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June's Author of the Month: ANTHONY HOROWITZ

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 at 4:48pm

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK today. Horowitz juggles writing books, TV series, films, plays and articles for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to literature in 2014.

Horowitz has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider. He is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels. The House of Silk was published in 2011 and was internationally lauded. The sequel, Moriarty, was published in 2014 with similar success. He was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, which was published in 2015. It was followed by a second novel, Forever and A Day, which came out in 2018.

Horowitz is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most successful television series, producing the first seven episodes of Midsomer Murders. He is the writer and creator of the award-winning drama series Foyle’s War. Horowitz has also written other original dramas for ITV. His most recent show New Blood premiered on BBC in 2016.

Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz and eccentric detective Daniel Hawthorne team up again in a new mystery, The Sentence is Death, the sequel to the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder. They delve deep into the killing of a high-profile divorce lawyer and the death, only a day earlier, of a one-time friend. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. June)

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May's Author of the Month: MICHAEL KORYTA

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 at 4:42pm

Michael Koryta is a bestselling suspense novelist. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and many others.

Michael was raised in Bloomington, Indiana and began writing at a very early age. As an eight-year-old boy, he began writing to his favourite writers and by 16 had decided he wanted to become a crime novelist.

Michael’s first novel, the Edgar-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye, was accepted for publication when he was 20 years old. He wrote his first two published novels before graduating from college, and was published in nearly 10 languages before he fulfilled the “writing requirement” classes required for his diploma. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice.

Before turning to writing full-time, Michael worked as a private investigator, a newspaper reporter, and taught at the Indiana University School of Journalism. Michael and his wife, Christine, now divide their time between Bloomington, Indiana and Camden, Maine with their pets.

In If She Wakes, Tara Beckley is a senior at Hammel College in Maine. As she drives to a conference, a horrific car accident kills her passenger and leaves Tara a prisoner of locked-in syndrome: fully alert but unable to move a muscle. She learns that someone powerful wants her dead — but why? Abby, an insurance investigator, is hired to look in to Tara's case. When she starts asking questions, things quickly spin out of control, leaving Abby on the run and a hit man hard on her heels. (Hardcover. $36.50. RRC Price $32.85. Little, Brown. May)

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April's Author of the Month: RUTH REICHL

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 5:22pm

Ruth Reichl is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine.

Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs Tender at the BoneComfort Me with ApplesGarlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally, which have been translated into 18 languages. In 2014 she published her first novel: Delicious!

She is known for her ability to "make or break" a restaurant. For Reichl, her mission has been to "demystify the world of fine cuisine." She has won acclaim with both readers and writers alike for her honesty about many aspects of haute cuisine. Through an outsider's perspective, she harshly criticized the sexism prevalent toward women in dine-out experiences, as well as the pretentious nature of the ritziest New York restaurants.

Ruth Reichl spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food. Here in Save Me the Plums, for the first time, she chronicles the personal and professional risks she took during her tenure as the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine in this insightful, inspiring and very readable new memoir. But this is not just the tale of a magazine; it is also a story about taking a professional leap of faith, following your passion and holding onto your dreams — even when nothing works out the way you’d expected. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. April)

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March's Author of the Month: DON WINSLOW

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 5:12pm

Bestselling author Don Winslow has written twenty novels, including the highly acclaimed epics The Power of the DogThe Cartel, and The Force.

The son of a sailor and a librarian, Winslow grew up with a love of books and storytelling. At age seventeen, he left home to study journalism at the University of Nebraska.

Winslow’s travels have taken him around the world and into various jobs including movie theatre manager, tour guide, and private investigator. While travelling, Winslow wrote his first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. With a wife and young son to support, Winslow went back to investigative work, mostly in California, where he and his family lived in hotels for almost three years as he worked cases and became a trial consultant.

In Winslow's latest novel, The Border, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: The War on Drugs, for over forty years. His obsession to defeat the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adán Barrera, has left him scarred and cost him the people he loves. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. Barrera’s final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson — there are no borders. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. William Morrow. March)

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February's Author of the Month: MATT HAIG

Friday, Feb 01, 2019 at 4:30pm

Matt Haig is a British novelist and journalist. He suffered a breakdown in his early twenties, and after battling depression for many years he turned to writing, and he now believes that reading and writing books saved his life. He has written both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children’s book A Boy Called Christmas was a runaway hit and has been translated into over 25 languages. It is being made into a film by Studio Canal and The Guardian called it an ‘instant classic’. His novels for adults include the award-winning The Radleys, The Humans, and How to Stop Time. All of his novels for adults have been optioned for film.

Matt Haig's newest book, Notes on a Nervous Planet, posits that the societies we are part of are increasingly making our minds ill. It very often feels that the way we live is almost engineered to make us unhappy. Whether it is our attitudes toward sleep, the marketing messages that inundate us daily, the constant and hysterical news cycle, social media or even the way we educate our children, we are programming ourselves to put our bodies and minds at odds and setting ourselves up with expectations for our lives that prevent our happiness.

When Matt became ill with panic disorder, anxiety and depression, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet shares his journey back to happiness and all of the lessons that Matt learned along the way. (Softcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. HarperCollins. February)

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