Dove, Shetterly, Brown, and Baldacci Receive Literary Awards

The Library of Virginia’s Literary Awards honor Virginia writers and celebrate their contributions to the vitality of Virginia and the nation. The 20th annual Virginia Literary Awards celebration was held in Richmond on October 14; David received the Literary Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more about the finalists and winners here.

8 authors coming to the National Book Festival tell us the best thing they read this year

The National Book Festival: the one day a year when a serious reader’s biggest problem isn’t that overflowing stack of books to get to. During the 10-hour event, more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will give talks and sign their books. It’s a lot to take in, so we won’t judge if you’ve been busy finessing an Excel-sheet game plan (Elizabeth Strout or Don Winslow at 10 a.m.?). To help with your prep work, we chatted with seven of this year’s featured authors — including David Baldacci and the “Outlander” series’ Diana Gabaldon — about their talks and the books they’ve loved in 2017.

Production begins on Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “The Christmas Train”

Hallmark Channel has announced that the highly-anticipated original film, THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN, a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, starring Dermot Mulroney (“Shameless,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding”), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Darrow & Darrow,” “Father of the Bride”), Emmy(R) Award-winner and two-time Oscar(R) nominee Joan Cusack (“Shameless,” “Toy Story 4”), and four-time Emmy(R) Award nominee Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”) has begun production and will have its exclusive World Premiere on Hallmark Channel, Saturday, November 25 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). Read more here.

What’s that sound?! Scary summer listening

Looking for an audiobook to while away the hours during your summer travels? Suspense audios will keep you spellbound and might even offer a distraction from jam-packed planes, annoying seatmates and missed connections.

BookPage audio columnist Sukey Howard recommends these mysteries and thrillers (including THE FIX) as her top choices for suspenseful summer listening. Tune in and zone blissfully out.

Review: THE FIX is a compelling puzzler

“Baldacci is a truly gifted storyteller, and this novel is a perfect “fix” for the thriller aficionado,” says the Associated Press. Read the full review here.