Reading Matters

Webb Hubbell wins Gold Medal for ‘Ginger Snaps’

“Ginger Snaps,” by Charlotte’s Webb Hubbell won the Gold Medal in the category of suspense/thriller novels from the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Raleigh attorney Anna Hayes, president of the Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation, has increased next year’s prize money from $1,000 to $5,000 for a published debut novel set in the American South. Deadline: June 15.

Authors out of Carolina is a group of Matthews novelists with books out this summer. The gang includes Joy Callaway (“The Fifth Avenue Artists Society”), Kim Wright (“Last Ride to Graceland”), Erika Marks (“The Last Treasure”) and Marybeth Whalen (“The Things We Wish Were True”). “Last Ride” is an OKRA pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

The New York Times recently reviewed Ron Rash’s “New and Selected Poems.” Said Srikanth Reddy: “the elegies for a landscape and its inhabitants ... leave us with a renewed sense of how ‘too much too soon disappears.’”

I’m looking forward to reading advance copies of Ann Patchett’s novel “Commonwealth” and N.C. State’s Belle Boggs’s essays, “The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine and Motherhood,” both due in September.

The bestselling thriller “The Girl on the Train” will be an October movie, starring Emily Blunt as Rachel.