Governor General's Literary Awards Are Announced | Book Pulse

Award news comes from The Canadian Council for the Arts Governor General's Literary Awards, The Discovery Award, and the Grand Prix de I’Imaginaire. Margaret Atwood's Burning Questions: Essays 2004-2021 is due on March 1, 2022. Interviews with Jo Ann Beard of Festival Days, Kate Zambreno of To Write As If Already Dead, and Karen Tucker of Bewilderness. Adaptation news for Patricia Cornwell, Abraham Verghese, and Khaled Hosseini. Plus, Page to Screen titles.

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Awards & News

The Canadian Council for the Arts Governor General's Literary Awards are announced.

The 2021 Discovery Award Winners are announced.

2021 Grand Prix de I’Imaginaire winners are announced.

Doubleday will publish an essay collection by Margaret Atwood, Burning Questions: Essays 2004-2021 on March 1, 2022Publishers Weekly has the news.

Page to Screen

June 4:

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, based on a story by Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and James Wan. Warner Bros. Pictures Reviews| Trailer

Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, based on the book by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners. Disney. No reviews | Trailer

Grace and Grit, based on a book by Ken Wiber. VOD. No reviews | Trailer

Lisey’s Story, based on the book by Stephen King. Apple TV+. Reviews | Trailer

My Tender Matador (Tengo miedo torero), based on the book by Pedro Lemebel. VOD. Reviews| Trailer

Sweet Tooth, based on the comic book by Jeff Lemire. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

June 6:

Little Birds, based on the short stories by Anaïs Nin. Starz. Reviews | Trailer

War of the Worlds, based on the book by H.G. Wells. Epix. Reviews | Trailer

June 7:

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, based on the book series by Kerry Greenwood. Acorn TV. No reviews | Trailer

June 9:

Loki, based on associated titles. Disney+. No reviews | Trailer

June 10:

Infinite, based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz. Paramount+. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin (Little, Brown): “Lin's wordcraft is deft and painterly, whether he's describing a fight scene or a desert. But genre expectations that could have broadened narrative horizons flatten many of the characters into archetypes, rather than elevating them to memorable story arcs of their own.”

The Washington Post reviews Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River by John N. Maclean (Custom House: Harper): "Indeed, “Home Waters” is about geology and glaciers and the forming of a river. It’s about history and Meriwether Lewis and how larch trees grew to be giants. It’s about nostalgia and cross-country car rides to a family cabin by Seeley Lake in Montana and how generations of Macleans became tied to a place. There’s also a fair bit about trout and his famous father’s book." Also, All the Colors Came Out by Kate Fagan (Little, Brown; LJ starred review): "Fagan has done a remarkable service to her father by telling the story of his life with such generosity and to her fellow caregivers by candidly describing the circumstances under which that life came to an end." How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith (Little, Brown): "The result is an eminently readable, thought-provoking volume, with a clear message to separate nostalgic fantasy and false narratives from history." And many more reviews to read today.

The Los Angeles Times reviews Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen (Farrar): "Galchen has written another smart book that investigates the power of narrative, both good and bad, foregrounding a woman who’d only been a footnote to a famous man’s story, all while being funny and deceptively easy to read. It’s quite a magic trick."

The New York Times reviews Animal by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader: S. & S): "“Animal” is a story about trauma, how the psychic wounds of childhood draw the blueprint for a lifetime of emotional carnage and, eventually, physical violence." Also, Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up - and What We Made When We Make Dinner by Liz Hauck (Dial Press: Random House): "The book’s structure, like the project itself, is shaped by Hauck’s unswerving adherence to the four guiding principles of volunteering, namely “show up when you say you will show up; know your one small task and do it the best you can; be prepared to improvise, because you’ll have to improvise, because inevitably something unforeseen will arise; and the easiest or hardest part — leave when you are supposed to leave, and then come back again.”"

Locus Magazine reviews Memory Theater by Karin Tidbeck (Pantheon: Random House): “As always, the clarity and grace of Tidbeck’s prose is remarkable, and her skill at keeping her plot galloping along despite peppering us with provocative ideas and tantalizing mysteries is equally impressive.” reviews Hollow by B. Catling (Vintage: Random House): “The word “hollow” suggests emptiness and deprivation, but Catling’s is full to bursting, abundant in wonder and replete in mysteries. It astounds and it appalls.”

Book Marks has "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Jo Ann Beard, Festival Days (Little, Brown, & Co.: Hatchette) speaks with The Millions in an interview about her work and present life

The Los Angeles Times interviews Kate Zambreno, author of To Write As If Already Dead (Columbia University Press) on her writing process and being inspired by the French writer and photographer Hervé Guibert.

Karen Tucker, Bewilderness (Catapult) has a conversation with Chicago Review of Books regarding her debut novel and struggles with opioid abuse.

Fox News further reports on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s book Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward (National Geographic) as having been removed from pre-ordering capabilities.

C.L. Taylor writes a piece about the cult-like features of wellness retreats and explores topics from her book Her Last Holiday (Avon: HarperCollins). CrimeReads has more.

Elle features author Ashley C. Ford on Shelf Life.

Lit Hub has "Exploring the...Weirder Side of Reproduction: A Reading List" and "Love Letters to Italy: A Reading List." gives “Would-Be Utopias: Five Books Featuring Arcologies and Domed Cities.”

The New York Times provides "New in Paperback: 'Luster' and 'Sex and Vanity'" and "What Happens to Philip Roth's Legacy Now?"

The Washington Post lists "The 5 best new thrillers and mysteries to read in June."

PopSugar has "15 Books That'll Make You Ugly-Cry as Much as The Last Letter From Your Lover," "13 Romance Books That Will Heat Things Up This June," "12 Haunting New Mystery and Thriller Books Coming Your Way in June," and many more recommendation lists for June.

Book Riot shares "5 Non-Spiritual Self-Help Books to Help Sail Through Trying Times."

People provides “Happy Pride Month! Celebrate with People’s Picks for LGBTQ-Themed Movies, Shows, Music and Books.”

Vogue lists "The Best Books to Read in 2021."

Shondaland has "The 5 Best Books for June 2021."

The Millions gives “June Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month).

Good Morning America has “27 books for June.”

Entertainment Weekly provides “Your Pride 2021 Must List: 16 LGBTG projects to watch and read in June and beyond.”

Oprah Daily lists “115 LGBTQ Authors Share the Books that Changed Their Lives.”

Authors on Air

Zakiya Dalila, The Other Black Girl (Atria; LJ starred review), speaks with The Maris Review podcasts about shedding light on publishing industry from an insider's perspective.

Just the Right Book podcast features Roxanne Coady, The Lights of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos (William Morrow: HarperCollins) to discuss her Jewish heritage and the affects of the Holocaust on her family and writing.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Vintage: Random House) will be adapted by Bron Studio and Anonymous Content, directed by Richie MehtaThe Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive.

Khaled Hosseini will adapt his book A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead: Random House) for One Community. Deadline has more information. Also, Netflix is working on a screen rights deal for the Reddit-published novella by Marcus Kliewer, We Used to Live Here, starring Blake Lively.

Jamie Lee Curtis' production banner and Blumhouse Television are developing a series based on the books of Patricia CornwellVariety reports. Also, an article on how shows based on book adaptations may have a "Game of Thrones" effect on awards nights.

NYPL blog has "Moody Crime Reads for Fans of Mare of Easttown."

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