The 25 Best Debut Novels of 2016: Today in Critical Linking

Announcing the Long List for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

The Center for Fiction may not explicitly call these the 25 Best Debut Novels of 2016, so I will go ahead and do it for them.

The sales trends of these particular titles extend to bookstores throughout the Twin Cities: Moon Palace Books immediately sold out of “Citizen” last week. Boneshaker Books is sold out of “Between the World and Me,” which has been their best-seller all year. And Birchbark Books has seen “A Good Time for the Truth” moving quickly.

Interesting anecdata about people turning to books to understand and deal with difficult times.

Students who read academic journals, literary fiction, or general nonfiction wrote with greater syntactic sophistication (more complex sentences) than those who read fiction (mysteries, fantasy, or science fiction) or exclusively web-based aggregators like Reddit, Tumblr, and BuzzFeed.

And apparently “more complex sentences” is a stand-in for “better writing” here.

Harlequin announced today that it has released a new app called BookBreaks that offers romance readers a convenient way to read serialized stories.

Interesting, but when was the last time you heard a reader say they wanted serialized stories?

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