nominees for critics awards for best first novel

Strand Critics Awards: Richard Price and Glen Erik Hamilton take the Top Prizes and Jeffery Deaver and Colin Dexter Honored

Richard Price wins the Best Novel Award for The Whites, Glen Erik Hamilton takes home the best debut novel prize for Past Crimes. Jeffery Deaver and Colin Dexter receive Lifetime Achievement Awards… On Wednesday, July 6, at an invitation-only cocktail party in Manhattan, Richard Price won the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for The […]

Top Ten Audiobooks This Summer

This Summer’s Top Ten Audiobooks

This Summer’s Top Ten Audiobooks June is audiobook month! And we’ve chosen our top ten favorite audiobooks for summer listening! Before The Fall by Noah Hawley Read by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio) THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva Read by George Guidall (Harper Audio) The Letter Writer by Dan Fesperman Read by David Bendena (Dreamscape) A HERO OF […]

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Self Publishing in Sweden?

Self Publishing in Sweden? Getting a publisher to take a chance on you and publish your work is often even tougher than writing a novel in the first place. Three years ago, Emelie Schepp got tired of waiting for the big publishing houses to get back to her on her manuscript so she decided to […]

Interview with Craig Johnson

Interview with Craig Johnson

Interview with Craig Johnson, the Bestselling author of the Longmire series… TSM: What should those of us stuck in the Midwest know about the lure of Wyoming that attracts so many people? CJ: The lack thereof—people, I mean— Of course, Yellowstone, the Tetons, the Bighorn Mountains, the Black Hills, and the Red Desert are pretty […]

nominees for critics awards for best first novel

The List: Nominees for the Strand Critics Awards and Colin Dexter and Jeffery Deaver receive lifetime Achievement Awards

The List: Nominees for the Strand Critics Awards… Colin Dexter and Jeffery Deaver receive lifetime Achievement Awards The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2015 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists, from news […]

The American Writers Musuem

The Inside Scoop on the American Writers Museum

The president of the American Writers Museum Malcolm O’Hagan with the inside scoop on this year’s major literary event… AFG: Tell us about the American Writers Museum? MO: The American Writers Museum will be a place where visitors enjoy an intimate encounter with our greatest writers and their works. The multimedia interactive exhibits will draw […]

DVD Review- In Cold Blood1

DVD Review: In Cold Blood

DVD Review: In Cold Blood   In recent years, the story behind the making of Truman Capote’s famous “nonfiction novel” In Cold Blood has become almost as famous as the book and film adaptation themselves, due to the Oscar-winning movie Capote and the less-lauded but still-praised Infamous. Contrary to the common assertion, Capote did not […]

Mysteries in Brazil

Mysteries in Brazil: Interview with Raphael Montes

Mysteries in Brazil from a talented new author…. AFG: Tell us about your new novel. RM: The idea to write Perfect Days came at the request of my mom. My previous book, Roulette, is about nine young people who take part in a game of Russian roulette. It’s a thriller in the form of a […]

Top Five Sources of Inspiration for M.C. Beaton

Top Five Sources of Inspiration for M.C. Beaton

Top Five Sources of Inspiration for M.C. Beaton I am often asked what inspired me to write and because my first book was a Regency romance, people often assume I was inspired by Jane Austen. Alas, genius is never inspiring. It was the bad imitators of Georgette Heyer following her death who led me to […]

James Bond: Pure Entertainment or Timely and Relevant?

James Bond: Pure Entertainment or Timely and Relevant?

(We interviewed author Paul Simpson, who just released the critically acclaimed book Bond vs Bond. Paul was able to cut through the chase and give us some facts about the world’s greatest (fictional) agent that will surprise and entertain fans!) AFG: Why does the world have a fascination with James Bond? PS: The films are […]

Unpublished work by William Faulkner

Unpublished work by William Faulkner surfaces

As odd as it sounds, the first “grown-up” work I read as a boy was the play The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. It took me a long time to complete, the ending came from left field, and I was absorbed by how the dialogue carried the action of the play. From then on, I became […]

DVD Review: Arthur and George

Interview with Arthur and George star Arsher Ali

British actor Arsher Ali who is starring in Arthur and George which airs on Masterpiece Theater spoke to us about Sherlock Holmes, acting, and much more.. TSM: Have you always been a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories? AA: Alas, no. But I do remember my first introduction to Sherlock Holmes. It was as a […]