Roxane Gay Is Launching a Book Club in 2021 | Book Pulse

Roxane Gay is launching The Audacious Book Club in 2021. The first read for January is Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham. More best-of 2020 book lists are out from CrimeReads, BuzzFeed, the CBC, and others. Read excerpts of Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman and Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe by Dr. Bonnie Henry and Lynn Henry. Plus, adaptation news about The School For Good And Evil series by Soman Chainani.

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Book Lists

CrimeReads selects the best historical fiction and international crime novels of the year.

BuzzFeed chooses "The Best Romance Novels Of 2020."

The CBC picks the year's best Canadian books.

Bustle updates its "Best Books of 2020" list.

Entertainment Weekly lists "The best books to keep you warm this January."

This winter's highly anticipated thrillers, via Amazon.

PopSugar looks at "42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021." 

Datebook offers three new books that "could help you create a new you."

Smithsonian magazine recommends cookbooks from famous hotels as travel plans for your kitchen. looks at "Eight Amazing Novels About Female Superheroes."

Duff Goldman shares his favorite books of the year with Amazon.

CrimeReads rounds up "The Best Crime and Mystery Criticism of 2020."

The NYT looks at some "New & Noteworthy" titles.


The NYT reviews Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May (Riverhead: Penguin): "'Wintering' does us the great service of reminding us that we are not alone in feeling undone." Also, All Lara's Wars by Wojciech Jagielski and translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Seven Stories): "The author of previous books on wars in Afghanistan and Uganda, Jagielski seems less interested in a historical inquiry of jihad than in an intimate account of the toll war exacts on one woman." Fossil Men by Kermit Pattison (William Morrow: Harper Collins): "riveting." The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past by Meave Leakey with Samira Leakey (HMH): "there is plenty of excitement."

NPR's Fresh Air reviews Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith (Harper Perennial Modern Classics): "a singular literary depiction of sexual sadness."

"The Most Scathing Book Reviews of 2020," via Lit Hub.

Briefly Noted 

Roxane Gay is launching The Audacious Book Club in 2021. She announced the year's reading list on Twitter, with more details to come.

CrimeReads excerpts Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine: Random House), due out Feb. 2.

The CBC has an excerpt of Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe by Dr. Bonnie Henry and Lynn Henry (Allen Lane: Random House), due out Mar. 9.

The Rumpus interviews Avni Doshi, whose debut Burnt Sugar (Overlook: Abrams) is due out Jan. 26.

The New Yorker features Wild Minds: The Artists and Rivalries That Inspired the Golden Age of Animation by Reid Mitenbuler (Atlantic Monthly).

Sheree Renée Thomas discusses Nine Bar Blues (Third Man) with Locus

Amazon interviews Michael Eric Dyson, Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

If you want be be a successful basketball player, you'd better not have been born in July. That and more stats from The Best: How Elite Athletes Are Made by Mark Williams and Tim Wigmore (Nicholas Brealey: Hachette) are featured in the Planet Money newsletter.

Katherine May discusses books about "wintering" with Lit Hub.

Entertainment Weekly recaps "Everything you need to know about 2020's biggest and best reads."

Lit Hub counts down "The Ten Biggest Literary Stories of the Year."

The Washington Post wonders if we'll see an increase of illustrated novels in the future.

A bizarre phishing scam is targeting the publishing world, nabbing unpublished manuscripts, but no one knows why. Also, a federal appeals court says Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!, a ComicMix book combining the worlds of Star Trek and Dr. Seuss, are not protected under fair use. Plus, a look at some of the artists who died this year includes several authors. The NYT reports. 

Authors on Air

The Today Show features Untamed by Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press: Random House).

Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality (Flatiron: Macmillan), appears on NPR's Fresh Air.

Sofia Wylie and Sophia Anne Caruso will lead the the Paul Feig-directed film adaptation The School For Good And Evil, based on the series by Soman Chainani. Melissa de la Cruz is adapting The Thirteenth Fairy, the first book in her The Chronicles of Never After middle-grade series, for TV. Bassem Youssef is adapting his book The Magical Reality of Nadia (Scholastic), which is due out Feb. 2, as a TV series. Deadline reports.

Book Riot previews "25 Book-to-Movie Adaptations to Look Forward to in 2021."

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