Friday Book Lists: 28 October 2016
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Citizen Reading: 31 October 2016

A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.

Oh, thank heavens, Bob Dylan WILL accept the $900,000 Nobel Prize money.

Happy Halloween! Scholastic has issued a list of its Halloween reads. (They call it a list of "not-too-scary" books.) Also: Seven spooky books with settings you can actually visit.

2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals: Shortlist.

J.K. Rowling's "Cormoran Strike" BBC adaptation will be shown on HBO.

Sherlock, Season 4: Premiere date announced.

Zelda Fitzgerald to be played by Jennifer Lawrence. I don't know. I weary of Jennifer Lawrence and I still think her casting in "The Silver Linings Playbook" (when the character in the book was closer to her 40s than her 20s) was wrong, all wrong. I know that's Hollywood's (and culture's) fault, not hers, but still.

Abrams will launch a new nonfiction imprint. Huh, they're going to focus on "text-driven narrative nonfiction." That's refreshingly not specific.

The Booker Prize has been won by an American.

Stephen King has written a children's book.

13 great plays for readers. You know, this is a really interesting list. And I don't read many plays (although I read more plays than poetry). There's quite a few on this list I'd like to peruse.

Publisher's Weekly has already named its Best Books of 2016. Sigh. I don't really have the energy for all the "Best of..." lists yet.


New York Times: a new book about Alfred Hitchcock; the "untold story of Bram Stoker"; a taxonomy of monsters; a history of the asylum.

Book list: "the most interesting men and women in the world."


Neil Gaiman is a grandpa!