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The Most Wonderful Time of Year

Fall brings with it a change in temperature, a plethora of great new fiction and the announcement of book award lists. It's truly the best time of year to cozy up with a book. And we've got exciting news about books and awards
—oh, and the movies, too! (Nothing about temperatures, though. Sorry.) So, please read on and read with us...

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National Book Award Longlist for Fiction

We're thrilled to share that Lisa Ko's powerful debut, The Leavers, has earned a well-deserved spot on the National Book Award's Longlist for Fiction. Lisa's reaction on Twitter sums it up perfectly: "FREAKING OUT THANK YOU!!! this is ridiculously amazing company to be in" (@iamlisako).

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It's a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.

The Leavers is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver, for a novel that addresses issues of social justice. And it's the kind of book that makes us happy to be in the publishing biz so we get to read it and talk about it. If you haven't already, start reading The Leavers now.

Click here to start reading The Leavers>>

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National Book Award Longlist for Young People's Literature

Samantha Mabry's All the Wind in the World, an unforgettable YA novel from Algonquin Young Readers, finds its spot on the National Book Award list even before it is published in October.

All the Wind in the World is perfect for readers looking for a breathtaking tale of dread and danger, romance and redemption. (And you don't have to be a YA reader to appreciate that!)


In its starred review, Booklist calls it "impossible to forget . . .  A gripping, fablelike story of a love ferocious enough to destroy and a world prepared to burn with it."

Click here to start reading All the Wind in the World>>

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Are you reading this on a mobile phone? Well, Fiona Mozley wrote her debut novel, Elmet, on her phone, and it has only been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. (Gives a new meaning to "phoning it in," doesn't it?)

"When I started, I didn't mention it to anyone," Fiona told NPR Weekend Edition's Scott Simon. "And it just became a secret project that I pursued in the evenings and weekends. And as I got closer and closer to finishing, I felt that if I did tell someone then, it would make it even less likely to happen. So I kept it quiet."

Secret no longer, Elmet is earning raves as "a quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable," as The Economist put it. We're excited to be publishing Elmet in the United States, coming December 5.


Click here for more about Fiona Mozley>>

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Oscar Buzz for Mudbound Movie

Watch this teaser for the upcoming Mudbound movie, based on Hillary Jordan's Bellwether-winning and, frankly, unforgettable novel. You'll be so eager for the Netflix movie release November 17, you'll start (re)reading Mudbound right away!
 
And then there’s the Oscar buzz. "On the afternoon Dee Rees’ operatic drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, it was met with rapturous reviews and Oscar buzz," Variety writes. The movie stars Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell and Jason Clarke.
 
But be sure to read the book first. Click here to start now>>


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'Gorgeous, Brutal Masterpiece from a Great American Writer'

This quote from Kirkus Reviews' starred review of Robert Olmstead's Savage Country captures the sweep of this gripping narrative from an author with legions of devoted fans. "Robert Olmstead gets better with every book. If you know all of his previous books, you know how startling this fact is, and how startlingly good this writer is,"  says Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

Click here to start reading Savage Country>>



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