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SJP Pick Author Interview: Ayobami Adebayo

January 3, 2018

Donna Seaman, Booklist Adult Books Editor and co-chair of the SJP Picks selection committee, interviewed Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo about her debut novel, Stay with Me, a complex and suspenseful portrait of a besieged marriage—and Sarah Jessica Parker’s third selection for SJP Picks. Donna Seaman: Stay with Me is such an accomplished first novel, and…

Register for Booklist’s 2018 Andrew Carnegie Shortlist Webinar!

January 2, 2018

Join Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon,…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Jesmyn Ward

December 28, 2017

Jesmyn Ward’s third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, portrays three generations of a Mississippi family as they grapple with the ghosts and entrenched sorrows of their shared past, and with their incalculable love for one another. BOSTROM: Sing, Unburied, Sing is narrated by several characters. Jojo, a 13-year-old boy who’s just beginning to grow out of…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: George Saunders

December 27, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo is short story master George Saunders’ first novel, and its impact has been as earthshaking as its storytelling mode is avidly imagined and downright surreal. Awarded the Man Booker Prize, this tragic and comic historical improvisation is also a Carnegie finalist for fiction. SEAMAN: Your uniquely structured novel, a chorus of…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: David Grann

December 22, 2017

In Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann examines a startling and largely undiscussed episode in U.S. history. BOSTROM: When did you know you would write this book? GRANN: I knew after I made a visit to the Osage Nation Museum, in Oklahoma, several years ago.…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Daniel Ellsberg

December 21, 2017

In The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, shortlisted for the Carnegie nonfiction medal, renowned whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg dramatically and alarmingly reveals the mad precariousness of our nuclear arsenal. SEAMAN: The Doomsday Machine is a phenomenal work of recollection as well as a galvanizing exposé. How did you summon up such vivid detail…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Jennifer Egan

December 20, 2017

Jennifer Egan is a remarkably prescient novelist, divining the future implications of contemporary trends and obsessions, as in her multiple-award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010). In Manhattan Beach, shortlisted for the Carnegie Fiction Medal, she looks back. SEAMAN: You spent many years researching this historical novel. What was the impetus for your quest?…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Sherman Alexie

December 19, 2017

In You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, his Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence shortlisted memoir, Sherman Alexie, poet and storyteller for all ages, remembers his Spokane Indian mother, Lillian—a legendary quilter, one of the last speakers of their native language, and a fighter who survived trauma and woes—recounts his own suffering, illuminates the…

A Stay with Me Discussion Guide

December 15, 2017

Need help with figuring out how to discuss Stay with Me with your book club? You’re in luck! Here, we’re featuring a reader’s guide to help you read with SJP and Book Club Central. Click here for Stay with Me discussion questions.

Holiday Mysteries for Your Book Club to Read by the Fire

December 12, 2017

Looking for a holiday themed book club pick? The Sisters in Crime have you covered, from humorous to historical, from coziest cozy to stone cold thriller. Our nine suggestions include a few novellas, because time for reading can be in short supply at this time of the year.  These stories are set during Chanukah, Christmas,…

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There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

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