Colson Whitehead Wins Second Pulitzer for 'The Nickel Boys' | Book Pulse

Colson Whitehead achieves a rare milestone, winning a Pulitzer for two books in a row. Stephenie Meyer announces she will publish Midnight Sun, the story of Twilight told from Edward Cullen’s point of view. Read with Jenna picks All Adults Here by Emma Straub as its May title. It is also the May Barnes and Noble book club pick. Reese Witherspoon picks The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi as her May title. Jacqueline Woodson wins the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award; Roger Robinson wins the Ondaatje prize; and the James Beard cookbook awards nominees are announced.

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The Pulitzer Prizes are announced. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House) wins the Fiction category. It marks a rare achievement in that Whitehead has now won for his last two books. The Underground Railroad won the prize in 2017. Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel (Oxford University Press) wins the History category. Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review) wins for Biography. The Tradition by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press; LJ starred review) wins the Poetry category. Both The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan) and The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan) win for General Nonfiction. The NYT has a guide to the winners and finalists.

The 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award goes to Jacqueline Woodson (writer) and Albertine (illustrator).

The Ondaatje prize is announced. Roger Robinson wins for A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press). The Guardian reports.

The James Beard cookbook awards nominees are announced.


The Washington Post reviews The Book of V. by Anna Solomon (Holt: Macmillan): "irresistible, sexy and intelligent.” Also, More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood by Natasha Gregson Wagner (Scribner: S. & S.): “Give all due credit to the author’s sincerity and loyalty, but don’t ignore the imperatives of image control.”

NPR reviews The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch (Flatiron: Macmillan): “relentlessly fun to read … an expertly crafted book that seems sure to delight readers with an interest in lesser-known episodes of American history.”

USA Today reviews Goldilocks by Laura Lam (Orbit: Hachette; LJ starred review), giving it 2.5 stars and calling it “fascinating, uneven.”

The NYT reviews Pelosi by Molly Ball (Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “admiring and illuminating.” Also, Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead: Penguin): “dark, quick, strangely joyful.” Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy by Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano (W.W. Norton): “has the narrative propulsion and granular detail of the best breaking-news disaster journalism.” Telephone by Percival Everett (Graywolf Press: Macmillan): “one of these standouts.” All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Riverhead: Penguin): “bigly entertaining.” The Book of V. by Anna Solomon (Holt: Macmillan): “engrossing, highly readable, darkly sexy.” And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School by Judith Warner (Crown: Random House): “accomplished and highly readable.” Scandinavian Noir: In Pursuit of a Mystery by Wendy Lesser (FSG: Macmillan): “a beautifully crafted inquiry into fiction, reality, crime and place.” The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe (St. Martin’s: Macmillan): “the message of the book is a good one: that mental illness is not a cause for shame, and that sharing honestly (and even humorously) with fellow sufferers can be a path to healing.” The Index of Self-Destructive Acts by Christopher Beha (Tin House; LJ starred review): “the kind of long novel that begins to occupy its own time zone in your life.” Friend: A Novel from North Korea by Nam–nyong Paek, translated by Immanuel Kim (Columbia): “In its candid examination of domestic conflict and female ambition, the book unsettles expectations of North Korean life.” Also, the paper has “2 Novels by ‘Alternative Nobel’ Winner Take On Power and Its Abuses” and the New & Noteworthy column.

Briefly Noted

Stephenie Meyer announces she will publish Midnight Sun, the story of Twilight told from Edward Cullen’s point of view. It will publish on Aug. 4 from Hachette. Meyer says “It’s definitely darker, and I would say more desperate … The stakes are way higher from (Edward's) perspective.” USA Today reports as does the NYT, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, and the L.A. Times.

Read with Jenna picks All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Riverhead: Penguin) as its May title. It is also the May Barnes and Noble book club pick. Reese Witherspoon picks The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi (Mira: Harlequin) as her May title.

The Millions offers this month’s “Most Anticipated” books.

LitHub picks 10 books for May.

The AV Club has “5 new books to read in May.” gathers “All the New Fantasy Books Arriving in May.”

Entertainment Weekly runs its April romance column.

Summer Scares begins for 2020. RA for All has details.

The NYT offers “The Essential Stephen King.”

Electric Lit suggests “7 Books By and About Muslim Women.”

The NYT features Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering (William Morrow).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (Vintage: Random House). Also, an excerpt of Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark by Lou Anders, Tom Angleberger, Preeti Chhibber, Zoraida Cordova, Jason Fry (Disney Lucasfilm Press: Hachette).

LitHub has an interview with Amy Wilson, the person behind Book Worker Power.

Vanity Fair writes about Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle by Tom Quinn (Biteback Publishing) as well as Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand (Dey Street: Harper). Also, an interview with Tori Amos, Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage (Atria: S. & S.).

Jane Fonda has a new book on the way, What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action (Penguin) due out in September. The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Cengage is not merging with McGraw-Hill. Publishing Perspectives reports.

Maj Sjowall, who the NYT headlines as the “Godmother of Nordic Noir,” has died. The paper has an obituary.

The NYT has an obituary for Per Olov Enquist.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

The Washington Post suggests “Desert-island books: Science fiction tales set in isolation that feel just right now.”

Serial Box starts “How We Live Now” and gets Madeline Ashby, Steven Barnes, L.X. Beckett, Tananarive Due, Brian Keene, Usman T. Malik, Sunny Moraine, Malka Older, Kelly Robson, and Catherynne M. Valente to write about life in lockdown through a speculative fiction lens. reports.

The NYT has responses from readers on how books have served them during the pandemic.

Salon interviews John Perkins, Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear into Action to Change Your Life and the World (Berrett-Koehler: Random House).

The Library of Congress is collecting visual maps about the pandemic. CityLab reports on “a dramatic expansion in the forms and functions of maps – and their makers.”

The NYT has a piece by Dennis Overbye about “Adm. Richard E. Byrd, the American arctic explorer, endured in 1934, when he spent five months alone in a one-room shack in Antarctica, wintering over the long night.”

Authors on Air

Becoming gets a new trailer. It debuts tomorrow.

Sweetness In The Belly gets a trailer. It is based on the novel by Camilla Gibb and debuts on May 8.

NPR interviews Sarah Knight, F*ck No!: How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can't, You Shouldn't, or You Just Don't Want To (Voracious: Hachette).

Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) will direct and co-write a new Star Wars movie. Elizabeth Bear’s short story “Covenant” is getting adapted into a film. AMC orders more episodes of Friday Night In With the Morgans, which features author Hilarie Burton Morgan. Ralph Fiennes will star as Miss Trunchbull in Netflix and Working Title’s adaptation of Matilda. Deadline reports.

Fox features Don't Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason by Dave Rubin (Sentinel: Penguin).

Stephen King, If It Bleeds (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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