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The 2020 PEN America Literary Awards winners are granted and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction finalists are announced. The Belletrist March book pick is These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card. Ronan Farrow quits Hachette. John Bolton’s book has been pushed back to May. The London Book Fair is cancelled due to the coronavirus.

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The 2020 PEN America Literary Awards winners are announced. Also, The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction finalists are announced.

The Belletrist March book pick is These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (S. & S.).

Dylan Farrow calls the forthcoming Woody Allen memoir “deeply unsettling.” The L.A. Times has the story. Also, Ronan Farrow is cutting ties with Hachette after the publisher announced it would publish Allen’s memoir, writing to the chief executive of Hachette: “Obviously I can’t in good conscience work with you any more … Imagine this were your sister.”

The London Book Fair is cancelled due to the coronavirus. The Bookseller reports and The Guardian has more, especially over the anger at the organizers for dragging the decision out so long.

John Bolton’s book has been pushed back to May. It is still under review by the National Security Council. The Washington Post has details.

LitHub picks “5 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Watch For in March.”

The Millions suggests “Must-Read Poetry” for March.

The Washington Post picks the best audiobooks of the month.

Entertainment Weekly offers five comics for March.

Reviews

The NYT reviews The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “[a] triumphant capstone.” Also, Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems by Natalie Diaz (Graywolf Press: Macmillan): “no doubt one of the most important poetry releases in years, one to applaud for its considerable demonstration of skill, its resistance to dominant perspectives and its light wrought of desire.” Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic Press): “both timely and timeless.” The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee (Tin House: W.W. Norton): “disarmingly honest and darkly comic.”

NPR reviews Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism by Elizabeth Tallent (Harper): “oddly enthralling.” Also, We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry (Pantheon: Random House): “charming.”

Entertainment Weekly has a joint review of These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (S. & S.) giving it an A- and calling it “lyrical, ambitious.” Also, A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin's Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review), giving it a B- and writing “its assembly of elements intended to attract readers of suburban fiction adding nothing new to the canon.”

The L.A. Times reviews Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth (Graywolf Press: Macmillan): “kaleidoscopic.”

The Washington Post reviews The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams (Doubleday: Random House): “unusual and transporting.”

Briefly Noted

People showcases Her Body Can by Katie Crenshaw, Ady Meschke (East 26th Publishing). Also, Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That Go a Long Way) by Barbara Bush (Twelve: Grand Central), and Welcome to the Party by Gabrielle Union, illustrated by Ashley Evans (Harper).

The Washington Post features Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life by Tom Fitzgerald, Lorenzo Marquez (Penguin). The paper also features Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy and Highcastle: A Remembrance both by Stanislaw Lem (The MIT Press). Tor.com has even more on the new editions of Lem’s work.

Tor.com offers “Looking Back on Ten Years of Queering SFF, From 2010 to 2020.” The site also lists “Five Books About Games and Life.”

Book Riot offers “Where To Start Reading Keigo Higashino.”

Salon interviews Carole Joffe, Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America (Univ. California). There is also an interview with Katherine Stewart, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism (Bloomsbury: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post interviews Barbara Sallick, The Perfect Kitchen (Rizzoli).

Time has an adapted excerpt of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam Cohen (Penguin; LJ starred review).

Paste picks the best book covers from February.

The Strategist learns what illustrator Maira Kalman “Can’t Live Without.”

The Guardian reports on the calls to Oxford University Press to “change its dictionaries’ ‘sexist’ definitions of the word ‘woman’”.

Hilary Mantel says “'invective' against Meghan [Markel] is partly due to racism.”

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Roman Dial, The Adventurer's Son: A Memoir (William Morrow: Harper).

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Eliese Colette Goldbach, Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit (Flatiron: Macmillan).

Vulture thinks “Babylon Berlin Is the Best Show You’re Not Watching.” It is based on the book series by Volker Kutscher.

The Lord of the Rings adaptation adds to its cast. The adaptation of Stephen King’s short story "Jerusalem’s Lot" adds cast as well. Keith C. Blackmore’s Mountain Man novel is headed to the movies. Ami Polonsky’s Gracefully Grayson is too. The Highway, the first book in C.J. Box’s Cassie Dewell series, is getting adapted as The Big Sky. It too adds to its cast. The Magicians will end after its current season on Syfy. Spies by Michael Frayn is headed to the movies. Deadline has details.

The Today show features Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life by Carrie Underwood (Dey Street Books: Harper), Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That Go a Long Way) by Barbara Bush (Twelve: Grand Central), and Why Good Sex Matters: Understanding the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled Life by Nan Wise (HMH).

Hillary Clinton, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience (S. & S.), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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