Granta announces its once in a decade Best Young American Novelists list Apr 29 2017 Just once every 10 years Granta issues a special issue focued on new American fiction, "showcasing the young novelists deemed to be the best of their generation--writers of remarkable achievement and promise, still in their twenties and thirties." It's Best of Young American Novelists of 2017 list includes "21 outstanding writers who capture the preoccupations of modern America." The authors are: Jesse Ball, Halle [...]
Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dies aged 88 Apr 25 2017 Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died yesterday at age 88. First published in 1974 by William Morrow, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values was a spectacularly popular philosophy book that was loosely autobiographical, tracing a father-son motorcycle trip and flashbacks to a period in which the author was diagnosed as schizophrenic. [...]
First John Grisham bookstore tour for 25 years Apr 19 2017 Bestselling author John Grisham will celebrate the publication of his 30th novel, Camino Island ( June 6), with his first bookstore tour in 25 years. On his website, Grisham shares the schedule and event guidelines for the tour, which will feature a book signing and discussion/q&a at each of twelve stops. Source: jgrisham.com More News Stories
Mark your calendars for Independent Bookstore Day! Apr 18 2017 Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the USA on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that [...]
US bookstore sales down 3% year on year in February Apr 18 2017 February bookstore sales fell 3%, to $744 million, compared to February 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. This is the third monthly drop in a row. For the first two months of the year, bookstore sales have fallen 3.6%, to $2.3 billion, compared to the first two months of 2016. Source: Shelf Awareness More News Stories
Colson Whitehead wins Pulitzer Apr 10 2017 Colson Whitehead has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Underground Railroad. The General Nonfiction prize went to Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson won the History category; The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar won Biography; and Olio by Tyehimba Jess won the [...]
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