return to the apartments with their weekly bookmobile for children.

Grand Arbor Reserve officials had told the volunteers that they could not come back because of a new policy issued by the complex

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Brad Parks’ latest Carter Ross mystery, ‘The Fraud,’ is a winner!

Jim Farrington
Guest Contributor

How do you write a novel about the mean streets of Newark (NJ) that centers on a prevalence of street crime without insulting a city that has already borne more than its share of ridicule and derision? Brad Parks, in his latest novel featuring investigative reporter Carter Ross, manages to walk that line with a plot that centers on an epidemic of car hijackings involving multiple murders and corruption. Early on, Parks writes “You don’t stop for red

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Graham Swift’s ‘England and Other Stories’ provides vignettes of ordinary life

Graham Swift’s new collection of short stories (twenty-five stories in 238 pages) provide what Lucy Sholes, writing in The Guardian (8/3/14) calls snapshots:

Reduction in all its forms is something of a theme in Graham Swift's collection, both in form and content. Over 25 stories he reduces his characters' lives to these snapshots; a freeze-frame suspended image of a moment that distils the essence of the life in question, reduces it to

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Scout goes home again

Guest Contributor

Fifty-five years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman has been published. If Harper Lee or her publisher planned its timing, they could not have picked a better time to release this novel. Harper Lee has once again given the world a captivating look at and a gripping narrative on the most divisive issue of our time.

In 1957, Harper Lee submitted her novel, Go Set a Watchman, for publication. At the advice of her editor, she was asked to rewrite it as a coming of age story narrated by a young