HarperCollins to Buy Houghton Mifflin’s Trade Publishing Unit | Book Pulse

HarperCollins plans to buy Houghton Mifflin’s Trade Publishing Unit. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award Announces its 2021 Shortlist. Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia continues to get attention. Philip Roth: The Biography is out. Senator Tammy Duckworth, Every Day is a Gift, inspires. Netflix releases the Shadow and Bone trailer. Plus, Starz cancels Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

News & Awards

“HarperCollins to Buy Houghton Mifflin’s Trade Publishing Unit”, the NYT reports.  Deadline also reports.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announces its 2021 Shortlist. "The Award, and its associated accolades, are presented annually to outstanding writers, intellectuals, and publishers, as well as young talent whose writing and translation in humanities objectively enriches Arab intellectual, cultural, literary and social life." Publishers Weekly has the list. 


The NYT reviews Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey (Norton): “Copious, complicitous, written with style and almost filial tenderness and myopia — in many ways the book feels like an unavoidable stage of public mourning.” Also, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton (37 Ink: Atria; LJ Starred Review): “Like the best fiction, it feels truer and more mesmerizing than some true stories. It’s a packed time capsule that doubles as a stick of dynamite.” Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (Flatiron): “This book is shaped, and given buoyancy, by Garcia’s sharp prose and by Jeanette’s ability to continue believing that the unexpected is possible, even as it repeatedly fails to materialize.” Every Day Is a Gift by Tammy Duckworth (Twelve; LJ Starred Review): “The sheer details of her life are so compelling — so, yes, inspirational — that anyone less plain-spoken might risk veering into sanctimony or sap.” Girlhood by Melissa Febos (Bloomsbury): “This solidarity puts “Girlhood” in a feminist canon that includes Febos’s idol, Adrienne Rich, and Maggie Nelson’s theory-minded masterpieces: smart, radical company, and not ordinary at all.”  The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights by Dorothy Wickenden (Scribner: LJ Starred Review): “a masterpiece, not least, of structure, as each of the title characters dons her mantle, takes the stage and does a turn, usually at arm’s length from the others.” Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad by Michela Wrong (PublicAffairs): “stands out as perhaps the most ambitious attempt yet to tell the dark story of Rwanda and the region’s deeply intertwined tragedies for a general audience.” The Empress and I: How an Ancient Empire Collected, Rejected and Rediscovered Modern Art by Donna Stein (Skira): “in her score-settling memoir, reveals how she helped Farah Diba Pahlavi create a museum whose collection is valued at $3 billion today”The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World by Linda Colley (Liverlight): “is devoted to analyzing the ideas, motivations and activities of the pioneering men (and few women) involved in designing and championing constitutions.” A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul (Norton; LJ Starred Review): “As the birds flit through these pages, but with ever less frequency through our lives, we can only hope that birders and non-birders alike take inspiration and a call to action.”

The LA Times reviews Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World by Cade Metz (Dutton; LJ Starred Review): “Anyone with an enthusiastic curiosity about science, technology and the future of human culture will find this clear-eyed, snappily written book both entertaining and valuable.”

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly features poet Gabriela Garcia and her new novel, Of Women and Salt (Flatiron). Garcia also speaks with The Rumpus, and LitHub.

NYT asks “Philip Roth Was His Own Favorite Subject. What’s Left for a Biographer?”: “For Roth scholars, there will always be the nagging frustration that one man alone got to see the full Roth oeuvre.” Plus, “How to Pretend You’re in New Orleans Tonight.”

The LA Times has this appreciation for Larry McMurtry.

Activist Tarana Burke will publish her debut memoir, Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement (An Oprah Book/Flatiron) in September. Oprah Daily has the exclusive cover reveal.

Shondaland spoke with Julia Cooke about her new book, Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am (Houghton Harcourt; LJ Starred Review): “an intimate look at the women who shaped the golden age of travel in the mid-20th century.”

The Nation has an interview with Mariame Kaba, We Do This 'Til We Free Us : Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice (Haymarket).

The Millions has a list of 10 “Thrillers Based on Real-Life Events.”

People picks 15 Best New Books of the Week.

Authors on Air

On NPR’s Fresh Air, naturalist Scott Weidensaul, A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds (Norton; LJ Starred Review), talks about “The 'Astounding' Flyways Of Migratory Birds.” Plus, NPR profiles James Beard Award winner Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day by Rodney Scott & Lolis Eric Elie (Clarkson Potter).

Netflix releases latest trailer for fantasy series, Shadow and Bonebased on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse novels. Deadline has the story and the trailer.

Starz cancels American Gods, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, but leaves an opening for a TV movie. Deadline reports.

NPR’s It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders talks with Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (Random; LJ Starred Review).

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