Michael Hastings, the 33-year-old journalist who died in a car crash in June, will have his novel published. Meanwhile, Amazon is facing labor disputes overseas in Germany. Read on for more of the top books news from this weekend: READ FULL STORY
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Double the feuds, double the
fun essays, with the Man Booker Prize and Jonathan Franzen stirring up literary controversies left and right. But even without the fighting, Thursday’s headlines include appearances by Junot Diaz and James Franco. Find out more below on today’s top books news: READ FULL STORY
One of the most lauded books of 2012 is getting a lovingly repackaged deluxe edition come Oct. 31. Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz’s brilliant novel-in-stories centers on the now-iconic literary figure Yunior, a bed-hopping, reefer-smoking Dominican immigrant breaking hearts all over New Jersey. Each story delves into one of Yunior’s relationships, and now each of those stories is getting a stark yet sensuous artistic tribute from “Love and Rockets” artist Jaime Hernandez.
See below for three drawings from the This Is How You Lose Her deluxe edition. READ FULL STORY
Book nerds, you have some hard choices to make. The folks at Goodreads, the social networking hub for bibliophiles, have whittled down the field to 200 finalists — with 10 titles in 20 categories — for the Goodreads Choice Awards, voted on by Goodreads users.
In the Fiction category are some of the most beloved novels of the year, including Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker … and The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling? Rowling’s foray into adult fiction didn’t originally qualify for the long-list because it didn’t get the required 3.5-star user rating, but it earned enough write-in votes to become a finalist.
Another category to watch is Romance. E L James’ reps point to last year’s Goodreads Choice Awards as the tipping point that gave Fifty Shades of Grey a new level of recognition that eventually led to the phenomenon we all know about. Fifty Shades Freed goes up against Sylvia Day’s Bared to You and J.R. Ward’s Lover Reborn.
You can always count on Young Adult literature to generate enthusiastic online engagement. In the YA fiction category, the front-runner is certainly John Green’s wonderful novel The Fault in Our Stars. The #DFTBA movement should give him the win handily, although the dark horse might be Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which won a lot of fans this year. (It’s terrific). In the YA fantasy category, it’ll be a battle between Veronica Roth and Cassandra Clare to see whose extremely devoted followings will turn out in droves.
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And the 2012 National Book Award winners are …
National Book Award winner Katherine Boo on ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’, ‘unsexy’ topics, and ‘American Idol’ recaps
Minutes ago, the finalists for the National Book Awards were announced on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. There were 20 books announced in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. Among the nominees are five Pulitzer-winners and five debut authors. See below for the full list, and click the titles for EW’s reviews. READ FULL STORY
It’s been five years since Junot Díaz’s first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and more than 15 since his first book of short stories Drown. Oscar Wao was a literary sensation upon its release in 2007, topping several year-end best lists and racking up major prizes, including the Pulitzer.
Díaz returns to the short story form and focuses on the topic of love in This Is How You Lose Her, scheduled for a Sept. 11 release. A description from Riverhead books: READ FULL STORY
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