Awards season is in full swing! On October 17th, George Saunders received the Man Booker Prize for his wildly inventive first novel Lincoln in the Bardo, becoming the second consecutive American to take home this award.
A few days earlier, Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his highly acclaimed body of work, which includes two of my most beloved favorites: The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go.
Of course, awards season wouldn’t be complete without the National Book Awards, the recipients of which will be announced on November 14th. Among the nominated authors are several familiar names, including Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward, and David Grann, but we also want to share under-the-radar authors and awards season dark horses.
Peruse the books highlighted below and be sure to add one or two to your to-read pile.
October might be my favorite month of the year. Maybe I say that because I’m trying to deny the onset of winter as summer fades in the rearview mirror. Possibly it is the temperate weather that makes for great hikes, apple picking, and postseason baseball. But no. If you peer behind the area of my brain that enjoys leaves, pumpkins, and mulled cider, you will see a dark, sinister shadow, and the shambling, laughing, tooth-filled "monsters" that live there.
Since I was a child these monsters have hidden under my bed, in my closet, and, later in life, in the back seat of my car and down dark city alleys. Along with keeping me on my toes, these creatures have kept me warm because I also love them.
Before holiday cheer fills you up to your eye teeth, let your own little monster out for a bit to read a book. Every once in a while, we all need some magic, uncertainty, dread, or amazement to remind us that yes, there is a creature - friendly or not - that lives in our minds, and it can be as powerful as anything that walks the earth.
It's already a particularly good season for books and there are still books from big authors that have yet to hit the shelves. Judging from what is already in the store, though, we should all be busy through the winter.
With so many great books this season, we welcome a conversation with you about our favorites - come take a closer look! We're sure to help you find something to go perfectly with your apple cider and donuts.
You probably won’t be surprised to know that I think a book is the most perfect gift. Here is something even cooler—a signed book!
The good news: we've been able to get an astonishing array of unique titles, highlighted below.
The not-so-good news: the quantities are limited.
I know this might seem annoyingly early for a holiday shopping message, but it is also a great opportunity - you could even finish most of your shopping by Halloween! I wouldn't wait - we expect these signed editions to sell-out quickly.