The Private Eye Writers of America have announced the nominees for their annual awards, the Shamuses. Local nominees include J.A. Jance and Ingrid Thoft, who were both nominated in the "Best Private Eye Novel" category.
Have you read the Neu Jorker, the spot-on New Yorker parody produced by comedy writers from The Onion, the Late Show with David Letterman, and more? It's eerie how good this magazine is, right down to the phony ads.
Did you know that Octavia Butler predicted Donald Trump and his slogan, "Make America Great Again," 16 years ago? Kashmir Hill writes at Fusion:
In the book, despite being down in the polls, Jarret is elected and his supporters feel empowered to declare martial law, enslaving people who are not Christian Americans. Jarret starts an ill-fated war with Canada, and is not ultimately re-elected.
Good news: Bookstore sales climbed almost 10 percent in April!
The Humble Book Bundle is celebrating Pride month with a big e-book sale including the Gilbert Hernandez masterpiece Julio's Day, the experimental sci-fi comic The Infinite Loop, and an audio version of Sarah Waters's great Tipping the Velvet. Go get some LGBT literature for a low, low price.