Briefs: NPR to Announce National Book Award Finalists; Fall Previews Begin

The National Book Awards will announce its finalists on NPR's Morning Edition at 8:40 PM on October 15. Books & Books owner and co-founder of Miami Book Fair Mitchell Kaplan will make the announcement.

Longtime co-owner of Village Books Dee Robinson will retire at the end of the week after more than 34 years. "It's been a great job for 34 years," Robinson wrote in a Facebook post to customers. "On to whatever awaits, starting with a pile of books!" Robinson's husband and co-owner Chuck Robinson will stay on.

Ingram will handle sales and distribution for Magnet & Steel, a leader in the pet retail trade, and sports publisher In the Sports Zone.

The end of the summer means the start of fall previews. Amazon reported its notable picks earlier this month, and now the AP and the Huffington Post have chimed in with their forthcoming book choices of the season, as has NYMag (though that piece is not yet available online.) You can start reading many of the season's most anticipated titles right now in our two big fall/winter Buzz Book Samplers, one for adult titles and one for children's/YA.