Barack Obama Delivers Closing Keynote at American Library Association Virtual Conference | Book Pulse

ALA Annual closes with a keynote from Barack Obama. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray is the Good Morning America July Book Club pick. The 2020 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards have been announced. The 2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards Winners have also been announced. Theodore Ell has won the Calibre Essay prize. Read-alikes arrive for Survive the Night by Riley Sager. T. J. Newman's Falling gets buzzing. LeVar Burton Reads announces a new short story writing contest. Adaptations are queued up for The Sisters Are Alright, If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, and Black Cotton Star: A Graphic Novel of World War II. Plus, a second season of Good Omens is coming to Amazon.

 

 

 

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Book Clubs, Awards, & Events

ALA Annual closes its conference with a keynote by Barack Obama. He also shared a brief video message on "libraries and on what gives him hope."

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkley; LJ starred review) is the Good Morning America July Book Club pick.

The 2020 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards have been announced.

The 2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards Winners have also been announced. Locus has a story.

Theodore Ell has won the Calibre Essay prize for Façades of Lebanon, about the Beirut explosion in August 2020. Books+Publishing has more.

Reviews

NYT reviews Coming to Our Senses: A Boy Who Learned to See, a Girl Who Learned to Hear, and How We All Discover the World by Susan R. Barry (Basic Books): “in telling the detailed stories of how Liam and Zohra learned to navigate the world using their new senses — stories that in many ways mimic the way able-bodied infants accomplish the same thing — Barry gives us insight into what it means to be human.” Also, The Secret Life of the Savoy: Glamour and Intrigue at the World's Most Famous Hotel by Olivia Williams (Pegasus Books): “The Savoy was built for such moments, devoted to the notion that no outside event should deter the glitterati from the pursuit of pleasure within its walls.”

The Washington Post reviews Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2021 by Yusef Komunyakaa (Farrar): “In an era when there is great temptation to offer consoling sentiments, Komunyakaa dares to disturb.”

NPR reviews Objects of Desire by Clare Sestanovich (Knopf): “The worlds of Objects of Desire cohere in that they are, for the most part, noticeably offline.”

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for the buzziest book of the weekSurvive the Night by Riley Sager (Dutton).

USA Today has a Summer Reading Guide featuring Sally Rooney, Stephen King, Colson Whitehead and more.

Entertainment Weekly chats with former flight attendant and debut author T. J. Newman about how a cocktail napkin started her writing the novel Falling (Avid Reader; LJ starred review). NYT also features Newman’s story and her journey towards publication.

OprahDaily has an interview with Sunny Hostin, about her debut novel, Summer on the Bluffs (William Morrow: Harper Collins), calling it a “delicious beach read.”

Bitch interviews Elissa Washuta, White Magic (Tin House) about her latest collection of essays.

LA Times has a feature on Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo and Donal Logue (Atria; LJ starred review). Also, a look at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins).

The CS Monitor has a piece on The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkley; LJ starred review), and how hiding her race took its toll on the novel’s main character.

The Washington Post has “10 books to read in July.”

CrimeReads shares “The best reviewed crime books of the month.”

Elle has an "Essential Pride Reading List."

“Patricia Reilly Giff, popular and prolific children’s author, dies at 86.” The Washington Post has an appreciation.

“Elizabeth 'Betita' Martínez, prolific author and pioneering Chicana, dies.” LA Times has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The LeVar Burton Reads podcast has partnered with Fiyah magazine to announce a new short story writing contest with the theme “Origins & Encounters.”

Michael Sheen and David Tennant will reunite for a second season of Good Omens on Amazon, based on the book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Entertainment Weekly has the story. The Guardian also weighs in on the news.

Southern Charm star, Craig Conover is “writing a book about overcoming his insecurities, his passion for sewing and how he embraced his unconventional journey.” Gallery Books: S.& S. will publish Pillow Talk: What's Wrong with My Sewing? on March 29, 2022. People has the announcement.

Outlander's Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish will release another book, Clanlands Almanac: Season Stories from Scotland (Mobius) in November. T&C reports.

NPR’s All Things Considered talks with Doree Shafrir about the new book Thanks for Waiting: The Joy (& Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer (Ballantine) and the “obstacles and victories of postponing the usual milestones of success for women, like marriage, kids and career.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with associated titles, starts production in Atlanta. Variety reports. The film is slated for a 2022 release.

Gabrielle Union is developing reality TV-themed series based on the book The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris (Berrett-Koehler). Deadline has more. 

Apple options If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy "Satchel" Paige by Donald Spivey (Univ. of Missouri) for series treatment. The project is backed by Magic Johnson, Peter Guber, and Kapital Entertainment. Deadline reports.

Black Cotton Star: A Graphic Novel of World War II by Yves Sente and Steve Cuzor, translated by Allison Charette, will be adapted by ZQ EntertainmentDeadline reports.

Spotify created a playlist from  James Baldwin's record collection, LitHub has the tunes. 

“Hasbro Closes eOne Music Business Sale for $385M,” THR reports. The transaction included eOne kids series Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, and Nickelodeon’s Ricky Zoom.

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