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ReedPop announces it is "retiring" BookExpo, BookCon, and UnBound. The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell'Antonia is the December book club pick from Reese Witherspoon, and This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens is the GMA December Book Club pick. Nalo Hopkinson is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 37th Damon Knight Grand Master. Forthcoming book news arrives about The Reckoning by Mary Trump and Matrix by Lauren Groff. Plus, more best-of 2020 lists from editors of The New York Times and The New Yorker.

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ReedPop announces it's "retiring" BookExpo, BookCon, and UnBound. See coverage from the Associated Press, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness.

The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell'Antonia (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) is the December book club pick from Reese Witherspoon.

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) is the GMA December Book Club pick.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America names Nalo Hopkinson the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master, its lifetime achievement award.

The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole (Doubleday Canaday) wins the 2020 Toronto Book Award

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (Knopf) is named the Waterstones book of the year.

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier (S. & S.) wins the 2020 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.

NPR's annual best-of list, Book Concierge, is out.

The NYT's critics pick their top books of the year, and discuss their choices. Also, "The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2020."

New Yorker writers choose the best books they read this year.

Parade picks the 40 best books of the year.

BuzzFeed lists the best photo books of 2020.

St. Martin’s Press will publish The Reckoning, the second book by Mary Trump, in July 2021

Riverhead Books will publish Matrix by Lauren Groff in September 2021. Lit Hub has details.

Tordotcom Publishing will publish two new and three backlist books by Andrea Hairston.

Travel publisher Lonely Planet has been sold to digital media platform Red Ventures, which owns CNET, Healthline Media, The Points Guy, and more. Publishers Weekly reports. 


The NYT has brief reviews of books about the home: Mindful Thoughts at Home: Finding Heart in the Home by Kate Peers (Leaping Hare: Quarto); The New York Times: Right at Home: How to Buy, Decorate, Organize and Maintain Your Space by Ronda Kaysen and Michelle Higgins (Black Dog & Leventhal: Hachette); The Little Book of Life Skills: Deal with Dinner, Manage Your Email, Make a Graceful Exit, and 152 Other Expert Tricks by Erin Zammett Ruddy (Grand Central: Hachette); and The Paper Solution: What to Shred, What to Save, and How to Stop It From Taking Over Your Life by Lisa Woodruff (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin). The "Book of the Times" column features Divorcing by Susan Taubes (NYRB Classics: Random House; reissue): "It’s not a comic novel, by any stretch, but neglecting to mention its humor would shortchange it and deform one’s initial idea of it."

The Washington Post reviews Rest and Be Thankful by Emma Glass (Bloomsbury Circus Macmillan): "Glass’s short book ably meets the ponderous inquiries of caregiving in a tribute to both fragility and forbearance."

The Guardian reviews Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future by Pope Francis (S. & S.): "There is a spiritual urgency and warmth to Let Us Dream that will appeal to lay readers as well as the faithful. But these thoughts of a pope in lockdown already feel a little as if they belong to another time."

Briefly Noted

Booklist recommends new books out this week.

BuzzFeed also features 5 new books out this week.

Amazon selects the best books out in December.

Town & Country also recommends some of this month's new releases.

PopSugar has December suggestions, too: romances, thrillers, and buzzy books.

GMA offers "13 new books to get cozy with over the holidays."

16 recent holiday romances via USA Today.

Book cover designers choose "The 89 Best Book Covers of 2020" for Lit Hub.

O: The Oprah Magazine looks at "32 LGBTQ Books That Will Change the Literary Landscape in 2021."

Mariah Carey shares her favorite books of the year (including her own) on Instagram.

Christina Lauren, In a Holidaze (Gallery Books: S. & S.), lists her favorite holiday romances for Parade.

USA Today has an excerpt of Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen), due out May 2021.

The upcoming BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle (Harper Collins) will be released as a digital download in January 2021. The Bookseller reports.

The Book Marks Questionnaire features François Vigneault, Titan (Oni: S. & S.).

Stephen Graham Jones, The Only Good Indians (Gallery/Saga: S. & S.; LJ starred review), talks about writing horror with The Rumpus.

Vogue interviews Jamie Hood, How To Be A Good Girl (Grieveland).

USA Today provides some takeaways from Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal: Hachette: LJ starred review).

Esquire interviews Michael Eric Dyson, Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

Fariha Róisín talks with Electric Lit about Like a Bird (Unnamed).

Kevin Young, editor of African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (Library of America: Penguin), speaks with Shondaland.

Salon interviews Jean Guerrero, Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda (William Morrow: Harper).

Ruth Coker Burks talks with People about All the Young Men (Grove; LJ starred review).

Authors on Air

See a trailer for the film The Mauritanian, adapted from Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi.

Universal is planning a new monster movie based in the Van Helsing universe. Also, a feature film adaptation of the comic series Bayonet by Everette Hartsoe is in the works. Variety reports.

PBS NewsHour has a discussion with this month's Book Club author Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X (Quill Tree Books: Harper).

Lit Hub has videos from the recent Hay Festival Winter Weekend: Robert Macfarlane talks with Jackie Morris, and Lee Child talks with Heather Martin.

Michael Eric Dyson, Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (St. Martin's: Macmillan), is on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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