The National Book Critics Circle's List of the Best Books of 2015
January 18, 2016
Kirstin Valdez Quade, the 2015 recipient of the John Leonard Prize for a debut book. Photographed by Maggie Shipstead.
Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World (Grand Central Publishing); Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); George Hodgman, Bettyville (Viking); Margo Jefferson, Negroland (Pantheon); and Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk (Grove Press)
Terry Alford, Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth (Oxford Univ.); Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Random House); T.J. Stiles, Custer's Trials: A Life on ...
The enduring popularity of the horror genre shows that people still love to be scared. Stephen King, one of the most successful authors of all time, still regularly haunts the bestseller lists. AMC’s The Walking Dead remains a huge hit even into its sixth season, and horror movies, such as those in the Paranormal Activity series, still rake in millions. Kirkus Indie reviewed a few notable horror tomes in the past year that also deliver thrills and chills.
We talk with the legendary indie bookstore's staff
January 6, 2016
Square Books first opened in 1979 on the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi. The bookstore, named by Publishers Weekly as Bookstore of the Year in 2013, hosts more than 150 author events annually and is known for its selection of literary fiction, books on the American South and by Southern writers, and children’s books. We talked with General Manager Lyn Roberts; co-founder (and former Oxford mayor) Richard Howorth; and bookseller Paul Fyke about Southern writing, a marathon signing with ...
Self-publishing allows writers to tell their full stories
November 12, 2015
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen's book Changing Lives, Making History
Indie publishing is an increasingly popular option for religion writers, offering them a unique opportunity to expand on their thoughts and describe their own experiences. In some cases, self-publishing might be the only way to put across controversial views or touch on sensitive subjects. This was true for Qasim Rashid when he was looking to publish his memoir, The Wrong Kind of Muslim. Every traditional publisher he approached “included the caveat [that I would have] to either tone down the ...
We talk to multi-bestselling writer Kathleen Brooks about the secrets of her self-publishing success.
November 11, 2015
Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. The indie writer’s romantic suspense stories feature strong heroines, humor, and happily-ever-afters. Her Bluegrassseries—and the follow-up Bluegrass Brothersseries—features small-town charm with quirky characters that have captured the hearts of readers around the world. Brooks is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and nonprofit organizations such as Friends & Vets Helping Pets. Here, she shares her secrets to success using solely the self-publishing platform.
The savvy hybrid writer reveals reasons to self-publish and reasons to go traditional
October 23, 2015
Holly Robinson photographed by Meg Manion
Novelist, journalist, and celebrity ghostwriter Holly Robinson attended college thinking she would become a doctor, but fate offered other prescriptions. Now a hybrid author of several books, Robinson’s articles and essays appear frequently in publications such as Cognoscenti, the Huffington Post, More, Parents,and Redbook. She and her husband have five children and a stubborn Pekingese. They divide their time between Massachusetts and Prince Edward Island, the setting for Robinson’s latest novel, Chance Harbor, published this month. She shares insights ...
We talk with the store’s general manager, Jeremy Ellis
Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews
October 15, 2015
Jeremy Ellis photographed by Mark Hiebert
Brazos Bookstore was founded in Houston in 1974 by Karl Kilian. In 2006, when Kilian announced he would retire and shutter the bookstore, 28 local supporters collectively bought it to keep the Houston literary hub alive. Here, we talk with General Manager Jeremy Ellis about Brazos’ patron saints, Banned Books Week, and midnight Haruki Murakami parties.
How would you describe Brazos Bookstore to the uninitiated?
Brazos Bookstore is curated, creative, and inviting. We specialize in literary fiction, poetry ...
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