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!


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

The UK’s newest independent bookseller is gearing up to open his doors – after winning a bookshop in a raffle. The unusual prize was dreamed up by Paul Morris, who opened Bookends in Cardigan four years ago.

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


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

Nancy Crampton Brophy seemed to have a knack for writing about the murder of spouses. The Portland-based romance novelist wrote books about relationships that were “wrong” but “never felt so right,” often featuring bare-chested men on the cover. In The Wrong Cop, she wrote about a woman who “spent every day of her marriage fantasizing about killing her husband.”

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:


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


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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