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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Debut Authors, Fresh Voices

For readers and publishers alike, 2014 was the year of the breakout, first-time author. In an increasingly tight marketplace, publishers rely on well-known and sure-to-sell authors to help them make the bottom line. Debut authors, who come with little name recognition, are a risk. However, in 2014, bets paid off big time as new authors made many “best of” lists.

See this Buzzfeed article for a list of not-to-miss first-time authors. Highlights, both owned by Fairfax County Public Library, include:

Phil Klay, RedeploymentThis book of short stories informed by Klay’s experience as a solider in Iraq, dazzled critics and won the National Book Award.

Smith Henderson, Fourth of July Creek – Henderson made the Washington Post’s “Best Books of 2014” for his first title, a gritty, dark tale set in rural Montana.

Hopefully this bumper crop of newbie success will set a trend and continue to bring a fresh voice to library shelves near you.

-Ginger Hawkins, Patrick Henry Library

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