O’Shaughnessy was nominated for The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire; Pasley for for The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy; and Taylor for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony on May 20th at Mount Vernon. Here is more about the judging from the organization’s website: “A jury of three distinguished historians, chaired by Gordon S. Wood and joined by Joyce Appleby and Annette Gordon-Reed, selected the finalists from among forty books published in the past year.”
The new book will be a crime thriller called The Silkworm. According to reports, the book is slated to hit bookshelves on June 19th. Time has more:
The Silkworm will follow the private investigator Cormoran Strike, who Rowling introduced in Cuckoo, as he investigates the murder of a novelist. The victim penned a manuscript before his death that scathingly mocked a number of public figures, all of whom become suspects.
Rowling released The Casual Vacancy, her first book under the pen name Gailbraith last year. A lawyer at the firm that represents the author leaked the secret, and Rowling sued the firm.
Stephen King‘s latest novel Mr. Mercedes is scheduled to hit bookshelves in June, and the author already has another book in the works. The new book is called Revival and will hit shelves in November.
Revival is a story of “addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.” Check it out:
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions, published a Kindle Single called Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student last week.
In an interview with Thin Reads,Bach explained why he went with this format. “Kindle Singles is publishing on skates,” he said. “It prints like lightning; our book meets readers in hours. I’ve spent so many years waiting for publishers to consider whether they wanted to print a book of mine, making contracts, taking months to fit it into the Fall list or the Spring list, fitting it into an advertising plan. I’ll take the fast lane, please.”
The work is a sequel to his 1977 bestseller. The new book focuses on Bach’s near-death experience in a plane crash in 2012.
Random House Children’s Books has acquired three new books, along with an eBook original from bestselling author R. J. Palacio.
The publisher will publish 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, a companion book to support the bestseller Wonder – the story of a fifth grader that goes to school with a facial deformity that sold more than a million copies over the last year. The guide is slated for release on August 26, 2014. Random House also acquired two untitled novels by Palacio. Erin Clarke, Executive Editor at Knopf, will edit these books.
Random House Children’s will also publish an eBook original The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story, a guide of principles to live by from the mind of Mr. Browne, the English teacher in Wonder. This is slated for publication on May 13, 2014.
Estep was the author of seven books: Diary of an Emotional Idiot; Soft Maniacs; Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals; Hex; Gargantuan; Flamethrower; and Alice Fantastic. She also recorded two spoken word CDs: No More Mr. Nice Girl and Love is a Dog From Hell.
Estep has also given readings of her work at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as on The Charlie Rose Show, MTV, PBS, and HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” According to her website, she was working on The Story of Giants when she passed away.
Ernest Hemingway did not like to eat a boring hamburger.
“There is no reason why a fried hamburger has to turn out gray, greasy, paper-thin and tasteless,” he wrote in her personal recipe for the American classic. “You can add all sorts of goodies and flavors to the ground beef – minced mushrooms, cocktail sauce, minced garlic and onions, ground almonds, a big dollop of Piccalilli, or whatever your eye lights on.” But that’s not all, Hemingway would also add India relish, Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning and Spice Islands Mei Yen Power to his feasts.
After Hemingway’s death in 1961, as relations between the US and Cuba deteriorated, Mary needed help getting back into Cuba to reclaim documents and memorabilia. President Kennedy and Fidel Castro intervened to make it possible – which explains the JFK library’s interest in Hemingway’s papers. This recipe was among those left behind.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband former astronaut Mark Kelly are working on a book about gun control for Scribner.
In Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence, the couple argues for responsible gun legislation, and traces the couple’s involvement in the issue ever since Giffords was shot in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The book also details Giffords ongoing recovery. Kelly explained in a statement, “As Second Amendment supporters and gun owners ourselves, we hope our book rouses the long-overdue conversation our country needs to make responsible changes to our gun laws so that no more precious lives are lost.”
The book is slated for release in June.
(Via NPR Books).