'Watchmen' Sweeps the Emmy Nominations | Book Pulse

Watchmen sweeps the Emmy nominations. The finalists for the World Fantasy Awards are announced. The Ladies of Horror Award winners are out as well. Adrian McKinty wins the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for The Chain. Ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok has a book due out in early September, Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump. Natasha Trethewey continues to get buzzy coverage for Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir.

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Watchmen leads the Emmy nomination count. Other book-related titles getting nods include The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The Mandalorian, Little Fires Everywhere, Unorthodox, The Morning Show, Big Little Lies, Orange is the New Black, Normal People, I Know This Much is True, Self-Made, and Star Trek: Short Treks. Vulture has the full list. Variety and Deadline have lists of snubs and surprises.

The World Fantasy Award finalists are announced.

The Ladies of Horror Fiction Award winners are announced. Locus has the list.

Adrian McKinty, The Chain (Mulholland Books: Hachette), wins “the UK’s most prestigious accolade in crime writing, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.”

Lit Hub reports that Kaitlyn Greenidge has been named Substack’s Senior Fellow.


The NYT reviews Must I Go by Yiyun Li (Random House): “a series of ragged, recursive conversations between a mother and the ghost of her dead son — shockingly autobiographical for a writer so famously leery of self-disclosure.” Also, The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age by Steve Olson (W. W. Norton): “Though he does not always offer answers to the questions he poses, he does offer hope based on his faith in human brilliance, tenacity and ingenuity to meet our challenges — the kind of traits and talents that made the Manhattan Project possible in the first place.”

Tor.com reviews Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings (Tor.com: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “magnificently written and feels like a folktale both old and new. Jennings’ use of language is as uncanny as it is gorgeous … nearly perfect novella. It sings with pain and roars with power. Although it is short, it is neither spare nor unfulfilled.”

NPR reviews Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review), giving it an A- and writing “An act of murder tends to be a grisly affair in books … It might seem an odd fit, then, for a reflective, lyrical memoir … To encounter a horrific killing in this space is to see it sapped of its entertainment value, laid bare for both its author and its readers to examine, plainly and deeply. How unusual — and how powerful it is in Natasha Trethewey’s telling.” Also, NPR reviews Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline (William Morrow: Harper): “It is close, tight, stark, beautiful — rich where richness is warranted, but spare where want and sorrow have sharpened every word.”

The L.A. Times reviews To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq by Robert Draper (Penguin): “Bush ultimately bears the blame. He relied on a national security team who believed they should support his judgments, not question them. Congress embraced the faith-based intelligence, and so did a cheerleading media. Draper has written the most comprehensive account yet of that smoldering wreck of foreign policy, one that haunts us today.”

USA Today reviews The End of Her by Shari Lapena (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin), giving it 3.5 stars and writing “Be sure to carve out enough time, because once you pick it up, you will not want to put down.”

Briefly Noted

Ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok's book about Trump and Russia is due out on Sept. 8, Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump (HMH). Politico has details.

Dark Horse comics announces that Avatar: The Last Airbender will get a graphic novel spin-off, Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy. Tor.com reports.

The NYT’s “New & Noteworthy” column is out. Also, the paper has suggestions for “Literary Road Trip” reading. The book club column “Group Text” centers on The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Lit Hub offers “20 new books to keep you company this week.”

Electric Lit offers “8 Books to Take You Back to the 1980s.”

Bustle excerpts Kings County by David Goodwillie (Avid Reader: S. & S.). Also, “6 Claims From Finding Freedom That You Should Know About.” That is, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie, Carolyn Durand (Dey Street Books: Harper).

The NYT has The Essential Tana French.

Karin Slaughter considers “2 decades of twisty thrillers” for Entertainment Weekly.

The L.A. Times interviews Suzanne Nossel, Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Deadline interviews Oliver Stone, Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game (HMH).

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Maria Sherman, Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS (Black Dog & Leventhal: Hachette).

The L. A. Times has a book club chat with Bonnie Tsui, Why We Swim (Algonquin: Workman).

Entertainment Weekly reports that actor Ethan Herisse will read the audio of Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (Balzer + Bray: Harper; SLJ starred review).

Over 80 authors have signed a letter protesting the possibility of holding the World Science Fiction convention in Saudi Arabia in 2022, writing it is “antithetical to everything SFF stands for.” The Guardian reports.

Michael Dirda has more on his book collection for The Washington Post.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review). Also an interview with Zach St. George, The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future (W.W. Norton).

Netflix announces September 18 as the launch date of their animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Acorn TV orders a second season of Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries based on the books by Kerry Greenwood. Shankari Chandran’s Song Of The Sun God gets adapted for TV, but no word on a US air date. Sony Pictures Television buys rights to David Henry Sterry’s Master of Ceremonies: A True Story of Love, Murder, Roller Skates & Chippendales. Netflix will adapt Tess Sharpe’s The Girls I’ve Been with Millie Bobby Brown to star. Deadline reports.

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