Elly Griffiths's "The Stranger Diaries" Wins Edgar Award for Best Novel | Book Pulse

Becoming, the Netflix documentary about Michelle Obama’s book tour, debuts next week. The Edgar Awards are announced. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths wins Best Novel. May best booklists arrive, as well as another for the summer. Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is headed to the movies. My Brilliant Friend gets a third season. There is a film about the translation of Dan Brown’s Inferno.

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Becoming, the documentary about Michelle Obama’s book tour, arrives this week. So too does a Star Wars documentary and a look at how the rich stay rich.







May 1:

Into the Night, inspired by the Polish novel The Old Axolotl by Jacek Dukaj. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, based on the book Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (Belknap: Harvard). Virtual theaters. Reviews | Trailer

May 3:

Rick and Morty, not based on a book but it does have associated titles. Adult Swim. Reviews | Trailer

May 4:

Creepshow, there are associated titles and the series is written by Stephen King, Joe Hill, and more. AMC. No reviews | Trailer

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, a documentary about the Star Wars series. Disney+. No reviews | Trailer

May 5:

Arkansas, based on the novel of the same name by John Brandon (Grove Press). VOD. No reviews | Trailer

Intrigo: Samaria and Intrigo: Dear Agnes, based on the Intrigo collection of stories by Håkan Nesser (Mantle). VOD. No reviews | Trailer (and here too)

Better Days, based on the Chinese novel In His Youth, In Her Beauty by Jiu Yuexi. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

May 6:

Becoming, a documentary about Michelle Obama’s book tour. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

(Here is an overview of what the different release forms, such as VOD and Virtual Theaters mean).


NPR reviews Officer Clemmons: A Memoir by Dr. François S. Clemmons (Catapult): “he doesn't ask you to be his neighbor, but rather just to hear his story: One of a man of profound strength and talent who stood up, sang out, and, after great struggle, was heard.”

The NYT reviews the audiobook On the Horizon  written and read by Lois Lowry (Listening Library: Random House): “For a first-time audiobook narrator, Lowry is a natural. Her plain-spoken delivery is entrancing. There’s an elegiac cadence to her sentences.” Also, Wow, No Thank You written and read by Samantha Irby (Books on Tape: Random House): “Even given good material, execution comes down to voice — every blogger’s power crystal — and this is where she shows total mastery.” The NRA: The Unauthorized History written and read by Frank Smyth (Flatiron Books: Macmillan): “Some of what Smyth uncovers is surprising.”

Book Marks names the best reviewed books of the week.

Best Books Lists For May and the Summer









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Travel + Leisure (“20 Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020”)

Briefly Noted

The Edgar Awards are announced. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (HMH; LJ starred review) wins Best Novel.

The NYT suggests twelve books for the week.

Five poets recommend poetry for Vogue.

LitHub picks “Legal Thrillers for Literary Snobs.”

BuzzFeed names “30 LGBTQ YA Books You'll Absolutely Want To Pick Up This Spring.”

Electric Lit gathers “8 Novels About Being Haunted by the Past.”

Tor.com explores “The Rise of Magical Realism in Young Adult Fiction.”

O: The Oprah Magazine excerpts All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Riverhead: Penguin).

Salon interviews Lynn Casteel Harper, On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult). Also, an interview with Marie Mutsuki Mockett, American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland (Graywolf).

Electric Lit interviews Kawai Strong Washburn, Sharks in the Time of Saviors (MCD: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Edna O’Brien, Girl (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review), features in The Guardian’s “Books that made me” column.

NPR’s special series “Are You There God? It's Me, Juanita” returns to talk about favorite childhood books and the odds a younger generation will enjoy them.

The NYT features Alice Trumbull Mason: Pioneer of American Abstraction by Elisa Wouk Almino, Meghan Forbes, Will Heinrich, Thomas Micchelli (Rizzoli Electra).

The NYT features Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

Gill Hornby, Miss Austen (Flatiron: Macmillan), writes about Cassandra Austen for LitHub.

LitHub prints “Four Poems by Eavan Boland.”

Megan Abbott writes in the NYT about “How a Child Killer Haunted My Frist Novel.”

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

O: The Oraph Magazine has "The Best Books to Read While Social Distancing, According to Authors."

The Washington Post considers engaging books for kids during quarantine.

Author Anna Solomon, The Book of V. (Henry Holt: Macmillan), shares her quarantine diary with the L.A. Times.

Ottessa Moshfegh writes “Lockdown should be easy for me, so why is it like doing time?” for The Guardian.

The Guardian offers “The end of coronavirus: what plague literature tells us about our future.”

The Bookseller reports that some French bookshops are getting ready to reopen.

LitHub offers more quarantine book recommendations.

LithHub writes about university presses and the  “Escape the News Reading List.”

Madeline Kripke, a famous collector of dictionaries, has died from the coronavirus. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is headed to the movies. My Brilliant Friend gets a third season on HBO. Deadline has details.

The Guardian writes about the backstory of Les Traducteurs, a film about the translation of Dan Brown’s Inferno.

The NYT interviews Mark Ruffalo, star of the I Know This Much Is True adaptation.

PBS NewsHour features Jay Shetty, Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day (S. & S.) in a “Brief But Spectacular” piece.

The Atlantic has more on Normal People.

Oprah talks with three authors in her SuperSoul Conversations.

Disney plans a live-action remake of Hercules. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts (Random), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Ina Garten, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Clarkson Potter: Random House), will be on with Stephen Colbert.

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