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Graphic Gems: Novels, Story Collections, and Memoirs for Adults

Graphic Gems: Novels, Story Collections, and Memoirs for Adults

While I’m addicted to various manga series (click here and here for some of my favorites), I’ve also discovered the satisfaction of single-volume graphic titles offering that perfect balance of fascinating narrative and gorgeously complementary, enhancing art. From goofy to haunting, comforting to challenging, and so much more, don’t miss these recent(-ish) standouts. Boundless, by […]

A 21st-Century Filipino-American Fiction Reader
By March 30, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

A 21st-Century Filipino-American Fiction Reader

Originally published in 1943, Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart is a cornerstone of classic Asian-American literature. Drawing on Bulosan’s Filipino boyhood, his immigration to the U.S., and the challenges he faced as a first-generation Asian American, it remains a notable inspiration, most recently highlighted in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s immigration-friendly video of the […]

10 Diverse Debut Story Collections
By November 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

10 Diverse Debut Story Collections

Short-story collection The Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri’s first published book, won the Pulitzer Prize. Phil Klay’s debut collection, Redeployment, got him the National Book Award. Even Tom Hanks got in on the short story game with his debut book, Uncommon Type, out last month.  Right now, eyes are on NBA finalist Carmen Maria Machado […]

13 Terrifying Tales of Diverse Hauntings
By October 24, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

13 Terrifying Tales of Diverse Hauntings

It’s the time of the year to be scared witless—and by choice, egads! Gluttons for fear, unite and brace yourselves for the following 13 diverse hauntings, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.   The Black Isle, by Sandi Tan The protagonist begins her life as Ling, the first-born twin in a well-to-do Shanghai clan. […]

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2016 Anthony Award Nominees

2016 Anthony Award Nominees

Last Friday, the nominees for the 2016 Anthony Awards were announced. Titles are nominated and voted on by attendees of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention—which this year will be held September 15–18 in New Orleans. I’ll be there . . . will you? Best Novel The Child Garden, by Catriona McPherson The Killing Kind, by Chris Holm The […]

2016 Edgar Award Winners
By April 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

2016 Edgar Award Winners

Last night at a swell gala in New York, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the Edgar Awards, considered by many the most prestigious honor in crime fiction. I regret being unable to attend, especially as this year it was my privilege to serve for the first time as an Edgar judge. With Kristi Belcamino, Joelle […]

This Week on Well Read: Helen Oyeyemi Talks about What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

This week on Well Read, award-winning novelist Helen Oyeyemi will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about her latest collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (2016). Released in March, this set of nine short stories explores “the ways that keys can unlock minds and characters.” In these imaginative tales, Oyeyemi, […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Ethan Canin Talks about A Doubter’s Almanac

This week on Well Read, New York Times best-selling author Ethan Canin will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest novel, A Doubter’s Almanac (2016). Published in February, it features two interwoven narratives. The first is the tumultuous tale of tortured mathematician Milo Andret: Princeton superstar, reckless alcoholic, and […]

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Barry Gifford Publishes New Series of Short Stories on Chicagoist
By October 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Barry Gifford Publishes New Series of Short Stories on Chicagoist

Rob Christopher, who works with us here in ALA’s publishing department, reports that he has just finished editing a series of short stories by Barry Gifford, the author of Wild at Heart (1990) and many other works. The 10 new stories all center around Roy, a kid growing in 1950s and ’60s Chicago, and will be published […]

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Short Story Contests and Their Winners
By October 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Short Story Contests and Their Winners

General interest magazines are scarce, and those publishing short fiction even scarcer. The old “slick” market, now almost entirely dominated by the New Yorker, is all but out of reach, at least for beginners. And the logical extension of such domination is that the New Yorker also dominates commercial compilations such as Best American Short […]