Poet Amanda Gorman Shines at Joe Biden Inauguration | Book Pulse

22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman made headlines—and book sales—following her reading at Joe Biden's inauguration. New releases on the NYT and USA Today bestsellers lists include The Scorpion's Tail by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders, and more. Nominees for the 2021 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize and the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award are out. Plus, buzz for The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Nimura, Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor, and others.

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Inaugural Poet

22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman made headlines following her reading at Joe Biden's inauguration. Coverage includes the NYT, the L.A. Times, Vogue, and NPR.

Her forthcoming books, Change Sings and The Hill We Climb, aren't due out until September, but they've already reached the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on Amazon’s bestseller list. Deadline reports.

See her present her poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the inauguration, and read the complete transcript, at CNN.

Lit Hub presents all of the poems ever read at an inauguration.

New Title Bestsellers

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

The Scorpion's Tail by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central: Hachette) is No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders (Random House) dives in at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar (Grand Central: Hachette; LJ starred review) starts at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust by James Comey (Flatiron: Macmillan) launches at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

The L.A. Times reviews The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard (Amistad: HarperCollins: LJ starred review): "Hubbard’s own superpower is her gift for building extraordinary worlds that examine troubled periods of America’s past while shedding light on the unquestionable innovation and determination of African Americans who, perhaps improbably, thrived within them."

The Washington Post reviews The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison (Counterpoint: Penguin): "Harrison’s novel takes the unreliable narrator to a whole new place: in short, to the center of everything." Also, Standpipe: Delivering Water in Flint by David Hardin (Belt): "The short diarylike entries are like sun shining through trees, revealing light and shadow, hope and despair."

The NYT reviews The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine by Janice P. Nimura (W. W. Norton; LJ starred review): "...a memorable portrait."

NPR reviews White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea by Tyler Stovall (Princeton): "White Freedom's central focus is the relationship between the concepts of freedom and race as they have come to be understood in the modern world." Also, Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor (Tordotcom: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "In more ways than one, Sankofa's tale ponders the idea of alienation — and how that feeling can come from within as well as without."

Book Marks picks “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”

Briefly Noted

The 2021 Philip K. Dick Award nominees are out

The longlist for the 2021 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize are announced.

BuzzFeed previews 40 YA fantasy books coming this year.

Wired picks the "10 Books You Have to Read This Winter."

Book Riot has "Under-the-Radar 2020 Mystery/Thrillers Not to Miss."

The NYT looks at notable books out this week.

Shelf Awareness previews some books coming out next week.

Tor.com has an excerpt from The Bright and the Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski (Quill Tree). It's due out March 2.

The Rumpus talks with Janice P. Nimura about The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine (W. W. Norton; LJ starred review). Shondaland also has an interview with Nimura.

Electric Lit has a Q&A with Mariana Enriquez, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed (Hogarth: Random House). 

The NYT interviews Sergei Lebedev, Untraceable (New Vessel). Its "By the Book" column features Brad Taylor, American Traitor (William Morrow: HarperCollins). It goes "Inside the List" with Mateo Askaripour, Black Buck (HMH).

Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar discuss You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism (Grand Central: Hachette; LJ starred review) with Shondaland. Also, Charlotte Bismuth discusses Bad Medicine: Catching New York's Deadliest Pill Pusher (Atria: S. & S.).

Gish Jen, The Resisters (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review) talks with Entertainment Weekly about predicting the future.

Lambda Literary interviews Douglas A. Martin, Wolf (Nightboat).

Authors on Air

"Free speech is a valuable piece of what makes our society work, but it exacts a cost," says Frederick M Lawrence, Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law (Harvard), on the Keen On podcast.

Casting news for Magpie Murders, the six-part PBS series based on the book by Anthony Horowitz. Deadline reports.

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