Clanchy, Cuomo Books Cause Controversy | Book Pulse

Kate Clanchy will rewrite Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me amid criticism while Andrew Cuomo's book becomes a cautionary tale for publishers. The American Booksellers Association responds to multiple controversies too. Don Winslow’s City on Fire is delayed until 2022 due to Covid. Huma Abedin’s forthcoming memoir, Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds gets a preview and cover art. Robin’s bisexuality becomes canon in a new comic.


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Kate Clanchy will rewrite Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me (Picador) amid criticism of ‘racist and ableist tropes’, The Guardian reports. Picador releases a statement. The Orwell Foundation also releases a statement. 

In the wake of the New York Governor's resignation, The NYT writes about "How Cuomo’s Book Became a Cautionary Tale" for publishers backing political books.

The American Booksellers Association releases findings in response to multiple controversies. LitHub has the story. 

Don Winslow’s forthcoming book City on Fire (Morrow), originally set to publish in September, will be delayed until 2022 due to Covid surges. Deadline has the update.


NPR reviews Edge Case by YZ Chin (Ecco): “a wonderful novel, smart but not showy, emotional but not sentimental. It asks us to examine a broken society that most of us have helped create.” And, Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka (Harry N. Abrams): “At once outlandish and virtuoso, Bullet Train is like one of those dazzling balance beam routines that keep you hoping the gymnast will stick the landing.”

The Washington Post reviews Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP by Mirin Fader (Hachette): “The vividness of the stories she tells, the memories she’s able to pull out of people, unmask facets of Giannis’s playful and endearing personality.”

NYT reviews Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump by Spencer Ackerman (Viking; LJ starred review): “an impressive combination of diligence and verve, deploying Ackerman’s deep stores of knowledge as a national security journalist to full effect.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today has a Q&A with with Cecily Strong about her new memoir This Will All Be Over Soon (S. & S.). Shondaland also speaks with Strong about feeling worthy in the literary world, her late cousin Owen, and mental-health awareness.

LA Times talks with Alaa Al Aswany, The Republic of False Truths (Knopf) about Cairo’s Tahrir Square moment and a warning for us.

“Three Queer Women of Color Writers Talk Crime Fiction” at Lambda Literary.

NYT profiles the extensive work of Stanislaw Lem for his centenary.

The Washington Post offers a perspective on our connection to physical books during the pandemic.

Robin’s bisexuality becomes canon in a new comicEntertainment Weekly has the story. People also has coverage.

Oprah Daily has a preview and cover reveal for Huma Abedin’s forthcoming memoir, Both/And:A Life in Many Worlds (Scribner), due out November 2nd.

Tor shares an excerpt of No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull (Blackstone; LJ starred review), due out September 7th.

CrimeReads has “Six Great Gothic Castles from Literature”, “Six Crime Novels Based on Real Cases”, and “A History of Serial Killers Who Went Quiet Before Being Caught.”

Esquire has “The 15 Best Travel Books for Inspiring Your Next Big Trip.”

BookRiot has “20 Must-Read Southern Gothic Novels.”, “10 Bookstore Romances to Get Lost In”, and writes “Mood-Boosting Cozy Mysteries Are Increasingly Diverse.”

ElectricLit suggests books about L.A. and the movie-making industry.

“Ying-shih Yu, Renowned Scholar of Chinese Thought, Dies at 91.”  NYT has an obituary.

"Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, first female dub poet, dies at 65.The Guardian has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour recommends “Three Great Nonfiction Audiobooks” and explores Robin’s coming-out in Batman: Urban Legends #6.

BookRiot has “Your Guide to New Marvel Movies and TV in 2021 and 2022.”

Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex (WaterBrook) by Michael Todd will be adapted into a feature film for Amazon Studios. Deadline reports.

Ethan Hawke, Meadowlark: A Coming-of-Age Crime Story (Grand Central), visits Seth Myers tomorrow night.

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