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The Booker Prize announcement is rescheduled in light of Obama’s forthcoming memoir. New fall and October booklists arrive. The Good Morning America October book club pick is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The National Book Foundation announces the titles for the Literature for Justice program. The NYT puts the back issues of the Book Review online. Stephen King’s Firestarter and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies are getting adapted.

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The Booker Moves for Obama and New Book Lists

The Booker Prize is rescheduled in light of Obama’s forthcoming memoir. The NYT reports on why and what it means for the award and publishing.

Lit Hub offers “14 new titles to check out this week.”

The Washington Post picks “10 books to read in October.”

Popsugar offers “The 21 Most Exciting New Releases Hitting Bookshelves Throughout October.”

Wired suggests “13 Books You Need to Read This Fall.”

BuzzFeed suggests “5 New Book Releases We Loved And Why You Should Read Them.”

USA Today has “Looking for books about racism? Experts suggest these must-read titles for adults and kids.”

Book Marks issues “The Best Reviewed Science, Technology, and Nature Books, September Edition."

The NYT offers “New & Noteworthy, From Y.A. Dystopia to the Lives of Stoics.” Also, “4 Books that Explain the U.S. Tax System.”

Amazon has “A culinary celebration for Hispanic Heritage month.” Also, “Nicholas Sparks' favorite recent reads.”

CrimeReads picks “The 6 Best Books About True Crime on College Campuses.”

Reviews

NPR reviews Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (One World: Random House): “a compendium of real and mythical beasts — some human, some animal, most a bit of both — that roam through a family's lineage and the stories its members tell each other from one generation to another. Everything is alive in their stories.” Also, His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life by Jonathan Alter (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “a fascinating book, and Alter tells Carter's life story beautifully and with admirable fairness.” Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco: Harper): “atmospheric and prescient: Its rhythms of comedy alternating with shock and despair mimic so much of the rhythms of life right now. That's more than enough to make it a signature novel for this blasted year.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey (Andy Cohen Books: Macmillan), giving it a B+ and calling it “compelling if imperfect.”

The NYT reviews Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times by David S Reynolds (Penguin): “a prodigious and lucidly rendered exposition of the character and thought of the 16th president as gleaned through the prism of the cultural and social forces swirling through America during his lifetime.”

Briefly Noted

The Good Morning America October book club pick is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Viking: Penguin).

The National Book Foundation announces the titles for the third and final year of the Literature for Justice program.

The NYT writes about To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes edited by Ilisa Barbash, Molly Rogers, and Deborah Willis (Aperture). It contains “the first photographs, it is believed, of enslaved human beings.” The essay considers “Is there a correct way to regard these images? Should one view them, or any coerced image, at all? To whom do they belong? Do they quicken or numb the conscience? Does displaying them traumatize the living? Is it care or cowardice to keep them concealed? What do we owe the dead?

The L.A. Times features Roberto Lovato, Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas (Harper). The paper also has “The 14 most fascinating details” from The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey (Andy Cohen Books: Macmillan).

Shondaland interviews Misty Copeland, Bunheads (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin; SLJ starred review). Also, an essay by Jane Igharo, Ties That Tether (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Bitch Media interviews Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The Undocumented Americans: A Homecoming (One World: Random House).

People features Lili Reinhart, Swimming Lessons: Poems (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan). Also, a feature on Rob Halford, Confess: The Autobiography (Hachette) and more on Mariah Carey, The Meaning of Mariah Carey (Andy Cohen Books: Macmillan).

In forthcoming book news, Vanity Fair reports on Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult by Robert Lacey (Harper).

Tor.com excerpts Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow Books: Harper).

NBC News has a report on Viet Thanh Nguyen, the first Asian American Pulitzer board member, on how he sees his new role. His newest book is The Committed (Grove Press), forthcoming in March.

Lit Hub has a Reading Women podcast about “How the Pandemic Is Changing Book Marketing.”

The NYT reports “How Rage Challenged Bob Woodward.”

The Guardian writes about the letter by authors in support of trans and non-binary people. It is in reaction to the recent letter in support of J.K. Rowling.

James Patterson is giving grants to thousands of teachers to help build reading skills, especially targeted to aid during the pandemic. USA Today reports.

The NYT puts the back issues of the Book Review online. It includes all issues since 1997.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air features Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation by Andrew Weissmann (Random House).

NPR’s All Things Considered highlights Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern, illustrated by Michael Sloan (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan).

Zac Efron is set to star in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter. A film “loosely based” on A Note of Explanation by Vita Sackville-West is in the works at Netflix. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies is set for Netflix too.

Spotify and DC Comics announce an original podcast titled Batman Unburied.

Lili Reinhart, Swimming Lessons: Poems (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan), will be on with Seth Myers tonight. Misty Copeland, Bunheads (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin; SLJ starred review), will be on the Daily Show.

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