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A report on diversity and publishing is out in the UK. Macmillan is changing its management structure to be more diverse. NPR starts this year's Summer Reading Poll, on books for children. Covid-19 continues to change the book world. New reading lists are out for the summer, the week, the month, and the rest of the year. Perry Mason is doing very well. Both Apple TV’s Foundation and Hamilton get trailers.

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Antiracism in the UK and at Macmillan and NPR's Summer Reading Poll

The Guardian reports on Bernardine Evaristo’s condemnation of the books industry: “Black and Asian people not seen as readers.” That is from her forward to “the UK’s first academic study into diversity in trade fiction and publishing.” Here is a link to the report.

Macmillan is changing its management structure to make “room for new voices ... an exercise in changing power dynamics, and in making sure we have diverse perspectives in the decision-making process.” Publishing Perspectives reports.

NPR’s Summer Reading Poll returns. The focus this year is on “picture books and easy chapter books.” The expert panel includes Andrea Davis Pinkney. Here is the link to the poll site.

COVID 19 Reading Lists, News, and Collection Development/RA Resources

The NYT interviews Naomi Alderman, who “Was Writing a Pandemic Novel Before the Pandemic Hit.”

The L.A. Times lists “All the books, movies, TV and music our authors consumed in quarantine.”

O: The Oprah Magazine offers “Reading Novels by Latina Authors Is Helping Me Survive the Pandemic.”

The A.V. Club writes “For disabled and other marginalized fans, online events aren’t a compromise—they’re a lifeline.”


The Washington Post reviews The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vera (Liveright: W. W. Norton): “enthralling.”

The NYT reviews What's Left of Me Is Yours by Stephanie Scott (Doubleday: Random House): “enrapturing.” Also, Empty by Susan Burton (Random House): “The author’s anger gives the book its considerable power, its substantial grace and even, in the end, its meaning.” Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin): “Why aren’t we paying attention? What are we missing? Isn’t it time for us to start seeing the world as it really is?The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova (Penguin): “a feminist story without being a feminist tract. It’s an underdog tale in which the rise of the underdog has an air of inevitability and sweet revenge. It’s a nonfiction Bildungsroman minus the navel-gazing.” Lastly, the paper has “Four Social Novels in Translation Consider the World’s Ills.”

Briefly Noted

Fiona Davis, The Lions of Fifth Avenue (Dutton: Penguin), has summer reading suggestions. Entertainment Weekly has the list.

The NYTNew & Noteworthy” column is out.

LitHub picks “17 of the Most Anticipated Books by LGBTQIA+ Authors For the Second Half of 2020.”

BuzzFeed has “16 Queer Love Stories To Read This Pride Month.”

Electric Lit has a list of books “stories that turn normalcy on its head.”

The Shortlist for the AKO Caine Prize is out.

The winners of Society of Authors' Awards are announced.

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin).

LitHub reports on Good Movies as Old Books by Matt Stevens and the art project behind it.

Electric Lit interviews Ottessa Moshfegh, Death in Her Hands (Penguin).

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Francesca Lia Block.

Vanity Fair features Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind (Ecco: Harper).

In The Atlantic, Lauren Groff writes “The Dark Soul of the Sunshine State: Why Florida is the way it is.”

NPR reports that John Bolton may have to give back his advance and any other related money he makes off of his book if the government can prove he has revealed classified information. The story has a brief history of the rules and process. Also there is news that the book is being spread widely on piracy sites and that in a Tweet Trump suggested Bolton should have bombs dropped on him.

Authors quit their literary agency because it has stood with another client, J.K. Rowling. The Guardian reports that Fox Fisher, Drew Davies, and Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir, plus one other who wishes to remain anonymous, have left Blair Partnership.

The Hollywood Reporter has news that the case over whether or not Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning The Shape of Water infringed on the work of Paul Zindel is back in court.

Charles Brownstein has resigned as Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, "after renewed pressure surrounding a 2005 sexual assault." reports.

Jean Raspail has died. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Julie Holland, Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics (Harper).

Deadline reports that Perry Mason is doing very well, getting the largest HBO series viewership in two years. Also, Michael Keaton is in talks to become Batman again for the DC universe films. HBO Max is creating a series based on Malcolm Gladwell Outliers, with Dr. Anthony Fauci as the first subject. Hulu, with its FX on Hulu offerings, will run Y: The Last Man, based on the comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is now off the schedule for theatres and will be released directly to VOD in 2021. Matilda Voss Gustavsson’s The Club sells film rights.

Variety reports on the “Shoot the Book adaption market — a staple at the Marché du Film since 2014 and a rising player on the global film scene” with ten books primed to be adapted.

Apple TV’s Foundation gets a trailer. It is based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation chronicles. It debuts sometime in 2021.

Hamilton gets a trailer. It comes out on July 3 on Disney+.

John Bolton will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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