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Texas Fiction – 2016 List

 

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Every once in a while, it’s fun to focus on regional fiction. It’s a chance for readers to concentrate on stories that take place in their favorite part of the world or an area that has aroused their curiosity. Sometimes, fans like to search for books written by authors that live in that region.

 

The Texas list of 36 authors is a mix of:

 

  • Authors who live there, but write books set elsewhere
  • Authors that have written novels set in Texas, but live elsewhere.
  • Authors who live in and write about Texas.

 

Click on the names to take you to the author sites.

 

Kathleen Rice Adams: “Prodigal Gun”

Susan Wittig Albert: “Blood Orange”

 

Linda Bingham: “Skyscraper Caper”

Parris Afton Bonds:  “Blue Bayou” box set

James Lee Burke: “House of the Rising Sun”

 

Valerie P Chandler: ‘Rota Fortunae’ in “Murder on Wheels”

Caroline Clemmons: “Angeline”

Catherine Coulter: “Nemesis”

Bill Crider: “Between the Living and the Dead”

 

Stephanie Jaye Evans:  "Safe from Harm"

Ann Everett: “Say You’ll Never Love Me”

 

Kay Finch: “The Black Cat Knocks on Wood”

Kinky Friedman – series about a Texan living in NYC

 

Meg Gardiner: “Phantom Instinct”  (reviewed here)

Kaye George: Imogene Duckworthy series, “Broke”

 

Linda Kozar: “Weighty Matters”

Billy Kring:  “Tonton”

 

Liz Lipperman:  “Chicken Caccia-Killer”

 

Nancy Martin: “Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything”

Larry McMurtry: “Lonesome Dove”

James Michener: “Texas”

 

Golden Keyes Parsons: “His Steadfast Love”

Mark Pryor: “Hollow Man”    

 

James Reasoner: “The Last War Chief”

Catie Rhodes:  “Rest Stop” 

Rick Riordan: “Rebel Island”

 

Terry Shames: “The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake”

Leann Sweeney: Yellow Rose Mystery Series

 

Livia Washburn: “Peach of a Murder”

Nancy G. West:  "Smart, but Dead"

George Wier: “Cold Rains”

Lori Wilde:  “Love of the Game”

Lynn Chandler Willis: “Wink of an Eye”  (reviewed here)

Manning Wolfe:  "Dollar Signs"

Reavis Z. Wortham:  “Dark Places”

 

Celia Yeary:  “Annalisa”

 

 

Have fun choosing from this great list of Texas fiction.  🙂

 

 

 

The Man Booker International Prize 2016

 

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Famous for its celebration of global fiction, this year's Man Booker International Prize competition is among the 13 titles in the longlist below. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator. Previously, the prize had been given every other year to an author for an entire body of work. The new version of the Man Booker International Prize acknowledges the importance of the quality of a translation in a global publication and will now be given annually. The books must have been translated into English and published in the UK.

Click on the titles for more information about the individual books.

The winner is indicated in red.
 

Author                        Translator                   Title

José Eduardo Agualusa  Daniel Hahn, A General Theory of Oblivion 

Elena Ferrante  Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child 

Han Kang  Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian 

Maylis de Kerangal  Jessica Moore, Mend the Living 

Eka Kurniawan  Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger 

Yan Lianke Carlos Rojas, The Four Books 

Fiston Mwanza Mujila  Roland Glasser, Tram 83 

Raduan Nassar  Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage 

Marie NDiaye  Jordan Stump, Ladivine 

Kenzaburō Ōe  Deborah Boliver Boehm, Death by Water 

Aki Ollikainen  Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger 

Orhan Pamuk  Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind 

Robert Seethaler  Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life 

 

The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, a mix of distinguished international authors and academics.

 

The Man Booker International Prize longlist was narrowed to six in April, with the winner revealed on May 16th.

Congratulations to all the nominees!  😀

 

 

New York Times Best Fiction List of 2015

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It’s always interesting to see which books editors at any major publication will choose for their “Best of…” lists for the year. The titles are not always bestsellers, but the editors have fallen in love with the story (or the writing) and ta-da! the book makes the list.

 

Check out the top five choices from 2015, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Click on the links next to the book titles to read their reviews.

 

 

“The Door”  by Magda Szabo  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/books/review/the-door-by-magda-szabo.html

 

“A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories”  by Lucia Berlin, edited by Stephen Emerson   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/books/review/a-manual-for-cleaning-women-by-lucia-berlin.html

 

“Outline”  by Rachel Cusk  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/books/review/rachel-cusks-outline.html

 

“The Sellout”  by Paul Beatty   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/books/review/12bkr-young.t.html

 

“The Story of the Lost Child: Book 4 – “Maturity, Old Age”  by Elena Ferrante

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/books/review/the-story-of-the-lost-child-by-elena-ferrante.html

 

Have you read any of the books?
Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

Happy reading!