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Finalists Announced For Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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Recognizing the power of literature to promote peace and reconciliation, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction. Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, justice, and global understanding. This year’s winners will be honored at a gala ceremony in Dayton on October 28. “Many of this year’s finalists explore the concept of ‘home’ at a time when more and more people find themselves forced to leave theirs, whether because of war, poverty, political…

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Applying the Principles of Improv to Break Free

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If you’ve ever spent time watching improvisational comedy, two things might have struck you: (1) this is entertaining and (2) this looks extremely hard. To many, the thought of being thrown an idea and being asked to improvise on the spot is downright scary. Perhaps a little less frightening is the idea of using improv principles and skills to break free from the patterns we believe define us and the stories we’ve been told about who we are. That’s the overriding concept behind Life Unscripted, co-written by Jeff Katzman, MD, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and Dan O’Connor, Founder and Artistic Director of the Impro Theater and Co-Founder of LA Theatresports. The…

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Finalists Are Named for Southern Fiction Award

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The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction has announced its finalists. The annual award is given to a writer whose work is set in the South and exemplifies the tenets of Southern literature—quality of prose, originality, and authenticity of setting and characters. This year’s finalists are: Joshilyn Jackson, The Almost Sisters (William Morrow) Bren McClain, One Good Mama Bone (The University of South Carolina Press) J.C. Sasser, Gradle Bird (Koehler Books) Stephanie Powell Watts, No One Is Coming to Save Us (Ecco)  “Originality and creativity are the hallmarks of this year’s shortlist,” said judge Katherine Clark. “The main characters in these novels include a ghost, a cow, a skeleton, and a house. The finalists are indicative of the wide range of talent producing contemporary Southern fiction.” Here’s a…

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October Choices: Secret Lives, and a Stirring Memoir

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Members of the Girly Book Club are voting on the following four titles to determine the book selection for their October club meetings in 70 chapters around the world. If You Knew Her (Harper Books) by Emily Elgar (384 pages) Cassie had it all – the fairytale wedding, the stunning home, the perfect husband. But when she arrives at the intensive care ward at St Catherine’s Hospital in a coma, it soon becomes clear she has a secret — a secret that changes everything. Alice, the chief nurse on the ward, begins to feel a connection with Cassie and can’t help but wonder if things are not quite as they seem. Frank, another patient, can hear and see everything around him…

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Chapter Closeup: The Real Booklovers of Orange County

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Meet Jennifer Holmes. She is the mother of five, has two dogs and works in the family business with her husband. In her double life, she also is host of the Girly Book Club’s Orange County, CA Chapter, which she started about a year ago. If you speak with her for five minutes, there’s one thing that comes through loud and clear: she loves books. She says she reads one to two books a week, and last year read 120. “I also run a book club in my community, and I host a book club for women at a retirement home. I work on my own blog, www.wellreadtraveler.com and work on monthly service projects with my book club. I love attending author events…

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Love Mysteries? Love Books? Here’s a Collection For You

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If you like mysteries and you like books, there’s a collection of stories you should know about. Bibliomysteries: Volume Two, edited by Otto Penzler and to be published in August by Pegasus, is just what the title implies: a collection of crime stories about rare books, bookshops, libraries, manuscripts, magical books, collectors, and the like. Among the 15 stories, Ian Rankin sets his tale of the lost manuscript of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare & Co., while F. Paul Wilson offers a book with remarkable powers; Joyce Carol Oates portrays an overly ambitious dealer in mystery fiction; James Grady has the “Condor” working in the Library of Congress; Stephen Hunter tells a previously unknown story of Alan…

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Laurie Petrou’s Sibling Rivalry on Steroids

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In Laurie Petrou’s Sister of Mine (Crooked Lane Books), the lives of two orphaned sisters, Hattie and Penny, begin to fray as longstanding resentments, sibling rivalry and unpaid debts overflow and the ties of sisterhood start to snap. It’s a fast-paced thriller by Petrou, a debut novelist who also is an Associate Professor at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media and speaks on topics such as gender and rejection. See what she has to say about her first work, family relationships, and her own literary journey. BookTrib: You’ve said you never set out to write suspense. How did Sister of Mine evolve into the thriller it is? Laurie Petrou: In order for the sisters’ relationship to be put to a test, there…

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John Irving Wins Distinguished Achievement Award

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Writer John Irving, whose novels champion outsiders and often explore the bigotry, intolerance, and hatred directed at sexual minorities, will receive the 2018 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, organizers of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced. Named in honor of the celebrated U.S. diplomat who played an instrumental role in negotiating the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, the award will be presented to Irving at the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Gala on October 28, 2018. Founded in 2006, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. It honors writers whose works use the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding.…

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10 Inventive Ways to Organize Books and Add Shelf Zest

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At BookTrib, one of our favorite pastimes is jazzing up our shelves and organizing books. If your bookshelf is starting to collect dust or your home library is simply overflowing with books, it may be time to reorganize. Reorganizing your book collection can seem daunting, depending on its size, but it’s simple if you find the organization style that works best for you! Consider the size and height of your books, how you want your collection to look visually and the reason for your reorganization. Whether it’s simply to declutter or to redecorate your home, consider one of these 10 organization styles recommended by Wayfair to find the method that’s perfect for you. You’ll have no problem finding your favorite…

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Celebrating Lovely Imperfections in “Branching Out”

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Emotional and satisfying, Kerstin March’s novel Branching Out is a skillfully written love story that will truly touch the heart of readers. This isn’t a story about a perfect marriage, and that’s what makes it so very lovely in its deeply moving journey of love between two people. This is a story about loss, love, and forgiveness that readers will not want to put down until the very end. Written as a sequel to March’s novel Family Trees, we join Shelby Meyers and Ryan Chambers at their wedding, which is right where readers want them to be, but this stage of their journey may not be the happily-ever-after they have been dreaming about. Shelby and Ryan couldn’t come from more…

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Dr Edward Hallowell

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AUTHORS EDWARD M. HALLOWELL, M.D. Genre: Memoirs EDWARD M. HALLOWELL, M.D., is the bestselling author of Driven to Distraction and more than 20 books on attention deficit disorder and emotional well-being. In his celebrated new memoir, Because I Come From a Crazy Family, he turns an eye inward to his own life. He is a leading authority on ADHD, a world-renown speaker, the host of the podcast “Distraction,” and founder of the Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Visit http://www.drhallowell.com BOOKS: Because I Come From A Crazy Family: The Making Of A Psychiatrist (June 2018) Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive (January 2015) SHINE: USING BRAIN…

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In “Switch and Bait,” Ricki Schultz Spoofs Modern Online Dating

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If sarcastic wit and sharp insight into modern dating culture are your cup of exotic tea, then meet author Ricki Schultz. Last year’s debut novel, Mr. Right-Swipe, threw readers into the world of online dating and was relatable to anyone who has ever been on a bad date, which excludes one or two ants that crawled through my kitchen last week and likely no one or nothing else. Fast forward to her latest comic romp, Switch and Bait, out this June from Grand Central Publishing. What has become Schultz’s trademark are irreverent humor and reflections into modern dating. The main character, Blanche Carter, was known as the “Love Doctor” in her sorority (interpret that as you may), but has now…

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Laurie Petrou

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AUTHORS Laurie Petrou Genre: Suspense, Literary Fiction, Thriller BOOKS: Between (2006) Sister of Mine (2018) BIGGEST LITERARY INFLUENCERS ON YOUR WORK:Heather O’NeillMichael ChabonZadie SmithKate AtkinsonDonna Tartt LAST BOOK READ AND WHY:I just finished Circe by Madeline Miller, and I loved it. I took Classics and Latin all through high school with the wonderful late Mr. Maybee (and I competed in the Classics Conference every year!). The Secret History by Donna Tartt is still one of my favourite books because of the themes of antiquity. Circe satisfied my thirst for stories from that world in spades. I’m currently reading Son of Achilles, also by Miller. There is something about the ferocity of the ancient world that I just love. THE BOOK…

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PJ Tracy

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AUTHORS P.J. Tracy Genre: Crime / Thriller BOOKS: Monkeewrench (2003) Live Bait (2004) Dead Run (2005) Snowblind (2006) Shoot to Thrill (2010) Off the Grid (2012) The Sixth Idea (2016) Nothing Stays Buried (2017) Biggest literary influencers on your work:Steinbeck, Twain, Poe, twentieth century crime fiction, nineteenth century Russian literature, 1970’s horror…I guess I’ve been influenced by almost everything I’ve ever read. Last book read and why:Lies by Helen Callaghan. I was given an advance reader copy and whipped through it in a day. It’s a fantastic book. The book that changed your life and why:The Catcher in the Rye. I was quite young when I read it, and I was enthralled by the juxtaposition of gravity and levity; that…

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How To Judge A Book By Its Cover: 18 Famous Books

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Have you ever stopped to think about how your favorite books’ covers were conceptualized? The Grapes of Wrath cover artist, Elmer Hader, made a living illustrating children’s books with his wife, and that’s how John Steinbeck discovered his work. The stories behind some of the most iconic book covers are truly fascinating, and this infographic from Invaluable highlights some of the most recognized throughout history. Check out how each designer brought their visions to life!   Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways!

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