VALENTINE and DISAPPEARING EARTH Top April Book Club Picks; NORMAL PEOPLE Gets a Premiere Date and a New Trailer | Book Pulse

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore is the Read with Jenna book for April. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips is the PBS NewsHour-NYT book club title selection for the month. Baek Heena wins the Astrid Lindgren Award. The shortlist is out for the Walter Scott Prize. The Nebula awards announcement will be virtually open to the public for free and will live-stream on May 30, starting at 8 PM ET. Sally Rooney’s Normal People will air on Hulu on April 29. It has a new trailer.

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April Best Book Picks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon | CrimeReads | Entertainment Weekly | Gizmodo (SFF)LitHub | Tor.com (SF)

Reviews

Datebook reviews How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead: Penguin): “if there ever was a time to throw yourself headfirst into the thoroughly engrossing saga that is C Pam Zhang’s debut novel, this is it.”

NPR reviews Front Row at the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl (Dutton: Penguin): “in the sheer obviousness of his account, Karl inadvertently points to a larger and more alarming truth: We are all of us, always, in the front row at the Trump show now.”

The Washington Post reviews Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (Harper): “Wetmore has written something thrilling and thoughtful. Don’t let the launch of this novelist’s career be drowned out. Someday book clubs will meet again, and this would be a rousing choice.” Also, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf: Macmillan): “In layered, poetic, self-aware prose, Lisicky reckons with the tensions between the freedom of community and its insularity; between dark desire and animalistic power; between sex and death.”

Briefly Noted

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (Harper) is the Read with Jenna book for April.

South Korea's Baek Heena wins the Astrid Lindgren Award, the richest literature prize for children’s books.

The Shortlist is out for The Walter Scott Prize.

More obituaries and remembrances for beloved children's author Tomie dePaola are published in the L.A. Times and NYT. News broke yesterday that he died from surgical complications after a fall.

Popsugar suggests “35 Must-Read 2020 Books Written by Women.”

O: The Oprah Magazine picks books for spring.

Shondaland interviews Terry McMillan, It's Not All Downhill From Here (Ballantine: Random House).

Time interviews Veronica Roth, Chosen Ones (John Joseph Adams/HMH).

Salon interviews Katherine Alford and Kathy Gunst, Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women's Voices (Tiller Press: S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts How to Raise a Loaf: and fall in love with sourdough by Roly Allen (Laurence King Publishing: Chronicle).

Paste features Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review).

Tor.com has more in its Queering SFF series: “12 Authors, Critics, and Activists on What’s Changed in the Last Ten Years.”

O: The Oprah Magazine picks 28 books for Father’s Day and 15 books for those interested in the Zodiac. Also, an interview with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Grandma’s Gardens (Philomel Books: Penguin).

Paste picks the best book covers of March.

Tor.com offers a free download of The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi for today only, as a way to promote his new book The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The first Flash Gordon comic strips sells for nearly half a million dollars. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Vulture writes “Everything We Learned From Woody Allen’s Controversial Memoir.”                                                                               

Coronavirus Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SFWA unveils its plans for the virtual Nebula conference. The Nebula awards announcement will be virtually open to the public for free and will live-stream on May 30, starting at 8 PM ET.

LJ has a report on ebooks and streaming resources as libraries close branches.

Publishers Weekly asks is “the Covid-19 Crisis a Watershed Moment for Library E-books?”

Dav Pilkey teams with the Library of Congress and Scholastic to offer Dav Pilkey At Home, a free online video series to help kids. It will stream every Friday morning, starting this week. Publishers Weekly has details.

In an new Instagram series “Shine On With Reese At Home,” Reese Witherspoon interviews Eve Rodsky, Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin).

Electric Lit interviews Ted Chiang who “Explains the Disaster Novel We All Suddenly Live In.”

Tor.com posts the second part of its reading list for “What to Read When the Whole World’s Falling Apart.”

LitHub has “10 new books to look forward to in these dark days.”

Shondaland offers “5 Books For the Perfect Literary Escape.”

The NYT suggests The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) as a book to read with your family to “spark lively conversation among people who have run out of things to say.”

The Guardian interviews Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World: Random House), who says “Racism has come roaring back with Covid-19.”

The Washington Post interviews Bruce Daisley, Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job (HarperOne), about working from home.

The L.A. Times has Charles Finch’s diary while in quarantine. There is also one from Laila Lalmis.

Bustle offers “How To Plan A Zoom Book Club From The Comfort Of Your Cozy Couch.”

K.M. Szpara and N.K. Jemisin will discuss Docile by Szpara (Tor.com: Macmillan) via Livestream on April 2. Tor.com has details.

Belletrist has a virtual book tour for Look by Zan Romanoff (Dial Books: Penguin).

Lena Dunham’s romance novel reaches chapter seven.

Colton Underwood, The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV (Gallery Books: S. & S.), discusses his coronavirus infection and recovery with USA Today. The L. A. Times also has a story on Underwood, as does Bustle.

The Hollywood Reporter has a list of all the films delayed because of coronavirus.

Authors on Air

Sally Rooney’s Normal People will air on Hulu on April 29. It has a new trailer.

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (Knopf) is the PBS NewsHour-NYT book club title selection for April. PBS NewsHour has Dani Shapiro answer readers’ questions as the March focus on Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love (Anchor: Random House) concludes.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (S. & S.).

The L.A. Times posts its hosted conversation between Steph Cha and Joe Ide on YouTube.

The Virtual Book Channel has a conversation with Alexandra Chang, Days of Distraction (Ecco: Harper).

Simon Stephenson’s debut novel Set My Heart to Five is headed to the movies; Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) will direct. Shrill is renewed for season 3 on Hulu. Disney’s Fancy Nancy will feature an autistic character for World Autism Awareness Day. Deadline reports on all.

LeVar Burton reads Toni Morrison’s short story “Recitatif.”

On the Jimmy Kimmel show, Samuel L. Jackson reads a new work by Adam Mansbach, “Stay The Fuck At Home.” Proceeds help Feeding America. On a related note, Jennifer Garner reads Mansbach's Go the F*ck to Sleep.

It is National Poetry Month and “Poetry in America” ramps up on public television and online.

Tor.com has a report on Sarah Gailey’s Virtual Con r/Fantasy AMA. Her When We Were Magic (Simon Pulse: S. & S.) is out now.

Joe Biden, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (Flatiron Books: Macmillan), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight. Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart's Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines (HMH), will be on with Seth Meyers.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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