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Best Mysteries And Thrillers Of 2017

<i>Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.</i><p><b>Magpie Murders</b> by Anthony Horowitz<p>"Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie, the model who's evoked here in dozens of telltale details, will welcome this wildly inventive homage/update/commentary as the most fiendishly …

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Your guide to mysterious literary genius Donna Tartt

With her seminal novel ‘The Goldfinch’ to be adapted as a film in 2018, we walk you through the world of one of the world’s most brilliant writers<p>14November 2017<p>All fiction should be immersive, but reading a novel by American author Donna Tartt is like entering a parallel universe, constellated by …

Literature

J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and more authors slam Twitter's expansion to 280 characters

“Brevity is the soul of wit,” goes Shakespeare’s famous line.<p>While celebs and others across social media have been publishing their hilarious, …

J. K. Rowling

The most beautiful books of 2017

Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent won last year, but which of these six covers will claim this year’s prize?<p>The best looking shortlist of the year has been announced, as the Books Are My Bag readers awards reveal who is in the running in the most beautiful book of the year category. The six have been …

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Publishers experiment with audiobook-only productions

An evolving trend in audiobook publishing sounds a bit like looting the mansion for hidden treasure:<p>“We’re asking our best-selling authors, and all of our authors, about old stories, short stories that were never published, plotlines that changed,” says Anthony Goff, senior vice president of …

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We read 2017’s National Book Award nominees. Here's what we thought. - Vox

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 20 books — five fiction, five nonfiction, five poetry, five young adult — for the National Book Award, which celebrates the best of American literature. And every year (okay, every year since 2014), we here at Vox read all 20 finalists to help …

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Macmillan to Close Its Self-Publishing Unit, Pronoun

In a move that surprised many in the self-publishing community, Macmillan has announced that it will cease all operations at Pronoun, a …

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There's a reason Joan Didion's work endures: she changed the way we wrote

The master of the personal essay taught us it’s not enough to ask ‘what happened?’ if you neglect ‘how did it feel?’<p>When Griffin Dunne announced he had the go-ahead to film a documentary about Joan Didion, the great writer (and, as it happens, his aunt), he crowdfunded the money needed in a day. …

Literature

Here are the winners of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards

Joel Thomas Hynes has won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction for his novel <i>We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night,</i> a lurching, …

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Elif Shafak joins Future Library, writing piece to be unveiled in 2114

The Turkish novelist follows Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell and Sjón in creating work for publishing project that will only be printed 97 years from now<p>The Turkish novelist Elif Shafak is to follow Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell and Sjón as one of the 100 contributors to the Future Library, an …

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12 New Books We Recommend This Week

The millions of fans of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy have something to be very happy about this season: the start of a new trilogy, companion to the first, called “The Book of Dust.” Pullman’s invented universe is a wonder to behold, but so is the meticulously drawn world of New …

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend review – a magical debut

This enchanting adventure of a ‘strange little girl with black eyes’ more than holds its own against a certain H Potter. Roll on the franchise<p>A barrage of hype accompanies this magical debut: a film deal, a storm of foreign editions and Harry Potter comparisons galore. Happily, this supremely …

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How Wattpad Helped These Authors Score Book, Movie Deals

Gone are the days when authors needed traditional avenues as the only way to get their books read by millions. Here are the days when the Internet …

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How To Open A Bookstore

If you’re a bibliophile, chances are that at one point or another, you’ve wondered what it might be like to have your very own bookstore. But while …

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NaNoWriMo Is Big for Writers—and It Helps Publishers, Too

Each November for the past 18 years, thousands of writers have taken the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge: each attempts to create …

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This week’s must-read books

<b>Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner</b> <i><br>(Fiction, Little, Brown)</i><p>The creator of “Mad Men” makes his first foray into the publishing world with a slim, …

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Joan Didion Doesn't Owe the World Anything

The long-awaited documentary about her life makes clear: She has escaped the demands so often placed on other authors.<p>“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means,” Joan Didion confessed in 1976. “What I want and what I fear.” The writer was in …

Literature

Everyone's a winner

Few countries honour their authors as exhaustively as Canada. But, with another nerve-racking awards season upon us, Mark Medley wonders: Does the infatuation help or hurt hopeful writers?<p>On Monday, the first-ever winners of the $25,000 Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing will be …

Canadian Literature

Best Books 2017 Publishers Weekly

Boundless<p>Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)<p>Tamaki explores the intersection of identity, technology, and memory in this remarkable short story …

Isabel Allende: ‘The worst is probably over’

Isabel Allende is an internationally bestselling author whose books, which include <i>The House of the Spirits</i>, <i>Paula</i> and <i>Eva Luna</i>, have sold more than 65 million copies around the world. She was born in Peru, raised in Chile and currently lives in California. Her latest novel, <i>In The Midst of Winter</i>, …

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22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year.<p>In his …

Authors

Lincoln in the Bardo wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

<i>Lincoln in the Bardo</i> by George Saunders is named winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. <i>Lincoln in the Bardo</i> is the first full-length novel …

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The Booker Prize’s Bad History

The Man Booker Prize, one of the shiniest baubles and most generous purses in English letters, was awarded today to the American writer George Saunders for his novel “Lincoln in the Bardo.” The occasion invites us to reflect on how the residue of slavery and white supremacy permeates our cultural …

Man Booker Prize

Male writers still dominate book reviews and critic jobs, Vida study finds

The annual Vida count of authors across the world suggests about two-thirds of those published, and the critics who review them, are men – but their intersectionality survey is less conclusive<p>The 2016 Vida count has been released and it demonstrates yet again that the media can’t seem to locate …

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Opinion | Why do we still teach 'To Kill a Mockingbird' in schools?

A Mississippi School Board sparked outrage this month when it voted to cut "To Kill a Mockingbird" from eighth-grade reading lists in Biloxi. The issue? Some people complained that the book’s language made them uncomfortable.<p>While the backlash was swift, those who blindly defend "Mockingbird" are …

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10 Rules for Book Editors

What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing<i>, edited by Peter Ginna, is a collection of essays by editors from many different</i> …

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Understanding Racial Disparity

Larry Wilmore chats with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates about his breakout success, peoples' disconnect in understanding racial …

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WNBA Marks 100 Years of Championing Books

In 1917, the United States and the world were undergoing profound transformations. America entered into World War I that year, and the campaign to …

Publishing

The great writers forgotten by history

Ever heard of Alexander Baron or Mary Elizabeth Braddon? They’re just some of the overlooked authors we need to rediscover, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>What do Agatha Christie’s favourite mystery novelist, the winner of the 1973 Booker Prize, and a writer who reputedly bashed out 100 million words, …

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