The 2021 ASFS Nommo Awards Longlists Are Announced | Book Pulse

The 2021 African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) Nommo Awards longlists are announced and the 2020 & 2021 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards finalists are out. Posthumous success for Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground. Interviews with the following authors: Jon Mooallem of This is Chance!: The Great Alaska Earthquake, Genie Chance, and the Shattered City She Held Together, Nora Zelevansky of Competitive Grieving, Julian Rubinstein of The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood, and Morgan Harper Nichols of How Far You Have Come. Jessica Seinfeld announces a new cookbook Vegan, At Times. Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment joins with Jim Henson Company on the adaptation of The Conductors by Nicole Glover.

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The 2021 African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) Nommo Awards Longlists are announced.

The 2020 & 2021 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards finalists are announced.

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May 14:

Above Suspicion, based on the book by Joe Sharkey. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Finding You, based on the book There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. VOD. No reviews | Trailer

Halston, based on the book Simply Halston by Steven Gaines. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Love Death + Robots, based on associated titles. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Profile, based on the book The Skin of a Jihadist by Anna Erelle. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Those Who Wish Me Dead, based on the book by Michael Koryta. HBO Max. No reviews | Trailer

The Underground Railroad, based on the book by Colson Whitehead. Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

The Woman in the Window, based on the book by A.J. Finn. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

May 16:

Death and Nightingales, based on the book by Eugene McCabe. Starz. No reviews | Trailer

May 18:

Georgetown, based on The New York Times Magazine article, “The Worst Marriage in Georgetown” by Franklin Foer. Reviews | Trailer

Superman & Lois, based on associated titles. CW. Reviews | Trailer

May 20:

Gomorrah, based on the book by Roberto Saviano. HBO Max. Reviews | Trailer

Reviews reviews The Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado (Penguin): “Brenda Peynado’s debut book, The Rock Eaters, a short-story collection that bounces around genres such as speculative fiction, science fiction and straight fiction, will definitely leave you deeply unsettled, though perhaps not always in a good way.”

The Washington Post reviews Lies With Man by Michael Nava (Amble: Consortium): “In Nava’s telling, Justice is not only blind but, on occasion, also two-headed.” Also, A Lonely Man by Chris Power (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan): “Like the film, “A Lonely Man” features a struggling writer drawn into playing detective in a foreign city whose gray apartment blocks and shadowy parks bear silent witness to greed, despair and murder.” Plus, On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed (Liveright; LJ starred review): "Like the story of Juneteenth itself, the history she tells is one of yarns woven, dark truths glossed over and freedom delayed." More reviews posted here today.

Book Marks has "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Posthumous success for Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground (Library of America). ABC News has more information.

CrimeReads features a piece by Anne Hillerman, author of Stargazer (Harper) about how she receives her writing inspirations. Bustle features a piece exploring the works of Jhumpa Lahiri, including her latest book Whereabouts (Knopf: LJ starred review). 

Electric Lit speaks with Jon Mooallem, author of This is Chance!: The Great Alaska Earthquake, Genie Chance, and the Shattered City She Held Together (Random House) about the surprising optimism of this book and how it can offer comfort in modern times.

Parade interviews author Nora Zelevansky about her book Competitive Grieving (Blackstone) on loss and finding love in the aftermath of death.

Shondaland reports on Anjali Enjeti’s debut with two books: The Parted Earth (Hub City Press: Ingram) and Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change (University of Georgia Press) and speaks with the author about her political activism and her unique heritage. Also, an interview with Julian Rubinstein, author of The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan) about the United States criminal justice and its systemic problems.

Book Riot explores the works of Helen Oyeyemi, “the Queen of Fractured Fairytales” including her latest Peaces (Riverhead).

Refinery29 features a conversation with Morgan Harper Nichols, author of How Far You Have Come (Zondervan: HarperCollins Christian) about her recent autism diagnosis and the additional challenges with being a Black woman navigating the world.

Bruce D. Perry talks about working with Oprah on their co-authored book What Happened to You (Flatiron Books: Macmillan). NYT has the story.

Vogue profiles Billie Eilish and her debut book Billie Eilish (Grand Central).

Authors R.L. Stine, Jonathan Franzen, and more describe their biggest rejections with The Onion.

Jessica Seinfeld announces a new cookbook Vegan, At Times (Gallery: S. & S.) to be released Oct. 12. People has the story. provides an excerpt of Hollow by B. Catling (Vintage: Random House). Gizmodo gives a first look at James Rollins’ upcoming book The Starless Crown (Tor: Macmillan).

Electric Lit provides an introduction to and excerpt of Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen (Knopf: Random House). Also, an essay reflecting on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review) and a way to rethink disability and illness has a cover reveal for Spear by Nicola Griffith ( Macmillan).

Book Riot features information about how the emerging tech of NFTs for books can be rewarding for both authors and readers.

LitHub has pieces on the following topics: using "they" in literary translations, visiting the homes that inspired Jane Austen, the history of New York's literary elite via the work of author and Irish barman John McNulty, and the compelling nature of creepy children in Gothic creative works.

Roxanne Gay highlights writers she loves and some she has taught in her Audacious Book Club, starting with Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (Flatiron). Bustle has more information.

Good Morning America lists “New books to read for AAPI Heritage Month.” provides books with “Five Fictional Planets Plagued by Extreme Climate Shifts.”

Shondaland provides “Your Summer 2021 Reading List.”

The Root shares a list of “PageTurners: You Know What They Say About History…

Publishing Perspectives gives “China Bestsellers: April’s Slow Ride on the Spring Charts.”

LitHub has "Chasing the Hollywood Dream: A Reading List."

CrimeReads shares "5 Psychological Thrillers You Should Read This May" and "Highway of Darkness: A Mystery Reader's Road Trip Up California's Highway 99."

Book Riot has many lists for readers such as: “7 Cozy and Cheerful Books Like Ted Lasso,” “20 Must-Read Crime Novels To Keep You Up At Night,” “3 Epistolary Romance Novels,” “14 Must-Read Indian History Books” and “7 Exciting New Murder Mysteries.”

The NYPL Blog shares several lists such as: “Wanderlust: Guidebooks to Get You Started Thinking About Travel Again,” “Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Reading List: Accessible Versions with BARD & Bookshare Links,” and “Celebrating Haiti: Books by Haitian & Haitian American Authors.”

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that “Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment Teams With Jim Henson Company For Film Adaptation of The Conductors Novel [by Nicole Glover].”

Time has “Colson Whitehead and Margaret Atwood Discuss The Underground Railroad, The Handmaid’s Tale and the Challenges of Adaptation.”

Millie Bobby Brown is set to reprise her role as Enola Holmes, based on the book series, for another season on Netflix. Variety has the story.

New Books Network Podcast features Bonnie MacBird, author of The Three Locks (HarperCollins) discussing the inspiration of Sherlock Holmes helping to create new works, expanding upon the original.

Book Riot publishes a reaction to the adaptation Shadow and Bone from a fan of the books that contains spoilers and also, a comparison essay, also containing spoilers about the Six of Crows trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (Square Fish: Macmillan).

Keen On podcast features an interview with Nathan Bomey, author of Bridge Builders: Bringing People Together in a Polarized Age (Polity: Wiley) about how leaders can encourage forgiveness and reject misinformation to heal political divides.

Brené Brown interviews Justina Blakeney, author of Jungalow: Decorate Wild: The Life and Style Guide (Abrams) on Unlocking Us podcast about how a person can see themselves reflected in the world around them.

The Root features an article about Regina King’s upcoming adaptation of Bitter Root comic series created by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown. Ebony also has a story about this development. provides information and video of author Guy Gavriel Kay’s 2021 Tolkin Lecture, “Just Enough Light: Some Thoughts on Fantasy and Literature.”

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