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Literary Round Up, Sept 14th

By Joni Di Placido

If you’re based in NYC, or visiting for the weekend, the Brooklyn Book Fest looks pretty incredible – let us know in the comments if you make it there!

Lit Hub’s Brooklyn Book Festival Preview: 8 Events Not to Miss

Readers, rejoice: the Brooklyn Book Festival is here. On this Sunday, September 16, writers, editors, publishers, and all sorts of other literary types will gather to talk books at the largest free literary event in New York City. It’s always a great time.

From the “warm and fuzzy” files, a bookseller in the UK handed over ownership of his bookshop to long-time customer Ceisjan Van Heerden, who won the shop in a raffle draw:

‘So shocked’: customer wins bookshop in raffle

Owner avoids having to close Bookends in Cardigan by raffling it off to customers who spent more than £20

How many of the longlisted entries for the National Book Award for Fiction have you read? Check out the list over at Bustle:

The 10 Best Novels Of The Year, According To The National Book Awards

It’s finally fall, and avid readers know that book awards season begins shortly after the PSL peeks its head over the Starbucks counter. The National Book Award for Fiction longlist came out on Friday, and I’ve got a look at all 10 books below, plus…

Write what you know” takes on a whole new meaning with this story about a novelist who wrote an essay called How to Murder Your Husband and then . . . murdered her husband:

Novelist who wrote ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ charged with murdering her husband | The Star

Nancy Crampton Brophy, 68, was arrested last Wednesday on charges of murdering her husband with a gun and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of her husband, Daniel Brophy, according to the Portland Police Bureau. But what has not been revealed is the alleged motive.

Bob Woodward’s Fear shot out the gate this week with record-breaking numbers. I’m partway through the audio version and it’s seriously compelling so far—scroll down for our staff review at the bottom of this post:

Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ is the fastest selling book since ‘Go Set a Watchman’

“Fear” came out on Tuesday. And it is already one of the top selling books of the year — not just on the politics shelf of the bookstore, but in the entire store. On Wednesday, Barnes & Noble said “Fear” has had the “fastest sales for an adult title since Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ was released in July 2015.”

And to start your weekend, a fun list from Buzzfeed of bookstores around the world: get those passports ready!

20 Amazing Bookstores From Around The World

Bookstores you’ll never want to leave – in France, Nigeria, Japan, Greece, and more. Posted on September 11, 2018, at 9:52 a.m. ET Jane Mount’s Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany is an absolute gift to book lovers, covering things like literary trivia, bookstore cats, profiles of bookish people, so many recommendations, and guides to beloved libraries and bookstores from around the world.

Congrats to the following KWL authors who made the USA Today Bestseller List this week!

#46 is Mess Me Up by Lani Lynn Vale

#54 is Kendall Ryan with new release Flirting With Forever

CJ Archer is at # 71 with The Ink Master’s Silence

Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan is still on the list at #85 this week

#121 is To Love by Laura Scott

#133 is London Large Crime Thriller Series: Books 1-3 by Roy Robson and Garry Robson

Staff Recommendation:

Tara Cremin, Publisher Operations Specialist

fear-105“If there’s one book everyone has been talking about this week, it’s Fear. Bob Woodward is showing us journalism at its very best. Fear is a sobering account of what life is really like in Trump’s White House, one that only Woodward could have written. This book has been thoroughly researched and presents an extremely detailed account of a very dysfunctional administration. Woodward doesn’t lose the reader in the details, in fact, it makes it even more of a page turner.

Fear feels like a call to action. A call to action from the journalist that broke Watergate. We can only wait and see what happens next, and hope Woodward is already writing the follow up.”


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