Antiracist Booklists; Sarah Pinsker's 'A Song for a New Day' Wins Best Novel Nebula | Book Pulse

The Nebula Awards are announced. A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker wins for Best Novel. The finalists for the Locus Awards are announced. The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin leads holds this week. There are a number of booklists responding to the protests taking place across the nation as well as booklists for Pride Month, June, and Summer Reads. How will writing and publishing change in the face of the pandemic? The Guardian and the NYT have ideas. LJ’s Day of Dialog is fully archived, and BookExpo posts videos for the Adult and Middle Grade Book Buzz sessions.

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Nebula Award Winners and Locus Award Finalists

The Nebula Awards are announced. A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review) wins Best Novel. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone (Gallery/Saga Press: S. & S.; LJ starred review) wins Best Novella. Lois McMaster Bujold is honored as the 35th Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master. Here are all the finalists. The ceremony is online.

The Locus Awards finalists are announced. The winners will be announced on June 27th. The list, an RA treasure trove of key authors and sure bets, covers SF, Fantasy, Horror, YA, Debuts, Nonfiction, and more.

Booklists: Antiracist, Pride Month, Books for June, and Summer Reads

Bustle has “17 Books On Race Every White Person Needs To Read

Popsugar names “8 Impactful Books on Race in America White People Should Read.”

The NYT has “An Antiracist Reading List.”

LJ has its own “Antiracism: A Starter Booklist.”

Electric Lit suggests “20 New Asian American Books to Read Right Now.”

USA Today offers “10 LGBTQ books to read for Pride Month.”

USA Today picks five books for the week.

Popsugar says “Make Room in Your TBR Pile, Because These 25 Books Coming Out in June Deserve a Spot.”

Amazon selects its best of June.

CrimeReads names “10 Novels You Should Read In June.”

The Washington Post has “Ten books to read in June.”

The NYT has more summer reading suggestions.

Parade offers the “26 Best Books to Read This Summer.”

Bustle also has a list of “The Most Anticipated Books Of Summer 2020” and “9 Meghan Markle-Approved Books.”

Popsugar names “17 Thrillers That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat This Summer.” gathers “Clones, Sirens, and Dragons: New Young Adult Speculative Fiction for June & July 2020.”

Time gathers its choices for “The Best Books of 2020 So Far.”

Big Books of the Week

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin (Ballantine: Random House) leads holds this week.

Also getting attention are:

Hush by James Patterson, Candice Fox (Grand Central: Hachette)

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: Penguin)

The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis (William Morrow: Harper)

Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini (William Morrow: Harper)

These books and others publishing the week of June 1, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Three LibraryRead selections publish this week:

The Guest List by Lucy Foley (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)

"A wedding celebration on a remote island off the coast of Ireland turns eerie and nightmarish in this gothic atmospheric mystery. A good choice for fans of Ruth Ware." —Bill Anderson, Scott CountyPublic Library, Scottsburg, IN

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin (Ballantine: Random House)

"Cecily is fresh off a break up and meets a “too good to be true” stranger in a local dive bar. For fans of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes." —Stephanie Hall, Topeka Public Library, Topeka, KS

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: Penguin)

"Centering on two twin light-skinned black girls who grew up in a strange town in the Jim Crow south, this book explores racism, colorism, sexism, and familial relationships through the interweaving storylines of vivid and complicated characters. For fans of Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson." —Pamela Gardner, Medfield Public Library, Medfield, MA

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“Brit Bennett’s second novel broke my heart. She doesn’t shy away from the sadness inherent in each character’s life, yet she left me feeling better for having met all of them. I read The Vanishing Half with a sense of hope, despite my dread that terrible things might befall the characters. Desiree and Stella’s story unfolds with a deft delicateness in a book that is astonishingly accomplished and sweeping, and yet so very intimate.” —Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First, Chicago, IL

There are three additional titles from the June Indie Next list coming out this week, including their number one pick, A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf; LJ starred review)

“Majumdar’s suspenseful narrative holds a mirror up to society at large, reflecting the lies people tell themselves to rationalize sacrificing morality for personal gain. Unintended consequences from an impulsive social media post explode against a backdrop of deep economic insecurities and centuries-old prejudices. A searing debut, this novel is timely and timeless. It packs a punch way above its weight. Brilliant.” —Lisa Johnson, Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, PA

The Second Home by Christina Clancy (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan)

“While reading The Second Home, you can taste the saltwater of both the ocean and the tears of familial pain. Christina Clancy has written a beautiful story of family and the bonds that can be broken and somehow repaired again. The characters and location are so well-written, you’ll feel like you’ve vacationed on the Cape for years with the Gordon family. Fans of Jane Hamilton and We Were the Mulvaneys will love The Second Home.” —Nancy Baenen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore (Graywolf Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

“At the age of five, Wayetu Moore and her family were forced to flee Liberia on foot in the midst of a brutal civil war. As Wayetu’s father and elders attempt to get her and her sisters to safety by traversing a deadly and unforgiving landscape, Wayetu’s mother, who is attending college in New York, waits to hear from her family — until she can wait no longer. Moore makes brilliant creative choices with structure, voice, and point of view in this deeply moving, lovingly crafted, and unique memoir. Her story is both a thoughtful examination of the emigrant experience and an inspiring testament to the incredible power of familial love.” —Brian Wraight, Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, Middletown, CT

In the Media

People picks books for the summer; the list is already online. Friends: The Official Cookbook by Amanda Yee (Insight Editions: S. & S.) gets mentioned and Gentle on My Mind: In Sickness and in Health with Glen Campbell by Kim Campbell (Thomas Nelson: Harper) gets a focus. There is a recipe from See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends by Sam Sifton (Random House).


The Washington Post reviews The Death of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee (Viking: Penguin): “The books sit uncooperatively in a zone between allegory and parable, refuting interpretation.” Also, Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett (Celadon Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “frank and poignant … has an innate sensitivity and eye for detail. You sense that any novel he’d write would be a good one, a Denis Johnson-esque tale rife with drifters and drugs and couples hitting the skids.” Collected Stories by Lorrie Moore (Everyman’s Library: Random): “will be a treasure.”

The NYT reviews The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate (text) & illus. by Patricia Castelao (HarperCollins; SLJ starred review): “Applegate’s sure grasp of the essence of dog nimbly guides the early chapters even as the balance of Bob’s inner concerns shifts decisively from canine to human with talk of guilt, cowardice, forgiveness.” Also, Thieves of Weirdwood by William Shivering, illustrated by Anna Earley (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “it will delight and satiate those besotted with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Miss Peregrine, the Spiderwicks.”

The L.A. Times reviews Seven Years of Darkness by You-Jeong Jeong (Penguin): “an admirable achievement, bolstering the case for Jeong as one among the best at writing psychological suspense.” Also, An Elegant Woman by Martha McPhee (Scribner: S. & S.): “she has developed such a sophisticated grasp of social-climbing characters that she’s able to track three generations with an easy grace many historical novels lack.”

Slate reviews Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin): “Feels More Minor—and No Less Enjoyable.”

NPR reviews Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review): “delivers a showstopping, sexy romance in true Hollywood style.”

USA Today reviews A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf; LJ starred review), giving it 3.5 stars and calling it “a gripping thriller with compassionate social commentary.”

Briefly Noted

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (HMH) is the June book club title for Vox.

In Costco Connection, Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (William Morrow: Harper) as her June suggestion.

Vulture has a feature on “The Longest Lives” which includes two poets, Susan Howe and Ishmael Reed.

NPR’s special series “Are You There God? It’s Me, Juanita” continues with an essay about Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell (Neal Porter Books: Holiday House; SLJ starred review).

Elle has an essay by Genevieve Hudson, Boys of Alabama (Liveright: W.W. Norton).

Electric Lit interviews Ilze Hugo, The Down Days (Gallery Books: S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Gabrielle Union, Welcome to the Party (HarperCollins).

Shondaland interviews Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo, The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border (HarperOne).

Esquire interviews Karen Tei Yamashita, Sansei and Sensibility (Coffee House Press).

“The Grub Street Diet” features Bill Buford, Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Vogue excerpts Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (Ecco: Harper).

Roxane Gay is the new NYT “Work Friend" columnist. She also has a new op-ed in the paper “Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us.”

The NYT features and interviews Moyra Davey, Moyra Davey: I Confess (Dancing Foxes Press: D.A.P. Artbook).

In forthcoming book news, People showcases Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big, Have Faith, and Achieve More Than You Can Imagine by Ally Brooke (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Book Riot has “The Thriller is Here to Stay: Exploring the Genre Post–GONE GIRL.” explores “How to Recover From Reader’s Block.”

Penguin is starting a new classics series celebrating science fiction. Locus reports.

The NYT reports on “design fiction,” a new experimental form of art “that applies design to speculative, science-fiction type situations … The exercise of design fiction involves solving an imaginary problem and might include films, objects, websites, books or sketches.”

YA author Karen Blumenthal has died. The NYT has an obituary.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Electric Lit suggests “7 Books About Confinement and the Need to Escape.”

The Guardian reports on the ways authors are changing their books in the face of the pandemic.

The NYT writes “Fall Is Now Jam-Packed for Book Publishers. That Could Be a Problem.”

The NYT interviews Emily Powell of Powell’s Books about the future of physical bookstores.

The Washington Post reports on Library of Congress’s Boccaccio Project, a series of musical commissions taking “structural cues” from the14th century Italian novel. They will air over LC’s website starting June 15.

Publishers are starting to announce they will not attend the Frankfurt Book Fair. PublishersLunch reports.

BookExpo’s Adult Editor’s Buzz is online for viewing. Shelf Awareness has a summary. Here is the Middle Grade Buzz session and here too.

Day of Dialog is archived for viewing. The videos will remain up into August. You login with your registration email or register now to watch.

Authors on Air

NPR features Child of the Universe by Ray Jayawardhana (text) & illus. by Raul Colón (Make Me a World; SLJ starred review).

NPR Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Rutger Bregman, Humankind: A Hopeful History (Little, Brown: Hachette).

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House; LJ starred review) is the June PBS News-Hour/NYT book club pick.

CBS Sunday Morning showcases “The explosion in audio books.”

CBC’s “Writers & Company” features Martha Ackmann, These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson (W.W. Norton). CBC’s “The Next Chapter” interviews Michelle Parise, Alone: A Love Story: A Love Story (Dundurn).

Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners is adapting Colum McCann's Apeirogon. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

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