2021 Dublin Literary Award Longlist Announced | Book Pulse

The 2021 Dublin Literary Award longlist is up, and features 49 books nominated by librarians from around the world. Among those honored are The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, and On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. ALA's 2021 Reading List is out, highlighting the best books from eight fiction genres for adult readers. The class-action lawsuit against Amazon over ebook pricing now includes the Big Five publishers as defendants, added as "co-conspirators" after an amended complaint was filed. Plus, lots of adaptations are in the works, including plans for Falling by T.J. Newman, Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, and The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.

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The 2021 Dublin Literary Award longlist is up, and features 49 books nominated by librarians from around the world. The winner will be announced on May 20.

ALA's 2021 Reading List is out. It highlights the best books from eight fiction genres for adult readers.

Bustle recommends new books out this week.

The Millions also picks the best of the week.

BookPage rounds up four new reads good for book clubs.


The NYT reviews Zorrie by Laird Hunt (Bloomsbury: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "...a virtuosic portrait of midcentury America itself — physically stalwart, unerringly generous, hopeful that tragedy can be mitigated through faith in land and neighbor alike." Also, Frederick Seidel Selected Poems by Frederick Seidel (FSG: Macmillan): "You begin to realize, if you haven’t before, that Seidel is among the most distinctive and original poets of our time." The (Other) You: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco: HarperCollins): "...trenchant and moody." Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Harper): "Like the fundamentalist religious views she and I both detest, 'Prey' is too absolutist to be credible." The Delivery by Peter Mendelsund (FSG: Macmillan): "Mendelsund shines a piercing light on a bottom-rung existence." Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream by Michael Shnayerson (Yale): "With a keen eye for the amusing, and humanizing, detail, [Shnayerson] enlivens the traditional rise-and-fall narrative." Doomed Romance: Broken Hearts, Lost Souls, and Sexual Tumult in Nineteenth-Century America by Christine Leigh Heyrman (Knopf: Random House): "...reads like a bodice-ripper."This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race by Nicole Perlroth (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "...an intricately detailed, deeply sourced and reported history of the origins and growth of that market and the global cyberweapons arms race it has sparked." Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins (Avon: HarperCollins; LJ starred review): "'Wild Rain' showcases Jenkins’s talent for writing intriguing individual stories that illuminate bigger historical themes." Super Host by Kate Russo (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin): "...it’s reminiscent of the early-aughts romps done to great commercial effect by Nick Hornby and Plum Sykes, and even of the tidy plotting executed by the author’s father, Richard Russo." The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP by Alex Tresniowski (S. & S.): "What plays out makes for riveting reading, although the book inexplicably lacks endnotes or a bibliography, making it difficult to assess the accuracy of Tresniowski’s account."Kink: Stories edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell (S. & S.): "...this seems to be the collection’s point: to prompt a revisitation of the transgressive, a consideration, or insertion, of the self." The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women by Catherine E. McKinley (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "McKinley expertly guides readers through a history lesson of the ways fashion in these countries is connected with colonialism, industrialization and numerous traditions and styles of dressing." Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History by Richard Thompson Ford (S. & S.): "...an ambitious and comprehensive exploration of how fashion has been used by people both with and without money and power." We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida (Ecco: Harper Collins): "...the affectionate specificity of the portrait [of San Francisco] she offers is one of the book’s real pleasures." Also, brief reviews of new Civil War-era histories and books of poetry written by fiction writers.

The Washington Post reviews The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O'Donnell (Tin House: Norton): "O’Donnell’s rendering of the past is faithful not only to how people ate, spoke and dressed in 1893, but also to how they thought." Also, The Historians by Cecilia Ekback (Harper Perennial): "Ekback excels at presenting red herrings, and the plot zigzags in intriguing ways." A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Harper): "It tells in lively fashion gripping tales of bravery, treachery and revenge." Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion (Knopf: Random House): "Her bewitching blend of humility and disdain and her unsentimental yet compassionate eye are welcome tonics for frenzied times."

NPR review Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): "What was so illuminating about Kolbert's writing was to see planetary transformation brought down to the human scale." Also, We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida (Ecco: Harper Collins): "It's a tough and exquisite sliver of a short novel whose world I want to remain lost in — and at the same time am relieved to have outgrown."

The New Yorker reviews My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead: Penguin): "Lee writes like a man released from a cage. His prose unfurls like a scarf pulled from a magician’s mouth, one bright, brash clause after another." 

Briefly Noted

Morgan Jerkins, Caul Baby (Harper), recommends books "for Black History Month—and all year round" at Amazon.

AARP suggests "Fantastic Fiction by African American Authors."

Amazon lists "cookbooks to help prepare some fantastic Chinese dishes with which to ring in the Lunar New Year and beyond."

Lit Hub’s "5 Authors, 7 Questions, No Wrong Answers" series features Te-Ping Chen, Catie Disabato, Tod Goldberg, Brandon Hobson, and Russell Shorto

Elon Musk says he's interested in writing a book about his companies. Business Insider considers another time he said that, and what it might look like now.

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt from Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (Imprint: Macmillan), which is due out March 30. 

Shondaland interviews Randa Jarrar, Love Is an Ex-Country (Catapult: Penguin).

"I always think of the voices in Studs Terkel’s Working, and as he puts it, how work is a search for meaning, as well as daily bread," says Te-Ping Chen, Land of Big Numbers: Stories (Mariner: HMH), in a Q&A with The Rumpus.

"We hope our book will help in the work of destigmatizing kink by making it more visible." R.O. Kwon, one of the editors of Kink: Stories (S. & S.), writes about writing about kink at The Guardian.

Electric Lit speaks with Jeremy Atherton Lin about Gay Bar: Why We Went Out (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The 2003 self-help book Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl—A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship by Sherry Argov (Adams: S. & S.) suddenly hit a U.K. bestsellers list because of TikTok, potentially the first example of a book boost from the platform. The Times has details.

"What often follows periods of decay and destruction and chaos is rebuilding and renaissance — periods of fresh invention in thought, in art," says Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in a USA Today piece about a recent rise of interest in poetry.

The Department of Justice dropped a lawsuit against Stephanie Winston Wolkoff over whether her book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady (Gallery: S. & S.), violated a White House nondisclosure agreement. The Washington Post has details.

The class-action lawsuit against Amazon over ebook pricing now includes the Big Five publishers as defendants, added as "co-conspirators" after an amended complaint was filed. Publishers Weekly has details.

Twitter wonders: "why does mainstream literary fiction all look like this???????"

Authors on Air

There's a bidding war underway to adapt the forthcoming thriller Falling by T.J. Newman (Avid Reader: S. & S.), a former flight attendant who recently signed a 7-figure, 2-book deal; the book is due out in July. Also, Michael B. Jordan will star in the feature adaptation of Without Remorse by Tom Clancy, which debuts on Amazon Prime Video on April 30. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Gabrielle Zevin will pen the adaptation of her upcoming novel Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow for Paramount, a $2 million deal for a book that Knopf is set to publish "sometime in the first half of 2022." New Regency picks up film and television rights to Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, which came out this week. Plus, another Amazon adaptation is on the way for Jenny Han, this time a series based on her book The Summer I Turned Pretty. Plus, casting news for the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series adaptation of The Power by Naomi Alderman. Deadline has news on all.

Peter Dinklage will be the voice of a lead bear in the animated adaptation of the graphic novel This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews (First Second: Macmillan). Variety reports.

David Hardin discusses Standpipe: Delivering Water in Flint (Belt) on the Keen On podcast.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Unfinished: A Memoir (Ballantine: Random House), is on The View today, and then will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Clodagh's Weeknight Kitchen by Clodagh McKenna (Kyle: Hachette) is featured on The Today Show.

Foggy Pine Books in Boone, N.C., got a Super Bowl ad of a sort with a spot on Stephen Colbert's post-game show, where he enlisted Tom Hanks and Sam Elliott to help spotlight the struggling small business.

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