Shifting Pub Dates Could Lead to Underspending by Libraries | Book Pulse

Revenge by James Patterson, Andrew Holmes leads holds this week. Publication date shifts impact budgets, LibraryReads, Indie Next, and more. C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold gets some buzz. Normal People by Sally Rooney wins the 2020 Tournament of Books. Disney releases Artemis Fowl straight to Disney+. Black Widow is moving from April to November.

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Big Books of the Week

Revenge by James Patterson, Andrew Holmes (Grand Central: Hachette) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine: Random House)

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler (Knopf)

These books and others publishing the week of April 6, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet . 

NOTE ON PUBLICATION DATE SHIFTS: As we have been reporting, publication dates are shifting rapidly. All titles listed above, on the spreadsheet, and in the LibraryReads/Indie Next feature below were confirmed through Edelweiss this morning but publishers have many changes to report and all might not have been made to date. Keep an eye on your budgets; the amount of movement may be enough to create underspending as you approach the end of the fiscal year. EarlyWord, on top of it all, has a report, working with LJ's Spring Preview spreadsheet, on the shifts. Publishers Weekly has started a spreadsheet system for reporting shifts, but Edelweiss might be the best place to check dates, as well as publisher websites and wholesellers. The Bookseller reports publication date shifts in the UK, which could have knock-on effects for the U.S. One title to note right now, The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions) is getting moved from June to September.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are five LibraryReads picks hitting shelves this week, including the No. 1 pick for the month, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books: Random House)

"Hendrix's latest novel, possibly his darkest yet, addresses racism, sexism, and the mistaken belief that housewives are dull. Patricia and friends, all genteel Southerners, start a true crime book club. They have to apply what they've learned when a vampire moves into town. Patricia grows from a mildly dissatisfied homemaker to a vampire- fighting dynamo who thinks three steps ahead and takes ownership of her life. With perfect pacing, there's never a moment where readers can let their guard down. An excellent choice for horror fans of Joe Hill, David Wong, and Christopher Moore."  —Rosemary Kiladitis, Queens Public Library, Corona, NY

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“Grady Hendrix somehow makes horror charming. His style of writing — unrelenting humanity in the face of real terror, of both the supernatural and everyday varieties — is in top form here. He’s one of a handful of authors whose new work I devour as soon as I get my hands on it. Hendrix knows how to terrify you, but more importantly, he knows how to make you feel like you can potentially overcome the thing that scares you the most.” —Colin Sneed, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan)

“Jones follows up her Charley Davidson series in a spectacular fashion with a new series featuring police chief Sunshine Vicram. A fun, UN-PUT-DOWN-ABLE read with a large cast of lovable, diverse characters, several mysteries to solve, and laugh-out-loud humor. Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and J.A. Jance. ” —Pamela Steinke, Mott Public Library, Mott, ND

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine: Random House)

“Another fantastic, hard-to- put-down book by Wingate. The story moves back and forth from the post Civil War era where freed slaves are searching for lost family to the modern day South where a struggling new teacher is trying to engage her students. A must read for those who enjoyed Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi or On Agate Hill by Lee Smith.”  —Cindy Ritter, Hamilton North Public Library, Cicero IN

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth (John Joseph Adams/HMH)

“Some years back, five teens were picked, after they fulfilled a prophecy, to fight the Dark One. Now, on the tenth anniversary of that battle, they find out that the Dark One is still alive in a parallel universe. Do the young heroes have what it takes to fight him again? Packed with action, suspense, and breath-taking twists and turns. A good choice for fans of Lev Grossman and N.K. Jemisin.” —Trisha Perry, Oldham County Public Library, LaGrange, KY

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“Two men and three women meet the odd criteria set for the Chosen Ones, who will save the world from the Dark One — whether they want to or not. Years after successfully completing their assignment, three of them are hijacked to a parallel universe to repeat their performance. They are not very happy. Roth’s world-building is exquisite, as is her construction of parallel universe mechanics. And did I mention the maddening, flawed, and entertaining characters? Roth’s first adult sci-fi is a resounding triumph! I’m ready for more.” —Kay Wosewick, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

"Naomi realizes she is only 18% in love with Nicholas, but doesn't want to be the one to break it off, so she devises a plan to force him to break up with her. For readers who liked The Wedding Party and Well Met." —Douglas Beatty, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD

There are five additional Indie Next selections coming this week as well:

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review)

“Most people would make sour milk out of the lemons Antonia has been given, but she finds herself more resilient than she knew she was. When her husband passes away the same day she retires and the problems keep adding up, she must decide what to do. Julia Alvarez writes like she painted a picture you need to sit beside. Breathless and cinematic, this book is one to share with friends and the one we should be talking about in 2020.” —Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black (Soho Crime: Random House; LJ starred review)

“I couldn’t put down this well-written and fast-paced thriller. This is the story of Kate Rees, an American female spy, and her tragedies and triumphs during WWII. Cara creates a captivating story around Hitler’s three-hour visit to Paris, to which he never returned again, and takes you on a wild ride through the city that day. Each piece of the timeline is expertly stitched together, and I found myself completely involved! Cara Black, you have a new fan!” —Lisa Valentino, Ink Fish Books, Warren, RI

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review)

“In the most inventive and fresh language I’ve seen in a long time, C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold, set during the American gold rush, tells the story of siblings Lucy and Sam as they wander the western expanse to give their father a proper burial. Zhang transforms the mythology of the American West and reclaims it through the eyes of first-generation Asian-Americans, tackling themes of race, immigration, and gender and creating a new narrative of a voice and people often left out of this pivotal historical period. Strange and surreal, this is a novel to read with care and gratitude.” —Chris Alonso, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi (Atria: S. & S.)

“Oh my. Megan Campisi’s Sin Eater completely took me by surprise. It is a wholly unique combination of fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. Filled with intriguing characters and vivid imagery, this inventive tale will immerse readers in the deceit and intrigue of the royal court. Campisi’s narrator is what really sets this novel apart — the sin eater, a woman called to hear the sins of the dying and consume the foods that represent them. A dark, thrilling read!” —Anderson McKean, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry (S. & S.)

“Move over Bridget Jones, Roxy is here to stay! Thank goddess! I loved every sentence of The Roxy Letters; I found myself laughing out loud at some of her wacky antics. I also loved the quirky cast of characters that danced across the pages, and I think Roxy is the perfect antihero for the new millennium. I can’t wait to see where Mary Pauline Lowry’s career is headed!” —Kathleen Caldwell, A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA

NOTE: Two April titles, one LibraryReads and one Indie Next, have shifted publication dates. He Started It by Samantha Downing (Berkley: Penguin) has moved from April to July (EarlyWord has a report). The Indie Next title is Northernmost by Peter Geye (Knopf), which has moved from April to September.

In the Media

People’s Book of the Week is Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler (Knopf). Also getting attention are The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday: Random House) and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review). There are also “Great Reads for Kids, including Framed! by James PONTI (Aladdin: S. & S.), The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer (Knopf Books for Young Readers), and The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman (Mariner Books: HMH). There is a feature on Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Table, Volume 2 : A Collection of Recipes for Gathering (William Morrow), one on Val Kilmer, I'm Your Huckleberry: A Memoir (S. & S.), and on Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review). To close, there are recipes from The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook: Authentic Flavors and Modern Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker by Archana Mundhe (Ten Speed Press: Random House), The Dude Diet Dinnertime: 125 Clean(ish) Recipes for Weeknight Winners and Fancypants Dinners by Serena Wolf (Harper Wave), and Joanna Gaines’s Magnolia Table, Volume 2 : A Collection of Recipes for Gathering  (William Morrow).


The NYT reviews Broken by Don Winslow (William Morrow: Harper): “a collection of six novellas that show off his range … The feeling of brokenness is palpable here, and it’s a big part of the author’s sensibility when he isn’t being clever.” Also, Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review): “Alvarez maintains, at the end of the day all we have to inhabit is our broken selves, and our ever more broken world.”

The Washington Post reviews The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry (S. & S.): “the kind of comic novel we need right now. Not just because it’s fun, funny and filled with eccentrics, but because Lowry’s novel proves that good people working together can make positive changes.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews Godshot by Chelsea Bieker (Catapult; LJ starred review), giving it an A- and writing “Fiercely written and endlessly readable, a novel like this is a godsend.” Also, Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review), giving it a B and writing it “doesn't break any new ground but does settle into a deeply poignant groove.” The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels (Hub City Press), giving it an A- and writing “A brutally fresh kind of homecoming novel, The Prettiest Star weaves between resentment and redemption in its unvarnished portrait of ignorance and cruelty.”

USA Today reviews How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review), giving it three stars and writing “C Pam Zhang plainly cherishes the genre’s broad themes. Everything else that defines the Western gets run through a shredder.”

NPR reviews Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Little Death by Nicholas Gurewitch (Dark Horse Books: Random House): “… Notes' visual weight gives it a solemnity that feels prescient. Make no mistake, Gurewitch's attitude toward death and the afterlife is as seditious as ever. This isn't a book for those seeking pat reassurances that everything will work out in the end.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks books for the week.

BookPage suggests titles for April.

The Millions offers its poetry picks for April.

Book Riot has “The Ultimate Guide To Spring 2020 YA Books For Your TBR.”

The NYT has a piece featuring C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills Is Gold (Riverhead: Penguin). The feature also includes other books set in the same time period, also written by Asian American authors.

The NYT interviews Frank B. Wilderson III, Afropessimism (Liveright: W.W. Norton) for its “Five Things About Your Book” feature.

The Guardian writes about My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review) and the many issues of ‘authorial authenticity’.”

The Guardian interviews Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews the children’s author Jacqueline Wilson. The BBC also has a report on Wilson.

Salon interviews Katherine Rowland, The Pleasure Gap: American Women and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution (Seal Press: Hachette).

Bitch Media features Lakewood by Megan Giddings (Amistad: Harper).

The Crime column is out in the NYT.

Publishers Weekly has a report on new titles by writers with disabilities.

Vox is starting a book club. The first pick is The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Electric Lit has books about women in the desert as selected by author Stefany Anne Golberg, My Morningless Mornings (The Unnamed Press). posts Jo Walton’s Reading List: March 2020.

In forthcoming book news, The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything by Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin (Clarkson Potter: Random House) is due out on Sept. 15. People reports.

The 2020 Tournament of Books is complete and Normal People by Sally Rooney (Crown: Hogarth; LJ starred review) wins.

BuzzFeed has more images of bookshelf inserts.

Larry David weighs in on Woody Allen. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Harriet Glickman, the woman who pushed to have Peanuts add a black character has died. NYT has an obituary and a report.

Coronavirus Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Entertainment Weekly has “This spring's hottest authors reveal their most anticipated quarantine reads.”

Publishers Weekly picks “13 Essential Pandemic Novels.”

USA Today offers “10 inspirational books that offer advice on how to live in tough times.”

The Guardian has a similar idea in its “Lockdown culture” piece in which “Novelists pick books to inspire, uplift, and offer escape.”

The AP features Valeria Luiselli who is documenting what is happening: “We are going to need this narrative fabric, some sort of fabric for us to lay down once we overcome this.”

Vulture has a new series looking at books that “foretold our pandemic-stricken world” and considers The End of October by Lawrence Wright (Knopf).

The Washington Post spotlights Nemesis by Philip Roth (HMH), writing that “His polio novel … is a psychic map to our current struggle.” Also, in the same vein, Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett (Grove Press).

Vogue writes about the difficulty of reading right now. The Atlantic suggests poetry if you are finding it hard to concentrate.

Vox has several pieces including “Artists, novelists, critics, and essayists are writing the first draft of history” and “A syllabus for the end of the world.”

Marvel is opening free access to some of its comics. Entertainment Weekly reports.

CILIP announces The National Shelf Service. It will feature a librarian making a book recommendation each day. It begins today on YouTube. The Bookseller reports. 

The National Theatre in the UK is starting “National Theatre at Home” with YouTube airings of its productions, such as Jane Eyre and Treasure Island.” CBS Sunday Morning reports.

The NYT reports on the Library of Congress’s film treasures, all streaming for free.

Esmé Weijun Wang writes about “Chronic Uncertainty” for The Cut.

Jason Reynolds, V.E. Schwab, and Roxane Gay was are helping out. Reynolds says “it’s been a reminder that people are inherently good. We may need a little nudge sometimes, but we’re still GOOD.”

The Atlantic has a feature on what libraries are doing to help during the pandemic.

The NYT reports on CanadaPerforms, the streaming arts program involving Margaret Atwood and other Canadian authors and artists.

Jezebel asks Carmen Maria Machado what she is watching to help during the pandemic. The answer is The Lord of the Rings.

Grub Street has what author Emily Gould is eating through the pandemic.

Entertainment Weekly writes about audiobooks (and Abe Lincoln) in its newest quarantine book club feature.

Lena Dunham’s Verified Strangers hits chapter ten.

Actress and author Patricia Boswoth has died of coronavirus. The NYT reports, as does the L.A. Times. Photographer and author Stuart Goodman has also died from the virus. The Bookseller reports.

Authors on Air

The NYT has a new podcast featuring Cheryl Strayed, Sugar Calling. The first episode features George Saunders.

PBS NewsHour interviews Erik Larson, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz (Crown: Random House). reports on Amazon’ Tales From the Loop and the book collections of Simon Stålenhag’s art which is the basis of the show. The books include Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood (both from Design Studio Press).

CBS Sunday Morning features Celeste Ng. Electric Lit asks of the adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere if “Art—Or Parenthood—Is Theft.”

Jonathan Silver Scott and Zooey Deschanel do a live story time reading of Builder Brothers: Better Together by Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, illustrated by Kim Smith (Harper). People reports.

Disney releases Artemis Fowl straight to Disney+. The Wrap reports. Disney also announced that Black Widow is moving from April to November 6 and that The Eternals has been pushed way back, which, as reports, creates a cascade of shifts through the Marvel schedule.

Popsugar has a list of 33 books getting adapted in 2020. They have checked the release dates but expect movement and straight to streaming releases.

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, And Madness At The Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann is headed to TV. Deadline reports.

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