MADRID -- U.S. writer Richard Ford, author of the widely acclaimed novel "Independence Day," has won Spain's prestigious Asturias prize for literature in recognition of his contribution to American letters.
Gregory Rabassa, a translator of worldwide influence and esteem who helped introduce Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar and other Latin American authors to millions of English-language readers, has died.
Steve Hely's plan is vague: travel south and make lots of stops along the way until he reaches the end of the world. And so begins "The Wonder Trail," Hely's account of everything from the history of the Panama Railway (tragic) to the best sandwiches in South America (they're in Chile).
In the first few pages of Paul Doiron's "Widowmaker," game warden Mike Bowditch seizes an illegal animal (10 percent dog and 90 percent wolf) from a violent, drug addled couple; is stabbed in the back for his trouble; gets into a fight with his girlfriend; discovers he has a half brother; and learns that this newfound relative has violated his probation on a sex-offense conviction.
Lisa McInerney won the Baileys Women's Prize for fiction Wednesday with "The Glorious Heresies," a funny and ferocious novel about struggling characters in financial-crisis Ireland.
Brad Meltzer, one of the best historical thriller writers in the business, teams up with acclaimed author Tod Goldberg for "The House of Secrets," and the result is somewhat mixed.
Lisa Unger returns to the small town of The Hollows with "Ink and Bone," another gut-wrenching tale of horror and mystery.
"Rich and Pretty" (Ecco), by Rumaan Alam
An online resource for literary content is hoping to create the publishing equivalent of Rotten Tomatoes.
At first blush, "Before the Fall" appears to be on track to be a typical action-packed thriller wrapped around the horrific crash of a private jet. But author Noah Hawley soon veers his highly entertaining novel into an insightful look at families, revenge and media intrusion by delving deeply into each character's story.