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BookTrib Best of 2017: 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards: BookTrib’s Top Picks in Every Category

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! The Goodreads Choice Awards are here once again, and we’re already knee-deep in the semifinal rounds. The books have been narrowed down to 20 choices in each category, and the competition is tougher than ever. Semifinals last until November 12th, with the final round of voting open from the 14th to the 27th. Winners will be announced December 5th. In the spirit of friendly competition, two of us are comparing our choices and arguing for our faves— Siskel & Ebert style! Here, BookTrib’s…

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2017 Goodreads Choice Awards: BookTrib’s Top Picks in Every Category

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The Goodreads Choice Awards are here once again, and we’re already knee-deep in the semifinal rounds. The books have been narrowed down to 20 choices in each category, and the competition is tougher than ever. Semifinals last until November 12th, with the final round of voting open from the 14th to the 27th. Winners will be announced December 5th. In the spirit of friendly competition, two of us are comparing our choices and arguing for our faves— Siskel & Ebert style! Here, BookTrib’s Senior Editor, Aisha K. Staggers, and Contributor, Rachel Carter, share a spirited debate over which books should win in each category: Fiction   Rachel: This one is easy! I’m voting for Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesym Ward.…

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Podcast: Novel Concept Episode 12 – Melissa Duclos

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In June of last year, author Melissa Duclos published an essay in English Kills Review, called “Breaking Up With My Book.” In it, she describes the process of what it means to leave a book behind, and how we need to change the way we talk about a project that might never see an audience. In this episode, Duclos and host Rachel Carter discuss the article and the emotional process that goes hand-in-hand with writing a novel. Duclos writes both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has appeared in Salon, Electric Literature and Bustle.

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Novel Concept Episode 8: Michelle Legro

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A good writer is nothing without a good editor. In this episode, host Rachel Carter speaks with Michelle Legro about what it means to be an editor at a major publication. Legro worked as an editor at Lapham’s Quarterly for years and recently took a new position as the culture editor at New Republic. She’s also a writer and her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Believer, and Tin House. Legro and Carter share tips on what magazines are looking for, on how to write the perfect pitch, and on the unique relationship that exists between writers and their editors.

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Novel Concept Episode 7: Angela Palm

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Writing can be a solitary experience, which is why so many authors tend to form writing groups as sources of support both for their writing and themselves. In this episode of Novel Concept, host Rachel Carter speaks with nonfiction author Angela Palm, an occasional BookTrib contributor, about the writing group they share. It’s an intimate look into their own experiences as working writers, what they look for in a support system, and the ways writing groups have shaped their work. Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, which won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and is due to be published in August 16, 2016. Her writing has appeared in Brevity, Diagram, The Pilgrim, and Little Fiction.…

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5 Podcasts Discussing Books and Authors that We Have on Heavy Rotation

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Ever since launching Novel Concept this year I’ve become obsessed with listening to literary podcasts. There’s just something soothing about hearing authors talk about their lives, their craft, and the heartaches and triumphs of being in the literary industry. On Novel Concept I talk to authors about the reality of what it’s like to be a working writer: the struggles to get published, the unforeseen work that comes afterward, or even just how hard it can be to work from home everyday. But as much fun as I have interviewing authors, it’s just as fun to listen to their stories and what they truly think about their work. There’s a voyeuristic quality to podcasts that make us feel like we’re…

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Novel Concept Episode 6: Jeramey Kraatz

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In episode four, host Rachel Carter talks with middle-grade author Jeramey Kraatz about what it’s truly like to work from home. They cover the ins and outs of daily writing, how they make a living without a full-time job, and how difficult it can be to get out of their pajamas every day. Kraatz is the author of The Cloak Society trilogy from HarperCollins; the third and final book in the series, Fall of Heroes, came out last fall.

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Novel Concept Episode 4: Lincoln Michel

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Host Rachel Carter speaks with author Lincoln Michel about short story collections on this latest episode of Novel Concept. The two discuss the short story industry, how to put together a collection, and what goes in to writing in a shorter form. They also look back on the 10 years they’ve known each other and how their position in the writing world has changed in the past decade. Michel’s own short story collection, Upright Beasts, is coming out October 13 with Coffee House Press. The book has already been positively reviewed in The New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine. Michel is also the editor-in-chief of Electric Lit, and he’s a founding editor of Gigantic, a literary magazine for short prose. 

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Novel Concept Episode 3: Julie Murphy

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On this third episode of Novel Concept, host Rachel Carter chats with Julie Murphy, the young adult author of Side Effects May Vary, and Dumplin’, (Balzer + Bray; September 15, 2015). The topic this week is plus-size heroines: Rachel and Julie discuss what it’s like to see themselves in the books they read and how Dumplin’ is giving readers everywhere a plus-size heroine they can root for.

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Personal Ink: Adrian Van Young’s “quoth the raven” tattoo story

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Whether it’s a decision based on love or tequila, a tattoo remains on your skin forever. Inspired by the book Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them, our monthly column, Personal Ink, showcases the art that illustrators and authors have decided to permanently display on their bodies. In their own words, they let us in on the secrets and stories behind their tattoos, sharing how the images relate to both their lives and their work. This month we’re featuring Adrian Van Young, author of the short story collection The Man Who Noticed Everything, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. His first novel, Shadows in Summerland, is forthcoming in 2016 from ChiZine Publications, and his work has appeared…

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