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A judge has temporarily blocked publication of Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man. Appeals are in the works. July book club titles arrive, along with best of the month lists and picks for the remainder of the reading year. The NYT reports on "What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing.” The publishing world suffers losses as Carl Reiner and Rudolfo Anaya have died.

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July Picks, Summer Reading, & the Reading Year Ahead







Entertainment Weekly picks the best books of the year thus far. Also, the June Romance column is out.

Electric Lit gathers “The Most Anticipated Debuts of the Second Half of 2020.”

Lit Hub lists “13 of the Most Anticipated Books by Indigenous Authors For the Second Half of 2020.”

Amazon has nonfiction summer reading suggestions.

Talia Hibbert, Take a Hint, Dani Brown (Avon: Harper; LJ starred review) has summer reading picks.

The Washington Post names books for July. So does Amazon, Bustle, CrimeReadsDen of Geek (YA) and (SF), Time, and Yahoo!.

Jenna Bush Hager selects Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (Knopf) as her July book club title.

PBS NewsHour has a last feature on Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy (Random House; LJ starred review), its June book club title, and picks Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press: Macmillan) as its July book club title.

The Seattle Times picks The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime) as its July book club title.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation plans a full July for Canada Reads. Publishing Perspectives has an in-depth report and the title list.


The Washington Post reviews Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: Random House): “It’s as if a supernatural power compels us to turn the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic.” Also, Lot Six: A Memoir by David Adjmi, (Harper): “the book becomes an immersive experience, not unlike theater. On every page, readers are tasked with asking themselves the terrifying, beautiful question: What is the story of a life?Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (Knopf): “will be shelved as domestic fiction. But it’s as much a story about money and politics.” Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh (Doubleday: Random House): “Written in cool, clinical prose parceled out in short paragraphs separated by lots of white space … does not aim to stir our emotions, even though it deals with emotionally fraught material. Mackintosh traffics in ambivalence and ambiguity.”

The NYT reviews The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution by David Paul Kuhn (Oxford): “vividly evokes an especially ugly moment half a century ago, when the misbegotten Vietnam War and a malformed notion of patriotism combined volatilely.”

Antiracist Reading Lists, News, and Collection Development/RA Resources

Time has a piece by Jasmine Guillory, “Reading Anti-Racist Nonfiction Is a Start. But Don’t Underestimate the Power of Black Fiction.” Also, “10 Powerful Inclusive and Anti-Racist Books for Kids and Teens.”

Autostraddle suggests “8 Speculative Fiction Books by Black Authors about Black Futures for Imagining a New World.”

Now Toronto has “11 essential books to read by Black Canadian authors.”

The NYT offers the feature “ ‘A Conflicted Cultural Force’: What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing.”

Briefly Noted

A judge has temporarily blocked publication of Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (S. & S.), ordering that no copies can be released until he rules on the case. The author and publisher are appealing. The Washington Post reports.

Flake by Matthew Dooley (Jonathan Cape) wins the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comedic fiction. The Guardian reports.

In forthcoming book news, Sir Patrick Stewart is writing a memoir. The title and date are not yet set but it will come out from Gallery Books: S. & S. USA Today reports. Also, Lenny Kravitz is writing a memoir. It has a title, Let Love Rule, and will come out on Oct. 6 from Henry Holt. He will narrate the audiobook. Entertainment Weekly reports. Essence also has the news and the announcement video.

Lucasfilm is starting “a new publishing program dedicated to The Mandalorian, featuring books and titles for fans of all ages.” One of the first books will be The Mandalorian Original Novel (Star Wars) by Adam Christopher (Random House) StarWars.com reports and Tor.com has more details as well.

Lit Hub picks “12 new books for the long weekend.”

BuzzFeed picks “23 Audiobooks That Are Even Better Than The Print Version.”

Publishers Weekly has an update on the National Book Critics Circle and one on the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Also, a report on literary face masks that support the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc).

The Guardian has a report on the reopening of UK libraries: “Space marshalls at the door, librarians behind perspex screens ... book borrowing may never be the same again.” 

USA Today reports Dan Brown’s ex-wife is suing him.

Bitch Media interviews Leah Johnson, You Should See Me in a Crown (Scholastic). Also, the site has a piece entitled “Slaying the Girlboss: New Books Explore the Underbelly of Corporate Feminism.”

Entertainment Weekly interviews Lara Prescott, The Secrets We Kept (Knopf; LJ starred review). Also, an interview with Roni Loren, who has a new book on the way, Yes & I Love You (Sourcebooks Casablanca, March 2, 2021, ISBN: 9781728229614).

USA Today interviews Colson Whitehead.

Datebook interviews Jaimal Yogis, Mop Rides the Waves of Life: A Story of Mindfulness and Surfing illustrated by Matthew Allen (Plum Blossom Bks.).

The L.A. Times features Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon, Memoirs and Misinformation (Knopf). Also, the paper has an interview with Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity (Doubleday: Random House).

Town & Country also spotlights Kevin Kwan.

The NYT has an essay titled “The Baby-Sitters Club Taught Me Everything I Needed to Know About Literary Fiction.”

Elle excerpts Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong (Vintage: Random House) with a piece by Keah Brown, The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown (Atria: S. & S.).

Autostraddle excerpts Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books for Young Readers).

Vulture excerpts This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson (Harper Perennial; LJ starred review). Tor.com excerpts Obliteration: An Awakened Novel by James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth (Harper Voyager).

Fantasy magazine is relaunching with issue #61 this November. Locus reports.

Author and Hollywood legend Carl Reiner has died. The Hollywood Reporter has an obituary. Vulture offers an excerpt from one of his books.

Rudolfo Anaya, the “‘godfather’ of Chicano literature,” has died. PBS NewsHour has a report. So does NPR and USA Today.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Danielle Ofri, MD, When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error (Beacon Press: Random House).

Deadline reports that Nickelodeon plans a big screen reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The forthcoming debut children’s book by Shawn Amos, Cookies & Milk, sells film and TV rights. That big deal to buy notable author estates by International Literary Properties has now netted a first-look deal with BBC Studios.

Dustin Hoffman will star in Our Town by Thornton Wilder, when Broadway reopens. Vulture has details.

Cursed gets a trailer. It airs on Netflix on July 17 and is based on the book by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller.

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