'Imperial Intimacies' by Hazel V. Carby Bryan Wins Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding | Book Pulse

Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands by Hazel V. Carby Bryan wins the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding. Memorial by Bryan Washington is getting a lot of buzz this week, including being picked as the Good Morning America November book club choice. For its book club, Barnes & Noble chooses The Cold Millions by Jess Walter. Plus, see the first trailer for The Midnight Sky, based on Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton and directed by and starring George Clooney.

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The British Academy awards the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding to Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands by Hazel V. Carby (Verso).

Vanity Fair says "Bryan Washington Is Writing the Next Generation of Queer Love Story." Kirkus has a Q&A with the author, as does The Rumpus, and Esquire, in which Washington says, "As each character tries to impart comfort and pleasure and a feeling of just being okay, not only to themselves, but to the folks around them, cooking and sharing a meal was one vehicle through which to do that." He also "Recommends Five Books on Being OK With Not Knowing" at The Daily Beast. The Good Morning America November book club picks his book, Memorial (Riverhead: Penguin), and NPR reviews it, saying it "is a quietly stunning book, a masterpiece that asks us to reflect on what we owe to the people who enter our lives."

For its November book club, Barnes & Noble chooses The Cold Millions by Jess Walter (Harper). He is also profiled in the L.A. Times, and interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered: "And as I was working on the novel, I kept seeing the echoes of the social unrest we're living in now…"

Lit Hub chooses "16 new books to buy from your local indie bookstore" and "The 50 Greatest Apocalypse Novels."

Recommended new releases this week from BuzzFeed and Booklist.

Datebook suggests 3 new biographies that "offer thoughtful break from roller-coaster politics."

Kirkus offers "11 Diverting Teen Reads for Stressful Times."

Book Riot rounds up "8 of the Best New Self-Care Books to Prioritize Yourself."

Electric Lit suggests "20 Small Press Books from 2020 You Might Have Missed."


The NYT reviews Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark, (Knopf): "[The book] is nothing short of mesmerizing, bringing the reader inside a much-told but uncommonly intriguing narrative that has all too often been the object of fierce partisanship. Instead of depleting my interest in Plath, the book stimulated it further; I found myself going on to read two books of critical essays about her right after I was done reading it." Also, Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy by Talia Lavin (Hachette): "She forges engaging narrative paths through the distant and near history of the alt-right, from the medieval European blood libel to Henry Ford’s mainstreaming of anti-Semitic ideas to Gamergate and the stories of a radicalized adolescent YouTuber. This combination of memoir and analysis works well." American Contagions: Epidemics and the Law From Smallpox to Covid-19 by John Fabian Witt (Yale): "There’s something to be said for a book that takes the bewildering cacophony of American approaches to the pandemic and tries to bring some clarity to how we got here." Additionally, the "Graphic Content" column reviews Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan (Metropolitan: Macmillan), Bad Island by Stanley Donwood (W. W. Norton), and Mindviscosity by Matt Furie (Fantagraphics: W. W. Norton).

NPR reviews Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes (Bloomsbury Sigma: Macmillan): "What Wragg Sykes has produced in Kindred, after eight years of labor, is masterful. Synthesizing over a century and a half of research, she gives us a vivid feel for a past in which we weren't the only smart, feeling bipedal primate alive."

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The L.A. Times interviews Megan Rosenbloom, Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin (FSG: Macmillan). Also, Marlon James discusses Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead: Penguin) during the paper's Festival of Books.

Esquire lays out "What Martin Amis Really Thinks About ... Everyone."

Matthew McConaughey discusses Greenlights (Random House Audiobooks) on The Oprah Conversation.

Shelf Awareness has a Q&A with Corey Sobel, The Redshirt (University Press of Kentucky).

In the Star Tribune, Spike Carlsen advises what to look out for on A Walk Around the Block (HarperOne).

Shondaland has a Q&A with M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis, Stories from Suffragette City (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Elle talks with Lindy West about Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema (Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Heather Clark: "[Sylvia Plath's] energy actually kind of kept me going, and almost made me rethink what I could achieve."

Vijay Seshadri, That Was Now, This Is Then (Graywolf: Macmillan), tells The Rumpus that some of his poems "are just emanations of the life we’ve lived."

HuffPost interviews Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell, Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850s-1950s (5 Continents Editions).

In forthcoming book news, The Millions speaks with Gabriela Garcia about Of Women and Salt (Flatiron: Macmillan), due April 2021.

Torddotcom Publishing has two new titles coming in 2022: The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, an "anthology of Chinese science fiction and fantasy, written, edited, and translated by women and nonbinary creators," and All the Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie, "a compact historical saga."

NYPL offers "Warm Up with Fall Comfort Food Cookbooks."

Distanced reader advisory ideas from Book Riot in "How to Start a Virtual Book Recommendation Service."

Editor and author Daniel Menaker has died. The NYT has an obituary, as do the L.A. Times and USA Today.

Authors on Air

See the first trailer for The Midnight Sky, based on Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton and directed by and starring George Clooney. It's out on Netflix Dec. 23.

Variety announces Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review) is headed to the big screen.

The film Funny Boy, based on the book by Shyam Selvadurai, will air on CBS Dec. 4 and then debut on Netflix Dec. 10. Variety reports.

Deadline reports Season 3 of American Gods, based on the book by Neil Gaiman, returns to Starz on Jan. 10.

NPR's Fresh Air interviews Evan Osnos, Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now (Scribner, S. & S.).

Carlos Lozada is on NPR's Morning Edition to discuss What Were We Thinking? A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era (S. & S.). Lozada also speaks with Andrew Keen on the Keen On podcast.

PBS NewsHour talks with Paul Tough about Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (Mariner: HMH).

L. Hughley, Surrender, White People!: Our Unconditional Terms for Peace (William Morrow: Harper), will be on The Talk today.

Pete Buttigieg, Trust: America's Best Chance (Liveright: W.W. Norton), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

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