The girl comes alive in the white of the snow and on the white of the page in Lidia Yuknavitch’s incendiary new novel, The Small Backs of Children. It’s a story as fragmented as the fallout from the bomb that obliterated the girl’s family yet as interconnected as the lived experiences that bind the far-flung female artists populating Yuknavitch’s universe. In a war-torn Eastern European country, an American photographer captures the exact moment the girl becomes an orphan and the ...
Donn Pearce’s Cool Hand Luke is a hot book. A hot, sweaty book. A hot, sweaty, stinking book. When you read it, having worked vicariously on a chain gang in a Florida July, you’ll want to take four or five showers—and you’ll give up any thought of a life of crime, especially one south of the Pee Dee and east of the Atchafalaya.
Published in 1965, Cool Hand Luke is a dripping-forehead book about heat, yes. More than that, it ...
The bees are buzzing, the summer winds are soughing: It’s Canada Day
July 1, 2015
The bees are buzzing, the summer winds are soughing, so it must be time for that annual celebration of national identity: Canada Day. Although Canadians typically don’t make as much noise as we Americans do, I have found that they make excellent books, and this year is no exception. Join me for a quick tour.
Montreal author/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay has kicked off a new early-reader/chapter-book series about the indomitable Princess Pistachio, convinced she’s a member of the Papuan ...
The new video by Tad Hills, author of R IS For ROCKET
June 30, 2015
Tad Hills and Rocket
Adorable Rocket the dog and his many pals (including a moonlighting Goose) are returning in R Is for Rocket: An ABC Book, out on July 7. Author Tad Hills explains a bit about Rocket and his friends in this irresistible new video. We feel so sorry for Goose, who finds walking a little difficult. Check out Tad Hills’ new video!
Novelist Naomi Jackson leads a hyphenated life: Caribbean-American. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised by West Indian parents—mom from Barbados, dad from Antigua, stepmom from Jamaica—in the predominantly West Indian neighborhoods of Flatbush and Crown Heights. And yet, frequent trips to visit the Caribbean were considered “going home.”
“This question of home is one that’s haunted Caribbean people for a long time, since so many have had to seek their fortunes outside of where they first ...
Our survey of books first published overseas that are making their way to America
June 30, 2015
Jesse Armstrong photographed by Barney Jones.
Sophie and the Sibyl Duncker, Patricia U.K.: April 9, 2015 | Bloomsbury U.S.: Aug. 4, 2015 | Bloomsbury USA
George Eliot is old and ugly with wonderful eyes to the slightly hungover Max, the 23-year-old brother of her German publisher, when he meets her in Berlin. Duncker sends them off together to the spa town of Homburg, where Eliot—the sibyl of the title—and Max run into the beautiful, imperious, rich, intelligent Sophie von Hahn, whom Max is to marry. A ...
Emily Mitchell is the author of Viral. But who is Emily Mitchell, really?
“Emily Mitchell has worked as a waitress, a receptionist at a bakery/tanning salon, a short-order cook, a snowmobile driver, a crime-scene cleanup technician, an exotic animal trainer, a war correspondent, a phone dispatcher, a secretary, an environmental campaigner, a freelance journalist, a bean counter and a holistic pediatric oncologist,” Mitchell writes in “Biographies.”
“Biographies” isn’t her biography, but one of a dozen delightfully diverse ...
Indie writers expand their presence at BookExpo America
Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews
June 26, 2015
(l-r) Award-winning indie writers Page McBrier, Melissa Foster, and Selene Castrovilla at BookExpo America 2015.
At last month’s BookExpo America, the largest publishing event in North America, self-publishing continued to expand its presence.
My first stop was the eighth annual Next Generation Indie Book Awards, which were held at the swanky Harvard Club (for the uninitiated, a taxidermied wild boar overlooks the elevator). The awards, which always occur the night before BEA, honored dozens of authors, including CB Anderson, whose River Talk also won a Kirkus Star. Marilyn Allen, co-founder of the awards, said she’s ...
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