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The 2021 Booker Prize longlist is announced. The 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and The 2021 Mary Gilmore Award shortlists were announced.  Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder continues to get attention. Scott Snyder will co-create eight titles for Amazon’s ComiXology Originals.  Interviews arrive with Mena Suvari, Emilia Clarke, Hermione Hoby, Francine Prose, Richard Lange, Emily Adrian and Jeannette Winterson. Trevor Noah will executive produce new docuseries 'The Tipping Point.'  Plus, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Walter Isaacson's The Code Breaker, and Cherie Dimaline's Empire of Wild join Pokemon and The Exorcist in getting adaptations.



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The 2021 Booker Prize longlist is announced and includes Kazuo Ishiguro, Nathan Harris, Rachel Cusk,  Richard Powers, Maggie Shipstead, and more. The NYT has coverage. USA Today has more. Plus, The Guardian has this. Watch the video announcement. 

The 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced.

The 2021 Mary Gilmore Award 2021 shortlist announced.



The NYT reviews A Song Everlasting by Ha Jin (Pantheon): “Here, the clash between rising Chinese totalitarianism and the American dream of freedom that Jin appears still to champion has begun to fray to the point of implausibility.” And, The Minister Primarily by John Oliver Killens (Amistad): “Killens has read his Shakespeare. With the surprises in its plot and its quadrilles of mistaken identities, ‘The Minister Primarily’ is right up there with ‘The Tempest’ and ‘The Comedy of Errors’.”

The Washington Post reviews Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder (Doubleday): “As Nightbitch disrupts the equilibrium of her household, allowing her long-suppressed fury to surface, something else happens: She rediscovers her creativity. The scene of her art opening is unforgettable. So is Nightbitch. No one should take her for granted.” And, What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad (Knopf): “Nothing I’ve read before has given me such a visceral sense of the grisly predicament confronted by millions of people expelled from their homes by conflict and climate change.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today interviews Mena Suvari about abuse and addiction in her new bookThe Great Peace (Hachette)

LA Times interviews Richard Lange about his new vampire biker novel Rovers (Mulholland) and breaking genre rules. 

Vol1Brooklyn speaks with Hermione Hoby about writing Virtue (Riverhead).

Shondaland talks to Francine Prose about her latest novelThe Vixen (Harper). Also, Emily Adrian talks about her fourth book, The Second Season (Blackstone Publishing).

The Guardian talks with Jeanette Winterson 12 Bytes: How We Got Here. Where We Might Go Next (Grove) about AI, “burning books and the ensuing Twitter storm, the end of her marriage, and why a move into politics could be next.”

The NYT provides “5 Takeaways From Mena Suvari’s Book,” The Great Peace (Hachette).

The NYT considers “The Mystery of My Obsession With Agatha Christie.”

BBC looks back on The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, "The scandalous memoir of the 'lost generation'."

Comic book writer Scott Snyder will co-create eight titles for Amazon’s ComiXology Originals. THR reports.

OprahDaily has an adapted excerpt of Horse Girls: Recovering, Aspiring, and Devoted Riders Redefine the Iconic Bond edited by Halimah Marcus (Harper Perennial).

Esquire explores "Why Men Are Reading Romance Novels."

CrimeReads suggests “July’s Best Debut Novels," “13 Must-Read Laugh-Out-Loud Mysteries,” and “Five Thrillers That Will Make You Delete Your Social Media Accounts Forever.”

OprahDaily has “45 Best LGBTQ Books That Will Heat Up the Literary Landscape This Fall.”

“Sally Miller Gearhart, Lesbian Writer and Activist, Dies at 90.”The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders talks with Emilia Clarke about her new comic M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, Volume 1 (Image Comics), Hollywood, GOT, and real life superpowers.

Garth Greenwell’s 2016 novel What Belongs to You (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) is becoming an opera. LitHub has the story.

Trevor Noah will executive produce new docuseries The Tipping Point, offering a “fresh perspective on the influence and legacy of recent events and how they have charted new and unanticipated paths forward.” THR reports.

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower (Grand Central) is being adapted for the big screen. And, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson (S. & S.) will be developed as a limited series. Plus, Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline (William Morrow: Harper) will be adapted as a series. Deadline has all the news.

A new live-action Pokemon series, with associated titles, is in early development at Netflix. Variety has the exclusive.

The Exorcist, originally based on the book by William Peter Blatty, is being rebooted as a trilogy of films in partnership with Universal and Peacock. THR has more.

LeVar Burton makes Jeopardy! debut. THR covers the story.

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