More Award News and Reading Lists for February, Jan. 29, 2020 | Book Pulse

The Costa Book of the Year and the PEN America Literary Awards Finalists are announced. Reading lists are out for the week, next month, this winter, and even next summer. Jodi Picoult announces her newest book and David Mitchell returns to the shelves as well.

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Jack Fairweather wins The Costa Book of the Year for The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz (Custom House: Harper). The Guardian has details. The ultimate winner is selected from the category prize takers, listed here.

PEN America announces its Literary Awards Finalists.

Here are the winners of the LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists.

The Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards are announced.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is launching “25 new episodes of its podcast in celebration of the award's 25th anniversary.” The Bookseller has details.


The Washington Post reviews Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon (S. & S.): “a tightly integrated collection of six masterfully written stories ... spellbinding ... the chapters exercise hypnotic intensity, but the overall effect is even more profound. With his panoramic vision of the displacements of war, Yoon reminds us of the people never considered or accounted for in the halls of power."

The NYT reviews A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star by Sanam Maher (Melville House: Random House): “an exemplary work of investigative journalism, Sanam Maher delves into the story of a woman as misunderstood in death as in life.”

Briefly Noted

LitHub picks 10 books for the week.

The Washington Post offers “10 books to read in February.”

The NYT has 14 new books suggestions for February.

LJ has suggestions too, the journal starred 67 titles coming out next month. has books to look forward to in 2020 and “All the New Science Fiction Books Arriving in February.”

Esquire offers “The Best Books to Elevate Your Reading List in 2020.”

The CBC issues its Winter Reading List.

BuzzFeed gathers Australian fiction to read this summer.

O: The Oprah Magazine suggests “30 of the Best Books by Black Authors You Should Read in Your Lifetime.”

CrimeReads checks in “with 2019's Breakout Crime Authors.”

O: The Oprah Magazine interviews Mildred D. Taylor, All the Days Past, All the Days to Come (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin).

Vox interviews Peggy Orenstein, Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity (Harper).

Omnivoracious interviews Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow (Viking: Penguin).

LitHub interviews Erin Somers, Stay Up with Hugo Best (Scribner: S. & S.).

Salon interviews Paul Krugman, Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (W.W. Norton).

In forthcoming book news, Jodi Picoult announced her newest book, The Book of Two Ways (Ballantine: Random House), coming out Sept. 22, 2020. Also, David Mitchell returns with Utopia Avenue (Random House), which will publish on June 2, 2020. Entertainment Weekly has brief coverage.

Jezebel writes “Warm and fuzzy book coverage seems like it’s finally out, and deliciously written hatchet jobs are in.”

The Atlantic adds to the voices on American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review). USA Today posts the Oprah video where she promises to have a “deeper, more substantive discussion … to talk about this book and who gets to publish what stories.” The paper also has a piece on how the book had critics long before publication.

Vogue features Gay Like Me  A Father Writes to His Son by Richie Jackson (Harper).

People spotlights Old School Love: And Why It Works by Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Justine Simmons (Dey Street Books: Harper) and The Fixers: The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President by Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld (Random House).

The Washington Post considers The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions, June 2021), how it is faring in Italy and might do stateside.

LitHub ranks fictional booksellers. Louis Vuitton uses fictional book covers to sell the fall collection.

The Paris Review has a literary paper doll set for Sula. She is just one of the characters in their paper doll series.

Authors on Air

The Today show features Old School Love: And Why It Works by Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Justine Simmons (Dey Street Books: Harper).

NPR’s Code Switch interviews Susan Straight, In the Country of Women: A Memoir (Catapult).

Christina Hammonds Reed’s forthcoming debut YA novel The Black Kids gets optioned for the movies. Deadline reports.

The Hollywood Reporter has news that Elaine Welteroth’s More Than Enough has been optioned for a TV series.

LitHub and Audiofile are partnering on the podcast Behind the Mic.

Jessica Simpson, Open Book: A Memoir (Dey Street Books: Harper), will be on with Jimmy Kimmel tonight.

Ezra Klein, Why We're Polarized (Avid Reader: S. & S.), will be on The Daily Show.

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