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Haruki Murakami is hosting a lockdown radio special in Japan. Joe Ide has reading and listening suggestions for those suffering quarantine insomnia. The finalists are out for The Best Translated Book Awards. The shortlist is announced for The Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award. NPR’s Romance review column arrives for May and EarlyWord posts it May GalleyChat Roundup. Ted Cruz is publishing One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History. A trailer is out for John Lewis: Good Trouble and Netflix offers The Witcher’s Bestiary.

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The Guardian reports “Haruki Murakami will host a lockdown radio special in Japan.”

Joe Ide “recommends insomnia reading and listening in quarantine” for the L.A. Times.

A neuroscientist explains “Why it’s so hard to read a book right now.” Vox has the story.

An out-of-print novel by Stanley Johnson, the father of the UK prime minister, is getting reissued in Britian. The Guardian reports “The Marburg Virus … follows an epidemiologist who must race against time to develop a vaccine when an unknown virus breaks out in New York. Based on a real event in Germany in the late 1960s, it also stars a US president desperate to come out on top.” The book will be re-titled The Virus. It was published in the US in 2015 under that same name.

The NYPL is hosting a weeklong reading of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline starting on Tuesday.


The NYT reviews The Last Trial by Scott Turow (Grand Central: Hachette): “In this meticulously devised courtroom drama, rich with character detail, Turow again demonstrates what he does best: roll out a complex, keenly observed legal case yet save a boatload of surprises for its ending.” Also, Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House): “This is skillful ventriloquism, yet Sittenfeld never occupies her subject at an animal level.” Sorry for Your Trouble by Richard Ford (Ecco: Harper): “drenched in retrospection, its narratives shadowed by the passing of all things.” Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt by Steven Johnson (Riverhead: Penguin): “the story Johnson tells is populated with concepts and consequences that resonate across the centuries.” Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State by Barton Gellman (Penguin): “would be simply pleasurable to read if the story it told didn’t also happen to be frighteningly real.” The Arab Winter: A Tragedy by Noah Feldman (Princeton UP): “Feldman spins out its ramifications in fascinating and persuasive ways.” Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs by Nancy Thorndike Greenspan (Viking: Penguin): “enthralling and riveting.” Away from Chaos: The Middle East and the Challenge to the West by Gilles Kepel (Columbia UP): “an excellent primer for anyone wanting to get up to speed on the region.” The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping by Samantha Harvey (Grove): “considers science and spirituality but ultimately rests, as it were, on language: its limits, and its possibilities.” The World: A Brief Introduction by Richard Haass (Penguin): International Affairs 101 … aims to promote a minimally necessary level of knowledge that Haass calls ‘global literacy’.” Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America by David Kamp (S. & S.): “a lively and bewitching recounting of a particularly ripe period in television and cultural history, from the creation of Sesame Street to Free to Be … You and Me.” Lastly, a review of the audiobook Shiner by Amy Jo Burns, read by Catherine Taber (Books on Tape): “Neither grim cliché nor opportunistic elegy, “Shiner” is something far more raw, and more honest.”

The Washington Post reviews Figure It Out: Essays by Wayne Koestenbaum (Soft Skull Press): “loopily expansive.”

Briefly Noted

Finalists are out for The Best Translated Book Awards. The Millions has the list.

The Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award shortlist is announced. The Bookseller reports.

NPR’s Romance review column arrives for May.

EarlyWord posts it May GalleyChat Roundup.

Electric Lit suggests “9 Diverse Books Set in the American West.”

BitchMedia lists “13 Books Feminists Should Read in May.”

Bustle offers “20 Vampire Novels Like Twilight To Read Before Midnight Sun Hits Shelves.”

In forthcoming book news, USA Today reports that Ted Cruz is publishing One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History (Regnery Publishing: S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly features Josh Malerman, Malorie: A Bird Box Novel (Del Rey: Random House).

Time showcases Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House).

Jacqueline Wilson tells The Guardian how she created the Tracy Beaker character.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half (Riverhead: Penguin) and Emma Cline, Daddy: Stories (Random House).

The Washington Post interviews Tom Papa, You're Doing Great!: And Other Reasons to Stay Alive (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan).

O: The Oprah Magazine interviews Peng Shepherd, The Book of M (William Morrow: Harper).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Aimee Agresti, The Summer Set (Graydon House: Harper).

Slate interviews Megan Abbott.

A new Lit Hub Author Questionnaire is out, this time featuring Brady Hammes, Tracy O’Neill, Ivy Pochoda, Lauren Sandler, and Jenny Zhang.

Vogue interviews Dana Canedy, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prize.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Snowpiercer Prequel 2: Apocalypse by Matz, Jean-Marc Rochette (Titan Comics: Random House).

Tor.com excerpts The Mother Code by Carole Stivers (Berkley: Penguin).

The Seattle Review of Books is going on indefinite hiatus. The Seattle Times reports.

Cookbook author Alison Roman has ignited social media after her comments about fellow authors Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo. The Washington Post details the event and fallout.

Authors on Air

Netflix offers The Witcher’s Bestiary.

Vanity Fair writes about Snowpiercer and “TNT’s bumpy adaptation.”

Popsugar has a reports on You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz (Grand Central: Hachette), the book behind HBO’s The Undoing.

The Today show features Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue, What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life (HarperOne).

13 Reasons Why will start its fourth and last season on June 5. Bill Skarsgård will star as Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson in Netflix’s adaptation of Olofsson’s autobiography. Deadline reports.

A trailer is out for John Lewis: Good Trouble, based on the life of author, Civil Rights icon, and Congressman John Lewis.

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