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2017 Children's Book Award Winners


This morning in Atlanta, Georgia the winners of the biggest awards in children's books were announced.  Like last year, there were a couple of titles that took home multiple honors and wins, including Radiant Child, a beautiful picture book biography of the artist Jean Michel Basquiat.  Today's awards are somewhat unusual in that there are no lists of finalists, so the morning of the announcements is our first and only opportunity to see which children's books the American Library Association deemed the best of those published in 2016 for each award category.

"I Wanted to Bring the Inimitable Energy of Australia to Life": Jane Harper on "The Dry"


Australia is as much a character in Jane Harper's impressive debut as Federal Agent Aaron Falk, our hero who returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his best friend, who died, as it turns out, under dubious circumstances.

Weekend Reading


In this edition of Weekend Reading, neanderthals, body-snatching cicadas, and other "skullduggery." Jon Foro: Who has two opposable thumbs, an occipital bun, and two books about Neanderthals to read this weekend?

The Question Everyone Asks Laurie Frankel


One of our Best Books of January is a novel that many of us fell in love with and then pressed into the hands of someone else.   This Is How It Always Is explores the unconditional love of family and how we, as parents, find ourselves faced with situations for which we are wholly unprepared.  There is much that is universal here, but it's also the story of a family with a transgender child, something author Laurie Frankel is very familiar with.  In the exclusive piece below, Frankel gives us some insight into This Is How It Always Is and her decision to tell this story through fiction instead of memoir.

Announcing the Edgar Nominees (Get Ready to Scroll)


  The 2017 Edgar Award nominees have been announced. If you're a regular reader of our editors' recommendations, you'll have seen many of these books mentioned in 2016.

2017 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists


Congratulations to the finalists of this year's PEN America Literary awards, announced this week (most of the winners will be revealed on February 22).

The Best Books of the Month: Biographies & Memoirs


Here are a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs for January. See more of our picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of January


It has been cold in Seattle. East Coast cold. The upside is that 1. there's snow on the mountains, and 2.

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of January


It has been cold in Seattle. East Coast cold. The upside is that 1. there's snow on the mountains, and 2.

Discover Who Christine Feehan Is Reading...


Whether you read Christine Feehan's GhostWalker books, Leopard series, Dark Carpathians, or Sea Haven novels, you always know you're in for a lot of action, a lot of love, and a huge, imaginatively told story.

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists


On Tuesday, January 17, the National Book Critics Circle listed the finalists for their award for outstanding books published in 2016.

Brave New Writers: SF & Fantasy Authors Recommend Talented Newcomers You Shouldn't Miss


Few moments are as magical as finding a new author whose work weaves into your thoughts and dreams long after you've finished reading his or her book.

In the Footsteps of the Flâneuse


In Kathleen Rooney's novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, one of our picks for the Best Books of January, our heroine wends her way to a New Year's party on the eve of 1985.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Children's Books


Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and 2017 is a particularly good year to reflect on how far we've come and also how far we still have to go.  While our educational system is slow in catching up, children's books are getting with the times and bringing diversity to the page at a much faster pace.

A Day to Celebrate


Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and 2017 is a particularly good year to reflect on how far we've come and also how far we still have to go.  While our educational system is slow in catching up, children's books are getting with the times and bringing diversity to the page at a much faster pace.

A Day to Celebrate


Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and 2017 is a particularly good year to reflect on how far we've come and also how far we still have to go.  While our educational system is slow in catching up, children's books are getting with the times and bringing diversity to the page at a much faster pace.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "Now What Do We Do to Fix This Thing?"


To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are reprinting this article originally published on July 29, 2016.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "Now What Do We Do to Fix This Thing?"


To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are reprinting this article originally published on July 29, 2016.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "Now What Do We Do to Fix This Thing?"


To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are reprinting this article originally published on July 29, 2016.

Weekend Reading


In this edition of Weekend Reading, people who eat people, poetry, and a quartet of seasonal stories by "Scotland's Nobel laureate-in-waiting." Jon Foro: Geez, you produce four articles about people getting eaten over the years, and all of a sudden your coworkers are calling you “the cannibal guy” and expecting you to look at every book that comes down the pike where someone or something is consuming unsanctioned meat.


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