Martha Wells Wins Nebula Award For Best Novel | Book Pulse

The 2020 Nebula Awards were announced, with Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel by Martha Wells winning best novel. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark wins for best novella. Connie Willis is awarded the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson leads holds this week. There is one LibraryReads selection and four Indie Next picks publishing this week. The People "Picks" book of the week is Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford. N.K. Jemisin will adapt her book series The Broken Earth Lands for Sony’s TriStar in 7-Figure Deal. And, Richard Robinson, longtime Scholastic CEO, has died.





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The 2020 Nebula Awards were announced, with Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel by Martha Wells ( Macmillan) winning best novel. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom: Macmillan; LJ starred review) wins for best novella. Connie Willis is awarded the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. View the full list of winners.

Thomas King has won the 2021 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for his novel Indians on Vacation, the CBC reports.

Big Books of the Week

The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (Little, Brown & Knopf) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Bullet by Iris Johansen (Grand Central)

The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (Ballentine)

Castle Shade by Laurie R. King (Bantam; LJ starred review)

Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins (Berkley)

Tom Clancy Target Acquired Don Bentley (Putnam)

These books and others publishing the week of June 7th, 2021 are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There is one LibraryReads selection publishing this week: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian (Avon) 

"Lord Holland is being blackmailed, he will do anything to get back his mother’s book of secrets that has been stolen by his father, so he hires a reformed highwayman for one last job. For readers who enjoyed The Vicar and the Rake and A Fashionable Indulgence."—Chris Ely, Whitewright Public Library, Whitewright, TX

There four Indie Next picks out this week: 

Rabbits by Terry Miles (Del Rey: Ballantine)

“Oh the joyride that is Rabbits! A game? A conspiracy? Quantum physics? A clever puzzle of a novel that is a compulsive read. Stranger Things meets Ready Player One. It’s fun!”—Melissa DeMotte, The Well-Read Moose, Coeur d’Alene, ID

One Two Three by Laurie Frankel (Holt)

“I absolutely loved this heartwarming story of three courageous sisters fighting for justice in their town. It’s a modern David and Goliath tale of small-town America told with wit and heart. Frankel is a superb storyteller, and I did not want my time with this wise and endearing family to end.”—Shannon Burgess, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, IL

Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin)

“A sad, sweet, and ultimately hopeful novel of loss, family, and wilderness. Even while maneuvering through two very different story lines, Legends of the North Cascades is imaginative, endearing, and poignant. This is my new favorite of Evison’s novels.”—Stephen Sharpe, A Book for All Seasons, Leavenworth, WA

Animal by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader: S. & S)

“Much like Taddeo’s Three Women, this novel is not for the prudish or for people who like their women to be silent or demure. If you are looking for originality, sexiness, or fearlessness in your next read, this is the book for you. Grab the reins and be prepared for a ride!”—Shane Mullen, Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO

In the Media

The People "Picks" book of the week is Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford (Flatiron: An Oprah Book). Also getting attention are Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (Grand Central), and Impostor Syndrome by Kathy Wang (Custom House). There is a Q&A with Bill Clinton on his new book The President’s Daughter,written with James Patterson (Little, Brown & Knopf).

The “Picks” section highlights Apple TV+ limited series Lisey’s Story, based on the story by and adapted by Stephen King. Also, Little Birds on Starz, based on short stories by Anais Nin.

There is a feature on Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn’s true life ordeal  recounted in Victim F : From Crime Victims to Suspects to Survivors with Nicole Weisensee Egan (Berkley). Also, there is a feature and excerpt of Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours by Tony Oppedisano (Scribner: S. & S.).


NPR reviews The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Atria; LJ starred review): “Harris makes her entrance as an author with singular style. Whatever she does next might seem quieter, but watch for it: It will be brilliant." Also, One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (St. Martin’s Griffin; LJ starred review): “McQuiston is leading the charge for inclusive happy-ever-afters, radiant with joy and toe-curling passion, and bursting with the creative range to make anything from electricity to social activism sound sexy.”  Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories by Nana Nkweti (Graywolf Press): “walks an impressive tightrope between laugh-out-loud comedy and breathtaking profundity.” Kennedy’s Avenger: Assassination, Conspiracy, and the Forgotten Trial of Jack Ruby by Dan Abrams and David Fisher (Hanover Square Press: HarperCollins): “Clear, straightforward writing and superb research that pays attention to tension as well as humor make this riveting courtroom drama that feels as alive as it did it 1964 — and that reminds readers that there was a second shot heard, and seen, around the world.” The Divorce by César Aira, translated by Chris Andrews (New Directions): “The coincidences and the rambunctious absurdism are nothing new to Aira's readers, but rarely before has the author seemed so purposeful.” Lastly, The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo (Tordotcom): “Vo gives us a dreamy, sharply-drawn glamour; a vibrant, penetrating exploration of character.

The NYT reviews Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer–Diet Connection by Sam Apple (Liveright: Norton): “The Otto Warburg who emerges from this pastiche is someone who today would be described as a toxic personality: petty and self-centered, obsessed with real and imagined slights, and always convinced of his own brilliance.”

The Washington Post reviews The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (Little, Brown & Knopf): “Again and again, I was on the edge of my seat, wondering, “Can this story get any sillier?” In that respect, this is a novel that continually defies expectations — all presented in chapters so short you could read one during a yawn.” Also, Eleanor in the Village: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Search for Freedom and Identity in New York’s Greenwich Village by Jan Jarboe Russell (Scribner): “The author reveals her obvious admiration of her subject in the lovely chattiness of her prose.” Bubbleball: Inside the NBA’s Fight to Save a Season by Ben Golliver (Abrams; LJ starred review): “Whether the topic was playoff battles or social justice, reporters had to keep their distance. Golliver has contributed an essential record of pro basketball’s most unusual season, but it feels like the best stories about the NBA bubble are still to come.”  The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (Ballentine): “Steadman’s flair for storytelling makes this novel a welcome escape.”

Briefly Noted

The Guardian interviews Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl (Atria; LJ starred review) about the spoofable world of publishing.

Jodi Picoult talks about her new novel and cover reveal for Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine) at OprahDaily.

Vince Granata talks with The Rumpus about his memoir, Everything Is Fine (Atria), and “uncollapsing memory.”

Parade has an interview with Diana Gabaldon and a guide to the Outlander series. 

The NYT asks “What Happens to Philip Roth’s Legacy Now?” Plus, “A Look Inside Philip Roth’s Personal Library.”

The Guardian explores “what happened to Jan Kerouac, Jack’s forgotten daughter.”

Jeanette Winterson burns own books in protest of blurbs, reports The Bookseller.

USA Today picks five books for the week.

CrimeReads suggests 10 books out this week.

Esquire has “The 20 Best Books of Summer 2021.”

CBC has “17 Canadian books coming out in June we can't wait to read.”

ElectricLit offers “7 Dark, Monstrous Books by Marginalized Writers.”

The Rumpus has “What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Pride.”

The Seattle Times suggests “6 new crime and mystery books.”

The Guardian has “June’s best paperbacks.”

USA Today releases best-selling books of the week.

Vulture has “Intimacies and 9 Other Reads I Can’t Get Out of My Head.”

Bloomsbury Acquires Head of Zeus,” reports Locus

Richard Robinson, longtime Scholastic CEO, has died at age 84. USA Today has a rememberance.

Theologian Richard Rubenstein has died. The NYT has an obituary.

“Friederike Mayröcker, Grande Dame in German Literature, Dies at 96.” The NYT has the obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Peter S. Canellos about his new book, The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero (S. & S.).

“N.K. Jemisin Book Series The Broken Earth Lands At Sony’s TriStar In 7-Figure Deal”, Deadline reports. Jemisin will adapt her own work for the big screen.

20th Century is developing a new Master and Commander film to be based on the first book in the series by Patrick O’Brian with Patrick Ness to adapt the script. Deadline has the story.

Issa Rae will play Spider-Woman In the Spider-Verse sequel, with associated titles. Essence has the story.

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