'The Four Winds' and 'Four Hundred Souls' Top Bestsellers Lists | Book Pulse

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah debuts at No. 1 on the NYT fiction bestsellers list and the USA Today list, while Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain tops the NYT nonfiction list and is at No. 8 on the USA Today list. The finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards are out, with winners to be announced April 8. The Story Prize Spotlight Award, honoring an exceptional short story collection, goes to Inheritors by Asako Serizawa. There is adaptation news about the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna, and more. Plus, lots of buzz about Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins.

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Awards News

The finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards are out. Winners will be announced April 8.

The 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist is out. The winner will be announced March 24. 

The Story Prize Spotlight Award, honoring an exceptional short story collection, goes to Inheritors by Asako Serizawa (Doubleday).

The Novel Prize, "a biennial award for a book-length work of literary fiction written in English," goes to Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au.

The Manhattan Institute announces the finalists for its 17th annual Hayek Book Prize, which honors a book that reflect philosopher and Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek's "vision of economic and individual liberty."

New Title Bestsellers

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

Fiction

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's: Macmillan; LJ starred review) blows in at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Survivors by Jane Harper (Flatiron: Macmillan) lands at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (Pamela Dorman: Penguin) starts at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Send for Me by Lauren Fox (Knopf: Random House) arrives at No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Girl A by Abigail Dean (Viking: Penguin) is No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine: Random House) slides in at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Still Standing by Kristen Ashley (Kristen Ashley Rock Chick) stands at No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (One World: Random House; LJ starred review) is No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review) is No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo (Center Street: Hachette) is No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

When Harry Met Minnie: A True Story of Love and Friendship by Martha Teichner (Celadon: Macmillan) is No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris (Penguin; LJ starred review) is No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Like Streams to the Ocean: Notes on Ego, Love, and the Things That Make Us Who We Are by Jedidiah Jenkins (Convergent: Random House; LJ starred review) is No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

The L.A. Times reviews Rabbit Island by Elvira Navarro (Two Lines): "One thing that distinguishes Navarro in this genre of social nightmare fiction is that her central characters are almost entirely women — all smart and strong but deeply flawed, and more human for it."

At the NYT, Mary Roach reviews This Is the Voice by John Colapinto (S. & S.): "...where is the 300-page book devoted to the larynx? It has arrived, and it is exemplary." Also reviewed, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): "Her narrative voice is steady and restrained — the better, it sometimes seems, to allow an unadorned reality to show through, its contours unimpeded by frantic alarmism or baroque turns of phrase."

The Washington Post reviews Lone Stars by Justin Deabler (St. Martin's: Macmillan): "...a multigenerational story, told with sincerity, heart and a profound understanding of what it means to grow up in a community where being homosexual is considered perverse."

NPR reviews Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin (Little, Brown: Hachette): "'Gay Bar' combines memoir, history and criticism; it's a difficult book to pin down, but that's what makes it so readable and so endlessly fascinating." Also, Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins (Avon: HarperCollins; LJ starred review): "'Wild Rain' will linger in your thoughts for its remarkably likable hero, spirited heroine, beautiful horses, scenery, adventure, and romance."

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

Briefly Noted

The National Book Foundation names Ruth Dickey as its new Executive Director, which comes after previous Executive Director Lisa Lucas left to join Knopf as SVP. The NYT has an interview with Dickey.

Tor.com lists 6 great Africanfuturist sci-fi books.

The Millions highlights the best poetry of the month.

O: The Oprah Magazine's February list highlights beach reads.

Shondaland picks "The 5 Best Rom-Com Novels for Valentine’s Day."

Shelf Awareness previews new books out next week.

Jason Reynolds "three books for Black History Month" at Amazon.

R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, Kink: Stories (S. & S.), share a reading list of "Artists Who Inspire Them" at Lit Hub.

Two new children's books are coming from high-profile authors: Pinkie Promises by Senator Elizabeth Warren (Henry Holt: Macmillan) and The Legend of the Christmas Witch by Aubrey Plaza (Viking: Penguin). USA Today has details.

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt from World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever (Ecco: HarperCollins), which is due out March 24.

Tor.com excerpts We Shall Sing a Song into the Deep by Andrew Kelly Stewart (Tordotcom: Macmillan). It's due out March 9.

Jen Silverman, We Play Ourselves (Random House), talks about releasing a book about theater in "a world largely without theater" with the NYT.

Sylvain Neuvel, A History of What Comes Next (Tordotcom: Macmillan), shares "ten of his favorite alternate histories" with Publishers Weekly

"I didn't know he was going to be that competent in the bedroom," Beverly Jenkins says of her character Garrett McCray in Wild Rain (Avon: HarperCollins; LJ starred review) in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Electric Lit talks with Brontez Purnell about 100 Boyfriends (MCD x FSG: Macmillan).

Suzanne Enoch explains some of the research that goes into writing her books, including Hit Me With Your Best Scot (St. Martin's: Macmillan), at BookPage.

The Rumpus interviews Jennifer Berney, The Other Mothers: Two Women’s Journey to Find the Family That Was Always Theirs (Sourcebooks). 

The NYT goes "Inside the List" with Ashley Audrain, The Push (Pamela Dorman: Penguin). Also, examining 125 years of book reviews, the paper pulls together the elements that make a great love story. And a look at "How Getting Canceled on Social Media Can Derail a Book Deal." 

CrimeReads' "My First Thriller" column features Walter Mosley discussing Devil in a Blue Dress.

Bitch Media has a Q&A with Tessa Miller, What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness—Lessons from a Body in Revolt (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Datebook speaks with Christine Suppes and Frederic Aranda about California Elegance: Portraits From the Final Frontier (Mondadori: Rizzoli).

"I wish I knew where ideas came from—I would move there," says Lauren Oyler about Fake Accounts (Catapult: Penguin) in a conversation with BOMB.

Book Riot looks into "Reducing The Environmental Toll Of Paper In The Publishing Industry."

The NYT has tips for how to "Create a Digital Commonplace Book."

Authors on Air

Netflix is adapting the Redwall series by Brian Jacques as an animated feature and a TV series. Claire Danes takes over the lead in the series adaptation of The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Minhal Baig is adapting the short story collection Mouthful of Birds by Samantha Schweblin. Paul A. Kaufman will direct and write the adaption of The Boy in the Photo by Nicole Trope. Namina Forna will adapt her book The Gilded Ones (Delacorte: Random House), the first of a trilogy, as a film. Deadline reports.

The rights to former flight attendant T.J. Newman's buzzy forthcoming first thriller Falling (Avid Reader: S. & S.) went to Universal for a reported $1.5 million. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Miramax picked up TV rights for the forthcoming biography Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy by Anne Sebba (St. Martin's: Macmillan).The Bookseller reports.

Roman Mars talks with the CBC's Ideas about The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design (HMH).

James Patterson and Matt Eversmann discuss Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America's Bravest Warriors (Little, Brown: Hachette) on Fox News' America's Newsroom.

"Women were weeping at the signings because they had never been centered in a story like that before," says Beverly Jenkins, Wild Rain (Avon: HarperCollins; LJ starred review), in a conversation with NPR's Code Switch.

Nicole Perlroth discusses This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) on NPR's Fresh Air

The Today Show features Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser (St. Martin's: Macmillan).

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Unfinished: A Memoir (Ballantine: Random House), is on with both Kelly Clarkson and Drew Barrymore today.

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