The Patron Saint of Ugly the novel by Marie Manilla (pictured above) is West Virginia’s One Book One West Virginia statewide book discussion book for 2021.
David Joy’s When These Mountains Burn has won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers honoring the book of the year that best represents literary excellence in the genre.
Crystal Wilkinson is the 2021 recipient of the Thomas D. Clark Medallion for Perfect Black (out 8/3). This award is given annually by the Thomas D. Clark Foundation to writers whose literary achievements highlight Kentucky history and culture.
The June 28th edition of Publisher’s Weekly has a two-page spread by Louisa Ermelino, “Don’t Know Much About History: Matthew Pearl explores the story of the American frontier through the kidnapping of Daniel Boone’s daughter.” It promotes The Taking of Jemima Boone: Colonial Settlers, Tribal Nations, and the Kidnap That Shaped a Nation by Matthew Pearl due to be released in October.