Valeria Luiselli Wins 2021 Dublin Literary Award | Book Pulse

Valeria Luiselli wins the 2021 Dublin Literary Award for Lost Children Archive. The 2021 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers finalists, Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize published shortlist, and the Photography and Moving Image Book Award winners are announced. Interviews with Bridget Collins of The Betrayals, Zakiya Dalila Harris of The Other Black Girl, Farzana Doctor of Seven, Lilly Dancyger of Negative Space, and a conversation between Mackenzie Rohan and her mother Ethel Rohan about In the Event of Contact. Doubleday announces a two-book deal with Stacey Abrams for more political thrillers. A new joint project with Bill Clinton and James Patterson, The President’s Daughter will be released on June 7. Science fiction writer and editor Don Saker, dies at the age of 62. 

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Awards & News

Valeria Luiselli wins the 2021 Dublin Literary Award for Lost Children Archive (Knopf: Random House).

The 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize published shortlist is announced.

The 2021 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers finalists are announced.

The 2021 Photography and Moving Image Book Award winners are announced.

Science fiction writer and editor Don Saker, dies at the age of 62. Locus Magazine writes more on his life.

The virtual TorCon 2021 Schedule of Events is announced.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg's annotated Columbia Law School textbook has been sold for $18,125Lit Hub has the story.

Page to Screen

May 21:

Army of the Dead, based on a story by Zack Snyder. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

The Dry, based on a book by Jane Harper. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Four Good Days, based on the Washington Post article “How’s Amanda? A Story of Truth, Lies and American Addiction” by Eli Saslow. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., based on associated titles. Hulu. No reviews | Trailer

The Neighbor, based on the comic book series El Vecino by Santiago García and Pepo Pérez. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


The Los Angeles Times reviews Roundabout of Death by Faysal Khartash (New Vessel; LJ starred review): “Here we see the pattern of the novel, which is kaleidoscopic: personal and collective, serendipitous and fatalistic, marked by a bitter irony that can’t help flirting with despair.”

NPR reviews Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller (Tin House; LJ starred review): “'Unsettled Ground' is a terribly beautiful book, and although its premise may seem quiet, it is full of dramatic twists and turns right up until its moving, beautiful end.”

NYT reviews Let the Record Show : A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman (Farrar, Straus and Girou; LJ starred review): "Schulman writes, “for movements or groups that are dominated by men and white people to achieve transformational victories that improve the lives of women, people of color and poor people” — and this focus owed much to the work of activists from those demographics whose stories Schulman excels in highlighting." Also, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos by Sohrab Ahmari (Convergent): "The book’s virtues, however, struggle throughout with a damaging vice: the abuse of tradition. In this, Ahmari is at least evenhanded. He caricatures not just liberalism but his own faith by attributing to it more unity, simplicity and authority than historically it has ever possessed." Plus, A Drop of Treason: Philip Agee and His Exposure of the CIA by Jonathan Stevenson (University of Chicago Press): "It offers a vivid snapshot of America in the mid-1970s, when the collapse of institutional authority after the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal was followed not by revolution or reformation but by exhaustion and decadence." Lastly, a list of books featuring "military quagmires."

The Washington Post reviews Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard (Knopf: LJ starred review): "Simard’s memoir, “Finding the Mother Tree,” describes the intersecting webs of her career and private life that brought her to rewrite not only the forestry canon but our understanding of nature itself." Also, No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice by Karen L. Cox (University of North Carolina Press): "In her essential new book, “No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice,” historian Karen Cox, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, tracks the origins and spread of the statues and clears up misconceptions about how these sculptures came to liberally pepper our landscape." Plus, many more reviews posted today.

Locus Magazine reviews I’m Waiting For You by Kim Bo-Young (Harper Voyager: HarperCollins): ““I’m Waiting for You”, which Kim tells us was written as an engagement gift for a friend, is almost structured as a rom-com of missed connections, although its tone is increasingly grim.”

Autostraddle reviews The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend : Advice on Queer Dating, Love, and Friendship written by Maddy Court, illustrated by Kelsy Wroten (Chronicle Books): “Maddy gives advice with the humility of a friend — she’s there to reaffirm what you already know, highlight any blind spots, and give you a gentle nudge in the right direction.”

Popsugar reviews People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (Berkley; LJ starred review): “Get in your favorite-vacation mindset, whether that be poolside with a cold drink in your hand or cupping a warm mug in the mountains — either way, get super comfy and ready to devour this one.”

Book Marks lists "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Bridget Collins, author of The Betrayals (William Morrow: HarperCollins) shares books that have influenced her and her writing process. Entertainment Weekly has the interview. Also, Zakiya Dalila Harris speaks about her book The Other Black Girl (Atria) and how she wanted to bring complexity to a story about being Black in the workplace. CBC interviews Farzana Doctor, author of Seven (Dundurn: Ingram) about the issue of female genital mutilation in communities in India.

Stacey Abrams discusses the politics within her thriller, While Justice Sleeps (Doubleday). Vox has the story. Doubleday just announced a two-book deal with Abrams for more political thrillers featuring Avery Keene, the main character of While Justice SleepsLit Hub has more information on this news.

Bill Clinton and James Patterson will co-author a new book The President’s Daughter (Little, Brown & Co.: Hachette) set to come out June 7. People has an interview with both authors and an excerpt of the book.

Viking will release Silverview by John la Carré (Viking: Penguin) posthumously on Oct 21. NYT has the announcement. 

Fox News shares news on Obama’s uncensored opinions on Trump in book by Edward-Isaac Dovere, Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump (Viking: Penguin) and announces the debut book of Maitland Ward, My Escape From Hollywood: Why I Left to Become a Porn Star to be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria press

CrimeReads features a piece by Howard Paar about his memories of The On Klub in Los Angeles fueling his book, Top Rankin’ (Rare Bird: Ingram).

The Rumpus Book Club interviews Lilly Dancyger, author of Negative Space (Santa Fe Writers Project) on releasing her book during the pandemic and all that lead to its publishing. Also, a conversation between Mackenzie Rohan and her mother Ethel Rohan about her book In the Event of Contact (Dzanc: Ingram). 

Lit Hub has a conversation between Barrett Swanson, author of Lost in Summerland: Essays (Counterpoint) and Jordan Kisner, author of Thin Places (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan) talking about existential narratives that include topics of morality.

Adin Dobkin, author of Sprinting Through No Man’s Land (Little A: Amazon) answers ten questions about teaching the craft of writing. Electric Lit has more.

Author Ling Ma, Severance (Picador: Macmillan) answers Elle’s literary survey.

Author Rafe Posey, The Stars We Share (Pamela Dorman: Penguin) writes about the small spark that develop into a novel and led an author to unexpected places. Lit Hub has more.

Chris Bosh shares his favorite basketball writersNYT has the piece.

CBC provides an excerpt of The Bone Code by Kathy Reich (Scribner: S. & S.). provides an excerpt of The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis (Titan: Random House). Also, a cover reveal for All the Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie ( Macmillan).

Gizmodo features an introduction to The Best of World SF: Volume 1 (Head of Zeus) representing 21 countries around the world. Lit Hub has a piece exploring science fiction by women from around the world translated into English.

Autostraddle Lez Liberty Lit considers historical novels, getting your creativity jump started, and more.

Entertainment Weekly lists “The best debuts to read this summer.” provides “Five SFF Novels Featuring Men Who Don’t Give Up Easily.”

Book Riot gives “24 Must-Read New Books of Spring and Summer 2021” and “Science Fiction and Fantasy by Palestinian Authors.”

CrimeReads lists "Vancouver: Book and Murder in Terminal City."

The Root features “Page Turners: How We Translate the Reality of the Black Experience in America.”

Parade has “13 New Books to Read If You Have Royal Fever.”

CBC shares “15 books by Asian Canadian authors to read for Asian Heritage Month.”

Bustle lists “30 Fantasty Series Written by Women That Will Give You a New Perspective.”

NYT provides "11 New Books We Recommend This Week" and what's "New in Paperback."

Authors on Air

Apple TV will create a television series adaptation from Hugh Howey’s Wool (John Joseph Adams: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). covers the story. Also, Rebecca Ferguson will star in this adaptation. The Hollywood Report has more on this story.

 Warner Brothers will be producing a Batgirl adaptation with directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. reports.

Deadline announces that Edoardo Ponti will direct an adaptation of Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano (Mariner: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) for Sony.

The NYT writes about "The Profound Significance of ‘High on the Hog’," which is based on based on Dr. Jessica B. Harris’s book, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America. Traveler has more.

Lit Hub features a roundtable discussion on how books get adaptations

Brené Brown features author Ashley C. Ford, Somebody's Daughter (Flatiron: An Oprah Book) on Unlocking Us podcast speaking about the importance of storytelling for truth and freedom.

Book Riot features “Overanalyzing Every Book in Ted Lasso to Predict Season 2.” Also, “13 Movie and TV Adaptations of Horror Books and Where to Stream Them.” 

Deadline features an interview with Thuso Mbedu on her role and how the story relates to modern times in Amazon’s The Underground Railroad, based on the novel by Colson Whitehead.

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