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The first three novels on the Not the Booker prize shortlist are announced, as are the Ignyte Awards finalists. The September LibraryReads list is out, When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole tops the picks. Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic, and Matt Haig, Reasons To Stay Alive, offer book suggestions. Bustle has a reading list for Lovecraft Country, Swamp Thing premiers on Oct. 4, and All Creatures Great and Small gets a trailer.

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Awards and Top Picks

The Guardian releases the first three novels on the Not the Booker prize shortlist.

The Ignyte Awards finalists are announced. has a report.

The September LibraryReads list is out. When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (William Morrow; LJ starred review) tops the picks.

Vulture has “25 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks.”

Bustle picks the best books of the week.

BuzzFeed suggest “27 Books Written By POC Authors You Probably Won't Be Able To Put Down.”

BookPage picks the best debut novels (thus far).

Shondaland gathers “Podcasts and Audiobooks to Watch Out for This Fall.”


The NYT reviews Summer by Ali Smith (Pantheon: Random House): “In Smith’s hands, stories slipstream in the wake of other stories; dreams are tucked up under the armpits of serious shifts in time and space. There are no directional arrows Scotch-taped to the floor." Also, Grown Ups by Emma Jane Unsworth (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.): “Although it’s a comedic novel — and a truly funny one — it’s less of an escape than it is a set of “Clockwork Orange” metal eye clamps, forcing you to examine … your own profoundly unhealthy relationship with social media.” Show Them You’re Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College (Scribner: S. &  S.; LJ starred review): “an admirable addition to the growing body of literature that humanizes the struggles and expands the scope of our understanding of the lives of immigrant youth at a time when they’re under near-constant threat of dehumanization.” Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 by Rick Perlstein (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “absorbing political and social history.”The Glass Kingdom by Lawrence Osborne (Hogarth: Random House): “[an] acutely drawn but bleak and bitter vision.” Borges and Me: An Encounter by Jay Parini (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “brings Borges more sharply to life than any account I’ve read or heard.” Private Means by Cree LeFavour (Grove): “this is not a novel that I would recommend to friends or will remember a year from now. As my shelves are groaning, the proof will probably land in recycling. I know. Brutal. And maybe unfair.” God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail (Liveright: W. W. Norton: LJ starred review): “The highest praise for a history book is that it makes you think about things in a new way.” Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia by Chris Hamby (Little, Brown: Hachette): “With thorough reporting, and boundless concern for his subjects, Hamby has created a powerful document.” White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones (S. & S.): “It’s hard to argue with his conclusion that white supremacy is somehow genetically encoded into white Christianity in the United States.” The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South by Chip Jones (Gallery: S. & S.): “tells an important story passably well, but its evasions and occasional missteps hobble its power to illuminate.” There is also a dual review of two memoirs about “the scars of childhood trauma” and a collective review of books that “Transport You to a Galaxy Far, Far Away.” The “New & Noteworthy” column is out, as is the Crime column and Rebecca Traister has updates to what she terms the “You Go Girl Collection” of books.

NPR reviews I Promise by LeBron James, illustrated by Nina Mata (Harper): “a beautiful book.”

The Washington Post reviews Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie, Carolyn Durand (Dey Street Books: Harper): “For admirers of Harry and Meghan ... 354 pages of sorbet … those who sympathize with other relatives ... are more likely to see the book as telling only part of the story — or as a means to air grievances against palace courtiers and Harry’s relatives.” The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Harper): “More than timely, it feels timeless, solid, like a forgotten classic recently resurfaced — a brutal, beguiling fairy tale about humanity.” The paper also runs a piece on “patriarchy smashing and unapologetically feminist” romance novels.

Briefly Noted

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic (Del Rey: Random House), suggests Gothic novels for Electric Lit.

Matt Haig, Reasons To Stay Alive (Penguin; LJ starred review) suggests books to help build mental resilience.

The NYT features Maneet Chauhan, Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India (Clarkson Potter: Penguin).

The Millions features The Cold Millions by Jess Walter (Harper).

The L.A. Times has five takeaways from Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie, Carolyn Durand (Dey Street: Hachette).

Téa Obreht considers Animal Farm by George Orwell, 75 years later. Time has her essay.

Entertainment Weekly interviews David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts (Ecco: HarperCollins).

The Guardian interviews Mieko Kawakami, Breasts and Eggs (Europa Editions).

Amazon interviews Raven Leilani, Luster (FSG: Macmillan).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Greg Graffin on Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion by Bad Religion and Jim Ruland (Hachette). Also, an interview with David Brin, The Postman (Spectra: Random House). has an excerpt of Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite, edited by Zoraida Cordova, Natalie C. Parker. The excerpt is Rebecca Roanhorse’s “The Boys From Blood River.”

Wil Wheaton will narrate the audiobook for Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two (Random House). Deadline reports.

Count Adele as another reader highlighting a book that “shakes your brain.” As USA Today details, the singer is praising Untamed by Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press: Random House). The Guardian has more.

Publishing Perspective has a look at the newest NPD BookScan report, finding sale gains driven by “a strong market for books and ideas related to civil rights, history, and discrimination, as well as the highly charged environment for political books from both the right and the left.”

Association of American Publishers, the Authors Guild, and the American Booksellers Association write a letter to the House of Representatives’ Antitrust Subcommittee about Amazon’s “extraordinary leverage” over the industry. Publishing Perspectives reports that news as well.

Authors on Air

Swamp Thing premiers on Oct. 4 on The CW. Deadline reports.

Bustle suggests “22 Books Like Lovecraft Country.”

All Creatures Great and Small gets a trailer. It will air on PBS in January 2021 and is based on the James Herriot book.

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