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Prize news leads the day. Akwaeke Emezi wins the 2019 Otherwise Award for Freshwater. Jess Hill wins the Stella prize for See What You Made Me Do: The Dangers of Domestic Abuse That We Ignore, Explain Away, or Refuse to See. Italy allows bookstores to reopen. A first look image of Dune arrives. The Bookseller reports that Ingram has shut down a data breach.

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Akwaeke Emezi wins the 2019 Otherwise Award for Freshwater (Grove; LJ starred review). has details and the full Honor List.

Jess Hill wins the Stella prize for See What You Made Me Do: The Dangers of Domestic Abuse That We Ignore, Explain Away, or Refuse to See (Sourcebooks). The Guardian reports.

Abdelouahab Aissaoui, The Spartan Court (Dar Min) wins the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

The shortlist is out for the Jhalak Prize.

The Cartoonist Studio Prize announces its shortlist. Slate reports.


The NYT reviews Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow: Harper): “The reader is treated to a kind of alchemy on the page when character, setting and song converge at all the right notes, generating an authentic humanity that is worth remembering and celebrating.” Also, The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili (Scribe; LJ starred review): “poignant, heart-stopping, sublime.” Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (Liveright: W.W. Norton): “about the banality of the evil that is systemic misogyny. Upon its publication in South Korea in 2016, the book, which sold more than a million copies, had an “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” effect, propelling a feminist wave. It’s easy to see why.” Braised Pork by An Yu (Grove Press): “crisp and never tedious, with bursts of startling imagery amid the otherwise restrained style.” Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth (John Joseph Adams/HMH): “it mimics the often harsh line between stories we tell ourselves about our lives, and the messier process of actually living them.” Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose by Kay Ryan (Grove Press): “a delight, if a tart and idiosyncratic one.” St. Ivo by Joanna Hershon (FSG: Macmillan): “maintains a quiet terror throughout this slim, eccentric novel.” The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “How can a book about class, poverty, disease, racism and the Holocaust be so encouraging?Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui (Algonquin: Workman): “an enthusiastic and thoughtful work mixing history, journalism and elements of memoir ... endears herself to the reader … How glorious.” Miss Aluminum: A Memoir by Susanna Moore (FSG: Macmillan): “She came, she saw, she took notes, and she left to become a novelist and a miss-no-detail student of female autonomy.” This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World -- and Me by Marisa Meltzer (Back Bay Books: Hachette): “How searching, how beautiful. How real.” Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina (Holt: Macmillan): “show[s] us something else, something too often overlooked in research and in conservation: who the animals are, and how they live.” The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began by Valerie Hansen (Scribner: S. & S.), writing that despite a few “minor disturbances” it is a “highly impressive, deeply researched, lively and imaginative work.” No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier (S. & S.): “this is a book about Silicon Valley. It is a record of a single app moving through the place. And in making that record [gives] new texture to the Valley’s major players.”

The Washington Post reviews A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe (St. Martin’s: Macmillan): “replete with love affairs, revenge and secrets, not to mention a history lesson about the evils of colonialism.”

NPR reviews Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back by Mark O'Connell (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “We are all obviously f***ed in the scheme of things; Notes from An Apocalypse is just a reminder to ask what else we can be — and for whom — in the meantime.” Also, Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir by Madeleine Albright (Harper; LJ starred review): “What resonated with me most were the human moments, those real thoughts you have when contemplating life, death and everything in between. Her successes and her failures. The changes she's witnessed and the glass ceilings that remain.”

The L.A. Times reviews Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties by Mike Davis and Jon Wiener (Verso: Random House): “It’s a dense, detailed read, but for those who craving an in-the-weeds narrative of the city’s diverse movements during the tumultuous 1960s [it is] authoritative and impressive.”

Briefly Noted

LitHub interviews Chelsea Bieker, Maya Shanbhag Lang, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, David Moloney, and TaraShea Nesbit.

Entertainment Weekly features Mieko Kawakami, Breasts and Eggs (Europa Editions).

Salon interviews Michael Arceneaux, I Don't Want to Die Poor: Essays (Atria: S. & S.).

Vanity Fair interviews Alan Zweibel, Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier (Abrams).

Electric Lit interviews Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review).

Slate interviews Maira Kalman, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Illustrated (Penguin).

Elle excerpts Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Greta Thunberg, Svante Thunberg, Malena Ernman, Beata Ernman (Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Mirror Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao (Disney-Hyperion: Hachette).

The NYT runs its “New & Noteworthy” column.

Bitch Media reflects upon “the Magnificence of The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison.

Vulture has 10 Favorite Books from Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You: Essays (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review).

BuzzFeed names “Four Books We Couldn’t Put Down Last Month.”

People writes that Joe Exotic has a memoir ready to go.

The Bookseller reports that Ingram has shutdown a data breach.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

NPR has book suggestions when you need “Solace In Troubled Times.”

Entertainment Weekly has suggestion on “How to support indie bookstores during quarantine.”

The L.A. Times has a piece by Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here (Ecco: Harper), about what he is doing in isolation.

The Washington Post has a piece on how the “Pandemic highlights the staying power of two 20th-century masterpieces.”

Italy allows bookstores to reopen. The Bookseller reports.

Barbara Hoffert has a report in LJ about how “COVID-19 Accelerates Book Industry Shift to Digital, Interdependence.” LJ also has library backgrounds for Zoom.

The editors of the NYT Book Review write a letter to their readers about the literary world and the pandemic.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Nelson D. Schwartz, The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business (Doubleday: Random House).

NPR’s features David Allen Sibley, What It’s Like To Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing, and Why (Knopf; LJ starred review).

There is a first look image of Dune on Instagram. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Netflix has a first look deal with BOOM! Studios, for both live action and animated series. Deadline reports.

National Geographic will air Barkskins, based on the novel by Annie Proulx, on Memorial Day. Business Wire has the news.

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