Guess Who’s a Kirkus Prize Finalist?

The Sixth Extinction gets a shout out from POTUS

According to Jeff Goodell’s article on Obama in Rolling Stone (, President Obama did some summer reading, and here’s what he said about Elizabeth Kolbert’s book: “One of the books I read during vacation was The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert. And it’s a wonderful book, and it makes very clear that big, abrupt changes can happen; they’re not outside the realm of possibility. They have happened before, they can happen again.”

Guess Who’s on the Longlist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction?

I always knew I loved librarians:



WRLN Interview with Jim

For your listening pleasure:

Jim Shepard is Master of Ceremonies

at the Literary Sojourn in Steamboat Springs, CO on Saturday October 10.  Sadly, this event is sold out.  Perhaps you can bribe someone…

Jim and Dinaw Mengestu

Saturday October 3rd, 11:15-12:30 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival, Centre Congregational Church.

Jim at George Mason University

Tuesday September 29th 4:30 pm.  Jim in Fairfax, VA:

Jim in Manchester, VT

Jim at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday September 25th at 6:00.  Karen and Lucy Shepard will be at this one!

Jim at The Brooklyn Book Festival

Sunday September 20th, 4:00-5:00.  Jim Shepard, Mona Simpson, and Asali Soloman all in one spot.

Jim Shepard at the Anne Frank Center

After a brief summer respite, Jim Shepard is back on the road.  Next up: