A Map of Winnie-the-Pooh's World Sets Record | Book Pulse

The original map of Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood sets a world record at auction. What might be the earliest record of Homer's Odyssey has been found. Several new books are announced and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh continues to get attention. A trailer is out for Castle Rock, based on the work of Stephen King.

Literature as Visual Art and Artifact

The Guardian reports that "The original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by the artist EH Shepard has set a world record for a book illustration sold at auction, selling for £430,000." Also, what might be the earliest record of Homer's Odyssey, 13 verses engraved on a clay tablet dating back to the Roman era, has been found by an archaeologist.


NYT reviews The Boatbuilder by Daniel Gumbiner (McSweeney's): "offers a decidedly gentle, sometimes quietly rewarding window onto the attempted recovery of an American opioid addict." From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein (Spiegel & Grau: Random): "addictively readable." (Entertainment Weekly has a feature on Dorey-Stein). Also Near-Death Experiences . . . and Others: And Others by Robert Gottlieb (FSG): "a miscellaneous collection of reviews and essays that takes up where his previous collection, Lives and Letters (2011), left off." The Shortlist considers Latin America. Ron Charles reviews The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen (Doubleday: Random) for the Washington Post: "discombobulation is the key to the story’s appeal, its unstable mix of romantic comedy, class oppression and spiritual angst — as though Cynthia Ozick wrote an episode of The Love Boat.” Also Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox (Random; LJ starred review): "written with authority and panache...will captivate almost any reader while being pure catnip for the devotee of true-crime writing." NPR reviews My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin): "bizarrely fascinating...Moshfegh knows how to spin perversity and provocation into fascination, and bleakness into surprising tenderness, but her dark humor and ghoulish sensibility are not for everyone."

Briefly Noted

The Belletrist books for July are: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin (William Morrow: Harper) and Godspeed: A Memoir by Casey Legler (Atria: S. & S.). The Guardian explores how Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews (Simon Pulse: S. & S.) influenced Sharp Objects, and more. J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith announces Lethal White (Mulholland: Hachette) a new Cormoran Strike mystery, set for September 18. USA Today reports Rowling as saying “I’ve got at least another 10 books in me. I absolutely love writing them.” In this newest, the fourth in the series, "a troubled young man comes to Strike’s office asking for help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, then disappears."
Ken Liu writes about Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (Tor: Macmillian), his forthcoming anthology highlighting more new (to US readers) voices in SFF. Entertainment Weekly forecasts "what’s promising to be next year’s chilliest thriller," The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott (Dutton: Penguin). It is already set to become a TV series. Hotel Oblivion, the third Umbrella Academy comic, will publish this fall from Dark Horse. EW has the story, including a reminder that the series is headed to Netflix, and this useful RA summary: "Like a cross between The Royal Tenenbaums and the X-Men, the Umbrella Academy follows a group of former child superheroes [saving] the world from such menaces as a zombie robot version of Gustave Eiffel and a living, rampaging Lincoln Memorial statue." Marlon James appreciates Oreo by Fran Ross (New Directions), "a crazy, sexy, forgotten gem of black literature." Vanity Fair interviews Emily Nemens, the new editor of the Paris Review. LitHub interviews Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf: Macmillan). BookRiot interviews Jacqueline Carey, Starless (Tor; LJ starred review). Vanity Fair excerpts Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom) by Adam Fisher (Twelve: Hachette). Variety reports that the granddaughter of book publisher W.W. Norton has accused Russell Simmons of rape.

Authors on Air

NPR's Fresh Air featured Alisa Roth, Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness (Basic). As part of the show, Maureen Corrigan reviews My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin): "a daring and accomplished tale about a miserable young woman who believes that if she could only sleep long enough, she'd wake up different — refreshed and free of her existential pain." NPR's Morning Edition reports on a trend in children's lit to focus on refugees. One example, Marwan's Journey by Patricia de Arias, illustrated by Laura Borràs (Minedition). Jane Austen's Sanditon is headed to TV. The Guardian reports the unfinished novel has "never been adapted before." Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace) will head the project. Castle Rock gets a trailer

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