New Sally Rooney Adaptation in the Works; Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist Announced | Book Pulse

The Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist is out. It includes Zadie Smith's Grand Union and Azadeh Moaveni's Guest House for Young Widows. The odds of a woman winning, which would be a first, are 6:8. The 2020 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards winners are announced. The BBC is adapting Sally Rooney's Conversations With Friends. Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters is set for Hulu. Colum McCann talks about cultural appropriation.

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The Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist is announced. The Guardian has the story, and writes that the eight-book long list has six women authors and that the prize has yet to be awarded to a female author.

The 2020 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award winners are announced.

Popsugar gathers the best spring books.

The Washington Post picks ten books to read in March. offers “All the New Science Fiction Books Arriving in March.”

Candice Carty-Williams names “16 of the Best Books by Black Women” for O: The Oprah Magazine.


USA Today reviews Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review), giving it 3.5 stars and writing that the novel “proves difficult to put down.”

The Washington Post reviews Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela (Black Cat: Grove Atlantic): “a thrilling, soulful adventure.” Also, The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird by Joshua Hammer (S. & S.): “entertaining and illuminating.”

The NYT reviews Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House Press): “brisk, wildly imaginative.” Also, Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me by Erin Khar (Park Row: Harlequin): “Khar’s buoyant writing doesn’t get mired in her dark subject matter. There is an honesty here … This is a story she needed to tell; and the rest of the country needs to listen.”

NPR reviews Apartment by Teddy Wayne (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “a portrait of loneliness and male insecurity set against the backdrop of the hyper-competitive world of Columbia University's graduate writing program, where ambition and self-doubt go hand in hand.” Also, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall (Viking: Penguin): “a searing indictment of mainstream feminism, it is also an invitation.”

Briefly Noted

Salon interviews Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World: Random House) who says, "Sometimes you just have to push back – being offended is part of the process."

Colum McCann talks about writing and cultural appropriation in the wake of the American Dirt controversy. Entertainment Weekly has the piece. On a related note, The L.A. Times reports that students are protesting the suspension of Myriam Gurba, author, teacher, and a leading voice in that debate.

Electric Lit interviews Rachel Vorona Cote, Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today (Grand Central: Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Diana and the Island of No Return by Aisha Saeed (Random House Books for Young Readers). Also, an excerpt from Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks Fire).

Paste excerpts This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples (Counterpoint).

Former congresswoman Katie Hill is writing a memoir/”gender-equity battle plan”, She Will Rise with Grand Central this August. The NYT has details.

NPR features the online comic Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga. There is also an exhibition.

LJ reports that Tulane University has acquired the archives of Anne Rice.

Authors on Air

The BBC is adapting Sally Rooney's debut novel, Conversations With Friends, into a 12-part series.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Steven Levy, Facebook: The Inside Story (Blue Rider Press: Penguin).

NPR’s Alt. Latino features an interview with Jesse Hoffnung-Garskoff, Racial Migrations: New York City and the Racial Politics of the Spanish Caribbean (Princeton).

The Oprah Winfrey Show is getting re-played as a podcast. It will begin on March 3, with 10 shows released a week. Essence reports there are over 4,500 episodes in the backfile.

Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters is set for Hulu. Author Mo Willems becomes HBO Max’s first artist in residence. He will have multiple shows, including Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime! E.L. James’s The Mister gets optioned by Universal. Kerstin Ekman’s Blackwater is set for a six-part TV series adapted by Sweden’s SVT. Deadline has all the details.

Shadow and Act reports that Lifetime is adapting The Ex Files: A Novel About Four Women and Faith by Victoria Christopher Murray.

Jurassic World 3 is getting a new name, Jurassic World: Domination and will premiere on June 11 in theaters. Variety reports.

The Office TV show will spin off into another children’s book, The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary (Little, Brown Young Readers: Hachette). Entertainment Weekly reports.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker gets a trailer. It premieres on Netflix on March 20.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond gets two trailers. The show begins on April 12 on AMC.

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