Sarah Harrison Smith
Sarah Harrison Smith
Editorial Director, Amazon.com Books and Kindle: Sarah Harrison Smith spent her childhood with her nose in a book and not much has changed. Happy to read almost anything, she’s especially drawn to literary fiction and biographies of artists, writers and politicians, with a particular soft spot for 19th century oddballs. Other interests: the visual arts, architecture, and children’s books.

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An Interview with John Freeman Gill, Author of "The Gargoyle Hunters"

Gill talks to the Amazon Book Review about his novel of a crumbling family set in the crumbling New York of the mid-1970s, when the city was dirty, dangerous, and on the verge of going bankrupt.

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Aliens Among Us: The Short Stories of Eric Puchner

The best short stories take you deep into a character or a situation, without all the set up and plotting that a novel usually entails. They have a certain intensity – the equivalent of eating a dark chocolate truffle, say, rather than a thick slice of frosted cake. Eric Puchner’s...

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The National Book Critics Circle Announces Its 2016 Winners

The National Book Critics Circle celebrates the best fiction and nonfiction published in 2016.

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Better with Age: Treasures from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Explore some of the remarkable artifacts on view at "the most important book fair for rare books in the United States, and possibly in the world.”

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Paula Fox (1923 – 2017)

Paula Fox, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, died on March 1 in Brooklyn, New York.

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George Saunders: “Fiction is kind of like empathy training wheels.”

Watch Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo) and Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad) discuss their books and the writing process in a video from New York City's 92Y.

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The PEN Literary Awards

"...In a world where coverage of the arts is an endangered species, this is vital.”

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“The Books Do Absolutely Operate out of a Sense of Fragmentation”: Rachel Cusk on Her New Novel, "Transit"

Rachel Cusk speaks with us about the crumbling of reality, the selectivity of memory, and how reading and writing drama has impacted her own novels.

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Big Prizes for Two Innovative Picture Books

This April, thousands of book lovers and international publishing professionals will travel to Bologna, Italy, to admire the best of children’s books and book art. You could call it a kid lit love fest.

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Bharati Mukherjee (1940 - 2017)

Bharati Mukherjee, the author of several acclaimed short stories and novels, including Desirable Daughters and Jasmine, has died at the age of 76.

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