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Surprised by the Booker shortlist? Don't judge the books, study the judges

As a former judge, I sometimes joke that the only year I correctly picked the Man Booker winner was when I was on the panel – it’s too unpredictable<p>This week the email from the Man Booker’s publicity team arrived, with its announcement of the shortlist: three Americans; two debuts; two formerly …

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The six must-read novels on this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist

If you’re searching for a new book to lose yourself in, this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist is the place to look.<p>The award’s judging panel narrowed this year’s selection down to just six finalists this morning (Sept. 13), with just four weeks to go until the latest winner is announced.<p><i>Lincoln in</i> …

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The New Statesman’s reviews of the 2017 Man Booker longlist

Read what our critics thought of the contenders.<p>The 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 13 September. Ahead of its …

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PW Picks: Books of the Week, September 11, 2017

This week: Lisbeth Salander's latest case, plus new books from Celeste Ng and Nicole Krauss.

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The essential Stephen King: a crash course in the best from America’s horror master

Stephen King has written over 70 books. Here are the ones you can’t miss.<p>Most people associate Stephen King with images of Jack Nicholson on a rampage or a creepy clown staring eerily at you from across the street. But while <i>The Shining</i> and <i>It</i> may be King’s most famous books, they’re not the only …

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10 Famous Authors Shared Their Favorite Books For Goodreads' 10th Anniversary

As part of the month-long celebration in honor of its 10th anniversary, bookish social network Goodreads has asked 10 of your favorite authors to …

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Print, Audio Keep Publishers Moving Ahead

For four of the five of the largest publicly traded consumer publishers in the U.S., sales in the January–June period this year were higher than in …

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The most-anticipated books of the rest of 2017

Books editor Mark Medley previews the titles – from debut authors to former prizewinners to perennial bestsellers – that should keep you busy reading for the rest of the year<p>Glass Houses<p><i>By Louise Penny, Minotaur, August</i><p>In what is now an annual event, Penny delivers the next instalment in her wildly …

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Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

From a swamp monster who speaks in verse to a guinea pig in search of world renown, plus a chilling graphic novel and an adventure in the Amazon<p>This month, lucky eight-plus readers can plunge into the green wilds of Katherine Rundell’s marvellous new novel, <b>The Explorer</b> (Bloomsbury). Stranded in the …

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Children’s Authors Take On the Refugee Crisis

Some of the most shocking images from the crisis in Syria have been photographs of children: the body of a drowned toddler lying on a Turkish beach, the expressionless 5-year-old boy from Aleppo, shellshocked, bloodied and ash-covered, after being pulled from the rubble of a bombed building.<p>Now, a …

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Giller Prize creator Jack Rabinovitch was a champion of the written word

Jack Rabinovitch, the Montreal businessman who, by establishing the Giller Prize in the wake of his wife's death, ultimately became one of the most important and influential forces in contemporary Canadian literature, died on Sunday. He was 87.<p>Despite never having worked a day in the book …

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Stephen King Knows He’s Having a Moment

The versatile author gets candid about the seven (!) King adaptations that will hit the screen in the next few months, from It to Castle Rock to The Dark Tower.<p>Is it fair to say that <b>Stephen King</b> is having a moment if he’s never quite <i>stopped</i> having a moment? The famously prolific writer—author of …

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We Need Diverse Books, But We Also Need Diverse Reviewers

How to approach criticism in the era of TrumpA sofa, a circle of light, a novel, maybe a beverage near at hand. It could be 1981 (when I was four and …

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Remembering Judith Jones and Her Recipe for Food Writing

Judith Jones, who died Wednesday at her house in rural Vermont, wielded her green editing pencil like a knife.<p>With it, she molded the manuscripts of a generation of cookbook authors and gave the food world a literary spine, insisting on airtight recipes and visceral prose.<p>In 1961, when she …

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The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2017

Drawn from the 14,000+ titles in PW's Fall Announcements issue, we asked our reviews editors to pick the most notable books publishing in Fall 2017. …

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Why Men Pretend to Be Women to Sell Thrillers

Over the last decade, female writers have come to dominate crime fiction, a genre traditionally associated with men. But their appeal goes beyond the byline.<p>Almost 10 years ago, Martyn Waites, a British crime writer, was having coffee with his editor. Waites, who was at something of a loose end …

Gender

Philip Pullman leads writers condemning 'pernicious' book discounts

His Dark Materials novelist says today’s steep price cuts devalue authors’ work and cheapen the experience of reading<p>With more than two months to go before Philip Pullman’s long-awaited new novel from the world of His Dark Materials is published, pre-orders have sent La Belle Sauvage flying up …

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We Talked THE DARK TOWER With Stephen King Himself

In which Scott's head almost explodes with excitement.Read more...

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What We're Reading This Summer

A collection of books recommended by The Atlantic’s editors and writers<p><i>Our Little Racket</i> by Angelica Baker<p>I read all 512 pages of Angelica Baker’s debut novel greedily, in one dizzying weekend, unable to put it down. Which is fitting, in a way: <i>Our Little Racket</i> follows the sudden downfall of a …

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Stephen King has spent half a century scaring us, but his legacy is so much more than horror

It’s a big year for King adaptations, but the movies only tell part of the story.<p>It’s nearly impossible to overstate how influential Stephen King is. For the past four decades, no single writer has dominated the landscape of genre writing like him. To date, he is the only author in history to have …

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Neil Gaiman: ‘There’s no point dressing as a cowboy if it’s just you’

The author, 56, talks about writers’ humility, bygone bestsellers, memory loss, heroes and being exactly famous enough<p><b>I used to be exactly famous enough.</b> From 1992 until around 2008 I was never famous enough to get a fancy seat in a restaurant, but if I needed to talk to somebody they would take my …

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The making of Joseph Boyden

Does the celebrated author of Three Day Road and The Orenda have a right to call himself Indigenous? The answer to that question is tangled and fraught, writes Eric Andrew-Gee – much like the concept of Indigenous identity in a country still grappling with the painful legacy of colonization<p>'A true …

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On the Road with the Hachette Book Group

If there’s a creative way to get editors talking with independent booksellers, Karen Torres has probably thought of it. Even for her, however, …

Publishing

Judith Jones, cookbook editor who brought Julia Child and others to the table, dies at 93

Judith Jones, the legendary editor who rescued Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” from a publisher’s reject pile and later introduced readers to the likes of Julia Child and a host of other influential cookbook authors, died Aug. 2 at her summer home in Walden, Vt. She was 93.<p>The cause was …

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Not the Booker prize 2017: please vote on the long, long longlist

The Man Booker contented itself with just 13 books – we’ve got more than 150. Now it’s down to you to choose the final shortlist. Your ballot paper is below!<p>Last week the Man Booker prize longlist was announced for 2017. It would be indiscreet for me to say too much about that. So I’ll just note …

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The Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) Racism In Kids' Lit

Revisiting a favorite children's book packs a powerful emotional punch. For many mothers and fathers, sharing the books their parents read to them …

Racism

Man Booker Prize 2017: the 13 longlisted books you must read

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2017 – the UK’s most prestigious literary honour – was revealed earlier today. First handed out in 1969, the …

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Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

From a retelling of Rapunzel to a tentative romance, there is something for all ages from toddlers to teens<p>Author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin returns to enthral picture-book fans with a retelling of <b>Rapunzel</b> (Two Hoots) in her characteristic, starkly beguiling graphic black and white. The …

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A big list of the best feminist children’s books

Buzzfeed recently asked their readers for their favorite feminist children’s books. Their responses included Matilda by Roald Dahl, Babette Cole’s …

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