Book Bites: News and Views for September 18


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Friends, fans, and publishers celebrated the launch of Karma Brown’s Come Away With Me at the Spoke Club in Toronto on September 16. Officially released on August 25, Brown’s powerful debut follows a young woman on international adventure she and her husband try to readjust to life following a tragedy.


It’s awards season! Lots of recent announcements for the big writing prizes included The National Book Awards Longlists for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature; The Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist, and the wonderfully diverse Man Booker Prize for Fiction.


Exciting new releases for this week include Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me, Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff, Patrick DeWitt’s anticipated Undermajordomo Minor, Dumplin’, the YA release by Julie Murphy, and celebrity memoirs from Jewel and Kunal Nayyar.


#PitMad exploded on Twitter on September 10, giving authors and agents a chance to connect through a 140-character pitch of a completed manuscript. Billed as a Twitter “party,” analytics suggest Pitch Madness yielded approximately 45,000 tweets from participants. That’s a pretty big slush pile.


This week in book history: 1996 — Oprah launches her infamous book club; 1883 — William Carlos Williams is born; 1890 — Agatha Christie born; 1975 — E.L. Doctrow’s Ragtime is in the middle of a 13-week stint as a New York Times #1 best seller.


Topping the New York Times best-sellers list this week (combined print and e-book fiction):

1. The Girl in the Spider’s Web — David Lagercrantz

2. The Martian — Andy Weir

3. The Girl On the Train — Paula Hawkins

4. Purity — Jonathan Franzen

5. Undercover — Danielle Steele



    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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