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2014 Pulitzer Prize winners announced; Donna Tartt takes the big fiction prize

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Donna Tartt’s sprawling literary epic that centers on a mysterious little painting has taken the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, besting other lengthy titles, such as The Son by Philipp  Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis, both of which received “A” grades from EW. READ FULL STORY

Rob Lowe shares audiobook excerpt and interview from 'Love Life' -- EXCLUSIVE

In the first installment of his memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe dished about his wild teen years as part of the Brat Pack. In his more grownup second installment Love Life, he’s no less forthcoming, spilling details about his time in rehab, his roles on two sinking-ship TV shows (The Lyon’s Den and Dr. Vegas), and run-ins with Madonna, Warren Beatty, and Kate Middleton. Check out an interview with Lowe about Love Life and an audiobook excerpt below! READ FULL STORY

See the cover of Scott Westerfeld's new novel 'Afterworlds' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Scott Westerfeld, the author of the extremely popular Uglies and Leviathan series, has a new novel novel coming out on Sept. 23. Afterworlds is a suspenseful thriller about a young writer, Darcy Patel, who arrives in New York City with a contract to write a YA novel. There’s a meta element: Darcy’s novel-within-the-novel, also called Afterworlds — about a girl who delves into a realm between the living and the dead to hide out during a terrorist attack — is woven into Darcy’s narrative as she learns to navigate life in the city.

Check out the exclusive cover to Afterworlds above!

Samantha Shannon answers burning questions about the next Bone Season novel. Plus, the cover! -- EXCLUSIVE

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Tons of readers became fans of Samantha Shannon’s debut novel The Bone Season, and luckily for them, it was the first in a seven-part series. At the outset of book two, entitled The Mime Order, Paige Mahoney is public enemy number one of the Scion, and the clairvoyant community is in total disarray. Take a look at the cover, revealed exclusively on EW.com, and read on as Shannon teases the next installment. READ FULL STORY

Claire Danes reads from Michael Cunningham's upcoming novel 'The Snow Queen' -- EXCLUSIVE

Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours, has a new novel coming out on May 6 called The Snow Queen, which sounds like it doesn’t have much to do with the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. It follows two brothers living in New York City — one who turns to religion after seeing a vision in Central Park, and one who turns to drugs to inspire his songwriting.

Homeland star Claire Danes, who was in the movie based on The Hours, has joined forces with Cunningham once again by lending her voice to the audiobook version. Check out an exclusive snippet below!

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Get a first look at 'Little Humans of New York' -- EXCLUSIVE

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We’re obsessed with Brandon Stanton’s photo and interview blog Humans of New York. The gorgeous book version of the blog, which came out in time for the holidays last year, was one of the best-bet gifts for anyone who loves great images and stories. Now Stanton has amassed enough photos of just kids for another book, Little Humans (out Oct. 7). We have the exclusive cover here, and a Q&A with Stanton below: READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for 'A World without Princes', the sequel to 'The School for Good and Evil' -- EXCLUSIVE

Swords, castles, and belly dancers! For the followup to the stirring fantasy tale The School for Good and Evil, we have a cinematic trailer to go with it. Not surprising, since the author Soman Chainani has a background in filmmaking. As you wait for A World without Princes, coming in April, check out the exclusive clip and a short Q&A with Chainani about the upcoming book, the possible film version of the first novel, and what went into making the trailer READ FULL STORY

National Book Critics Circle Awards go to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Sheri Fink

Last night, the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of its prestigious awards for books published in 2013. Not too surprisingly, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche — you might recognize that name from the Beyonce track “***Flawless” — edged out Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch for the big fiction prize for Americanah, the probing novel about Nigerian immigrants that EW chose as one of the best books of last year.

See below for a full list of winners: READ FULL STORY

First peek at 'YOU' by Caroline Kepnes -- EXCLUSIVE

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Former EW writer Caroline Kepnes, along with Alloy Entertainment and Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, is bringing you a story of creepy obsession that seems to fit squarely in the “New Adult” genre that’s been taking off lately. According to the official description, You (out Sept. 30) begins innocently enough:

Recent Brown graduate Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works. Joe is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he’ll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life—her friendships—her email—her phone— she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there’s more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade, and their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

Take a closer look at the cover above, which Kepnes calls “beautiful and bloody.” She adds, “Looking at this cover was love at first sight. It’s so rich and inviting but also scary in all the right ways. I love it. The designer nailed it.”

Watch the trailer for Charlaine Harris' next series 'Midnight Crossroad' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Now that Charlaine Harris has killed off her Sookie Stackhouse series, she’s starting over with a brand new rural Gothic trilogy, starting with Midnight Crossroad, coming May 6. Last November, Harris gave EW a little tease into the upcoming novel:

The Midnight books are about a group of people, all of them with secrets, drawn to a remote and rural crossroad in Texas. Some of them are people I’ve wanted to revisit from other, older, series, and some of them are people my readers have never met before. There are supernatural elements in the Midnight books, but they’re not as focused on the otherworldly as my Sookie Stackhouse novels. It’s refreshing and revitalizing to be doing something so new and different.

Now EW has the exclusive trailer for Midnight Crossroad — which looks a little like the opening credits to a True Blood-like TV show. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

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