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Children's and YA authors respond to the Trump policy on family separation. Amazon lists the best books of the year so far, leading with Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are turned into literary characters in a new thriller.

Authors Respond to Family Separation

The LA Times reports that "About 2,000 children’s and YA book authors and their supporters have signed onto a campaign to oppose President Trump's controversial family separation immigration policy under the name "Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages." Authors joining the campaign include Rainbow Rowell and Melissa de la Cruz. For librarians searching for resources on the topic, the NYT has a list of three books on the "Toll of Migration on Children."


The NYT reviews American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes (Penguin; LJ starred reviews): "he set himself the challenge of writing political poems in the guise of love poems." Hayes was interviewed on Here and Now yesterday. Also, The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (Touchstone: S. & S.): "a double tale of voyage and exile that moves between contemporary war-torn Syria and the caravansaries and khans of its lost past." Colm Toibin reviews There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf; LJ starred review) under the headline "Yes, Tommy Orange's New Novel Really Is That Good." Maureen Corrigan reviews Orange's novel for NPR and the site also runs a review of The Melody by Jim Crace (Nan A. Talese: Random), calling it "superb." The Washington Post reviews Donald Hall's "freewheeling essay collection" A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety (HMH) and The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton (Farrar), writing it "hovers between a profane confession and a plea for help ... almost too painful to read, but also too plaintive to put down." Winton was the subject of a NYT profile earlier this month.

Briefly Noted

Amazon offers "Top 20 picks for the best books of the year so far." Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random) leads the list. The NYT has a story on publishing LGBTQ-focused titles for young readers. The Washington Post asks Andrew Sean Greer to name books that were important to him when he was coming out. The NYT profiles Édouard LouisHistory of Violence (FSG) and The Guardian interviews Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield comics. The Guardian podcast talks about what "it is like being a first-time novelist today," talking with Paula Cocozza, How To Be Human (Metropolitan: Macmillan; LJ starred review) and Preti Taneja, We That Are Young (Knopf). Both are in the running for the Desmond Elliott prize, intended to support new writing talent. On the heels of the news that the Dark Tower TV adaption is still in the works, comes news that the graphic novels based on Stephen King's iconic fantasy series will be republished this year. The NYT reports on interactive versions of Harry Potter. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have been fictionalized in a new thriller, Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer (Quirk: Random). Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt. Time excerpts The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West by Gregory Crouch (Scribner), with the tale of how Samuel Langhorne Clemens got his nickname, Mark Twain. Spoiler alert, it is a bar story.

Authors on Air

Amazon is adapting the superhero comic Invincible, co-created by Robert Kirkman. David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger (Crown: Random), was on NPR's Fresh Air yesterday. A first-look trailer is out for Vanity Fair. Deadline Hollywood has details.

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