A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
Sisters in Crime turns 30.
Do romance novels have a diversity problem?
On the "allure of self-help books."
And...here's the next installment of the Fifty Shades novels, as told from Christian Grey's point of view.
Gordon Burn Prize winner: Denise Mina.
"Let's commit to making library webinars better." If you do any web presenting at all, do check this article out; it's very straightforward and helpful.
The Weinstein Company's publishing imprint has been shut down.
Huh...they're still publishing Jeeves and Wooster novels (new ones). Not sure how I feel about that.
The New York Times lists some of the latest crime novels.
OOOoooh...now there's a 90-minute documentary about Joan Didion out, directed by Griffin Dunne (her nephew by marriage).
Stephen King's Castle Rock: Trailer.
Ooh, here's balm for my nerdy librarian soul: there's a new documentary out about the New York Public Library, "Ex Libris."
Whiting Creative Nonfiction grant winners. I am so excited to see Philip Gourevitch and George Packer on this list, and that Gourevitch title? You Hide That You Hate Me And I Hide That I Know? I can't WAIT for that book.
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
Mortician/author Caitlin Doughty "explores cultures' many paths" toward death rituals.
A new history of medical "quackery."
What was it like to be Che Guevara's kid brother?
Heard about this book on the radio: The Year I was Peter the Great.
Roz Chast has a new graphic novel/nonfiction book out...on New York City!
This book just in from a Fox News host: Women, use your good looks to your advantage!
New York Times: A new biography of Ulysses S. Grant, written by Ron Chernow, and reviewed by Bill Clinton; is globalization bringing us together or driving us apart?; where do the super-rich go to play?; a history of Biltmore House; on the importance of sleep; a history of New York City in the first days of the twentieth century; here's the Times review of the memoir Cuz (an NPR story about which I linked to a while back).
IndieBound: Bestselling books the week of Oct. 12.
LibraryReads November 2017. Thank God, there's a nonfiction title on it, in addition to the regular Elizabeth Bergesque fare. And the nonfiction title is about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Double score!
Bustle: 11 new essay collections for fall. Here's that Tales of Two Americas book again.
25 terrifying horror novels for kids and teens.
How to be lonely: a booklist.
Wisconsin Public Radio: New Fall Books (audio).
AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN LINK
"Eight unusual books to read before Halloween." Neil Gaiman is all over this list.