Have you had a chance to look over the 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners? I was surprised to learn that Pulitzer award categories include books and journalism, I hadn't known the latter. A few notable mentions are Evicted by Matthew Desmond which won the general non-fiction award and The Salt Lake City Tribune which won the award for local reporting for covering the perverse treatment given to sexual assault victims at BYU.
The science fiction and fantasy bookstore Dark Carnival is closing its doors after 41 years in Berkeley. California cities tend to show up on Amazon's annual list of Most Well-Read Cities in America (check the archives for previous years), with San Francisco and Berkeley often showing up in the top ten. With this bit of information, it's startling to think the Bay Area can't support it's own independent speciality bookstore.
If the S-Town podcast had been a book, I'd mark it DNF--Did Not Finish. I made it far enough to find out what happens to John, but not far enough to hear the speculations that might explain why. Though my coworker filled me in when I told her I wasn't planning to finish it. The show was a bit too tragic to listen to casually and a bit too irrelevant to be compelling. Though I love the idea of investigative journalism in the form of a narrative podcast and I am eager to see what the show will uncover next, if it continues. If you listened to the show I'd love to hear your thoughts.