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The 15 books that will feature in the Book Expo Buzz sessions are revealed. More Star Wars stories are on the way. Author and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson has died. She was an inspiration for the Hidden Figures book and film. There are reading guides for the Harvey Weinstein verdict and about pandemics.

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Entertainment Weekly has the 15 books that will feature in the Book Expo Buzz sessions.

Lucasfilm announces a new cross-medium publishing project called The High Republic. It will include three new books and two new comic series written by Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule. has details with book titles and covers, as does Gizmodo, and there is also an announcement trailer.

In more new book news, Jane Goodall’s The Book of Hope (Celadon Books) will land in fall 2021. USA Today reports it is “a collaboration with Doug Abrams, author of the bestselling The Book of Joy.” Deadline reports that Simon Cowell is planning a book series for kids with Hachette. It will be called Wishfits and run for a planned seven titles. Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz) will publish Stories of Hope: Finding Inspiration in Everyday Lives. It will come out in the UK (thus far) in Sept. 2020.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman (Razorbill: Penguin).


NPR reviews Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam Cohen (Penguin; LJ starred review): “Cohen proves his argument that the Supreme Court's decisions have widened the wealth gap, diminished consumers' abilities to right wrongs, limited individuals' say in our democracy and greatly empowered corporations.” Also, Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy (Blue Rider Press: Penguin): "[an] exhaustive and well-paced history.”

USA Today reviews Apartment by Teddy Wayne (Bloomsbury: Macmillan), giving it three stars and writing, “there’s a trickiness and intimacy to Wayne’s tale of two aspiring novelists that makes it more than a yarn about literary ambition.”

The Washington Post reviews Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead: Penguin): “The resulting ambiguities are what give Taylor’s writing its strengths: his receptivity to menace in the mundane, subcutaneous sexual vibrations, unconscious motivation.” Also, Actress by Anne Enright (W.W. Norton): “another brilliant novel from Anne Enright.”

The NYT reviews The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson (Crown: Random House): “Larson has transformed the well-known record of 12 turbulent months, stretching from May of 1940 through May of 1941, into a book that is fresh, fast and deeply moving.” Also, Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch (Random House; LJ starred review): “Its strength derives not from vast panoramas but from an intimate gaze. By looking at Clarke’s murder through Yellow Bird’s eyes, we get to see the forces that shape and ultimately unite their lives.” Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism by Elizabeth Tallent (Harper): “singular and haunting.” Greenwood by Michael Christie (Hogarth: Random House): “there are plenty of visionary moments laced into his shape-shifting narrative.” Lurking: How a Person Became a User by Joanne McNeil (MCD: Macmillan): “uses language that is incisive yet poetic to capture thoughtful insights about the internet, like the insidiousness of these platforms’ monetization schemes.” Apartment by Teddy Wayne (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “I couldn’t help feeling that the busyness and extremity of the plot’s denouement undercut the author’s otherwise humane sensibility.” These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson by Martha Ackmann (W.W. Norton): “a book I recurrently fell in and out of love with as the hours passed, all the while fully absorbed.” Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo by Philippe Lançon, translated by Steven Rendall (Europa Editions; LJ starred review): “Lançon is a sensitive man with a well-stocked mind, and he’s a steady companion on the page.” Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy (Blue Rider Press: Penguin): “It is a largely sympathetic, and occasionally fawning, portrait of Facebook that seems at odds with the company’s recent emergence as an avatar for the risks of unchecked corporate power.” There is also a dual review of novels about Mary Pinchot Meyer.

Briefly Noted

The NYT features Hilary Mantel, The Mirror & The Light (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Bustle offers “6 Books That Contextualize Harvey Weinstein's Monumental Guilty Verdict.” Vox has “Harvey Weinstein’s trial matters. Here are 4 resources to help make sense of it.”

The NYT has “7 Essential Books About Pandemics.”

The 2020 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards Shortlist are announced. These include the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the Mark Lynton History Prize. And, on a related note, the NYT reports that Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas (Vintage: Penguin) is getting adapted as a play.

The Washington Post interviews R. Eric Thomas, Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays (Ballantine: Random House; LJ starred review).

The New Yorker interviews Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

Both Jezebel and Bitch Media highlight Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today by Rachel Vorona Cote (Grand Central: Hachette).

People focuses on Carrie Underwood, Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Entertainment Weekly’s feature from the March print issue on Sarah J. Maas’s House of Earth and Blood (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) and Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Gold (Margaret K. McElderry Books: S. & S.) is now online.

Esquire highlights Lurking: How a Person Became a User by Joanne McNeil (MCD: Macmillan).

BookPage offers “Four sweet but substantial historical romances.”

China puts a Hong Kong bookseller in prison for 10 years. The NYT reports.

Author and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson has died. NPR has an obituary. As does The Washington Post.

Authors on Air

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Jessa Lingel, An Internet for the People: The Politics and Promise of craigslist (Princeton). NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Adam Cohen, Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America (Penguin; LJ starred review).

The Guardian features Malorie Blackman, whose book Noughts and Crosses, is set for the BBC.

The Lincoln Lawyer and Daisy Jones & The Six both add to their casts. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager is headed to the movies. Abigail Hing Wen’s Loveboat, Taipei sells screen rights. Deadline has details.

Variety reports that Love, Simon is moving to Hulu and will be re-titled, Love, Victor.

The Today show features Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls, Veronica Chambers (Flatiron Books: Macmillan) as well as Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit, and Faith by John Tesh (Thomas Nelson: Harper).

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