Thrillers in Translation

August 13, 2018 | M. Elwood

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Domestic suspense novels, sometimes called Grip Lit have been massively popular in recent years. They usually feature ordinary people who are either directly or indirectly involved with a crime. Bad relationships are almost always part of the mix too. This genre includes books like Gone Girl, Girl on the Train,...

Cozy Café Mysteries

August 7, 2018 | M. Elwood

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Sometimes you just want to relax with a book that lets you escape from the troubles of the world for a few hours on a summer afternoon. Cozy mysteries are perfect for doing that. The genre keeps graphic violence and sex off the page and often feature amateur detectives who...

Man Booker Prize Announces 2018 Longlist

July 24, 2018 | Book Buzz

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The Man Booker Prize judges have selected a unique group of thirteen books for this year's longlist. Considered among the most prestigious of literary awards, the prize is awarded annually to the best novel written in English that was published in the United Kingdom. For the first time in the...

Alternative Nobel Prize Announced

July 17, 2018 | Book Buzz

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After a sex scandal prompted The Swedish Academy to postpone this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, a group of Swedish intellectuals formed an organization called The New Academy. The organization announced its intention to present an international literary prize in 2018 "as a reminder that literature should be associated with...

I Don't Remember the Whole Title but it had Something to do with Lying

July 10, 2018 | M. Elwood

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These books have a few things in common: They are all thrillers. They were all published within the last two years. They all have a plot that revolves around a secret or secrets from the recent or distant past. And each of them has a title that includes a variation...

Celebrities Publishing

July 3, 2018 | Lynn

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Celebrities are extending their reach into the publishing world, either with their own books, their own publishing company or imprint, or they are simply promoting books they are enjoying themselves. The famous SJP aka Sarah Jessica Parker recently announced that she has a publishing imprint where she will acquire and...

Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018

July 3, 2018 | Andrea

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"For a brief time, I was here; and, for a brief time, I mattered." –Harlan Ellison Science fiction lost another influential writer when Ellison passed away on June 28 at the age of 84. Although he bristled at being pigeonholed, Ellison was recognized as a Grand Master of the genre...

Time Travel Books for Timeless Fans

June 28, 2018 | M. Elwood

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When NBC announced the cancellation of Timeless, fans of the television show launched a passionate campaign to save it. I love time travel on screen and on the page even when there are gaping logic holes, so I began watching it on Netflix. The show is about an Elon Musk-type...

Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018

June 8, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just ...will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis. Anthony Bourdain Chef, author and media personality Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City and grew up in...

Richard Peck, 1934-2018

May 24, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Richard Peck, award-winning writer of young adult books, was born and spent his childhood in Decatur, Illinois. He credited his parents with inspiring his writing career. He loved the stories his mother read him when he was small declaring, "I wanted to be a writer before I could read". His...