Caroline Frost Wins Crook’s Corner Book Prize | Book Pulse

Caroline Frost, Shadows of Pecan Hollow, wins the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. The Mystery Writers of America announces the Grand Master, Raven, and Ellery Queen Award winners for 2023. Topping the best-seller lists are The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes, Without a Trace by Danielle Steel, Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor, The Villa by Rachel Hawkins, and Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer. There are interviews with authors such as Deena Mohamed, Kelcey Ervick, Iris Yamashita, and Kashana Cauley.

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Award News & January Reads

The 10th Annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize is awarded to Caroline Frost for Shadows of Pecan Hollow (Morrow).

The 2023 Mystery Writers of America’s awards are announced via press release, with Michael Connelly and Joanne Fluke winning the title of Grand Masters.

January’s EarlyWord GalleyChat spreadsheet is released.

Lit Hub lists their “most anticipated books of 2023.”

Oprah Daily shares “The Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2023.”

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare (Random) has “record-breaking sales,” according to NYT.

New Title Best-Sellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books (see the paper’s note about the status of the list)


The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes (Dutton) debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers list.

Without a Trace by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) appears at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers list.

Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor (Riverhead; LJ starred review) starts at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers list.

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins (St. Martin’s) climbs to No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers list.


Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer (Basic) flies to No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers list.


The Washington Post reviews The Sense of Wonder by Matthew Salesses (Little, Brown): “A remarkable feat of artistic prowess that somehow blends the themes of K-drama with the spectacle of sports drama in a way that resets our frame of reference for the Korean American experience.”

Book Marks shares “5 Reviews You Need To Read This Week.”

Briefly Noted

The Millions has a conversation with Kelcey Ervick, author of The Keeper: Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women’s Lives (Avery), about “the challenges and rewards of turning to graphic narrative after three other books of nonfiction and fiction.”

Iris Yamashita chats with CrimeReads about her writing journey from screen writing to her debut novel, City Under One Roof (Berkley; LJ starred review).

Jane Harper discusses her latest novel, Exiles (Flatiron), and her writing process in an interview with CrimeReads.  

Good Morning America explores the royal brotherhood between Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Prince William as detailed in the memoir, Spare (Random). Also, Fox News “reveals tense texts” between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

NYT’s “Inside the Best-Seller List” profiles Jon Meacham and dives into his bookAnd There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle (Random; LJ starred review).

The Baffler delves into the latest literature out of Hong Kong.

The Washington Post helps readers who are interested Himalayas take a trip through two highlighted books.

Patrick Modiano, author of Scene of the Crime (Yale University), recommends books and answers the NYT’s “By the Book” questionnaire

An Yu, Ghost Music (Grove), recommends books for Lit Hub’s “The Annotated Nightstand.”

Author Colm Tóibín creates a syllabus containing recommended books on relentlessness for The Paris Review. lists books containing “Five SFF Worlds Threatened by Endless Winter” and “Must-Read Short Speculative Fiction for December 2022.”

Authors on Air

Deena Mohamed talks about “wishful thinking” through her Egyptian fantasy comic, Shubeik Lubeik (Pantheon) in an interview with NPR.

On Lit Hub’s Otherppl podcast, Kashana Cauley discusses the “varied and successful career” she has had leading to her debut novel, The Survivalists (Soft Skull).

NYT highlights the “formidable female central characters and an Italy with distinct social classes” in the TV series The Lying Life of Adults, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante (tr. from Italian by Ann Goldstein; Europa).

Viola Davis, author of Finding Me (HarperOne), will appear as a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on Thursday night. Also, Janelle Monáe of The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer (Harper Voyager; LJ starred review) will speak with Tamron Hall.

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