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The Hugo award finalists are announced. The Pulitzer Prize announcement is delayed. Many other awards make news as well. Oprah picks Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker. B&N makes news twice: the April book club title is Conjure Women by Afia Atakora and employees at one of their book distribution centers contract coronavirus.

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Charlie Jane Anders, Tamsyn Muir, and Seanan McGuire are among the Hugo Awards finalists. There is also a livestream video announcement.

The International Dylan Thomas Prize announces its shortlist.

The Philip K. Dick Award ceremony will be streamed online this Friday at 7 pm PST. File 770 reports. Here are the nominees.

The Plutarch Award for biography announces its finalists.

The Doug Wright Awards, for Canadian comics, issues its list of nominees.

The longlist for The Orwell Prize is announced.

The Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist is out.

The Pulitzer Prize announcements will be postponed until May 4. They were to be announced on April 20. The judges are too busy covering the pandemic to evaluate the nominees. PBS NewsHour reports.


Both NPR and the NYT review Attention: A Love Story by Casey Schwartz (Pantheon: Random House). NPR calls it “an often lucid, sometimes hazy memoir-cum-meditation on the idea of attention.” The NYT writes “we finish her book having gorged on trivia but finding basic questions unanswered.”

Both USA Today and The Washington Post review Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo, Scott Sonenshein (Little, Brown: Hachette). USA Today gives it 3 stars and writes “Kondo and Sonenshein tackle every area of work, from the physical desk to the virtual desktop, and how we manage time, smartphones, emails, meetings, daily rituals, decision-making, networking and most dreaded of all, meetings.” The Washington Post calls it “a slim yet efficient guide geared toward white-collar workers with a desk job.”

USA Today reviews Godshot by Chelsea Bieker (Catapult; LJ starred review), giving it 3 stars as well and writing it is “not an easy book to read, but it picks up on the nuances of life as a woman.”

The Washington Post reviews Calder: The Conquest of Space; The Later Years; 1940–1976 by Jed Perl (Knopf): “Alexander Calder has found a perfect match in Jed Perl.”

Briefly Noted

Oprah picks Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review) as her next book club book. Entertainment Weekly reports as does USA Today. The L.A. Times has a feature, as does People.

Barnes & Noble picks Conjure Women by Afia Atakora (Random; LJ starred review) as its April book club title.

Vogue features Emma Roberts of Belletrist, who has book suggestions.

Salon picks books for April.

CrimeReads picks “5 Psychological Thrillers You Should This April.” Also, “5 Great Crime Novels Bringing Multicultural Heroes and Representation to Mystery.”

Popsugar excerpts The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (Knopf).

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt from DC’s The Last Knight on Earth.

Don Winslow writes column No. 2 for his week-long contribution to Deadline.

In The Cut, Katie Heaney, Girl Crushed (Knopf Books for Young Adults: Random House), writes about writing YA.

Electric Lit interviews C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills Is Gold (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Salon interviews Sarah Ramey, The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness (Doubleday: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Ben Oliver, The Loop (Chicken House: Scholastic). Also, a feature on Pop Star Goddesses: And How to Tap Into Their Energies to Invoke Your Best Self by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (Morrow: Harper).

Shondaland spotlights Michael Arceneaux, I Don't Want to Die Poor: Essays (Atria: S. & S.).

Bitch Media interviews Leslie Gray Streeter, Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Erica Jong remembers author Patricia Bosworth in Vogue.

The Guardian features author Michelle Paver.

The Atlantic writes that “Amazon’s self-publishing arm gives extremists and neo-Nazis banned from other platforms unprecedented access to a mass audience.”

The Strategist asks what designer and author Betsey Johnson “Can’t Live Without.”

Curators think they have found a portrait of Lydia Bennet, the flirt of Pride and Prejudice. The Guardian has a report.

The L.A. Times interviews Kathryn Scanlan, The Dominant Animal: Stories (MCD x FSG Originals: Macmillan).

The Guardian celebrates Diana Wynne Jones’s Charmed Life.

The Washington Post celebrates Talbot Mundy’s 1924 novel The Nine Unknown.

People writes about a Girl Scout who has collected children’s books to distribute at NICU units in Georgia.

Sean Spicer is writing another book about Trump. It will come out in October and be titled Leading America: President Trump’s Commitment to People, Patriotism, and Capitalism (Center Street). Axios reports.

Children’s author Jean Little has died. The CBC has a report.

Coronavirus Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources     

Electric Lit picks “7 Surreal Books That Suddenly Seem Relatable.”

Remezcla suggests “5 Cookbooks to Feed Your Spirit While in Quarantine.”

Barnes & Noble employees at a book distribution center have contracted the coronavirus. CNN reports.

LJ reports that book sales are volatile during the pandemic.

The National Endowment for the Humanities announce new grants with their $75 million coronavirus money. The NYT reports.

The NYT reports on how National Poetry Month has gone online.

Susan Straight offers her quarantine diary in the L.A. Times.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Sam Sifton, See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends (Random House).

NPR’s All Things Considered celebrates Ravi Shankar and features Oliver Craske, Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar (Hachette).

Disney’s Bob Iger says that maybe “a few more” movies will go straight to Disney+. The Dark Harvest film adaptation is now set for Sept. 24, 2021. Deadline reports.

PBS NewsHour has discussion questions for Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (Knopf).

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