The BookBrowse Review

Published September 16, 2020

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Contents

In This Edition of
The BookBrowse Review

Highlighting indicates debut books

Editor's Introduction
Reviews
Hardcovers Paperbacks
First Impressions
Latest Author Interviews
Recommended for Book Clubs
Book Discussions

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Publishing Soon

Novels


Historical Fiction


Short Stories/Essays


Poetry


Mysteries


Thrillers


Romance


Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History


Biography/Memoir


History, Science & Current Affairs


Travel & Adventure


Young Adults

Novels


Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History


Extras
  • Blog:
    What To Do When Members Come to Book Club Without Reading the Book?
  • Wordplay:
    L N Take I C
  • Book Giveaway:
    Memorial Drive
    by Natasha Trethewey

News Roundup

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Booker Shortlist dominated by debut authors
(Sep 15 2020)

The Booker shortlist was announced today, with four of the six nominees debut authors. In another surprise to many, two-times winner Hilary Mantel was not included on the shortlist.

Source: BBC




Sir Ronald Harwood obituary
(Sep 15 2020)

British author, playwright and author Ronald Harwood died aged 85 last week. He earned three Oscar nominations and won for best adapted screenplay in 2003 for The Pianist. His plays included The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, adapted from a novel by Evelyn Waugh; After the Lions and The Dresser, starring Freddie Jones and Tom Courtenay, which opened on Broadway in 1981 and received a Tony nomination for best play the next year.

Source: The Guardian




National Book Foundation to honor Walter Mosley with lifetime achievement award
(Sep 10 2020)

The National Book Foundation has announced that it will award Walter Mosley with the 2020 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is the thirty-third recipient of the award which was created in 1988 to recognize a lifetime of literary achievement.




Ayad Akhtar named next president of PEN America
(Sep 08 2020)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar will serve as the next president of PEN America, succeeding novelist Jennifer Egan, who has led the organization in that role over the past three years. Akhtar will assume the presidency December 2, only a few months after his novel Homeland Elegies will be published by Little, Brown on September 15.

PEN America, founded in 1922, is a nonprofit organization that works to defend and celebrate free expression in the United States and worldwide through the advancement of literature and human rights.




How libraries can save the 2020 election
(Sep 04 2020)

As states rush to adapt their election systems amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials estimate that 80 million Americans plan to vote by mail this fall, twice as many as in 2016. Because of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s decision to remove or cripple key components of America’s mail system just weeks before Election Day and President Trump’s open efforts to discredit mail-in voting, millions are worried their ballots won’t be counted in time, or even counted at all...

There are more than 9,000 public libraries across the United States — in cities, suburbs, rural areas and small towns. In surveys, libraries rank among the most trusted institutions in America. They assist with the census and offer voter registration services. They are open to everyone. They are nonpartisan. They are free. Expanding early voting at local branches may be our best hope for a trusted outcome.

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