Best of Books on Book View Now 2016 

Best of Books on Book View Now 2016

All throughout this memorable, tumultuous year, we spoke to the writers. At events across the country, we sought out the novelists, the poets, the chroniclers of our time—all helping us to better understand, navigate and yes, celebrate the changing world we live in. We spoke to the the children’s book authors and illustrators, the young adult writers, and the graphic novelists, all shining bright lights down the path of possibility, opening our eyes to other lives and cultures, and to the potential of who we can be. 

Every one of the hundreds of 2016 Book View Now interviews moved us or informed us in some way — recorded live at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the AWP Writer’s Conference, BookExpo America, BookCon, the Library of Congress National Book Festival and Miami Book Fair. It was an honor to share their stories with PBS audiences and readers everywhere.

For us at Book View Now, we are reminded with each author conversation about the incredible power of books and reading to literally change lives for the better. Just as importantly, we’re reminded by those of you who watch these interviews and love books about the power of reading to provide clarity, spark empathy, or offer much-appreciated escape.

While it’s impossible to choose the best from the amazing list of books and writers we met this year, these 31 favorites — one for each day in December — are a particularly fine representation of the amazing year of books that was 2016.

On behalf of co-host Jeffrey Brown and all of us at Book View Now, thanks for watching and happy reading. 

Onward to 2017, 
With books,

Rich Fahle, Book View Now Exec Producer

Nathan Hill at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Nathan Hill at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Nathan Hill on “The Nix: A Novel.”

Jacqueline Woodson | 2016 National Book Festival

Jacqueline Woodson | 2016 National Book Festival

Jacqueline Woodson at the 2016 National Book Festival.

Nicola Yoon at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Nicola Yoon at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Nicola Yoon on “The Sun is Also a Star.”

Colson Whitehead | Book Expo America 2016

Colson Whitehead | Book Expo America 2016

Colson Whitehead on "The Underground Railroad."

Raina Telgemeier | Book Expo America 2016

Raina Telgemeier | Book Expo America 2016

Raina Telgemeier on "Ghost," “Smile” and “Sisters.”

Susan Faludi at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Susan Faludi at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Susan Faludi on “In the Darkroom.”

Louise Penny | Book Expo America 2016

Louise Penny | Book Expo America 2016

Louise Penny on “A Great Reckoning.”

Ibram X. Kendi at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Ibram X. Kendi at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Ibram X. Kendi on “Stamped from the Beginning..."

Karan Mahajan at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Karan Mahajan at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Karan Mahajan on “The Association of Small Bombs.”

Maria Semple at 2016 Miami Book fair

Maria Semple at 2016 Miami Book fair

Maria Semple on “Today Will Be Different.”

Rita Dove at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Rita Dove at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Rita Dove on “Collected Poems: 1974 – 2004.”

Heather Ann Thompson at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Heather Ann Thompson at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Heather Ann Thompson on “Blood in the Water.”

Kelly Barnhill at the 2016 Miami Book Fair

Kelly Barnhill at the 2016 Miami Book Fair

Kelly Barnhill on The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

Janna Levin at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Janna Levin at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Janna Levin on “Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.”

Jeffrey Toobin | 2016 National Book Festival

Jeffrey Toobin | 2016 National Book Festival

Jeffrey Toobin discusses “American Heiress.”

Ruta Sepetys | 2016 L.A. Times Festival of Books

Ruta Sepetys | 2016 L.A. Times Festival of Books

Ruta Sepetys discusses her latest book, “Salt to the Sea.”

David Means Interview | 2016 AWP Conference & Book Fair

David Means Interview | 2016 AWP Conference & Book Fair

David Means discusses his latest novel, Hystophia.

Garth Greenwell Interview  | 2016 AWP Conference & Book Fair

Garth Greenwell Interview | 2016 AWP Conference & Book Fair

Garth Greenwell on his debut novel, What Belongs to You.

Kwame Alexander | 2016 National Book Festival

Kwame Alexander | 2016 National Book Festival

Kwame Alexander discusses “Booked” at the 2016 National Book Festival.

Yaa Gyasi | 2016 National Book Festival

Yaa Gyasi | 2016 National Book Festival

Yaa Gyasi discusses “Homegoing: A Novel” at the 2016 National Book Festival.

Kate DiCamillo | BookCon 2016

Kate DiCamillo | BookCon 2016

Kate DiCamillo on “Raymie Nightingale.”

Amor Towles | Book Expo America 2016

Amor Towles | Book Expo America 2016

Amor Towles on "A Gentleman in Moscow."

Jodi Picoult | Book Expo America 2016

Jodi Picoult | Book Expo America 2016

Jodi Picoult discusses "Small Great Things: A Novel."

Maggie Stiefvater | Book Expo America 2016

Maggie Stiefvater | Book Expo America 2016

Maggie Stiefvater on “The Raven King.”

Matt Phelan at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Matt Phelan at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Matt Phelan discusses “Snow White: A Graphic Novel” at the 2016 Miami Book Fair.

Mary Elizabeth Williams | 2016 L.A. Times Festival of Books

Mary Elizabeth Williams | 2016 L.A. Times Festival of Books

Mary Elizabeth Williams on A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles.

Brian Castner & Phil Klay Interview  | 2016 AWP Conference

Brian Castner & Phil Klay Interview | 2016 AWP Conference

Authors Brian Castner and Phil Klay discuss their latest novels.

Caren Stelson at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Caren Stelson at 2016 Miami Book Fair

Caren Stelson on “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story.”

Diane Rehm | 2016 National Book Festival

Diane Rehm | 2016 National Book Festival

Diane Rehm at the 2016 National Book Festival.

Leigh Bardugo | BookCon 2016

Leigh Bardugo | BookCon 2016

Leigh Bardugo on “Crooked Kingdom” and “Six of Crows.”

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