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.
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.
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.
Bill Clinton’s forthcoming thriller, written with James Patterson, will likely contain unparalleled insider knowledge. But many writers have benefited from a discreet word with people in power. Plus, The Guardian picks “The Five Best White House Thrillers.” Read more here.
Take a look at the fiction shelves of any bookshop or library and you’ll probably see the name Baldacci occupying a good length of them.
Washington intrigue, global espionage – no wonder four US presidents count themselves David Baldacci superfans. But, the thriller writer tells Event, even he never expected to bump into Obama in a bookshop… Read more here.
“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.
USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.
Amos Decker, the former professional football player and ex-cop-turned-private detective in best-selling author David Baldacci’s most popular series, is flawed. “I love Amos Decker,” Baldacci said. “He has so many flaws. He crashes and burns a lot. He’s got this superpower that lifts him above other people in a narrow way.” Read the full interview here.
With over 110 million copies of his books in print, chances are you’ve heard the name of author David Baldacci. His first book, Absolute Power, was adapted into a film starring Clint Eastwood. His books have been published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries. But it was because of this literary success that Baldacci wanted to avoid preferential treatment when it came to publishing his Vega Jane series for young readers. Read/listen to the full story here.