Welcome back to the blog, librarians! We're kicking off the week with some most excellent news about a few of our fine debuts.
- Major congratulations to debut author Amelia Gray who's first novel, THREATS, is one of five finalists for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!! See all of the finalists here.
- In The New York Times Janet Maslin calls Becky Masterman's debut thriller, RAGE AGAIST THE DYING, "pulse-quickening," "scorching," and "invigorating." She says,
"In one final demonstration that she has learned the lessons of crime fiction well, Ms. Masterman hides important evidence in the unlikeliest place: within plain sight. But this book is too cleverly manipulative for readers to get ahead of Brigid in making such startling discoveries."
Read the full article, "This ‘Granny’ Can Dish It Out," now.
Library Journal and Publishers Weekly each gave Masterman's debut a starred review and it has been selected as a March Indie Next Pick! This title will be available tomorrow from Minotaur Books.
- Chista Parravani was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered about her debut memoir, HER, in which she comes to terms with her twin's premature death. Listen or read "A Twin Carries On Alone In 'HER: A Memoir'" at NPR.org.
- And finally: cats being jerks. As per usual.