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The 2021 Silvers-Dudley Prize winners are announced. Topping the best sellers lists are Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night by Tui T. Sutherland, Annihilation Road by Christine Feehan, Criminal Mischief by Stuart Woods, The Comfortable Kitchen by Alex Snodgrass. Interviews reveal the thoughts of Thrity Umrigar of Honor, Jessamine Chan of The School for Good Mothers, Valerie Bertinelli of Enough Already, Erika T. Wurth of You Who Enter Here, Margaret Verble of When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky, Amartya Sen of Home in the World, and Christopher Mims of Arriving Today. Adaptation news for James Swanson’s Manhunt.

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Awards & Buzzy Book News

The 2021 Silvers-Dudley Prize winners are announced. The Washington Post also covers this news.

Filippo Bernardini, an Italian citizen who worked for Simon & Schuster UK, has been arrested by the F.B.I. for stealing unpublished book manuscriptsThe New York Times has more on this story.

New Title Bestsellers







Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books


Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night by Tui T. Sutherland (Scholastic) shines at No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Annihilation Road by Christine Feehan (Random) arrives at No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Criminal Mischief by Stuart Woods (Random) debuts at No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


The Comfortable Kitchen by Alex Snodgrass (Morrow) cozies up to No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


The Washington Post reviews The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan (S. & S.; LJ starred review): "This apparent school for good mothers is set up on the campus of a shuttered private liberal arts college that ran out of funding. This detail and others peppered throughout the book point toward a very near future with slightly upgraded technology, slightly worse climate disasters and slightly more draconian surveillance measures than we currently have. The book doesn’t feel speculative so much as inevitable, which is all the more horrifying." Also, A Life of Picasso IV: The Minotaur Years: 1933-1943 by John Richardson (Knopf): "So it seems fitting that Richardson has approached Picasso’s oeuvre in the spirit of a detective. The life, in a sense, is the crime scene. His speculations can be thrilling. There are many Eureka moments, often relating to the ongoing significance of the death of Picasso’s sister Conchita. But he never claims his interpretations are definitive."

NYT shares shorts reviews in crime and mystery featuring: Something To Hide by Elizabeth George (Viking; LJ starred review), The Runaway by Nick Petrie (Putnam), The Love Parade by Sergio Pitol (Deep Vellum), and ​​​​​​​The Prison Minyan by Jonathan Stone (Lightning).

Book Marks lists "Book Reviews You Need to Read This Week."

Briefly Noted

Thrity Umrigar, Honor by (Algonquin; LJ starred review), discusses megachurches and her book in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers (S. & S.; LJ starred review), speaks to Entertainment Weekly about the development and critical acclaim for her debut novel.

Valerie Bertinelli, Enough Already (HarperCollins), shares photos of her relationship with Eddie Val Halen and speaks about Van Halen as her soulmate with People.

Erika T. Wurth, You Who Enter Here (SUNY Press), and Margaret Verble, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky (Mariner: HarperCollins), discuss “the 21st-century renaissance of Native American fiction” on Lit Hub

NYT features Carl Bernstein’s Chasing History (Holt) as a conjuring of early 1960s newsrooms for Book of the Times. Also, an interview with Amartya Sen, author of Home in the World (Liveright).

Fox News reports on discrepancies found in Kara Cooney’s The Good Kings (Hachette). shares “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction for December 2021.”

The Atlantic lists “Eight Ghost Stories in Which the Dead Won’t Go Quietly.”

The Washington Post provides "5 great new thrillers and mysteries for your 2022 TBR pile."

Lit Hub looks ahead to the “Most Anticipated Books of 2022.”

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air speaks with Christopher Mims about the causes of the breakdown of the supply chain and his new book Arriving Today (HarperCollins).

An adaptation of James Swanson’s Manhunt (HarperCollins) for Apple will star Tobias Menzies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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