Author Archive: Elena Bruess

is currently a publishing intern for Booklist. After graduating from the University of Iowa Undergrad Writers' Program, she was an editorial apprentice at The Onion and began writing book reviews for The A.V Club. Elena reports on comedy for Chicago Mag and continues to appreciate what dogs and good movie theater seats can do for this world.

rss feed Twitter

Book Trailer Thursday: THE PERFECT STRANGER

Following her debut novel, psychological thriller All the Missing Girls, author Megan Miranda brings yet another disturbing novel about old friendships and hidden histories, this time set in rural Pennsylvania. Leah Stevens hasn’t had the best time since losing her job, but when she meets up with her old pal Emmy, it seems lile a […]

Posted in: Book Trailers
These Books Just Won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize

These Books Just Won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize

The 2018 winners of the Pulitzer Prize were just announced. Here are this year’s winning books, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.   Biography or Autobiography Prairie Fires, by Caroline Fraser                 Fiction Less, by Andrew Sean Greer     General Nonfiction Locking Up Our Own, by James […]

Society of Midland Authors 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

Society of Midland Authors 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

Marking the triumphs of Midwestern authors published in 2017, the Society of Midland Authors announced the winners of its annual award today. The ceremony will be held in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, May 8th, to commemorate the winners and their works from the last year. The winning and honored titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, are […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Hazel Wood

In Melissa Albert’s debut novel, the fine line between reality and fantasy is faintly and discreetly blurred. Seventeen-year-old Alice cannot even pretend to be interested in her grandmother’s famous book depicting a fairy tale land quite apart from her own. All her attention is on her very real life on the road with her mom. […]

Posted in: Book Trailers
Best New Books: Week of March 26, 2018

Best New Books: Week of March 26, 2018

The following books, published this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction  Bash Bash Revolution, Douglas Lain  Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, by Sean Penn  Glimpse, by Jonathan Maberry  Jackrabbit Smile, by Joe R. Lansdale  The Other […]

Posted in: Books and Authors

Book Trailer Thursday: WISHTREE

Award-winning children’s author Katherine Applegate is back with a new and timely installment. For many years, Red–a wise, old oak tree–has stood tall over her neighborhood. Every May, an Irish tradition prompts the neighborhood to tie wishes and dreams to Red’s hanging branches. Those who have participated have always been thoughtful to each other and […]

Posted in: Book Trailers
Best New Books: March 13, 2018

Best New Books: March 13, 2018

The following books, published this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction  The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian  Last Ferry Home, by Kent Harrington  Let Me Lie, by Clare Mackintosh  The Life to Come, by Michelle de Kretser […]

The Man Booker International Prize 2018 Longlist Announced

The Man Booker International Prize 2018 Longlist Announced

The much-anticipated longlist for the Man Booker International Prize was announced earlier today. With authors from the Middle East, South America, and beyond, the 13 titles on the longlist will narrow to six finalists on April 12, the winner chosen in May. László Krasznahorkai and Han Kang have each been nominated twice, the latter winning […]

2018 PEN / Faulkner Award Finalists Announced

2018 PEN / Faulkner Award Finalists Announced

PEN / Faulkner has announced the five finalists for its 2018 award, linked below to their Booklist reviews when available. First given in 1981, this notable fiction award has recognized authors like Philip Roth, Michael Cunningham, and Ha Jin. This year’s winner will be awarded the final prize at the 38th Annual PEN / Faulkner Award […]

Best New Books: Week of March 5, 2018

Best New Books: Week of March 5, 2018

The following books, published this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction  Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, by John Brownjohn  Bachelor Girl: A Novel by the Author of Orphan, by Kim Van Alkemade  Bad Bachelor, by Stefanie […]

Posted in: Books and Authors