Fall 2014 Dear Reader




The Fall 2014
Dear Reader is available for online viewing and is packed full of debuts from authors who are going to be visiting us soon such as Malcom Brooks with PAINTED HORSES, John Darnielle with WOLF IN WHITE VAN and Katy Simpson Smith with THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA. Plus, new books from favorite authors Curtis Wilkie, John Hailman, John Grisham, and Richard Flanagan, Richard Ford, Darcey Steinke, Frederick Barthelme, and -- for the first time here -- children's authors Chris Van Allsburg & Jon Scieszka.

Ace Atkins Shelf Awareness Interview

Bookselling Newsletter, Shelf Awareness, talks with Ace Aktins about Quin Colson TV, his writing process and music from Spencer's jazz to Quinn's classic country. (Click photo for more)

Some nonfiction writers say they have a hard time writing fiction because they'd have to make everything up from scratch, while some fiction writers say they struggle with writing nonfiction because they have to stick to the facts and can't shape the story to their liking. You've done both. Which form do you find easier?

I don't think I really came into my own as a writer until I started to blend the two for my novels. My first four books were somewhat surreal, and it wasn't until I started using my background as a reporter in my fiction that my stories took on an added dimension. My fifth novel, White Shadow, really changed everything for me in my writing style and approach to novels. I work much in the same way now with my Quinn Colson books.

Why did you decide to write about the plight of the American soldier returning home after being at war?

My longtime editor at G.P. Putnam asked me to consider developing a series character in contemporary times. Coming off four novels based on true stories set long ago, I was searching for someone specific to the South, where I live, and who offered an exciting story to play out in future books...


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The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber, pb.
The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin, hd.
The Young World by Chris Weitz, hd.
Break Out!: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life by Joel Osteen, pb.
The October List by Jeffery Deaver, pb.
Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen, hd.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone, pb.
The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride by Carl Weber, hd.
Mean Streak by Sandra Brown, hd.
The Way Forward by Paul Ryan, hd.
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, pb
It's in His Kiss by Jill Shavis, pb.
Mr. Tall by Tony Earley, hd.

Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth

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The past determines and haunts the present and future and Lisa Howorth presents a lyrical and powerful exposition of this fact in Flying Shoes. Mary Byrd Thornton is forced to once again confront a thirty-year-old crime that has traumatized her life and family while also dealing with a society that continues to struggle with cataclysmic change from its traditional values. Mary Byrd’s voice is distinctive, acute and perceptive in its observations and joins those who have created such a rich literature about the Mississippi experience. Somewhere, the ghosts of those writers are welcoming a new member to the ranks of the artists who have done so much to inform and bear witness to such a complex culture and landscape. BC

Colbert vs. Amazon

Stephen Colbert smacks down Amazon with help from guest Sherman Alexie. This clip speaks for itself, and us too.