The Washington Post Highlights the Best Science Fiction of 2020 | Book Pulse

The best SF books of the year thus far and still to come get an accounting. S.A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland, gets buzzy. Robin DiAngelo and White Fragility gets even more press. EarlyWord’s GalleyChat for July is out. Mary Trump starts a round of interviews in support of Too Much and Never Enough. Prospect magazine picks its list of “top 50 thinkers 2020,” including a wide-range of authors. The NYT writes about changes to publishing.

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Buzzy Books and Lists

The Washington Post offers “The best science fiction and fantasy of the year so far — plus what we’re looking forward to next.”

The L.A. Times has S.A. Cosby’s list of “5 favorite novels about Black lives.” Also a feature on the author and his forthcoming  Blacktop Wasteland  (Flatiron Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

EarlyWord’s GalleyChat for July is posted.

The NYT features Robin DiAngelo and White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism (Beacon).

Prospect magazine picks its list of “top 50 thinkers 2020,” including a wide-range of authors such as Anne Applebaum, N.K. Jemisin, Hilary Mantel, Sally Rooney, and Olga Tokarczuk.

Mary Trump starts a round of interviews in support of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (S. & S.). USA Today reports. ABC has the first interview. Deadline has a report and a clip. The L.A. Times writes about the book as well.


USA Today reviews Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell (Random House), giving it a perfect four stars and calling it “captivating.”

The Washington Post also reviews Utopia Avenue, writing that “Mitchell’s magic chemistry is certain.”

The NYT reviews The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940-1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor by Paul Dickson (Atlantic Monthly Press): “a profoundly heartening experience.” The paper also has a joint review of books about “The Fight Over the Future of the Democratic Party.”

NPR reviews Inheritors by Asako Serizawa (Doubleday): “stunning and visceral.” Also, Asterix Omnibus #1: Collects Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and the Golden Sickle, and Asterix and the Goths by René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo (Papercutz): “It's ironic that a work so mischievously subversive and anti-imperialist should reinscribe stereotypes that are as hackneyed as they are offensive. For some parents that may be a reason to give the whole series a pass.”

Briefly Noted

Neil Gaiman talks with Entertainment Weekly about his new Sandman audio edition and the Netflix adaptation.

The NYT writes that the publishing “industry is in a rare moment of transformation that promises to influence the books put out into the world.”

NYT columnist and author Bari Weiss, How to Fight Anti-Semitism (Crown: Random House), has resigned from the paper, writing that "Twitter has become its ultimate editor." The Washington Post reports.

Andrew McCarthy is writing a book about his years as a “Brat Pack” star: Brat: An ’80s Story. It will come out from Grand Central next spring. USA Today reports.

Joy Harjo has an opinion piece for the NYT entitled “After a Trail of Tears, Justice for ‘Indian Country’.

The Read Russia Prize longlist is out.

The Washington Post has “epic travel disasters [that] will take the edge off your wanderlust.” offers “Sleeps With Monsters: Revisiting Comforting Favourites.”

Book Riot has a Reading Pathway for Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic (Del Rey: Random House).

Elle features Leila Slimani and Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World (Penguin). features The Relentless Moon: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor: Macmillan) and The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune (Tor: Macmillan).

Bitch Media interviews Rebekah Weatherspoon, If the Boot Fits (Dafina: Random House).

io9 interviews Colin Dickey, The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained (Viking: Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close (S. & S.). The Cut has an excerpt.

Salon interviews Julian E. Zelizer, Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin). excerpts The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig (Feiwel & Friends: Macmillan).

The Guardian considers White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Vintage: Random House), twenty years after it first published.

The Ringer considers Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, also twenty years on.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Colin Jost, A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir (Crown: Random House). Entertainment Weekly also has an interview and Vulture has some outtakes.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Sophie Mackintosh, Blue Ticket (Doubleday: Random House).

PBS NewsHour has a report on Simon & Schuster’s Dana Canedy.

Jennifer Weiner’s Mrs. Everything gets optioned for TV. IMDb TV, which is Amazon’s ad-supported streaming service, buys rights to Alex Rider, based on the series by Anthony Horowitz. Deadline reports.

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