Rose FoxAndrew AlbaneseA newspaper man takes home a book award. At a time when both the news business and the book business face crisis, a celebration provides welcome diversion. This week’s ceremony for the National Book Awards included honoring New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

“Given the fate of book coverage in so many American newspapers, Sulzberger said that books are, and will continue to be, a pillar of the newspaper’s brand and coverage,” Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.

In reviews, the late Ray Bradbury seems to haunt a new novel from Edgar Award winner Robert Jackson Bennett. American Elsewhere “is creepy and funny and very, very American. Our review calls the novel, ‘part Bradbury and part L’Engle with a dash of Edward Scissorhands,’” says Rose Fox, PW review editor.

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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