LeBron James Writes a Children’s Book; What to Read (and Listen to) This Week | Book Pulse

LeBron James is writing a children’s book. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell continues to build buzz. The March LibraryReads list is out, as are AudioFile’s top picks for the month. “Doomer Lit” gets explored. In Maine, a letter to the editor maintains that getting drugs is easier than getting a library card.

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Reading and Listening Lists

The March LibraryReads list is out. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow: Harper) is the top pick.

Essence picks “6 Books That Celebrate Being Black And Proud.”

The 2020 BooktubeSFF Awards shortlists are announced. These are the awards chosen by the SFF fan community on YouTube. Locus has the list.

LitHub picks “10 new books to get you through the week.”

CrimeReads picks “7 Debut Novels You Should Read in February.”

AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of February are announced.


The NYT reviews The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes (Knopf): “It is not a pure biography or history, but an ever-widening gyre of the scandals, art, theory and fashions of the time.”

NPR reviews Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction by David Enrich (Custom House: Harper; LJ starred review): “the book has enough detail to make its case that Deutsche Bank was more than just one more rogue bank; it is a cautionary tale of what happens when a bank pursues profits at any cost.” Also, The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes (Knopf): “a wonderful demonstration of the sort of free-range intellectual curiosity Barnes feels has been stymied by the xenophobia and national chauvinism behind Brexit.”

USA Today reviews The Adventurer's Son: A Memoir by Roman Dial (William Morrow: Harper), giving it 3.5 stars and calling it a “deeply felt, sad saga.”

Entertainment Weekly’s reviews of The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams (Doubleday: Random House), and Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Random House; LJ starred review) are now online. EW calls both “dense novels worth sinking into.”

The Washington Post reviews Amnesty by Aravind Adiga (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review): “The scarcity of kindness in “Amnesty” is the author’s lasting accusation.” Also, Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott (W.W. Norton): “Despite the ephemeral nature of his goal, we are enriched by Kennicott’s ability to face, head-on, personal and creative hardship as he seeks what is important for us all. Through Bach, Kennicott discovers his own ability to love.” Independence Square by A. D. Miller (Pegasus Books: W. W. Norton): “a tense, private tale set against the Orange Revolution but evoking the whole complicated enterprise of spycraft and nation-building.”

Briefly Noted

LeBron James is writing a children’s book. It will be called I Promise and is due out from Harper in August. He will have a middle-grade book out next year. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Vulture features Kate Elizabeth Russell, My Dark Vanessa (William Morrow: Harper). There is also an excerpt.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Shadows by Alex North (Celadon Books: Macmillan). Also, a first look at A Tale of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette).

Time features Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead: Penguin). Also an excerpt of Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber by Susan Fowler (Viking: Penguin) and one from Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty (Penguin).

Paste excerpts Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine (MIRA: Harper).

Brandon Taylor, Real Life (Riverhead: Penguin), has an essay in LitHub.

The Washington Post has a feature on Diane Keaton, Brother & Sister: A Memoir (Knopf).

Vogue showcases Uniform by Kacey Jeffers (Self-Published).

The Guardian interviews Cho Nam-Joo, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 (Liveright: W.W. Norton).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, The Heir Affair (Grand Central: Hachette).

LitHub reprints a letter to the editor of a local paper in Maine about how drugs are easier to get than a public library card.

Wired writes that the “Hottest New Literary Genre is ‘Doomer Lit’.” It is part of Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi) but with a dark, pessimistic, edge.

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh is planning a new permanent exhibition: “August Wilson: A Writer’s Landscape.” The NYT reports.

Sarah Crichton has been named editor-in-chief and v-p at Henry Holt. Shelf Awareness has details.

Authors on Air

Vanity Fair reports that Dennis Lehane will write episodes of HBO’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider.

Denis Johnson’s The Stars at Noon is headed to the big screen with Robert Pattinson and Margaret Qualley to star. Variety has details.

The Saint is set for the movies again. It is based on the books by Leslie Charteris. Deadline reports that Rocketman direction Dexter Fletcher will helm the new film.

PBS NewsHour excerpts American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer (Penguin). Also, Isabel Allende talks about studying people for material for her novels.

Essence features the new Madam C. J. Walker biopic Self Made.

Gizmodo lists eight SFF books getting adapted this year.

NPR’s Fresh Air remembers A.E. Hotchner.

A new clip from The Clone Wars: The Final Season is out. The last season stars on Friday.

The Today show features Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America's Most Dangerous Cults by Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr (Hanover Square: Harper). Also, See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends by Sam Sifton (Random House).

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