The Women Warriors

"As I read her words, I experienced a feeling previously unknown to me: recognition. I had always turned to books for pleasure, as portals to other places. Reading The Woman Warrior, for the first time I saw myself on every page and in every word." For Catapult, Alexis Cheung writes about representation, being an Asian-American writer, and reading and interviewing Maxine Hong Kingston. From our archives: Kingston's work was featured in Alexander Chee's 2015 Year in Reading.

2017 John Leonard Prize Finalists Announced

The finalists for the John Leonard Prize — for a first book in any genre — were announced by the National Book Critics Circle. This year's finalists are Lesley Nneka Arimah's What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Julie Buntin's Marlena, Zinzi Clemmons' What We Lose, Layli Long Soldier's Whereas, Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, and Gabriel Tallent's My Absolute Darling. The winner will be announced in January. Pair with: Buntin's 2017 Year in Reading entry.

She Said, He Said

"Ms. Cline, who was 27 when the novel came out, was celebrated as a major new talent. But for the last two years, her success has been overshadowed, in private, by legal threats levied against her by a former boyfriend." Emma Cline, bestselling author of The Girls,  and her ex-boyfriend, Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, have filed public lawsuits against each other including allegations of plagiarism, physical abuse, and intimidation, according to the New York Times. From our archives: staff writer Michael Bourne's review of Cline's debut novel.

2017 Costa Book Awards Shortlist Announced

The Costa Book Awards announced the shortlist for the 2017 season. The award, which honors works by authors based in the UK and Ireland, is given in five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children's Book. The shortlist included four writers in each category. This year, Orange prize-winning writer Helen Dunmore's poetry collection, Inside the Wave, was named posthumously to the Poetry shortlist. In the First Novel category, the following authors were shortlisted for their debut works of fiction: The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks; Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; and The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F. John. In the Novel category, the following authors were nominated: Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (who has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize twice); Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (who won the 2006 First Novel category and Costa Book of the Year); Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (featured in our 2017 Second-Half Book Preview); and Tin Man by Sarah Winman. Winners in each category, as well as the overall Costa Book of the Year, will be announced in January.

Their Thanksgiving(s)

"Behind the collective feast and public ritual lies a personal dimension: the holiday as each of us has lived it, laughed about it, imagined it or reinvented it." For their "My Thanksgiving" feature, The New York Times asked nine writers — including Parul Sehgal, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Emma Cline — how they celebrate the holiday. Pair with Nguyen's 2015 Year in Reading