Literature

Literature

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

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

The recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" will each receive $625,000 over five years, no strings attached. That made some of us wonder what past MacArthur fellows have done with their money, a question that led us to 1992 winner Amy Clampitt.

Clampitt, a poet, was on vacation when she heard from her friend, writer Karen Chase, that she had been named a MacArthur genius.

"She was furious with me because she thought I was teasing her," Chase recalls. "And by the end of the conversation she said, 'I'm gonna buy a house in Lenox!' "

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin is back on the case with a classic detective in Benjamin Black’s The Black-Eyed Blonde.

Title: The Black-Eyed Blonde

Author: Benjamin Black

CDs: 7 (8 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427233363

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin teams up with a troubled teen in Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers.

Title: I Hunt Killers

Author: Barry Lyga

Pages: 257

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0316125833

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

Book News: Unfinished Tennessee Williams Play Found

Sep 4, 2014

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On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin catches up with Dixie Hemingway in her ninth adventure, Blaize and John Clement’s The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives

Title: The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives

Author: Blaize and John Clement

Pages: 305

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250009333

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin tries to unravel the secrets and lies of Olen Steinhauer’s The Cairo Affair.

Title: The Cairo Affair

Author: Olen Steinhauer

CDs: 10 (12 1/2 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427236098

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

This week we've been exploring the question of diversity in the publishing industry.

From the classrooms of M.F.A. writing programs to the corporate offices of the big Manhattan publishers, NPR's Lynn Neary has reported on why there is an absence of people of color across the industry. Publishers agree that as the country's readers become more diverse, reflecting a diverse readership is increasingly becoming smart business for those who make and sell books.

Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

Aug 22, 2014

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On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin steps in front of the camera with Kate White’s latest mystery, Eyes on You.

Title: Eyes on You

Author: Kate White

Pages: 306

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 978-0061576638

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

Beyond Braille: 3-D Printed Books For The Blind

Aug 14, 2014

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There's a running joke in Los Angeles that everybody — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. Curt Neill is one of those aspiring screenwriters — a sketch comedian who has tried to write screenplays, but never finished one. "I've never even gotten close," he admits in Caffe Vita, an LA coffee shop where he writes.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin looks back on That Night with author Chevy Stevens.

Title: That Night

Author: Chevy Stevens

Pages: 370

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 978-1250034601

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

A Beautiful Book, Whether Or Not It Makes You 'Happy'

Aug 11, 2014

Lies! Deceit and rank mendacity! Eleanor Davis promises what current pop music insists is perfectly possible — that you can be happy — and then she doesn't deliver. Instead she draws comics full of hilarious surrealism, gut-tugging tropes and eloquent despair. How dare she?

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