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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 […]

Passport to Romance

Passport to Romance

An intimate dinner for two at an off-the-beaten path Tuscan ristorante. A moonlight stroll along the Left Bank of the Seine. Watching the sun come up over the savanna. Letting the gentle breeze caress your cheek while standing on a warm beach in the Caribbean. It all sounds wonderfully romantic, doesn’t it? That is, until […]

2016 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2016 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

It’s that time again: Adventure Time Man Booker Prize time! According to the venerable organization’s press release: The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced today. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia […]

City of Intrigue: Discovering Venice with Donna Leon

City of Intrigue: Discovering Venice with Donna Leon

When my daughter was young, I learned that I could not read fiction at night—fiction that was any good, at least. I could no longer afford to stay awake when she was asleep. Like everything else, reading time had become compressed with the demands of a new baby. These years also intersected with my employment at […]

The Peter Temple Project: Truth

The Peter Temple Project: Truth

I’m sounding off Booklist‘s Mystery Month on a note that is, personally, both triumphant and mournful—imagine a military bugler playing a duet with a clown who only knows how to make the sad-trombone sound. Triumphant because, after a mere 20 months, I’ve completed my project of reading and rereading all 9 of Peter Temple’s novels. (I know that doesn’t sound […]

The Peter Temple Project: The Broken Shore

The Peter Temple Project: The Broken Shore

I’ll admit it, it’s taken me a lot longer than I dreamed it would to read the nine novels of Australian crime-fiction great Peter Temple. When I announced the project back in September 2014, I figured a one-per-month pace would have me finishing just in time for Mystery Month 2015. But reviews of forthcoming books, and […]

The Peter Temple Project: Identity Theory
By August 25, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

The Peter Temple Project: Identity Theory

Those who have seen previous installments of my Peter Temple Project may be forgiven for thinking I’ve abandoned it. When, last September, I announced my intention to read all the books by the Australian crime-fiction great, I had figured I’d wrap it up by May of this year—after all, with only nine novels to his name, Temple […]

Ferrante Fever: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels
By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Ferrante Fever: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

A curious thing has happened: all of a sudden, an elusive Italian novelist is garnering adoration and speculation in American popular culture. From The New York Times’ “Who is Elena Ferrante?” article to Entertainment Weekly’s interview with the author, interest abounds. No one knows who Elena Ferrante really is so critics and fans alike question […]

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A World of Books

A World of Books

One of the most frequent queries I receive from other book group leaders is where to find books that use other cultures and countries as a setting. Here’s a link to a long list of lists of books set in other countries, mostly the Middle East. All the lists were created by Andrea Kempf, recently […]

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