Literature

Literature

Writer and illustrator Cece Bell has been creating children's books for over a decade, but in her latest, she finally turns to her own story — about growing up hearing-impaired, after meningitis left her "severely to profoundly deaf" at the age of 4.

The book, a mix of memoir, graphic novel and children's book, is called El Deafo. It's a funny, unsentimental tale that follows Cece from age 4 through elementary school, as she transforms from mild-mannered little girl into full-fledged superhero — the "El Deafo" of the title.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin cozies up to The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews

Title: The Nightingale Before Christmas (Meg Langslow, Book 18)

Author: Donna Andrews

Pages: 295

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250049575

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin tracks bad guys with a cop and a con in The Job, the latest Fox and O’Hare adventure by authors Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.

Title: The Job (Fox and O’Hare, Book 3)

Author: Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Pages: 183

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 978-0345543127

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Mark Strand, a former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner whose verse is recognized for its wit and introspection, has died at age 80 from cancer, according to his daughter and a close family friend.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin celebrates an old-fashioned vampire Christmas with Molly Harper’s I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas.

Title: I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

Author: Molly Harper

Pages: 96

Publisher: Pocket Star

AISN: B00IWTWGYE

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin catches up with a self-conscious couple in Kat and Stone Bastion’s One Funeral.

Title: One Funeral (No Weddings, Book 2)

Author: Kat and Stone Bastion

Pages: 196

Publisher: Kat Bastion

ISBN: 978-0692023792

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes under the knife with Doing Harm, an audio medical thriller by author Kelly Parsons.

Title: Doing Harm

Author: Kelly Parsons

CDs: 11 (13 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427236296

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels back in time with author Mary Miley’s Silent Murders.

Title: Silent Murders (Roaring Twenties, Book 2)

Author: Mary Miley

Pages: 306

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250051370

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to the hunt with Barry Lyga’s Game.

Title: Game (I Hunt Killers, Book 2)

Author: Barry Lyga

Pages: 362

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0316125857

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin discovers chick lit with a twist in Kat and Stone Bastion’s No Weddings.

Title: No Weddings

Author: Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion

Pages: 195

Publisher: Kat Bastion

ISBN: 978-0615993126

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin finds love in the stars with the audio edition of Lydia Netzer’s How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky.

Title: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

Author: Lydia Netzer

CDs: 9

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427244154

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

When All In The Family debuted on CBS back in 1971, it was an instant hit. But it took creator Norman Lear three long years of persistence — right up to the final 20 minutes before the premiere — to convince network executives that it would be a hit, as he tells NPR's Arun Rath. When asked where he got the confidence to keep pushing the same pilot, first to ABC and then to CBS, Lear answered simply:

"Can you say 'beats the **** out of me' on NPR?"

This year's Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to French author Patrick Modiano, the Swedish Academy announced this morning. Something of a surprise selection, Modiano is the second French writer in less than a decade to have won the award.

In a citation read by Permanent Secretary Peter Englund, the academy lauded Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

The words that so many ears know so well will soon be getting a place on the printed page — 1,034 pages, as a matter of fact. The songs of Bob Dylan have been compiled, annotated and illustrated in a collection so comprehensive, it could take some strength just to lift.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin hunts for ghosts in author Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstör.

Title: Horrorstör

Author: Grady Hendrix

Pages: 243

Publisher: Quirk Books

ISBN: 978-1594745263

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

On Sunday night, the finalists for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize got together in an intimate Manhattan bar to read the books for which they were nominated. The winner of the annual prize, which recognizes one outstanding debut work of fiction, will be announced this evening at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Clear some space at this season's awards festivities: It's time to make room for 18 more writers. This morning, Kirkus Reviews shared with NPR the finalists for its first annual writing award, the Kirkus Prize — six writers each in fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin prepares for David Fincher’s latest film by reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Pages: 432

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 978-0307588371

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin visits a mysterious summer camp for troubled kids with Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch.

Title: Bad Magic

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch

Pages: 248

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0316320382

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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