Hispanic Authors ~ Show September 5 and 6

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“Ripper” by Isabel Allende
“The Water Museum” by Luis Alberto Urrea
“Rag and Bone” by Michael Nava
“It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris” by Patricia Engel
“At Night We Walk in Circles” by Daniel Alarcon
“Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” by Meg Medina
“The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho” by Anjanette Delgado

INTERVIEW
Michael Nava, Author

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New works by Hispanic authors, tales told with atmospheric prose, carefully crafted characters and old fashioned storytelling. Michael Nava stops by to speak about his new title, “The City of Palaces.”

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FLORIDA BOOKSTORE NAMED BOOKSTORE OF THE YEAR

Since it’s opening in 1982 in a 500 sq. ft. space in Coral Gables, Fl., Books & Books has grown. Its flagship store moved across the street into a 9,000 sq. ft. location, which is on the Register of Historic Places, added a full-service café, and now hosts more than 60 events a month. In 1989, owner Mitchell Kaplan added a second store on Lincoln Road in South Beach. After the opening of a third store in 2005 in the Bal Harbor Shops, an upscale mall that boasts the highest dollar per sq. ft. ratio in the world, Books & Books began leveraging its brand. In 2007, it opened a store in the Cayman Islands. Three years later it opened an affiliate store in Westhampton Beach, Long Island. Books & Books also partners on stores in Miami International airport, at the Southeast Financial Center in downtown Miami, and at the Coral Gables Museum. In addition, the bookstore developed a publishing arm five years ago and has released close to a dozen titles.

Books & Books head Kaplan helped found the Miami Book Fair more than 30 years ago, and he serves on the steering committee of the Florida Center for the Literature & Writing, Miami-Dade College’s literary center, the umbrella organization for the book fair. He is a former president of the American Booksellers Association and serves on the board of the American Booksellers for Free Expression. In 2011, Kaplan received the National Book Foundation’s “Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.”

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Amazon Expands 1-Hour Delivery

Amazon has expanded its one-hour delivery service to Baltimore and Miami, after a four-month test run in parts of New York City. Amazon said that its service, Prime Now, expanded to “select Baltimore and Miami zip codes” and will soon expand to wider neighborhoods in those cities.

Amazon said the service is available to Prime members (costing $99 a year) and can be accessed through an app on iOS and Android devices. One-hour delivery costs $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Prime Now was launched in December as a test in lower Manhattan, and it was later expanded to Brooklyn.

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BOOKSTORE OF THE YEAR AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

Publishers Weekly has just released the shortlist for the 2015 PW Bookstore of the Year Awards, which highlight singular achievements in the bookselling industry.

“We were pleased to have so many outstanding candidates to choose from for the 2015 PW Awards. Each of the stores on the shortlist have come up with new strategies for successfully negotiating today’s retail landscape for books,” said PW v-p, publisher Cevin Bryerman.

The winners will be named at the beginning of April and will be featured in the pre-BEA edition of Publishers Weekly on May 4. The awards will be presented at the authors breakfast at BEA.

This year’s finalists represent a broad range of general independent bookstores from across the West, Midwest, and South.
PW Bookstore of the Year Shortlist
Books & Books (Miami, Fl.)
Left Bank Books (St. Louis, Mo.)
McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, Mich.)
Powell’s Books (Portland, Ore.)
Village Books (Bellingham, Wash.)

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Meet The Queen of Danish Crime

MEET THE QUEEN OF DANISH CRIME

In her native Denmark, Sara Blaedel is a household name, dubbed by her fans as the Queen of Danish Crime. She has sold more than 1.8 million copies of her nine bestselling books, and her latest publishing deal is the largest in Danish history. U.S. readers, though, probably haven’t heard of Blaedel. With her latest novel, The Forgotten Girls, Blaedel, her new American publisher, and a few famous literary friends are out to change that.

In the weeks following the February 3 release of Forgotten Girls, Grand Central sent Blaedel across the country for various events featuring heavy hitters in American fiction, all of them outspoken fans of her work. Blaedel kicked off the tour on February 17, when she was joined in conversation by Karin Slaughter at Eagle Eye Books in Slaughter’s hometown of Atlanta. The two authors met, and became friends, when Slaughter was in Denmark promoting her 2011 novel, Fallen. (It was through Slaughter that Blaedel met Sanders.)

The tour moved on to Coral Gables, Fla., where Brad Meltzer introduced Blaedel to a crowd gathered for the February 18 event. (Blaedel met Meltzer on a thriller panel at last year’s BEA.) Bestselling mystery-thriller author Sara Paretsky paired with Blaedel for an event on February 19 at Women & Children First in Chicago, and on February 24, Michael Connelly, who called Blaedel “one of the best I’ve come across,” will join her in conversation at Vroman’s in Pasadena, Calif.

“These writers are Sara’s biggest fans,” said Mitch Hoffman, Blaedel’s editor at Grand Central. “They all came to Sara and said ‘how can we help?’”
The Forgotten Girls, which is the seventh book in Blaedel’s series starring Detective Louise Rick (three other titles in the series were published in the U.S. by Pegasus), hinges on Rick’s investigations of crimes committed, and hidden, in a forest outside of Copenhagen.

When asked what drew him to the submission when it came across his desk in 2013, Hoffman pointed to the “same qualities that have made her books international bestsellers, and that have earned her such a passionate following among her fellow authors. She is a fantastic storyteller, and her character Louise Rick is simply a wonderful, singular creation,” added Hoffman. “Once American readers get to know Sara and Louise, I have no doubt that they will fall in love with both the author and her books.”

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Authors: Sylvia Plath

AUTHORS

There’s a new biography of Sylvia Plath out, timed to the 50th anniversary of her death. Will it have unexpected revelations?

Carl Rollyson has just published “American Isis, The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath.” It’s the first biography to draw from archives of Plath’s husband, poet Ted Hughes. Rollyson, who’s also done biographies of Marilyn Monroe and Susan Sontag, focuses on what it meant to be a female artist in mid-20th century America. Plath faced many challenges.

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Adult fairy tales August 24th & 25th show

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED
The Book of Lost Things” by John Connolly
“The Kings and Queens of Roam” by Daniel Wallace
“Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
Earth Unaware” by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
“The Night is Alive” by Heather Graham
“The Darwin Elevator” by Jason Hough
“Fifth Grave Past the Light” by Darynda Jones
INTERVIEW
Daniel Wallace, Author
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An escape into the world of adult fairy tales….tales of love, loss, revenge and redemption.
The Book Report is on Saturday in Los Angeles (KTLK) 5PM & New York (WOR) 11PM, and Sunday in Miami (WIOD) 3PM.