Awards, Grants, and Fees, Jan. 16, 2019 | Book Pulse

Poets get funded. The February LibraryReads list is out. Carmen Maria Machado and Bill Bryson have new books on the way.

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Awards and Grants and Fees

The Walter Dean Myers Awards are out, from We Need Diverse Books.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given $2.2 million to the Academy of American Poets, the NYT reports. The money will support state poets laureate and fund the Poetry Coalition.

The Authors Guild wants writers to get paid for library check outs as occurs in the U.K., Europe, and elsewhere.


The NYT reviews Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story by Sylvia Plath (Harper): "the story is stirring, in sneaky, unexpected ways."

NPR reviews Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (FSG: Macmillan): "such a weird and distinctive story: It could be labeled a supernatural tale, a coming-of-age chronicle, even a timely meditation on the various meanings of walls themselves. All this, packed into a beautifully written story of 130 pages. No wonder I read it twice within one week." Also, NPR reviews Fence Vol. 2 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, Joana la Fuente (Boom! Box: S. & S.): "distills and amplifies all the best parts of the typical sports manga."

After the poor review in The Washington Post yesterday, Entertainment Weekly gives You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.) a B+ and writes it is "a spiky, ruthless little book, as confrontational and ugly-honest as its title. Over and over, Roupenian invites her audience to slip into something less comfortable; more often than not, what’s on the other side feels a lot less like reading fiction than looking into a mirror."

USA Today reviews The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House), giving it 3 stars: "a novel bursting with ideas, probing the scary and tantalizing possibilities at the edges of our existence."

Briefly Noted

Vanity Fair features Leïla Slimani. Time has an interview.

Bitch Media spotlights Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry (HMH).

Vulture showcases Marianne Power, Help Me! (Grove Press).

The Chicago Tribune features Ling Ma.

Paste interviews R.L. Stine.

The Guardian interviews Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer (Doubleday: Random House).

LitHub posts a conversation between Lauren Groff and Rachel Kushner.

The NYT has an essay by Ayten Tartici on reading, art, and death.

The February LibraryReads list is out. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books: Macmillan) leads the lineup.

Forthcoming book news: Entertainment Weekly has a short interview with Carmen Maria Machado about her upcoming nonfiction work, In the Dream House: A Memoir (Graywolf: Macmillan). USA Today has more about Joanna Gaines's We Are The Gardeners (Thomas Nelson, March 3, 2019). Bill Bryson's next book will arrive in the US in October reports The Bookseller, The Body: A Guide for Occupants (Doubleday, ISBN 9780385539302). Laurel and Hardy are heading back to comics. The Hollywood Reporter has details about the new series.

Book Riot offers a "Reading Pathways" to the poems of Mary Oliver.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts A Grand Success!: The People and Characters Who Created Aardman by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Nick Park (Abrams).

Time has a piece by Laurie Halse Anderson (Shout, Speak) about teenage boys and sexual assault. Time also features a story by Larry Loftis, Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy (Gallery Books: S. & S.).

The NYT gathers books about teachers in the face of the L.A. teachers strike.

The Guardian writes about the Twitter savvy (and power) of Stephen King.

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is getting adapted into a racetrack instillation. The Guardian has details.

Book Riot picks "15 Of The Best Book Recommendation Sites."

British publishing has a diversity problem, The Guardian reports on a large scale new study.

Authors on Air

Spider-Man Far From Home gets a trailer.

White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing by Gail Lukasik (Skyhorse) has been optioned for a TV series.  Jim Shepard's Kiss of the Wolf (Harcourt, Brace) is getting adapted. Deadline Hollywood has both stories.

Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger (S. & S.), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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