Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist Announced, Plus November Reading Lists | Book Pulse

The Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist is out, and the first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is open. More new lists of buzzy November releases arrive and Nicole Krauss' short story collection, To Be a Man, earns strong praise. Excerpts of Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson will arrive each week through its release later this month. After a reversal, a monument to Maya Angelou will go up in San Francisco.

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Shortlists and Reading Lists

The Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist is out.

The first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is open. Here are the nominees. Opening round voting closes Nov. 8.

Recommendations for books out this week arrive from Booklist and Lit Hub.

Bustle lists 28 anticipated November releases.

Janet Evanovich shares her top books of the year with Amazon.

BuzzFeed suggests "15 Books From Smaller Presses You Won't Be Able To Put Down."

Datebook recommends "3 novels for young adults redefine ‘coming of age.'"

New lifestyle books to check out this month, via BookPage.


The Washington Post reviews Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "...a superb example of cultural history and, given its themes, a work surprisingly relevant to this plague-ridden, watershed year."

Entertainment Weekly reviews two short story collections. To Be a Man: Stories by Nicole Krauss (Harper): "In every story, tiny details and emotional acuity provide a vivid look at how life goes on." The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review): "Danielle Evans' dynamite new collection proves a study in the form."

NPR also reviews To Be a Man: Stories by Nicole Krauss (Harper): "The short stories … are as philosophically inclined as her novels, but in other ways, they represent a significant and exciting departure from her previous body of work."

The NYT reviews The Walker: On Losing and Finding Yourself in the Modern City by Matthew Beaumont (Verso: Random House): "He may worry about 'the marginalized,' but he rarely if ever cites or consults their work." Also, Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live by Nicholas A. Christakis (Little, Brown Spark: Hachette): "...a useful contribution to this initial wave of Covid books, sensible and comprehensive, intelligent and well sourced, albeit a little programmatic and dull."

Briefly Noted

Tor.com is posting excerpts of Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (Tor: Macmillan) each week through its release on Nov. 17.

V.E. Schwab talks to Amazon about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Bustle interviews Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics (Chronicle).

The NYT looks at the history of Harvard murders, led by the one in We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper (Grand Central: Hachette).

Wright Thompson discusses Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last (Penguin) with Kirkus.

Publishers Weekly talks with cartoonist Peter Bagge, The Complete Hate (Fantagraphics: W. W. Norton).

The Shelf Awareness "Reading with" column features Sherry Thomas, Murder on Cold Street (Berkley: Penguin: LJ starred review).

The Rumpus has a Q&A with Maggie Smith, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change (Atria/One Signal: S. & S.).

Christopher Nolan joins author Tom Shone to talk about The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan (Knopf) with the L.A. Times.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Lithgow about their audio recording of Lithgow's Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown: Verses for a Despotic Age (Chronicle).

For its “Imagining the Next Future” series, Polygon interviews Cory Doctorow, Attack Surface (Tor Books: Macmillan).

After a reversal, a monument to Maya Angelou will go up in San Francisco. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

Jerald Walker discusses How To Make a Slave and Other Essays (Mad Creek: Ohio State Univ.) on NPR's Fresh Air.

The Reading Women podcast speaks with K-Ming Chang, Bestiary (One World: Random House).

Sandor Katz discusses Fermentation as Metaphor (Chelsea Green: Watkins) on the Emergence Magazine podcast.

Producers of The Enola Holmes Mysteries on Netflix argue the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is wrong in saying the film violates copyrights of the Sherlock Holmes character. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Deadline reports that Castle Rock, based on the work of Stephen King, has been cancelled.

PBS NewsHour has discussion questions for The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Quill Tree Books: Harper).

D. L. Hughley, Surrender, White People!: Our Unconditional Terms for Peace (William Morrow: Harper), will be on The Wendy Williams Show today.

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