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*NEW COLUMN* Chasing Phantoms: Copenhaver’s Debut, ‘Dodging and Burning’ is an ‘Hommage to Pulp Fiction’

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One of the things that makes BookTrib special is our commitment to connecting readers to writers, editors and experts in the business of books! That is why we have partnered with the International Thriller Writers (ITW) to help discover debut thriller writers. Our new column features reviews by veteran editor, Neil Nyren. Nyren retired at the end of 2017 as the EVP, Associate Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin Random House). He is the winner of the 2017 Ellery Queen Award and over the course of his career,  has edited 294 New York Times bestsellers, including books by Larry King, Andy Rooney, Tom Clancy, Senator Harry Reid and Wayne Gretzky. We are thrilled to have Neil bring…

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For MaddAddam Fans: Another Margaret Atwood Adaptation Is In The Works

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Paramount TV has acquired the rights to the MaddAddam Trilogy, a dystopian series by “The Handmaid’s Tale” author.   Just last week, Variety revealed that the MaddAddam Trilogy is joining the ranks of anticipated Margaret Atwood adaptations. Like Hulu’s Emmy-winning drama, The Handmaid’s Tale,and Netflix’s Alias Grace, the three novels—Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam—will soon be venturing to the small screen. Paramount TV, which was formerly Spike TV and is currently the home of Waco, has secured the rights. The MaddAddam Trilogy adaptation will likely be as riveting—and as frighteningly plausible—as Atwood’s other works that have already received the small screen treatment. Set in a dystopian future, the last human on Earth, “Snowman” née Jimmy, recounts the the fall of humanity while…

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Last Minute Shopping Woes Cured: Most Popular Kindle Books Under $15

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Shopping is done and holiday gifts have been either wrapped or gifted, but just as you’re congratulating yourself for that accomplishment and not going over budget you realize you forgot a few names! How do you get those last minute gifts quickly and not break the bank? E-books! These make the greatest gifts and Kindle has a number of the most popular books of 2017 that you can send for download under $15. Here’s just a smattering of the offers on Kindle. Fiction The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel, Lee Child How far would you go to return something to somebody that you discovered in a pawn shop? This is exactly the adventure Jack Reacher takes in this Lee Child…

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Top 5 Reasons to Binge Watch Emmy Nominated ‘The Handmaids Tale’ This Week

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Hulu‘s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel, The Handmaid’s Tale,  premiered on April 26 and Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred, is nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.  Alexis Bledel (known for her role on Gilmore Girls) won her first Emmy in an early award’s presentation for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. You may remember Atwood’s book from your high school English class, or simply because it’s still one of the best books ever written. While some of our standard required reading tomes feel dated, The Handmaid’s Tale is a fresh and relevant story that cautions against a horrifying totalitarian future. Despite being written over 30 years ago, it still feels distressingly…

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ is Coming to Netflix!

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Another Margaret Atwood book adaptation is coming to TV again, and we couldn’t be more excited. After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, we’re pretty much willing to watch any Atwood adaptation. She’s long been one of our favorite authors, with her inventive (and often super creepy!) storytelling. This time, it’s her bestselling 1996 historical novel, Alias Grace, that’s set to premiere on Netflix in November. Alias Grace is about a real life historical event that took place in Canada: the 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper. 16-year-old Grace Marks was a servant of Kinnear’s, and both she and fellow servant, James McDermott, were convicted of the crimes. While James was eventually executed, Grace was…

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5 Mind-Bending Books to Read Before Wayward Pines Returns

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It takes a really great show to get me hooked like Wayward Pines did. Just when you think that life in this strange town is settling into normalcy the very last shot of the final episode reveals some deeply disturbing occurrences. I was completely sucked into this series the entire time and I ran out and bought all the novels by Blake Crouch the day after the series finale. Even after I finished those amazing reads, though, I found myself wanting more stories about futuristic, sci-fi, and dystopian communities just to keep me satisfied. I went on a hunt for new books in the same twisted vein as Wayward Pines but I found myself going back to classic books and short…

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Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

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Fans of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and other jailhouse dramas know that no one really wants to be imprisoned. Margaret Atwood challenges that assumption in The Heart Goes Last (Nan A Talese, September 29), a dystopian tale in which the protagonists can’t wait to play dress up in their orange prison boiler suits. Atwood’s first standalone novel since the publication of 2000’s Man Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin continues her set-in-the-not-so-distant-future Positron e-book only series, the last of which was published in 2013. At its core, The Heart Goes Last asks a provocative question: Would you trade your freedom for job security, a nice home and three solid meals a day? It’s an easy choice for Charmaine and Stan…

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Malala Yousafzai’s #BooksNotBullets is Going to Save the World

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It’s not every day that we readers get a chance to help save the world, but Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is giving us that opportunity with her recently launched #BooksNotBullets campaign. The inspiring young woman drew up the hashtag in promotion of a program to celebrate her 18th birthday, which asks world leaders to redirect military spending toward education for eight consecutive days. This program is detailed on Yousafzai’s blog and, if successful, could literally make the lives of every single child on the planet better for years to come. Luckily for citizens of the world, Malala’s initiative is getting no small amount of traction. Authors and readers all over the world are joining in on the hashtag. All you’ve…

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