April 19, 2018

The Shape of Water : The Novel | Oscars 2018

Daniel Kraus’s The Shape of Water is no ordinary novelization of Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning movie

LJ Talks to Naomi Hirahara

After six mysteries starring elderly Japanese American gardener and World War II atomic bombing survivor Mas Arai, Naomi Hirahara brings her Edgar Award–winning series to a close in her March release, Hiroshima Boy.

A Sadly Growing Genre | School Shooting Fiction

As our country once again mourns the victims of yet another mass shooting, some readers may want to turn to literature to try to make sense of an action so violent and inexplicable. Fiction about school shootings is, sadly, a expanding genre, and four novels being published early this year will stir serious discussion.

The Horror, the Horror | 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy, has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. Named in honor of the author of Dracula, the prizes are presented annually in 11 categories, including fiction, poetry, screenplays, and nonfiction.

Book to Screen | Babylon Berlin

January 30 marks the streaming release of Netflix’s latest European import, Babylon Berlin. Based on the best-selling crime novels by Volker Kutscher, the 16-part, two-season series, directed by Tom Tykwer, is the most expensive German television series ever produced.

From A to Y | Sue Grafton Remembered

Best-selling author Sue Grafton, who died on December 28, 2017, is now considered a game changer in the mystery genre. In Grafton’s memory, here are LJ’s first and final reviews of her wonderful alphabetically titled mysteries.

A Movable Literary Feast | Albertine Prize Short List Announced

Book lovers and Francophiles gathered at the historic Payne Whitney mansion in New York City to celebrate the announcement of the shortlist for the 2018 Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for the best Francophone fiction translated into English and published in the United States over the past year.

Honoring Christian Fiction’s Best | Carol Awards 2017

The 16th annual conference of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), held September 21–24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX, culminated in the awards gala and the announcement of the 2017 Carol Award winners for excellence in Christian fiction

Big Read in the Big Apple: NYC Launches Reading Initative

Can New Yorkers agree to read the same book as the city launches One Book One New York reading campaign?

LJ’s Reviews of RUSA’s Top Genre Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2017

On January 22, RUSA’s Reading List Council announced the 2017 selections of the annual best-of Reading List, comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. Check out below LJ’s full reviews of the winners and look for the complete reviews of the short list titles in BookVerdict.