Sally Rooney's 'Beautiful World, Where Are You' Coming This Fall | Book Pulse

Sally Rooney's next book, Beautiful World, Where Are You, will be published Sept. 7. In other forthcoming book news, Billie Eilish announced a photobook and Margaret Josephs, one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has written a memoir. Learn even more about buzzy books during several virtual events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The 2020/21 finalists for The Story Prize are Likes by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw. Powell's Books closed early following protests surrounding a controversial upcoming book. Plus, Ben Affleck is set to direct the Disney adaptation of Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger.

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Midwinter Book Buzz

The ALA Midwinter Meeting is virtual this year, scheduled for Jan. 22-26. Below are some of the book buzz events.

ALMA ALA Midwinter Pre-conference Book Buzz, Jan. 19, 10am CT

Macmillan Library/Tor ALA Midwinter Pre-Game, Jan. 21, 1-4pm CT.

Forget Your Troubles with Harper, Macmillan, and Workman, Jan. 25, 3-4pm CT.

The Buzz Books Editors Panel from Publishers Lunch and ABA, Jan. 27, 6pm CT.

The Penguin Random House Library Marketing team will have videos on their YouTube channel throughout the conference.

Also, look for "Book Buzz Bites" and on-demand exhibitor sessions throughout the conference.

More Buzzy Books

Sally Rooney's next book, Beautiful World, Where Are You (FSG: Macmillan), will be published Sept. 7. The NYT has details. 

Margaret Josephs, one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has a forthcoming memoir. People reports that Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget (Gallery: S. & S.) will be out in April.

Billie Eilish announced a forthcoming photobook, with a narrated companion audiobook component. The eponymous Billie Eilish (Grand Central: Hachette) is due out May 11.

The 2020/21 finalists for The Story Prize are announced. They are Likes by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review), The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review), and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw (West Virginia UP).

EarlyWord's GalleyChat for January is out.

Elle selects "The 55 Most Anticipated Books Of 2021."

Tor.com lists its "Most Anticipated Books For 2021," plus all the fantasy books out this month.

Book Riot also rounds up books to look forward to this year.

Lit Hub has "20 new books to add to your TBR pile."

BuzzFeed highlights 14 books out this week.

The NYT recommends "6 Books to Understand the Precarious Political Moment."

O: The Oprah Magazine features "The 7 Best Caribbean Books for Your 2021 Reading List."

Amazon recommends books on tarot, astrology, and the Lunar New Year.

PopSugar looks at new romance, thriller/mystery, and YA books.

BookPage suggests recent thrillers.

Reviews 

The Washington Post reviews Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson (S. & S.; LJ starred review): "Through the eyes of a character with uncommon access and compassion, Sadeqa Johnson’s novel 'The Yellow Wife' evokes a vision of one woman’s tenacious survival of antebellum cruelty and objectification." Also, In the Land of the Cyclops by Karl Ove Knausgaard and translated by Martin Aitken (Archipelago: Random House): "...his intense focus, formidable command of reference and tendency to see the interconnectedness of things make for highly stimulating, almost overwhelming reading." Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu (S. & S.): "In her much-anticipated debut memoir, the 39-year-old Whiting Award winner and urban planner explores the personal price of what could be described as cultural homelessness, while also coping with profound personal losses." 

NPR also reviews Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu (S. & S.): "...a reckoning with the self, with memory, with the stories that she thought could keep her safe."

Time reviews Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray: HarperCollins): "Thomas’ book holds a universal truth: Regardless of mistakes made, there is a way to break through concrete, to bloom wildly with freedom."

The NYT reviews 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): "He offers one of the most accurate and beautiful depictions of what it is like to be inside the mind of the writer that I’ve ever read — that state of heightened alertness, lightning-quick decisions."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly speaks with Angie Thomas about Concrete Rose (Balzer + Bray: HarperCollins). Also, its "What's in a Page" column features Mahogany L. Browne, Chlorine Sky (Crown Books for Young Readers).

Shondaland also has an interview with Angie Thomas.

Tor.com has an excerpt from Wench by Maxine Kaplan (Amulet: Abrams).

Melissa Albert, Tales from the Hinterland (Flatiron: Macmillan), offers "6 Disorienting Reads for a Very Disorienting Time" at Lit Hub.

Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country (Harper), shares some of the books he's reading with NYPL.

Charles Soule has a conversation with Polygon about Star Wars: Light of the Jedi (The High Republic) (Del Rey: Random House).

Esquire talks to George Saunders about A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life (Random House).

BOMB has a Q&A with poet Benjamin Krusling, Glaring (Wendy's Subway).

The L.A. Times interviews Sandra Niemi, Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi (Feral House). 

Sourcebooks donated $200,000 from profits on sales of a 2021 calendar dedicated to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to organizations she supported. Publishers Weekly reports.

On Monday, Amazon removed The Turner Diaries from its site. The NYT speaks with Kathleen Belew, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard), and others about the influence the book has had on white supremacists. 

Powell's Books closed early Monday and Tuesday following protests regarding its announcement that, while it won't stock it on store shelves, it will sell Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo (Center Street: Hachette) online. KOIN 6 News reports.

Authors on Air

Ben Affleck is set to direct the Disney adaptation of Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (Aladdin: S. & S.). Also, S. & S. is relaunching the MTV Books imprint, with the expectation it will fastrack TV and movie adaptations. Deadline has details.

Netflix has acquired the Bollywood adaptation of The Girl on the Train, based on the book by Paula Hawkins. It will premier Feb. 26. Variety reports.

The Literary Disco podcast features George Saunders, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life (Random House).

Mateo Askaripour, Black Buck (HMH), talks about keeping writing plausible on the WMFA podcast.

Adam Jentleson discusses Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy (Liveright: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review) on NPR's Fresh Air.

James Comey, Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust (Flatiron: Macmillan), will be on The View today.

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