Leonard wins PEN lifetime achievement award

Renowned crime writer Elmore Leonard will be awarded the PEN Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony on December 2. The ceremony will also hand outs honors in fiction to Kim Barnes, for “A Country Called Home”; creative nonfiction, given to Steve Lopez for “The Soloist”; research nonfiction, awarded to Leslie T. Chang for “Factory … [Read more...]

Hannah Tinti answers the Newtonville Books Questionnaire

Hannah Tinti

Hannah Tinti is the author of the novel THE GOOD THIEF, and the short story collection, ANIMAL CRACKERS. --Name a childhood hero. Jacques Cousteau. --Name a work you wished you’d written. Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow --If you had to order your work by how successfully you completed what you set out to accomplish, what would … [Read more...]

25 years of SOLITUDE

Gabriel García Márquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is the piece of writing that has most shaped world literature over the past 25 years, according to a survey of international writers by Wasafari magazine. Other titles named include The Stories of Raymond Carver, Lolita, and Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama. … [Read more...]

Steve Harvey Gets Movie Deal

   Screen Gems has acquired rights to turn comedian Steve Harvey's book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" into a feature. Harvey wrote the humorous book of advice for women seeking to better understand their male counterparts, an exercise inspired by a segment on Harvey's syndicated morning radio show. Click here to read the article. … [Read more...]

School of Fear

Halloween is just around the corner so I thought there was no better time than to make a push for my staff pick and one of my favorite middle grade novels, School of Fear. Its reminiscent of The Mysterious Benedict Society in that the characters are quirky, clever and unforgettable and you'll turn the pages at a furiously fast pace. The premise … [Read more...]

Vampire Craze

     You could be forgiven for thinking we're in the midst of an unprecedented madness for vampires. Looking back, it's hard to think of a period when we weren't in the middle of a vampire craze. In the late 1970s, Anne Rice started raking in the money with Interview With the Vampire  and movies like Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the … [Read more...]

Lev Grossman answers the Newtonville Books Questionnaire


Lev Grossman is the author of the novels, The Magicians, Codex, and Warp. --Name a childhood hero. I only ever had one childhood hero, and that was James Bond. --Name a work you wished you'd written. "Arcadia," by Tom Stoppard. --If you had to order your work by how successfully you completed what you set out to accomplish, … [Read more...]

A Very Unlikely Bestseller

Over the weekend, the New York Times Magazine profiled a book which has never been published, took 16 years to write, and which may be the most important text in the history of psychology (depending, of course, on whom you ask). Carl Jung's personal "confrontation with the unconscious," which he chronicled in what he came to call The Red Book, will … [Read more...]

Peter Reynolds article


I love this author and this is a nice article about him and what he is doing in Publisher's Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6697564.html Some of his books . . . … [Read more...]

Best of the National Book Awards Update!

My dear blog readers, it seems like only yesterday that I told you about the 60th anniversary celebration of the National Book Awards (it was actually in July): http://www.newtonvillebooks.com/blog/?p=821 Well, now you can vote on the shortlist that was compiled to help pick the greatest winner of all time. Also, by voting you are entered to win … [Read more...]