Juneteenth Reading Lists; 'Antiracist Baby' Picture Book Announced | Book Pulse

The board book Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky is so popular it is getting released as a picture book as well. The National Book Critics Circle Board is halting the 2020 award season. There are some Juneteenth reading suggestions and the shortlists are out for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Gordon Burn Prize issues its longlist. Carlos Ruiz Zafón has died.

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Antiracist Reading Lists, News, and Collection Development/RA Resources

Demand is so high for the board book Antiracist Baby Board Book by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky (Kokila: Penguin; SLJ starred review) that it is getting released as a picture book as well, on July 14. USA Today reports that “the board book's first print run of 50,000 was increased by another 100,000 before the board book was even out. The picture book version will have an initial printing of 200,000.”

The National Book Critics Circle Board is halting the 2020 award season. In a statement NBCC writes that they “intend to award the 2020 John Leonard and Balakian Prizes, whose nominees are submitted by and emerge from the general membership. However, we will postpone or cancel the other 2020 awards until we make satisfactory progress on the above action items.” One of those items is to “not repopulate our board until we’re confident we have diverse candidates who reflect our commitment to literature and social justice.”

USA Today has “books to celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on the history of slavery.”

Lit Hub writes “Juneteenth Should Be a National Holiday: Readings in Black History and Joy.”

O: The Oprah Magazine explains “How the #BlackoutBestsellerList Challenge Supports Black Writers and Publishing.”

The Washington Post writes about the “black women librarians [during WWII who] created lists of anti-racist books as an explicitly political act.”

Page to Screen

June 19:

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy, based on the career of chef and cookbook author Kennedy. Streaming. Reviews | Trailer

Wasp Network, based on The Last Soldiers on the Cold War by Fernando Morais (Verso). Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

You Should Have Left, based on the book of the same name by Daniel Kehlmann (Vintage: Random House). VOD.  Reviews | Trailer

June 21:

NOS4A2, season two, based on the book of the same name by Joe Hill (Morrow: Harper). AMC. Reviews | Trailer

Perry Mason, based on the mystery series created by Erle Stanley Gardner. HBO. Reviews | Trailer

Pete the Cat, based on the books by James Dean, Kimberly Dean, Eric Litwin. Prime Video. No reviews | Trailer

June 25:

Doom Patrol, based on the DC characters. HBO Max. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton (Berkley: Penguin): “blends danger, intimacy, history, and suspense in a taut, romantic story I didn't want to end.” Also, a look at two books that ask is “Donald Trump a Danger to Democracy?” Lastly, the Crime column is out.

The Washington Post reviews A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman (And Other Stories): “Herrera shines in the details, whether his ekphrastic reading of the scant photographic records or his accounting of the instructions the inspector did not receive from the judge.” Also, a review of three books about raising boys. The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency by John Dickerson (Random House): “Dickerson’s book tells us about the daily parental struggles of the presidency, but not much more.” Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir by Alan D Gaff (S. & S.): “Gaff fails to probe how and why ghostwriting journalists crafted these popular columns. Instead he offers unsubstantiated reassurances about the authenticity of Gehrig’s tale.”

Lit Hub picks the best reviewed books of the week.

Briefly Noted

The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award is out.

Miles Franklin Literary Award issues its shortlist.

The Gordon Burn Prize issues its longlist.

The NYT picks 10 new books for the week.

Bustle names “25 Books To Read To Celebrate Pride, From In The Dream House To Homie.”

Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard are issuing a one-shot comic to support comic book stores, Negan Lives #1. It will come out on July 1. Entertainment Weekly reports.

io9 writes about the forthcoming The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra by Adam Cesare, Brian Froud (Insight: S. & S.).

Garrison Keillor is releasing two books this fall, both from Arcade Publishing. One is a novel, The Lake Wobegon Virus (Sept. 8, ISBN: 9781951627676), the other a memoir, That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life (Nov. 17, ISBN: 9781951627683). This is the same house that published the newest Woody Allen book. USA Today has a report.

Bitch Media interviews Kacen Callender, Felix Ever After (Balzer + Bray: Harper; SLJ starred review).

Salon interviews Jennifer Worley, Neon Girls: A Stripper’s Education in Protest and Power (Harper Perennial; LJ starred review).

Electric Lit interviews Frances Cha, If I Had Your Face (Ballantine: Random House).

Robert Webb, Come Again (Back Bay Books: Hachette), answers The Guardian’s “Books that made me” questions.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala (Sourcebook Fire). Also, a look at the new 10-part comic adaptation of Sleeping Beauties (based on the Stephen King and Owen King book), written by Rio Youers and illustrated by Alison Sampson. It will come out in March 2021 as a collected edition, Sleeping Beauties, Vol. 1 (IDW: Random House).

The L. A. Times writes about Lockdown by Peter May (Quercus: Hachette).

In the NYT, author Alexander Chee has an essay “Are the parallels in the nature of the viruses, or just an old story about America that had never changed?

Free Comic Book Day will span weeks this year due to the pandemic. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Jean Kennedy Smith, author and ambassador has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón has died. The Guardian has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that Adrian McKinty’s The Chain has sold for the movies. Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree has too. Suzanne Allain's Mr Malcolm’s List is getting adapted for the movies. Nickelodeon plans a multi-platform franchise of Dana Simpson’s comic strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn. The Alienist: Angel of Darkness will now air one week early, on July 19. Scoob! is now going to HBO Max, to air next week. The Korean webtoon Yes, My Boss! is headed to TV. Warner Bros, DC and Spotify team up for original podcasts. Lin-Manuel Miranda is not happy that John Bolton’s “Cash-In” book uses a line from Hamilton for its title.

The Hollywood Reporter has news that there is an Animorphs movie on the way.

Here is a sneak peek at the Zack Snyder's Justice League.

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