2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Longlist Announced | Book Pulse

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi are among the 15 books on the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Longlist. A film adaptation of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates is set to be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, with Coates writing the screenplay. Cameran Eubanks, former star of Bravo's Southern Charm, is working on the memoir One Day You'll Thank Me. Also, EarlyWord’s GalleyChat for November is posted.

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Awards and Forthcoming Books

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi are among the 15 books on the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Longlist. Five finalists will be announced on Feb. 17, 2021, and the winner the week of April 19, 2021.

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's (PBNA) 2021 Book Awards Shortlist is out.

The 2020 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards winners include The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Sourcebooks) for fiction and Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty (Little Toller) for nonfiction.

Dark Horse comics will publish the first of a new series, Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins, on June 16, 2021, written by Sam Maggs, line art by Hunter Severn Bonyun, and color by Cathy Le. Polygon reports.

Cameran Eubanks, former star of Bravo's Southern Charm, is working on the memoir One Day You'll Thank Me (Gallery: S. & S.). People reports it's due out Feb. 2, 2021. 

People also has info about another upcoming memoir: actor Andrew McCarthy's Brat: An '80s Story will be published by Grand Central in May 2021.

Tor Books will publish Sunyi Dean's debut novel The Book Eaters in 2022.

Princeton University Press will release Three Roads Back: How Emerson, Thoreau, and William James Responded to the Greatest Losses of Their Lives, a posthumous work by Robert D. Richardson, in 2022. USA Today has more info.

Tor.com excerpts Nucleation by Kimberly Unger (Tachyon: Baker & Taylor).

Reviews

The NYT reviews African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song edited by Kevin Young (Library of America: Penguin): "The poems gathered here have the force of event. They were written as acts of public mourning, and as secrets; they are love poems and bitter quarrels. They are prized company." Also, The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist by Anthony M. Amore (Pegasus: S. & S.; LJ starred review): "Amore’s publisher has falsely advertised his droll, engaging book as an 'unbelievable' heist story. 'Ocean’s 8' (or 11, 12, 13) it’s not, Dugdale is more Fawlty than Ocean. Yet this in no way diminishes [its] pleasures." Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present by Ruth Ben-Ghiat (W. W. Norton): "Unfortunately, Ben-Ghiat provides no conceptual framework for distinguishing between different types of strongmen, and gives us very little insight into Donald Trump beyond what is already widely known." Lastly, the "New & Noteworthy" column looks at a a variety of recent releases.

The L.A. Times reviews The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review): "...Evans calmly and expertly navigates the limits and possibilities of short stories. Yet here they risk being given short shrift because they work as a preamble to the novella, which combines uncommon storytelling with rare wisdom." Also, Self-Portrait by Celia Paul (New York Review Books): "'Self-Portrait' is a beautifully written bildungsroman, a 'portrait of the artist' as a young woman. It is also, more uniquely, a powerful resource for artists who face the dueling responsibilities of creation and caregiving."

The Washington Post reviews This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho; LJ starred review): "They’re stories that wrap you in charm and good humor, and a sense of the resilience that undergirds Winspear’s tale." Also, Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur (Avon: Harper): "...a distinctly modern frolic, charming and effervescent and entirely itself." 

USA Today reviews Nobody Ever Asked Me about the Girls: Women, Music and Fame by Lisa Robinson (Henry Holt: Macmillan), which earns four stars: "...her ability to ride along and humanize her subjects without prying for gory details is less a technique than a measure of sisterhood and good faith. That’s a rarity in pop-rock journalism, and Robinson is a rare resource."

Briefly Noted 

EarlyWord’s GalleyChat for November is posted.

Locus looks at 8 sci-fi and fantasy books out this week.

Best books of the week from Booklist Reader.

BuzzFeed picks favorites out this week.

Lit Hub suggests "21 new books to buy from your local indie."

Tor.com rounds up "All the New Fantasy Books Arriving in November."

Entertainment Weekly lists new comics to check out this month.

Bitch Media recommends "7 Books Feminists Should Read in November."

Lit Hub suggests five humorous audiobooks.

Jo Nesbo, The Kingdom (Knopf: Random House), tells Entertainment Weekly that sugar and coffee keeps him writing.

Vogue interviews Becky Cooper, We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence (Grand Central: Hachette).

Vulture profiles Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain (Grove; LJ starred review).

Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia UP), speaks with Kirkus.

Steve Martin and Harry Bliss explain how they teamed up on A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) in the NYT

The Seattle Times has a Q&A with Megan Rapinoe, One Life (Penguin).

Shondaland interviews Danielle Evans, The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review). Nikki Giovanni discusses Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose (William Morrow: Harper). Kiese Laymon talks about How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (Agate Bolden: Ingram; LJ starred review). 

Esquire also talks with Danielle Evans, The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

There is a conversation with Roy Guzmán, Catrachos (Graywolf: Macmillan), in BOMB.

The Guardian talks with Claire Messud, Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays (W. W. Norton).

NPR has questions for Kathleen Rooney, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey (Penguin).

The Millions interviews M. I. Devine, Warhol's Mother's Pantry: Art, America, and the Mom in Pop (Mad Creek). 

PBS's Canvas has a Q&A with Don DeLillo, The Silence (Scribner: S. & S.). Also, a chat with this month's Book Club author Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X (Quill Tree Books: Harper).

The Atlantic covers Becoming a Teacher by Melinda D. Anderson (S. & S.) and more while outlining how "Teaching Should Be Political."

Random House imprint Rodale has partnered with Gwyneth Paltrow's book imprint, Goop Press. Publishers Weekly reports.

Originally scheduled for March 2020, the Emerald City Comic Con and Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo are moving to Dec. 2021. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

"100 years of Agatha Christie: a retrospective on the Queen of Crime" from The Boar.

Authors on Air

A film adaptation of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates is set to be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, with Coates writing the screenplay. Variety reports.

The Hollywood Reporter says Netflix has picked up the rights to the film Monster, based on the book by Walter Dean Myers

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is being adapted for TV. Even before season one premiers, IMDb TV announces a second season of Alex Rider, based on the series by Anthony Horowitz. Deadline reports.

Fly Into the Wind, the companion series to the forthcoming book by Lt. Colonel Dan Rooney, is now available on Fox Nation.

NPR's Fresh Air interviews Katherine E. Standefer, Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life (Little, Brown: Hachette).

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