Authors of Consequence | Book Pulse

Two sources list some of the world's most influential authors. A handful of award shortlists and finalists appear. The Hunger Games series turns 10, with new covers.

Writers As Influencers

The Time 100 list is out. It includes authors Jesmyn Ward, Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Kwan, Oprah Winfrey, and Jodi Kantor and Ronan Farrow.

The Bookseller reports on the “20 Books by Women that Changed the World.”


The NYT has a host of new reviews, including Wendell Steavenson’s Paris Metro (Norton), calling it “timely and complex.” Of Aminatta Forna’s Happiness (Atlantic Monthly), the paper writes “Forna’s finely structured novel powerfully succeeds on a more intimate scale as its humane characters try to navigate scorching everyday cruelties.” Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright (Harper): “Democracy’s problems can, Albright assures us, be overcome — but only if we recognize history’s lessons and never take democracy for granted.” On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis (Penguin) is “a thoughtful validation of the liberal arts, an argument for literature over social science, an engaging reflection on university education and some timely advice to Americans that lasting victory comes from winning what you can rather than all that you want.”

The Washington Post reviews After Anna by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s): she “quickly rolls out a stunner of a story line, and even its bare bones are meaty and scrumptiously intriguing.”

NPR reviews Lawrence Wright’s God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Knopf; LJ starred review): “Wright is one of the most talented journalists Texas has ever produced, and God Save Texas is him at his best … essential reading.”

Author Ruth Franklin reviews Meg Wolitzer‘s The Female Persuasion (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review) in The Atlantic, calling it “a timely, dynamic examination of women and power that male readers and gatekeepers should take seriously.” PBS’s NewsHour has an interview.

The Wall Street Journal review of Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World by by George C. Daughan ( W. W. Norton) pushes it up Amazon’s sales charts. The paper says one of its assets is its “readability.”

Briefly Noted

Amal El-Mohtar’s NYT “Otherwordly” column is out, looking at retellings.

The NYT Book Review editors recommend 11 new books for the week.

The African Speculative Fiction Society issues its shortlist for the Nommo awards. The Wolfson History Award shortlist is also out. The 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists are announced.

NYT profiles Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor who has written a debut novel, The Hellfire Club (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Salon interviews Cutter Wood, Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime
(Algonquin: Workman).

Bitchmedia interviews Juno Roche, Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships (Jessica Kingsley).

PBS Books covers the L.A .Times Festival of Books. Here is the schedule.

The Hunger Games turns 10 and gets new covers and extras.

The webcomic Homestuck is becoming a print book. Entertainment Weekly interviews author/artist Andrew Hussie.

University Press of New England is closing.

Author Sergio Pitol has died. The NYT writes “An essayist, translator and prolific author recognized for breaking barriers between genres, Mr. Pitol was considered one of the great voices in contemporary Spanish literature.”

Authors on Air

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Richard Powers, The Overstory (W.W. Norton).

The Today show sends Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook by Siri Daly (Oxmoor: Time) soaring on Amazon while an appearance on Rachel Ray does the same for Elisa Costantini, author of Italian Moms: Something Old, Something New (Sterling Epicure). CBS This Morning sends Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listen by Wendy Mogel (Scribner: S. & S.) rising too.

Gillian Flynn is turning the British series Utopia into an American project for Amazon.

The comics East of West and Transhuman head to Amazon as drama series.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (Harper) is getting adapted by “The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel” reports Deadline Hollywood.

George Pendle’s book Strange Angel (HMH) is headed to TV.

Deadline Hollywood also has a report on the look and style of the third season of Queen Sugar.

Living Biblically, the CBS show based on The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs (S. & S.), has been pulled from CBS due to low ratings.

Deadpool 2 gets its final trailer. The Hollywood Reporter offers a guide to the characters.

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