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LeVar Burton launches a new book club on the Fable app, with James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, and Jesmyn Ward as the first three featured authors. Abu Dhabi International Book Fair announces its 2021 programming. Ruth Gilligan wins the Ondaatje prize with The Butchers' Blessing. The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards were announced, along with the CAMEO Awards, UK Book Blog Awards, and the 2021 Doug Wright Awards. Elliot (owner of Barnes and Noble) will acquire Paper Source; B&N CEO James Daunt will oversee both companies. Billie Eilish and Alison Bechdel get attention. Regina King will direct and produce the feature adaptation of Bitter Root, the Image Comics series created by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown. Plus, Lisey's Story and The Green Knight get trailers.

 

 

 

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News, Awards & Events

USA Today reports that LeVar Burton will launch the LeVar Burton Book Club on the Fable app, with James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, and Jesmyn Ward as the first three featured authors.    

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair announces its 2021 programmingPublishing Perspectives has details. Also, The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, were announced, along with the CAMEO Awards, and UK Book Blog Awards.

Ruth Gilligan wins the Ondaatje prize with The Butchers' Blessing (Tin House: W. W. Norton - published as The Butchers in the UK). The Guardian has a story.

The 2021 Doug Wright Awards were also announced.

According to Busness Wire, Elliot (owner of Barnes and Noble) will acquire Paper Source; B&N CEO James Daunt will oversee both companies.

RBmedia Acquires McGraw-Hill Professional Audiobook Publishing Business, including its catalog of hundreds of business, technical, and professional titles. See the press release.

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (Berkley; LJ starred review): "a pitch-perfect beach read."

USA Today reviews Brat: An ’80s Story by Andrew McCarthy (Grand Central) giving it 3 out of 4 stars: “readers who’ve imbibed the memoirs of the other, more willfully driven Brat Packers may find McCarthy’s dish too bland. But his perspective is welcome, his insight more, much more, than zero.”

The LA Times reviews Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish (Grand Central): “Her book provides plenty of showing, and the audio component is all telling, but somehow it amounts to very little, as if this project is one big, disorienting sleight of hand."

The NYT reviews The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt): “The book makes you see exercising as a kind of touchstone, the way going back to the same place every year can be. You love to see the landscape, but the true experience is internal: dealing with your own change.”  Also, Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing by Pete Davis (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.): “occasionally moving, but it isn’t unsettling. There’s something of the earnest law student about it; the writing feels assiduous and conscientious, as Davis takes care to persuade us that between the zealots of the past and the zealots of the future, there really is a third way.”

NPR reviews Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Orbit; LJ starred review): “Okungbowa's control of power, relationships, plot twists, and politics throughout gets high marks.”

Briefly Noted

The May GalleyChat spreadheet is out from Earlyword.

USA Today has five highlights from Yearbook by Seth Rogen (Crown).

The LA Times has a feature on Stacey Abrams and how she is a "plotter" in both novels and politics.

Autostraddle interviews Alison Bechdel about her new book The Secret to Superhuman Strength (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Vogue profiles French writer Virginie Despentes ahead of the reissue of King Kong Theory translated by Frank Wynne (FSG Originals).

HipLatina has an interview with Denise Padín Collazo, author of Thriving in the Fight: A Survival Manual for Latinas on the Front Lines of Change (Berrett-Koehler: Random House) about how to avoid activism burnout.

TheRumpus interviews Ronit Plank about her new memoir, When She Comes Back (Motina). Also, a conversation with Celeste Mohammed, Pleasantview (Ig Publishing) about “place, patois, and a pinch of politics.”

The BBC explores “Britain's first black aristocrats”, the Bridgerton effect, and interviews Lawrence Scott, author of the book Dangerous Freedom (Papillote Press).

Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla has a deal with Harper Business to write an exclusive, first-hand, behind-the-scenes story” of the development of the Covid19 vaccine, The Seattle Times reports.

Popsugar recommends celebrity memoirs by astrological sign. 

The NYT has “The Essential Elin Hilderbrand."

CBC lists the “most exciting Canadian books coming out in spring 2021”

Parade lists “25 Books You’ll Want to Read this Sizzling Season.”

ElectricLit has a list of "7 books about the partition of India and Pakistan."

Seattle Times has list of reader selected “good noir novels set in the Pacific Northwest.”

“Robert Slavin, Who Studied How Children Learn, Dies at 70.” The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

T&C has a feature detailing the ongoing development of Impeachment: An American Crime Story, based on the book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President by Jeffrey Toobin. Also, a look at the upcoming House of Gucci movie, starring Adam Driver and Lady Gaga, based on the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara G. Forden (Custom House). Plus, Sandition (Masterpiece PBS), based on Jane Austen’s final unfinished novel, gets renewed for a second and third season.

Deadline reports Regina King will direct and produce the feature adaptation of Bitter Root, based on the Image Comics series created by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown. Also, Working Title Television will adapt While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams for TV. Plus, Apple TV+ releases a trailer for the Stephen King and J.J. Abrams limited series Lisey’s Story, based on the story by King. 

Vanity Fair offers a first look at the cast of Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese and based on the book by David Grann.

The Green Knight gets a trailer.

The Star Wars franchise writers speak out, claiming Disney royalties “Fall Through the Cracks”. The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

On air tomorrow: Seth Rogen, Yearbook (Crown) will be on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Julianna Margulies, Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life (Ballantine) will be on Drew Barrymore, and Oprah Winfrey, What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing (Flatiron: Oprah) will be on with Ellen.

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