'The Mermaid of Black Conch' by Monique Roffey Wins the 2020 Costa Book of the Year | Book Pulse

The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey wins the 2020 Costa Book of the Year award. The forthcoming book The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon has been optioned for a series by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton's new production company. Other adaptations in the works include Outlawed by Anna North, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and more. Plus, the Library of Congress receives a $15 million grant to improve diversity programs.

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Ample Adaptations

The forthcoming book The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (Penguin; LJ starred review) has been optioned for a series by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton's new production company. Deadline has the details on this, plus additional adaptation news on: 

Outlawed by Anna North

The Fact Of A Body by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman

Her Name Is Knight by Yasmin Angoe

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Also, the casting of Alyssa Milano in an upcoming adaptation of Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts has received criticism, but Roberts defends the choice. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Blood, Powder, and Residue: How Crime Labs Translate Evidence into Proof by Beth A. Bechky (Princeton): "Though repetitive at times, this account of a fascinating work world manages to be both scholarly and engaging." Also, The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey (Riverhead: Penguin): "Carey’s odd duck of a book is less a proper novel than a riff on the entwined themes of fatherhood and creative spark." Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness by Roy Richard Grinker (W. W. Norton): "A rich history woven with insights from four generations of the Grinker family’s research, 'Nobody’s Normal' shows how a society’s needs and prejudices shape how it deals with mental illness." Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler (Catapult: Penguin): "I felt sharpened by it, grateful for its provocations."

The L.A. Times reviews Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris (Penguin): "...judicious and superbly well-written book."

NPR reviews The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by Charles M. Blow (Harper): "...deeply thought out analysis and in-depth sociological and historical research."

USA Today reviews Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross (Crown: Random House), which ears. 3.5 stars: "It's easily digestible, as Kross forgoes the verbiage of academia and explains simply and concisely to the reader why we have an inner voice and what happens when that voice is hijacked by chatter."

Briefly Noted

The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree) wins the 2020 Costa Book of the Year award. The Guardian has a post-win interview with Roffey.

Ben Bova, Rachel Caine, and Jarvis Sheffield are the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Tor.com has details.

The Writers' Trust of Canada has renamed its fiction prize for Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson.The new Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize also increases the prize amount to $60,000. The CBC reports.

Lit Hub recommends 20 new releases.

BuzzFeed picks the 8 best books of the week.

"13 New Books to Watch For in February" via the NYT.

Book Riot looks at "Exciting Queer Women, Bisexual, and Lesbian Books Coming Out in Early 2021."

Amazon has "2021 book predictions."

Lit Hub notes that "Danielle Steel has six (6) books coming out in 2021."

The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams (Doubleday: Random House) is BuzzFeed's February book club pick.

Malcolm Gladwell will have a new book out April 27. The Bomber Mafia (Little, Brown: Hachette) grew out of an episode of his podcast, Revisionist History. The CBC has details.

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate will publish A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis (HMH) this fall. O: The Oprah Magazine has the story.

Bolu Babalola, whose debut story collection Love in Color (William Morrow: HarperCollins) is due out in the U.S. April 13, has two more books lined up. Bustle reports.

The Millions has an excerpt of the graphic novel I’m a Wild Seed by Sharon Lee De La Cruz (Street Noise). It's due out March 9.

I’m not afraid of being disliked by people that I already dislike,” says Lauren Oyler, Fake Accounts (Catapult: Penguin), in a profile at The Cut.

Entertainment Weekly interviews actress and new author Tamzin Merchant, The Hatmakers (Norton Young Readers). 

Gabrielle Korn discusses Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes (Atria: S. & S.) with Autostraddle

Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar (Overlook: Abrams), does the "Questionnaire" for Book Marks.

"I think solidarity is a very human need," Sarah Jaffe, Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone (Bold Type: Hachette; LJ starred review), tells Bustle in an interview. There is also a conversation with Cicely Tyson, Just as I Am (HarperCollins).

Janice P. Nimura, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine (W. W. Norton; LJ starred review), shares books that have had an influence on her with Shelf Awareness.

Jenn Shapland discusses My Autobiography of Carson McCullers (Tin House: W. W. Norton) with BOMB.

Parade has a Q&A with Rachel Hawkins, The Wife Upstairs (St. Martin's: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Vogue interviews Deborah Willis, The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship (NYU).

Poet torrin a. greathouse discusses Wound from the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed) with The Rumpus.

Claudia Oshry talks about Girl With No Job: The Crazy Beautiful Life of an Instagram Thirst Monster (Gallery: S. & S.) with BuzzFeed.

The Library of Congress received a $15 million grant to "expand its collection, encourage diversity among future librarians and archivists and make it easier for members of minority groups to explore the library’s digital archives." The NYT reports.

The NYT has a memorial for professor and author Christina Crosby, who passed away earlier this month.

Authors on Air

Jordan Kisner, Thin Places (FSG: Macmillan), speaks with Margo Jefferson, Negroland (Pantheon: Random House; LJ starred review), on the Thresholds podcast.

Bruce W. Jentleson, Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford), appears on the Keen On podcast.

Halsey, I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry (S. & S.), is on with Kelly Clarkson today.

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