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The 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award and Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award shortlists are announced. New advance crime fiction newsletter First Clue has released three issues. All Seasons Press publisher welcomes rejected conservative writers. The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, Tom Clancy Target Acquired by Don Bentley, and The Hotel by Pamela M. Kelley top the best sellers lists this week. Conversations and interviews with Andrea Bartz of The Herd, Laura Hankin of A Special Place for Women, Craig Melvin of Pops: Learning to be a Son and a Father, Alex Michaelides of The Maidens, and Joshua Henkin of Morningside Heights. Sarah Polley is adapting Miriam Toews’ Women Talking.

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Awards & News

The 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist is announced. The Guardian reports.

The 2021 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award shortlist is announced.

New advance crime fiction newsletter First Clue has released three issues. It is written for librarians by two former editors of Library Journal and School Library Journal.

All Seasons Press publisher, started by former executives of Simon & Schuster and Hachette, welcomes rejected conservative writers with plans to publish books by Mark Meadows and Peter Navarro, former Trump officials. NYT has more information.

New Title Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books


The President’s Daughter, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (Little, Brown & Knopf) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Tom Clancy Target Acquired by Don Bentley (Putnam) hits No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Hotel by Pamela M. Kelley (Ingram) checks in at No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

No new nonfiction titles make the list this week.


NPR reviews Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers To Rediscover America by Scott Borchert (Farrar): “Like the American Guides these Depression-era writers worked on, Borchert's book teems with colorful characters, scenic byways and telling anecdotes; his own writing style is full of "verve" — the much prized quality that so many of the guides themselves possessed.”

The Washington Post reviews Seeing Serena by Gerald Marzorati (Scribner): “Marzorati is writing for the casual fan, concisely explaining the basics of tournament draws and scoring — tennis is “a game designed to thwart inevitability,” he writes, because great servers must also return and winning a set means starting over at 0-0 — but that makes his failure to fully put Williams’s professional accomplishments in proper context especially problematic.” Also, The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History by Margalit Fox (Random House): “Let me end by repeating that “The Confidence Men” is exceptionally entertaining, but point out that Fox does open up a troubling vista: We are all vulnerable to psychological manipulation. More than ever, with no sure footing in our rabidly media-dominated world, the only sensible course left us is to tread very, very carefully.” 

NYT reviews Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books by Jess McHugh (Dutton): “Without overdoing it, McHugh clearly delineates how good Americans are — or at least American authors are — at giving advice they don’t follow.” Also, Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles by Rosecrans Baldwin (MCD): “Freewheeling and polyhedral, the book could serve equally as an ornament on the coffee table of a Silver Lake architect; a pamphlet at an anti-deportation rally downtown; or a primer beside bound scripts in a filmmaking class who knows where, as entertainment, Baldwin says, “often feels like an alien ship hovering over the county, spewing out chemtrails that breeze around the world.”” Plus, Seeing Serena by Gerald Marzorati (Scribner): “Serena is portrayed as a global celebrity who’s inherently political — a Black superwoman like Oprah, Beyoncé or Michelle Obama, a body-conscious star in an era when people are expanding the definition of beauty, and a working mom in a time of celebrity sharenting." reviews The Membranes by Chi Ta-wei, translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich (Columbia University Press): “As a gently incisive puzzle-box it works to pry at the readers’ own emotions about the nature of stories and how we’re made of them; as a novel of queer attachment, it explores how we attempt to connect to one another through endless membranes—and often fail to do so.” Also, The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid (Harper Voyager: HarperCollins): “On the whole, an entertaining, appealing, and strikingly imagined novel.”

Book Marks has "5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week."

Briefly Noted

Oprah Daily features a conversation between Andrea Bartz, author of The Herd (Ballantine: Random House) and Laura Hankin, A Special Place for Women (Berkley) about “accidentally writing similar novels.” Also, an excerpt of The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (Little, Brown).

CrimeReads has a piece by Brian Masaru Hayashi about his book Asian American Spies: How Asian Americans Helped Win the Allied Victory (Oxford University Press), profiling some of the main characters of his book and their stories

Today show anchor, Craig Melvin talks about his relationship with his father in his book Pops: Learning to be a Son and a Father (William Morrow: HarperCollins). People has more.

Alex Michaelides speaks with Entertainment Weekly about details in his book The Maidens (Celadon).

Joshua Henkin, author of Morningside Heights (Pantheon) has a conversation with Ellen Adams of Lit Hub on his research and the craft of his work.

New Republic features an article inspired by Scott Borchert’s Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers To Rediscover America (Farrar) about how much the government could change art by supporting writers.

NYT has information on a Brontë Auction, a profile on Ashley C. FordSomebody's Daughter (Flatiron: An Oprah Book), reflection on the work of Louise Meriwether, and a controversial Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie essay

Aimee Bender, The Butterfly Lampshade (Doubelday: Random House) fills out the Book Marks Questionnaire.

Fox News reports on a Texas library that included a controversial book about transgener issues as part of its Pride month display.

The Millions lists “Ten Genre-Bending Story Collections” and “Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Lee, Henkin, Fung, and More.”

CrimeReads provides “Doubles and Second Selves: A Twisted Literary Tradition,” “Bad Gays in Good Books," and "The Best Books of the Year (So Far): Crime Fiction in 2021." has “5 Thrilling SFF Books to Pump You Up” and “11 Modern Fantasies Based in Classic Mythology.”

NYT highlights “New & Noteworthy, From Trans Parenting to Poe’s Science.”

USA Today features "Sally Rooney, Stephen King, Brandon Taylor and more of summer's hottest books."

Authors on Air

NPR Fresh Air interviews Bryan Burrough & Chris Tomlinson & Jason Stanford, authors of Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth (Penguin Pr; LJ starred review) about the opportunity for a new conversation about the history of this monument

Entertainment Weekly features many adaptations of Marvel’s Loki, including some spoilers for the current Disney+ television series.

Scarlett Johansson talks about her role in the Black Widow movie. Good Morning America covers this story. celebrates the “Ten Best Dads in Superhero TV and Movies.

Keen On podcast features Asako Serizawa, author of Inheritors (Doubleday) in a conversation about focusing on the humanity of those who have been historically marginalized.

Mary Gabriel discusses her book Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art (Little, Brown, & Co.: Hachette) with the Big Table podcast about understanding modern American art.

Lana Bastašić, Catch the Rabbit (Restless Books) speaks with Otherppl podcast about translating her own book and why she wouldn’t recommend it to other authors.

Jordan Kisner, author of Thin Places (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan) speaks with Patrick Cottrell, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney’s: Baker & Taylor) about writing an “anti-memoir.

Sarah Polley is adapting Miriam Toews’ Women Talking (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) for film with a cast including Rooney Mara, Frances McDorman, Sheila McCarthy and more. Lit Hub has more.

Ashley C. Ford, Somebody's Daughter (Flatiron: An Oprah Book) speaks on The Maris Review podcast about keeping in touch with inner child inspired her book.

Menachem Kaiser, author of Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure (Houghton Harcourt) discusses the unexpected path his life took when he starting researching his family history on the Book Dreams podcast.

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