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The Bram Stoker Awards are announced. The Colby Award is granted. The shortlist for the Ondaatje Prize is out. ALA releases its Most Challenged list. The NYT has cookbooks. BookPage offers publishing trends. Mo Willems designs a t-shirt to raise money to help feed healthcare workers.

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The Bram Stoker Awards are announced. Coyote Rage by Owl Goingback (Independent Legions Publishing) wins for Superior Achievement in a Novel.

Adam Higginbotham wins the Colby Award for Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

The shortlist for the Ondaatje Prize is out.


The Washington Post reviews If It Bleeds by Stephen King (Scribner: S. & S.): “King continues to draw from a rich and varied reservoir of stories. At its best, his work remains deeply empathetic and compulsively readable.”

USA Today also reviews If It Bleeds, giving it 3.5 stars and writing it “showcases King’s gift for crafting personas … and exploring themes such as mortality and friendship.”

NYT reviews How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review): “Thammavongsa’s spare, rigorous stories are preoccupied with themes of alienation and dislocation, her characters burdened by the sense of existing unseen.” Also, Reproduction by Ian Williams (Europa; LJ starred review): “at its best when Williams’s ornate arrangements of life and death feel fragile and unpredictable. He excels at transferring the intensity and action of traumatic events to the doldrums between.” Kept Animals by Kate Milliken (Scribner: S. & S.): “an event-packed novel of class, desire, coming-of-age and familial disintegration. It’s also a knowing depiction of an unstable world where residents can be as treacherous as the landscape.” Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight To Fit In by Phuc Tran (Flatiron: Macmillan): “gestures at interesting ideas without fully engaging in them.” The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L'Engle (Grand Central: Hachette): “reflects not only L’Engle’s growth as a writer but her search for her own personal philosophy, one that ultimately recognized opportunity and authenticity in nonconformity.” In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State" by David Rohde (W.W. Norton): “raises more questions than he answers.” There is a gathering of audiobooks and the “Graphic Content” column looks at comics that “Stare Into the Face of Terror and Loneliness.”

NPR reviews “3 YA Tales Of Girls On The Edge.”

Briefly Noted

BookPage features “9 publishing trends we’re loving right now.”

ALA releases its most challenged list. USA Today has a report.

Entertainment Weekly asks Janelle Brown, Pretty Things (Random), its “What’s In A Page” questions.”

Bustle features Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You: Essays (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review).

Salon interviews Christine Buckley, Plant Magic: Herbalism in Real Life (Roost).

Esquire suggests “The Best Books to Elevate Your Reading List in 2020.”

Town & Country picks “15 Best Mystery Novels for Any Mood.”

BuzzFeed selects “21 Great Books From Small Presses To Read Now.”

Electric Lit offers “10 Unmissable Books From the ‘Flyover States’.”

In the NYT, reviewer Dwight Garner celebrates the “library of indolence,” books about “Slacker Heroes, Lunch-Cancelers and Liers-In.”

Refinery29 gathers “6 Books About Women Athletes.”

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Alberto Manguel.

EarlyWord updates its Diversity Titles list with pub. date moves.

Ingram offers RA with Bookfinity. Shelf Awareness has a report.

Random House editor Robert Loomis, who worked with Maya Angelou and William Styron, has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Brazilian author Rubem Fonseca has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Abigail Thernstrom, scholar and author, has died. The NYT has an obituary.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

USA Today has Max Brooks, Devolution: A Firsthand ­Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre (Del Rey: Ballantine; LJ starred review), talk about the line between reality and fiction in the age of the pandemic. NOTE: the publication date for the book has been pushed from May until June 16.

The NYT suggests new cookbooks great for reading and cooking during the pandemic.

LitHub suggests “Ten Memoirs to Keep You Company in Isolation" as well as “Five Recent Story Collections For Your Pandemic Reading.”

Author Yuval Noah Harari writes about our thinking about death, past, present, and future. The piece is in The Guardian. Also in the paper, a report about the impact of COVID-19 on the comics industry.

Mo Willems designs a t-shirt to raise money to help feed healthcare workers. People has details.

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly has a report on Michelle Obama’s first story time reading. The NYT has an article as well.

PBS NewsHour features the book-based Self Made.

O: The Oprah Magazine suggests “24 Feminist Books You'll Want to Read After Watching Mrs. America.” has the transcript of K.M. Szpara and N.K. Jemisin's conversation about Docile by Szpara ( Macmillan) and much more.

Neil Gaiman offers updates on Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman. has details.

NPR’s Fresh Air features actor Zoe Kazan of The Plot Against America.

Fox News features Make America Healthy Again: How Bad Behavior and Big Government Caused a Trillion-Dollar Crisis by Nicole Saphier, M.D. (Broadside Books) and also Opportunity Knocks: How Hard Work, Community, and Business Can Improve Lives and End Poverty by Senator Tim Scott (Center Street: Hachette).

NPR’s It’s Been A Minute With Sam Sanders features Sopan Deb, Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me (Dey St: Harper; LJ starred review).

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