2015 Edgar Award Nominations Announced

It’s the 206th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allen Poe, the namesake of the Edgar Awards, created by the Mystery Writers of America. The awards honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television, published or produced in 2014. Visit www.theedgars.com for details about the nominees. The winners will be announced at a banquet on April 29 in New York City. See the nominees below, with Booklist reviews linked when available.

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2014 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Announced

The National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists for 2014 have been announced. This year, for the first time in the nearly 40 years since the awards have been in existence, a book has been nominated in more than one category. Citizen: An American Lyric has been nominated in both the Criticism and Poetry categories. The awards will be presented on March 12 at the New School in New York.

Publishing U: Is It Too Late to Write That Book?

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In the first post of our Publishing U series, agent Joanna Volpe explores an important question with two of her clients: author-illustrators Lori Nichols and Elizabeth Rose Stanton. As you’ll see, there are many paths to publication.


The Peter Temple Project: Dead Point

Last September, I made a new-fiscal-year resolution (doesn’t everyone make those?) to read all the books written by Australian crime-fiction great Peter Temple. Resolve in haste, reap the rewards at your leisure: with Dead Point (2000), the third Jack Irish novel, I find myself just over halfway done—Temple, after all, has only written nine books, and this one makes five.

Web Crush: Genrify

Genrify is a useful blog that celebrates great literary mash-ups that may have tricky genre labels, and helps readers and librarians find more of the same. The blog features reviews, feature blends (with great booklists), microgenres, and more. But one of the best things about this blog is a tool called “The Blender.” Their website explains what it does best: