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Richard Adams (1920-2016)

Watership Down at Brilliant BooksWednesday, December 28th, 2016

Richard Adams, author of Watership Down and other novels, has died.

Watership Down, Adams' first and most famous novel, began as a story to his daughters: "Once there were two rabbits called Hazel and Fiver."  From there, the story went on to become an international sensation, winning several awards and securing a place on the bookshelves of young readers for generations to come.

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Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016The Princess Diarist at Brilliant Books

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars film franchise, has passed away at the age of 60. 

Though her onscreen work made her famous, Fisher was also an award-winning author whose works included novels and memoirs as well as screenplays and a one-woman stage comedy.

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Thanks, Emily!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016Emily Mandel; Photo credit: Sarah Shatz.

Emily St. John Mandel has a special relationship with Brilliant Books.  We're huge fans of her award-winning novel Station Eleven, of course, but we actually met Emily much earlier in her career and have been delighted to share her work with readers as she continues to gain recognition. 

Now she's done the same for us in a very big way by introducing the readers of FiveThirtyEight to Brilliant Books Her latest article directs readers to our website, giving people across the country the chance to find the books she mentions at their Long Distance Local Bookstore.


Natalie Babbitt (1932-2016)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck Everlasting, has died at the age of 84.

Nominated for the 1982 Hans Christian Anderson Award and earning the E. B. White Award in 2012, Natalie Babbitt was a beloved children's book author best known for Tuck Everlasting. The novel was published in 1975 and has since been loved by millions of children of all ages.

Babbitt died of lung cancer on October 31st and will be remembered and admired for her dedication to excellence in children's literature.


2016 Nobel Laureate: Bob Dylan

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Congratulations to Bob Dylan on winning the Nobel Prize in Literature!

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature today "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

Dylan's lyrics have long been considered poetically powerful with great literary influence. The Nobel committee cited his album Blonde on Blonde as "an extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming and putting together refrains, and his pictorial thinking." As a social critic and cultural icon, Dylan is one of the best-selling artists of all time. 


2016 Man Booker Prize

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The titles shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize have been announced!  The Man Booker Prize, launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.  Which is your pick to win?

See the Shortlist

Anna Dewdney (1965-2016)

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama series, has died at age 50.

Author and illustrator Anna Dewdney died on September 3rd after a battle with cancer. Her bestselling children's book series featuring Llama Llama has sold nearly 10 million copies.

"The entire Penguin Young Readers family is heartbroken," said Jen Loja, president. "And as we grieve, we also celebrate Anna's life, in dedicating ourselves to carrying forward her mission of putting books into as many little hands as possible. We will miss her so, but consider ourselves so lucky to be her publishing family and her partner in her legacy."

In lieu of a funeral, Anna Dewdney asked that people read to a child.


2016 Hugo Awards

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The 2016 Hugo Award Winner Has Been Announced!

The Hugo Awards celebrate the best of science fiction and fantasy. The winning novel this year is The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. Also awarded was best short story, best screenplay (The Martian), and best novelette, among others. Congratulations N. K. Jemisin!

Get The Fifth Season here!