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The RITA Award Finalists for the Best in Romance Are Here!


The Romance Writers of America announced the finalists for the RITA Awards in 13 categories, including Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

An Interview with John Freeman Gill, Author of "The Gargoyle Hunters"


John Freeman Gill is the author of the debut novel The Gargoyle Hunters, published this week by Knopf.

March Madness Round 1 Continues: 8 New Book Duels


Thirty-two great literary characters take to the tournament field this year in battles of wits, wisdom, and physical prowess.

Because He's There.


Although it tops out at under 6,000 feet above sea level – low by mountaineering standards – Mt. Index in Washington State’s central Cascade mountain range is a technically challenging chunk of granite, its near-vertical face looming dramatically more than 4,000 feet over the valley below.

Middlemarch Madness Begins! 32 Literary Characters Face Off


Regular ABR readers might recall our Great Literary Tournament in March 2016, followed up by our Shakespeare Character Duel in April, in which readers chose who would win in battles of wits, wisdom, or physical prowess.

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of March


There are some heavy hitters in our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of March. Here are some of the top books:   Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles - For those out there who have read the first two books in Iles' trilogy, you'll know what I'm talking about when I say that this is one of the 2017 books I've been anticipating most.

Courtney Milan: 9 Historical Romances "for Those Who Want Something More Than a Little Different"


When you say the words “historical romance,” most people think of balls, dukes, carriages, and a London Season.

Aliens Among Us: The Short Stories of Eric Puchner


The best short stories take you deep into a character or a situation, without all the set up and plotting that a novel usually entails.

Aliens Among Us: The Short Stories of Eric Puchner


The best short stories take you deep into a character or a situation, without all the set up and plotting that a novel usually entails.

"Pathological Enthusiasms": Robert Lowell and the Language of Madness


We often rely on poets to express what the rest of us lay folk have difficulty putting into words. For beloved poet Robert Lowell, that included the (still) taboo subject of mental illness.

"How I Went from Journalist to Fiction Writer" by Peter Heller


Peter Heller was in town a couple weeks ago, and fellow Amazon editor Jon Foro and I met him for lunch.

"How I Went from Journalist to Fiction Writer" by Peter Heller


Peter Heller was in town a couple weeks ago, and fellow Amazon editor Jon Foro and I met him for lunch.

The Best Books of the Month: Biographies & Memoirs


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

The National Book Critics Circle Announces Its 2016 Winners


Last night, the auditorium at the New School in New York City was packed with the crème-de-la-crème of writers, agents, editors, and publishers as the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of its awards for the best books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, criticism, biography, and autobiography published in 2016.

The National Book Critics Circle Announces Its 2016 Winners


At a delightful event at the New School in New York City on the evening of March 16, 2017, the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners for works published in 2016.

The Chef's Hat. Or in this case, chefs in hats.


The chef community is one I've always viewed with some envy--those I've met really seem to love what they do and have an incredible camaraderie that's kind of heady to be around.

The Chef's Hat. Or in this case, chefs in hats.


The chef community is one I've always viewed with some envy--those I've met really seem to love what they do and have an incredible camaraderie that's kind of heady to be around.

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Announcing the National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists


The finalists have been announced for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. The winners will be announced on March 16th at The New School, located at 66 West 12th Street in Manhattan.

What Do You Get When You Cross Herman Melville with Cormac McCarthy?


We read a lot around here in our efforts to stay abreast of the best books coming out every month. But there are also just so many, and every once in a while - much depending on your definition of a "while" - we miss a real whopper, something of such obvious quality that it's worth revisiting, no matter how long after the fact.


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