In 2016, audiobook sales grew by double-digits—a 33.9% increase, to be exact. Now, more than 67 million Americans listen to audiobooks each year. These numbers, derived from a just-released study sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, show that the audiobook boom just keeps on booming—great news to use as you promote June is Audiobook Month.
Any Chicagoans reading this should know that the Printers Row Lit Fest is happening this Saturday and Sunday on historic Printer’s Row. Booklist editors will be out in full force, wresting ice cream cones from the hands of crying children appearing on panels, leading discussions, and being generally awesome. To follow is a Booklist-centric Printers Row schedule.
This week’s book trailer sets a creepy tone for Madeleine Roux’s new book, House of Furies. Those looking for something gothic and supernatural to start out their summer will be thrilled by the story of Louisa Ditton, a young Irish girl who gets hired as a maid at Coldthistle House. It seems like a sanctuary at first, but quickly turns into something much more sinister—and Louisa soon begins to fear for her life.
Lynn: When you’re the new kid in town, finding friends can be tough. Mike Lawrence takes an out-of-this-world look at the issue in his recent graphic novel, Star Scouts (2017). Barrel-racing, rodeo loving Avani Patel is having an especially hard time fitting into her new school, so her well-meaning dad signs her up for Flower Scouts in hopes that Avani finds some friends. But Avani just isn’t interested in their style of scouting, which involves decoupage and talking about boys.
“I write books,” Charlaine Harris says. She does, too: more than 40 in about three decades. “That’s what I love. But when your books are made into a television series,” she says, “people automatically identify you with the series.”
Mysteries and thrillers make up a sizable portion of the Japanese literary market. Thanks to the international success of Keigo Higashino, Natsuo Kirino, and Miyuki Miyabe—and, just as importantly, their translators—contemporary Japanese crime fiction proliferates on Western shelves. To follow is a list of both novels and manga (because no one does graphic titles like the Japanese), linked to their corresponding Booklist reviews, sure to chill and thrill you.