ALA Annual Canceled; S&S and Harper Pull Out of July BookExpo | Book Pulse

ALA cancels the 2020 Annual Conference due to COVID-19. S. & S. and Harper pull out of BookExpo this year. The Associated Press reports that Book Expo still plans to go on with the show. Playwright Terrence McNally has died from coronavirus complications. Two new Jim Butcher books are on the way. LJ posts its Mystery Preview. Wonder Woman is moved to August.

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ALA cancels the 2020 Annual Conference due to COVID-19.

S. & S. and Harper announce they will not be part of BookExpo this year. The AP reports that BookExpo still plans to go on with the show.

Playwright Terrence McNally has died from coronavirus complications. The NYT has an obituary.

The Strategist has “21 Authors on 24 Books They’re Reading to Escape the Present Moment.”

Bustle writes that “Readers Turn To Romance Novels In Tough Times — Coronavirus Is No Exception.” And on that note, chapter two of Lena Dunham’s online Romance novel is posted.

The Washington Post suggests audiobooks for “forced family time” that are good for “listening together.” The Cut picks “11 Engaging Audiobooks to Keep You Company.” BuzzFeed spotlights “25 Top Rated Audiobooks You Can Listen To Right Now.” The Guardian has a list of “great audiobooks” too. offers “What to Read When the Whole World’s Falling Apart.”

Book Riot suggests “Books for When Anxiety Makes It Hard to Concentrate.”

Librarian David Wright continues his book suggestions for The Seattle Times with “Take your mind off coronavirus … with these 9 books about pandemics.”

CrimeReads gathers “14 Enormous Crime Books for the Long Days Ahead.”

Entertainment Weekly’s Quarantine Book Club focuses on The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (Pantheon: Random House).

David Sedaris writes about the pandemic for The New Yorker.

Jon Meacham, The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross (Convergent Books: Random House), writes an essay for the NYT entitled “Great Leadership in a Time of Crisis.”

The Cut spotlights Alison Roman, Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over (Clarkson Potter: Random House).

In LJ, Barbara Hoffert writes about how the pandemic is moving “Book Conversations (Even More) Online.” Also in LJ, Lisa Peet reports on how ALA is advocating for library relief in the economic recovery package.

If you are working on lists for patrons, or thinking about online displays, the hot topics thus far during the pandemic for reading, listening, and watching are audiobooks, baking books, pantry cookbooks, romance novels, pandemics themselves, and board games.


The Washington Post reviews Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma, Susan Lehman (Hard Case Crime: Random House): “It certainly lacks Raymond Chandler’s combative dazzle or the stylish malevolence of a James Ellroy. Still, the chapters zip by with the pace and economy of scenes in a movie, and there are enough good jokes … and plot twists to pass the time guiltily enough.”

NPR reviews The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit: Hachette; LJ starred review): “She pulls you into her world and makes you want more; she makes you want to stay there forever.”

Briefly Noted

Jim Butcher announces the next book in his Dresden Files series, Peace Talks (Ace: Penguin, July 14, 2020), as well as a second novel, Battle Ground, for fall. There is a book trailer and a Zoom Q&A. has a take on the Q&A. Gizmodo has an early excerpt of Peace Talks.

LJ runs its Mystery Preview, plus “49 Exciting 2020 Titles.” Also, “Spring Sports Picks.”

LitHub spotlights “10 new books to look forward to this week.”

Popsugar gathers “100+ Books by Black Women That Should Be Essential Reading For Everyone.”

Eater has “The Best Cookbooks of Spring 2020.”

The Library of Congress adds 25 recordings to the National Recording Registry. The NYT reports.

Entertainment Weekly looks at what influenced N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became (Orbit: Hachette; LJ starred review).

The L.A. Times features Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review). Slate also spotlights the novel.

Entertainment Weekly previews No One Left to Fight by Aubrey Sitterson, Fico Ossio (Dark Horse: Random House).

Bitch Media has “13 Books Feminists Should Read in March.”

Refinery29 interviews Kate Elizabeth Russell, My Dark Vanessa (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review).

Vice interviews Barbara Ehrenreich, Had I Known: Collected Essays (Twelve: Hachette).

People features My Sister: How One Sibling's Transition Changed Us Both by Selenis Leyva, Marizol Leyva (Bold Type: Hachette).

LitHub considers Emily St. John Mandel in their “In Context” column.

Author Michael Broadbent has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Wonder Woman 1984 has been rescheduled for August. The Hollywood Reporter has more details.

NPR’s Code Switch interviews Terry McMillan, It’s Not All Downhill from Here (Ballantine: Random House).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Max Brooks, Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre (Del Rey: Random House). The conversation is on the pandemic and how to prepare, not on the book itself.

Dani Shapiro, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love (Anchor: Random House), and her son talk about DNA testing and family on the PBS NewsHour.

Deadline reports that Netflix is planning a new show featuring Marie Kondo.

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