The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith

Well, it’s another year done and again J.K. Rowling is at the center of one of the top book stories of the year. Rowling made headlines in July when The Sunday Times of London revealed her as the writer behind the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. The book sold only 1,500 copies between its release in April and when Rowling was outed in July – afterwards, it soared to the top of the bestseller lists and signed first editions are currently selling for over $5,000.

In other news – yes, there was other news -

American icon Harper Lee filed a lawsuit in May to reclaim her rights to her one and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The suit, which alleged that Lee’s agent, Samuel L. Pinkus, duped her into signing her copyright over to him, was settled out of court in September. In October, 87-year-old Lee also sued a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, AL, for trademark infringement.

2013 also produced a bumper crop of exciting new releases from both enduring favorites, such as Thomas Pynchon, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood, and promising newcomers, such as Hanya Yanagihara, Anthony Marra, and Eleanor Catton.




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Fiction Books with Buzz in 2013

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Circle
by Dave Eggers
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
TransAtlantic
by Colum McCann
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
The Bleeding Edge
by Thomas Pynchon
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep
by Stephen King
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
MaddAddam
by Margaret Atwood
The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
The Daylight Gate
by Jeanette Winterson
The Son by Philipp Meyer
The Son
by Philipp Meyer
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Interestings
by Meg Wolitzer
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
The People in the Trees
by Hanya Yanagihara
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Tenth of December
by George Saunders
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
All That Is by James Salter
All That Is
by James Salter

Authors Who Died in 2013

We lost too many great writers again in 2013, including Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos, and Tom Clancy, master of the post-Cold War military espionage novel. We also bid farewell to American master Elmore Leonard, Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, beloved if curmudgeonly British writer Doris Lessing, and South African anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela. All of them left us too soon.

Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe,
author of Things Fall Apart
Nelson Mandela, author of Conversations with Myself
Nelson Mandela,
author of Conversations with Myself
Iain Banks, author of The Quarry
Iain Banks,
author of The Quarry
Tom Sharpe, author of The Midden
Tom Sharpe,
author of The Midden
Seamus Heaney, author of Field Work
Seamus Heaney,
author of Field Work
Elmore Leonard, author of Escape from Five Shadows
Elmore Leonard,
author of Escape from Five Shadows
C.J. Koch, author of The Year of Living Dangerously
C.J. Koch,
author of The Year of Living Dangerously
Tom Clancy, author of The Hunt for Red October
Tom Clancy,
author of The Hunt for Red October
Doris Lessing, author of The Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing,
author of The Golden Notebook
Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Oscar Hijuelos,
author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Major Award Winners in 2013

There were a few surprise winners of literary awards this year, with underdog James McBride snagging the National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird, beating out veteran Thomas Pynchon, and a short story collection, Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing, winning the Giller Prize, Canada’s richest literary award. But the biggest surprise of 2013 was Eleanor Catton’s double win for The Luminaries. The 28-year-old, Canadian-born author from New Zealand won both the Man Booker Prize and Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Fiction. It was a big year for Canada all around, with beloved short-story writer Alice Munro winning the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master’s Son
by Adam Johnson (Pulitzer Prize)
Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
Questions of Travel
by Michelle de Kretser (Miles Franklin Award)
Hellgoing by Lynn Coady
Hellgoing
by Lynn Coady
(Giller Prize)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton (Booker Prize and Governor General's Award)
Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Laureate
Alice Munro
(Nobel Prize for Literature)
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride (National Book Award)
May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
May We Be Forgiven
by A.M. Homes (Women's Prize for Fiction)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
Redshirts
by John Scalzi
(Hugo Award)
Lydia Davis, 2013 Man Booker International Prize winner
Lydia Davis
(Man Booker International Prize)
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate (Newbery Medal)

Non-fiction of Note in 2013

Though published in 2012, Chris Kyle’s autobiography American Sniper made the news in February, when the former US Navy Seal was shot and killed at a Texas shooting range.

Outspoken Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai published her memoir in October. Yousafzai was almost killed by Taliban gunmen in 2012, when she was just 15 years old.

And in November, Mrs. Jeff Bezos, Mackenzie, made headlines when she wrote a scathing one star review of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Using fact-checking based on ‘personal knowledge’, Bezos accuses the book of containing many inaccuracies.

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
David and Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel
Thank You For Your Service
by David Finkel
One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
One Summer: America 1927
by Bill Bryson


 

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