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undergroundWhat to read, what to read? Check out big books at Book Expo 2016:

  • Publishers Weekly calls it for Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad) and Ann Patchett (Commonwealth), among others. No complaints from me there. So glad to see Mr. Whitehead making a big splash — well deserved! Here’s the PW take on the best of show so far: “Books by Whitehead, Patchett Among Show’s Biggest.”
  • Michael Mershel of the Dallas Morning News (and a fellow Jayhawk) took a poll of various attendees — including Jeremy Ellis of Houston’s Brazos Bookstore and Julie Wernersbach, the new literary director of the Texas Book Festival. Colson Whitehead appeared again, along with George Saunders for Lincoln in the Bardo. And Dallas’ Kathleen Kent heads off in a new direction with a crime novel, The Dime. More here: How do you find the most interesting books at #BEA16?”
  • If you want to get a preview of some other buzz books, download the latest Buzz Books compilations from Publishers Lunch: Buzz Book 2016 and Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult

croninMy picks?

  • Justin Cronin wraps up his brilliant vampire trilogy with The City of Mirrors — if I were at BEA16, that’s the one I’d be grabbing! Check out Justin’s interview in The Chicago Review of Books.
  • Let’s talk some YA for a sec. I was wowed by the big names putting in appearances: Two of my faves are Lauren Oliver (Replica)and Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer). Then there are new books coming form Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom), Sabaa Tahir  (A Torch Against the Night, the long-awaited sequel An Ember in the Ashes), Kami Garcia of “Beautiful Creatures” fame (The Lovely Reckless), and Veronica Roth, who starts a new scif-fi series with Carve the Mark. 

Can’t wait to pile some of the above onto my nightstand!