INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

THE 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE FICTION FINALISTS
by Laurie Muchnick

Introducing the finalists for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction is one of the highlights of my year, and I’m particularly excited about this year’s list. Our dedicated judges—critic and writer Jessica Jernigan and Angela Spring, owner of Duende District, a bookstore by people of color with pop-ups throughout the Washington, D.C., area—considered hundreds of books that earned starred reviews ...


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MARY MCCOY
by James Feder

As with her previous novels, Mary McCoy’s latest features young women grappling with wide-ranging issues like friendship, privilege, and a lack of meaningful adult influence. A self-professed “history nerd,” McCoy found additional inspiration for this particular young adult book in a rather unlikely place, however: Julian Graves’ 1934 classic, I, Claudius.

Set between the assassinations of Julius Caesar and ...


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THE 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE IN YOUNG READERS’ LITERATURE
by Vicky Smith

There’s one thing I know about the Kirkus Prize: It is really, really hard to pick just six books out of all the truly stellar books of the year. But choose them our judges must, and they picked some great ones. My YA colleague, Laura Simeon, will be talking about the two young adult finalists, and is my pleasure to ...


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JANE LEAVY
by Gregory McNamee

When Kirkus caught up with her at her home office in Washington, DC, Jane Leavy, the longtime sports biographer and journalist, was in a worried frame of mind. She’d been slotted to throw out the opening pitch at Yankee Stadium a few days hence, she explained, and it wasn’t so much that she feared standing in front of 54,000 ...


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BLOGS

WINDOWS AND WARS
by Julie Danielson

Some children have lived with war all of their lives and deserve picture books in which they see themselves and their lives reflected; this is, as the great Rudine Sims Bishop once wrote, the notion of books as mirrors. But while children in this country may not live in a world with war on American soil, they may very well ...


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A LIFE OF BOOKS & FRIENDS
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends ~

First of all, thank you again for all the lovely messages so many of you have sent me about my mother. I’m in the house I grew up in, surrounded by a million things my mother collected throughout her life, including many items from grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

On Wednesday we had the first (and likely biggest) celebration ...


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13 GREAT HORROR READS
by John DeNardo

Halloween is approaching and if you're like me, you like to use October as an opportunity to fill in the horror-shaped holes in your reading schedule. Here are thirteen excellent reads that will do just that.

Slender Man by Anonymous

If you haven't heard of Slender Man, he's a modern-day supernatural bogeyman born out of a 2009 ...


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