2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

April 13, 2024 News Editor 0

The 2024 shortlist for the International Booker Prize was announced last week, introducing us to six books from around the globe that have been translated into English and published in the UK and/or Ireland. The prize recognizes the vital work of translators with the £50,000 prize money divided equally: £25,000 (about $31,000 US) for the author and £25,000 for the translator (or divided equally between multiple translators). In addition, there is a prize of £5,000 […]

Second Term

Crime Fiction: Second Term by J.M. Adams

October 10, 2023 admin 1

This week it all feels a little on the nose, but this is early days in J.M. Adams’ career as a novelist. The ground covered in Second Term will feel less jolting in due course. This is the good stuff, even though the timing might be either not terrific or too terrific, depending on your perspective. It is September 2012. Cora Walker, a DIA defense operative, discovers a terrorist plot in Benghazi and jumps into […]

Fiction: Somebody’s Fool
by Richard Russo

July 26, 2023 J. Kingston Pierce 1

North Bath, the fictional upstate New York setting of Richard Russo’s “Fool” trilogy, seems to be finally and firmly on the skids in the brand-new novel Somebody’s Fool (Knopf). The town is slated for annexation by a wealthier, more liberal neighbor, Schuyler Springs. Even the local police station is being shuttered, its longtime chief, Douglas Raymer, surplussed to make room for his Black ex-employee and sometime-girlfriend, Charice Bond, at the helm of the Schuyler PD. […]

The Ferryman

Fiction: The Ferryman by Justin Cronin

May 14, 2023 Tony Buchsbaum 0

There is so much to love about The Ferryman that I hardly know where to begin. Justin Cronin’s first novel since his amazing Passage trilogy is filled with unforgettable characters, twists galore, and plenty of gravitas and pathos to get your heart racing…and breaking. I’m hesitant to say too much because there are so many ideas in this book, and so many things to spoil. What I can say is that Cronin goes out of […]

Fiction: The Incredible Journey of Lacey Starr and Mabel Brown by Perry Dantes

February 1, 2023 admin 0

Perry Dantes was born in Aleksandrów Kujawski, Poland. His new book, The Incredible Journey of Lacey Starr and Mabel Brown is a gripping historical fiction that centers around two women, Lacey and Mabel, who set off in pursuit of stardom but when the Second World War begins, they find much more. The Incredible Journey of Lacey Starr and Mabel Brown is a historical novel about pre-World War II and the first two years of the […]

This Just In… Bane of All Things by Leo Valiquette

January 10, 2023 News Editor 0

In Bane of All Things we arrive to the Four Kingdoms. Here the Holy Clerisy preaches that the gods are dead, and prayer is the path to Hell. Anyone who defies doctrine is punished for heresy. But blind faith can damn a soul as surely as betrayal. One bitter winter’s night, Ryn Ruscroft, once sworn to serve as the Clerisy’s loyal soldier, finds himself torn between conscience and duty. Those slain include his best friend, […]

Fiction: The Acrobat by Edward J. Delaney

November 18, 2022 Tony Buchsbaum 0

Who doesn’t love Cary Grant? In comedies with Katharine Hepburn and thrillers directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant was the man every woman wanted to sleep with and the man every man wanted to be. Handsome. Mannered. Glamorous. Even when his movies were in color, he was the epitome of classy black-and-white. But who was the Archie Leach behind Cary Grant? Who was the man behind the icon? The new book The Acrobat, by Edward […]

Fiction: Autobiography of a Schizophrenic by Tony Caterina

November 7, 2022 admin 0

Writer Tony Caterina wanted to tell his story to help and inspire others. Caterina has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and has struggled with drug addiction and overdose. He believes his experiences will be relatable to those who have dealt with mental illness in themselves or with a loved one. “After having experienced a mental breakdown due to drug addiction,” writes Caterina, “I made some substantial, positive changes to my life. It was time to stop […]

A Bach Concert

Fiction: A Bach Concert by Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu

November 4, 2022 admin 0

A Bach Concert, by Romanian author Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu is translated by Gabi Reigh, a PEN award winner, and illustrated by Olga Rogozenco. The book has been newly translated and published by the Center for Romanian Studies, an independent academic research institute, based in the United States. Their mission is to promote knowledge and understanding of Romanian history and culture worldwide. This translation of A Bach Concert has been published as part of the Center’s Classics […]

The Color of Hate

Fiction: The Color of Hate by Wilma Blair-Reed

October 29, 2022 admin 0

Is cheating a mistake or a choice? Can it be justified? Misunderstandings and challenges are normal in a relationship. Couples, married or not, experience ups and downs from time to time. Any conflict may be resolved, but what happens when a third party is involved? Will the relationship prosper or will it collapse? Wilma Blair-Reed’s The Color of Hate revolves around the lives of Doris and Shaun, a black couple who have been together for […]