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Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

The third annual Chicago Writers Conference will be held this weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Just kidding, it’s in Chicago. It’s a small and well-run event that stresses practical advice for aspiring authors—founder Mare Swallow is not a fan of empty platitudes or back-slapping from presenters. This year, attendees can look forward to hearing from authors such […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Hostile Questions: Chuck Wendig

Hostile Questions: Chuck Wendig

If you frequent the “Inter-Net,” Chuck Wendig is one of those guys you come to be aware of, as one comes to be aware that he or she has allergies or an aversion to fish. Wendig, it turns out, cannot take a breath without having an opinion about it (was it a good breath? a […]

By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Peter Temple Project: An Iron Rose

The Peter Temple Project: An Iron Rose

Last month, I announced my intention to read the entire backlist of the great Australian crime fiction author Peter Temple, writing retrospective reviews for the titles Booklist hadn’t already covered. (Many of his books weren’t available in the U.S. until Text Publishing, working with Consortium Distribution, made it happen last year.) After Bad Debts (1996), the […]

By October 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
2014 National Book Award Finalists

2014 National Book Award Finalists

This morning, on NPR’s Morning Edition, the 2014 National Book Award finalists were announced. Mitchell Kaplan, a winner in 2011, discussed the books being honored. Titles, author bios, and a recording of the announcement can also be found at http://www.nationalbook.org. The finalists are listed below, with Booklist reviews linked when available.   Finalists for Fiction An […]

By October 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on First Novels

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on First Novels

The October 15 issue of Booklist magazine, which mailed yesterday, is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 284 new reviews and 7 feature articles. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t […]

By October 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Richard Flanagan Wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize

Richard Flanagan Wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize

Today, Richard Flanagan was announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. The Narrow Road to the Deep North is Flanagan’s sixth novel and centers on a surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, and his experiences in World War II. Flanagan is only the third Australian to win the prestigious fiction award. Below is an excerpt of Booklist‘s review […]