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Steph Cha, Julia Phillips, Kiley Reid, Xuan Juliana Wang, and Bryan Washington are the finalists for the NYPL 2020 Young Lions Fiction Awards. Kaie Kellough, Magnetic Equator, wins 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. Numbers are in for books sales during the early part of the lockdown, there are steep drops for some categories (UP titles) and huge jumps for others (digital audio). Netflix is planning adaptations of S.A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad Trilogy, Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. books, and Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne. Richard Brautigan’s The Hawkline Monster is getting adapted for the big screen. Tom Hanks’s film Greyhound moves to Apple TV.

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The NYPL announces the finalists for the 2020 Young Lions Fiction Awards: Steph Cha, Julia Phillips, Kiley Reid, Xuan Juliana Wang, and Bryan Washington.

Kaie Kellough, Magnetic Equator (McClelland & Stewart: Penguin), wins 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. The CBC reports.

BuzzFeed has “6 Muslim Authors Recommend Their Favorite Ramadan Reads.”

The NYT offers summer reading suggestions, built on read-alikes.

CrimeReads posts “The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020: Summer Reading Edition.”

Harper’s Bazaar picks “The 27 Best Books to Read in 2020.”

Reviews

Entertainment Weekly reviews These Women by Ivy Pochoda (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review), giving it a B and writing “It’s that world-building that sets the mood for the book’s climactic payoff.” Also, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic), giving it a B- and calling it “a major work with major flaws.”

The NYT also reviews The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press): “As much as this is Coriolanus’s origin story, it is an origin story for the Games themselves.” Additionally, the paper has a dual review of books about immigration.

The Washington Post reviews Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead: Penguin): “may function as a sci-fi story, but its central concern is the purpose of humanity.” Also, How to Feed a Dictator: Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot Through the Eyes of Their Cooks by Witold Szablowski (Penguin): “a fascinating collection of essays.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today features André Leon Talley and The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir (Ballantine: Random House). Vulture also has coverage.

The L.A. Times features Ivy Pochoda, These Women (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review).

The L.A. Times features a book club conversation with Emily St. John Mandel.

Chapter two of Never Say You Can’t Survive by Charlie Jane Anders is now online at Tor.com.

Time excerpts Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett (Celadon Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television’s Groundbreaking Sitcoms by Marc Freeman (St. Martin’s: Macmillan). Also, an interview with Adriana Herrera, who will have a new book out, Here to Stay, in August.

Vogue interviews Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House). Esquire also has coverage, as does Elle.

Electric Lit interviews Stephanie Danler, Stray (Knopf).

Alison Roman is now “on temporary leave” from the NYT reports The Daily Beast, this following her comments on Twitter about fellow authors Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo.

The Museum of the Bible is forced to give up the Gilgamesh tablet. NBC news reports.

Reporter and author Leonard Levitt has died. The NYT reports.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

PBS NewsHour interviews Lawrence Wright, The End of October (Knopf).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Dan Harris, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story (It Books: Harper).

Mark Haddon has a graphic story about life in the age of Covid-19 for The Guardian.

The NYT writes about sales (steep drops for some categories, sharp rises for others), winners and losers, and the future of publishing and book promotion. Also, a piece about group reading.

The Washington Post offers “For the sports-hungry, some great books to get you through the non-seasons.”

The NYT times writes about time and pandemic diaries.

Nell Painter writes about her artist’s residency in Italy as Covid-19 began to ravage the country.

Town & Country asks Thatcher Wine to play “Room Rater” with bookcases.

Gen Con 2020 has been cancelled as a in-person event. It will now take place virtually. Tor.com reports.

Neil Gaiman apologizes for breaking Scotland’s lockdown rules. The Guardian reports.

Author Yu Lihua has died of Covid-19. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

Netflix has plans for adaptations of S.A. Chakraborty’s The Daevabad Trilogy, Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. books, and Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne. Tom Hanks’s Greyhound, based on The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester, moves to Apple TV but no debut date is set. Ivy Pochoda’s These Women sells rights for a series adaptation. A Treachery Of Spies by Manda Scott sells TV rights too. CBS will air a Silence of the Lambs sequel series as a new pilot this forthcoming season. Deadline reports on all.

Richard Brautigan’s The Hawkline Monster is getting adapted for the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

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