Candice Carty-Williams & Bernardine Evaristo Make History | Book Pulse

Candice Carty-Williams and Bernardine Evaristo make history by winning the top British Book awards prizes. Booklists for July, summer, the year thus far, and much more arrive. The two new Normal People forty-years later shorts are here. Netflix’s Baby-Sitters Club gets glowing praise and HBO pays big and wins adaptation rights to The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

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Making history. The Guardian reports that Candice Carty-Williams and Bernardine Evaristo have “become the first black authors to win the top prizes at the British Book awards.” Carty-Williams wins Book of the Year for her debut Queenie (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.). Evaristo wins both Author of the Year and the fiction category for Girl, Woman, Other (Grove Press, Black Cat).

The 2020 Rhysling Award Winners are announced. These are the awards from The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association.

The Royal Society of Literature announces the winner of the Encore Award.

The CLMP Firecracker Awards are announced.


The NYT reviews Nine Shiny Objects by Brian Castleberry (Custom House: Harper): “Discovering the nature of the characters’ associations and intersections across the chapters is one of the richest pleasures of the book. Also, Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh (Doubleday: Random House): “It is as much about the tension between independence and obligation, between desire and capability, as it is about contemporary womanhood: under constant threat just for having a body, and longing to decide your own fate.” Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Crown: Random House): “Even if you don’t agree with Glaude’s interpretations, you’ll find yourself productively arguing with them. He parses, he pronounces, he cajoles. He spurs you to revisit Baldwin’s work yourself.” The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, translated by Richard Dixon (HarperVia): “It’s a monster, a 700-page landslide of language with no obvious speaking parts. But it’s apparent right from the start that Massini is the real thing. His writing is smart, electric, light on its feet.” Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference by David Shimer (Knopf): “With the pacing of a thriller and the insight of a superb work of history, the book paints an understandable yet dismaying picture of a missed opportunity.” Lastly, the “New & Noteworthy” column gathers audiobooks.

Briefly Noted

The AV Club has five book picks for July.

Bustle selects books of July.

Lit Hub names “13 of the Most Anticipated Books by Indigenous Authors For the Second Half of 2020.” Also, “5 Audiobooks For the Bereft Sports Fan.”

Book Riot gathers “Summer 2020 YA Books: Your Reading List Is Hot, Hot, Hot.”

NPR offers “Mermaids, Werewolves And Witches: Welcome Summer With These 6 New YA Novels.”

Datebook picks books for readers who need a laugh.

Electric Lit suggests “8 Anti-Capitalist Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels.”

Amazon names its “best science fiction and fantasy of 2020 so far.” Also, Val Kilmer has summer reading picks. offers its May – June Short Fiction collection, via free download. It includes stories by Yoon Ha Lee and K. M. Szpara among others.

Elle has an essay by Christina Hammonds Reed, The Black Kids (S. & S.; SLJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly features J. Courtney Sullivan, Friends and Strangers (Knopf). EW also has an interview with Robbie Couch, author of the forthcoming The Sky Blues (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, April 6, 2021, ISBN 9781534477858).

Bitch Media features Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri (Harper Perennial; LJ starred review).

O: The Oprah Magazine showcases Outlander Kitchen: To the New World and Back Again: The Second Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders (Delacorte Press: Random House).

In forthcoming book news, O: The Oprah Magazine features Kink: Stories, edited by Garth Greenwell and R.O. Kwon (S. & S.). It includes stories by Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, Carmen Maria Machado, Brandon Taylor, and more and comes out next February.

The Millions points out that How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton by Lucille Clifton, edited by Aracelis Girmay (BOA Editions) is forthcoming this September and that The Paris Review has two poems by Clifton to read now.

Slate interviews Jasmine Guillory, Party of Two (Berkley: Penguin).

Electric Lit interviews Tracy O'Neill, Quotients (Soho: Random House).

The Seattle Times interviews E.J. Koh, The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir (Tin House: W.W. Norton) about the books she reads.

Robert Trump takes the family efforts to stop Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (S. & S.) to the NY Supreme Court. The Guardian reports the suit asks to stop publication and seeks damages. The book is due out on July 28. Publishers Weekly also has a report.

In Slate, Laura Miller writes “I Read (Almost) Every Memoir by a Former Trump Official Only together do they reveal the full picture.”

Lit Hub selects “The 12 Best Book Covers of June.”

The comic book character Judge Dredd will feature in an “immersive experience” in London. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Sourcebooks is partnering with Baker & Taylor on a monthly virtual book club for public libraries. The program is called “Book Clubs at the Library” and begins in July with “Murder at the Library,” featuring The Last Flight by Julie Clark (Sourcebooks Landmark; LJ starred review). Full details including purchase terms and events are online.

Sérgio Sant’Anna, “Brazilian Master of the Short Story” has died of coronavirus. The NYT reports.

Authors On Air

Town & Country has the two new Normal People forty years later shorts.

Vanity Fair writes “Netflix’s Baby-Sitters Club Series Is Near-Perfect Kids’ Television.” Vulture is also on board.

Deadline reports that HBO has won adaptation rights to The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, in a 17-way auction fight worth seven figures. Hulu will air Jamie Oliver’s lockdown show Jamie: Keep Cooking And Carry On. It begins on July 27. Some are already on YouTube. ABC is passing on the The Brides, the reimagining of Dracula it was hopeful about earlier.

NPR’s It’s Been A Minute interviews Nicole Byer, #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl's Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini (Andrews McMeel Publishing).

Variety reports that Broadway will stay closed through 2020.

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