Poet N. Scott Momaday Named 2021 Frost Medalist | Book Pulse

The Poetry Society of America named N. Scott Momaday its 2021 recipient of the Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. The shortlist of nominees for the 2020 BSFA Awards from the British Science Fiction Association includes The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, Club Ded by Nikhil Singh, and more. Brit Bennett, Amanda Gorman, and Ijeoma Oluo are among the emerging leaders on the Time 100 Next list. New adaptations in the works include We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton, and Big Vape by Jamie Ducharme. Adaptations out this week include Nomadland, Mafia Inc., Superman & Lois, and more.

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Awards

The Poetry Society of America named N. Scott Momaday its 2021 recipient of the Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. A statement by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo on his recent collection The Death of Sitting Bear: New and Selected Poems says: "When you read these poems, you will learn to hear deeply the sound a soul makes as it sings about the mystery of dreaming and becoming."

The shortlist for the 2020 BSFA Awards is out from the British Science Fiction Association. Nominees include The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, Club Ded by Nikhil Singh, and more.

Page to Screen

Feb. 19:

Nomadland, based on the book by Jessica Bruder. Theatrical Release, Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

Flora & Ulysses, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo. Disney+. Reviews | Trailer

Days of the Bagnold Summer, based on the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Mafia Inc., based on the book by André Cédilot and André Noël. Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 21:

When Calls the Heart, based on the book by Janette Oke. Hallmark. No reviews | Trailer

Feb. 23:

Superman & Lois, which has associated titles. The CW. Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 25:

Geez & Ann, based on the book by Rintik Sedu. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

High-Rise Invasion, based on the manga by Tsuina Miura and Takahiro Oba. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Reviews 

The L.A. Times reviews The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin (Random House; LJ starred review): "Benjamin doesn’t remake 'Ethan Frome' so much as she contends with it. 'The Smash-Up' is an homage and a critique."

The Washington Post reviews True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman (Crown: Random House): "...lively and insightful writing." Also, Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World by Joby Warrick (Doubleday: Random House): "Overwhelmingly Warrick’s emphasis is where it should be, on Assad, for whom chemical weapons were a highly developed and strategic program of terror."

The NYT reviews Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray: HarperCollins): "...a powerful continuation of one of her most moving endeavors as a writer: her challenge to readers to affirm the goodness of all types of characters and to greet them with compassion at every turn, no matter where those turns may lead." Plus, brief reviews of three recent memoirs.

Book Marks’ "Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted 

Brit Bennett, Amanda Gorman, and Ijeoma Oluo are among the emerging leaders on the Time 100 Next list.

The NYT recommends 11 recent releases.

CrimeReads rounds up "February's Best International Crime Fiction."

BuzzFeed notes "24 YA Books Releasing Before Spring That You Need To Pick Up."

Lit Hub suggests "5 Books You May Have Missed in January."

USA Today offers an anti-racism reading list for children and adults

The CBC selects "25 notable books by Black Canadian authors to read this month (and every month)."

Kristin Hannah shares her favorite recent reads with Amazon.

Three spinoffs of the comic book series Spawn, created by Todd McFarlane, will be out this summer. The NYT has details.

Sarah MacLean talks with Entertainment Weekly about her new series Bombshell. The first book is out Aug. 24.

Tor.com has an excerpt from To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames (Page Street Kids: Macmillan), which is due out Sept. 21; and another from A Broken Darkness by Premee Mohamed (Solaris: S. & S.), which is due out March 30.

The Rumpus has a Q&A with Mike Alberti, Some People Let You Down (UNT).

Dantiel W. Moniz talk with Elle about Milk Blood Heat (Grove; LJ starred review). Also, the magazine's "Shelf Life" column features Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half (Riverhead: Penguin).

For Food & Wine, Laurie Woolever, Anthony Bourdain's assistant and co-author of several books including the forthcoming World Travel: An Irreverent Guide (Ecco: HarperCollins), shares what it was like to eat with the chef.

The NYT  interviews Imbolo Mbue, whose novel How Beautiful We Were (Random House) was delayed for release by the pandemic, and is now due out March 9.

Shondaland interviews Sonia Faleiro, The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing (Grove). Also, a Q&A with Tracy Clark-Flory, Want Me: A Sex Writer's Journey into the Heart of Desire (Penguin).

Beverly Jenkins, Wild Rain (Avon: HarperCollins; LJ starred review), answers 10 questions for The Booklist Reader

Vogue speaks with Simon Doonan about Keith Haring (Lawrence King: Chronicle). 

Seyward Darby discusses Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism (Little, Brown: Hachette) with The Seattle Times.

Robbie Arnott discusses The Rain Heron (FSG: Macmillan) with The Millions.

CrimeReads suggests that YA authors "come out with sharper tools and tougher mettle because of it," and points to several authors of recent crime fiction to illustrate the point.

The first of Lit Hub's new "Interview with an Indie Press" column features Milkweed Editions.

Isabel Wilkerson writes a tribute to Toni Morrison at People.

John Steinbeck's Sag Harbor, NY home is for sale. The NYT has details on the 1.8-acre, $17.9 million property.

In a new survey from the Authors Guild, 71.4% of the responding writers said their income had declined since the start of the pandemic, largely due to speaking engagements being called off.

Authors on Air

STXtv picked up the rights to adapt We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. George R.R. Martin will executive produce the WarnerMedia TV adaptation of Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton will be adapted as a TV series by Pulse Films and starring Anna Friel. Ragdoll by Daniel Cole is getting a six-part series adaptation for AMC. R.J. Cutler is set to direct and produce a documentary series based on Big Vape: The Incendiary Rise of Juul by Jamie Ducharme, which is due out June 8. Deadline has news on all.

Lupita Nyong'o is producing an animated musical adaptation of her book Sulwe (S. & S. Books for Young Readers) for Netflix. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Comedian Dakota Ray Hebert joins Kliph Nesteroff, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy (S. & S.), for an interview on the CBC's Q.

Sarah Jaffe discusses Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone (Bold Type: Hachette) on the Keen On podcast

George Saunders, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life (Random House), talks about being kind in an unkind world on The Ezra Klein Show.

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