Book Awards & More Fall Reads, Sept. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

The National Book Awards announces the longlist for Translated Literature. The longlist for Poetry will be announced later today. The Kirkus Prize list is up. EarlyWord posts its GalleyChat for September. Jacqueline Woodson, She Said, and The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation get more buzz.

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Awards and Fall Lists

The National Book Awards announces the longlist for Translated Literature. The longlist for Poetry will be announced later today.

The Kirkus Prize, which we linked to yesterday morning, now has its full list online. Among the works making the cut are The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House), The Other Americans by Laila Lalami (Pantheon: Random House), and Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima, translated by Geraldine Harcourt (FSG: Macmillan).

The Washington Post picks “The 18 books to read this fall.”


The Washington Post reviews Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith (Knopf; LJ starred review): “a moving account of the emotional stumbles, physical and intellectual wanderings and deep losses Smith experienced in her 70th year.” Also, High School by Sara Quin, Tegan Quin (S. & S.): “A sort of anti-yearbook, it’s not likely to make anyone nostalgic for their teen years.” Brooklyn: The Once and Future City by Thomas Campanella (Princeton): “a meticulously researched and information-filled chronicle.”

The NYT reviews Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser (Ecco): “has an interesting, jumpy, adversarial energy, with its author caught up in the drama and not so subtly taking sides in the clashes surrounding Sontag.” Also, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer (FSG: Macmillan): “emphasizes that our treatment of animals is unethical and inhumane. He correctly adds that the system that supports the raising of something like 10 billion land animals per year in the United States alone (a ballpark figure, since no reliably accurate number exists) is also a mighty contributor to a public health emergency and the climate crisis.” Homesick by Jennifer Croft (Unnamed Press): “a complex portrait of a young Oklahoma woman’s development of a rich and exacting interior life. It’s also a visual love letter to family, language and self-understanding, and the myriad ways in which these realms overlap and complicate one another.” Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life by Sarah Edmondson, with Kristine Gasbarre (Chronicle Prism): “Reading this setup feels like watching a horror movie.”

NPR reviews The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care by Anne Boyer (FSG: Macmillan): “This is memoir as anti-capitalist indictment, as biting cultural criticism, as vengeance. It suggests a new era in the politics of breast cancer, one that might look less like corporate sponsored marathons every October and more like the radical, confrontational AIDS activism of the 1980s.” Also, Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead): “an exquisitely wrought tale.” Savage Gods by Paul Kingsnorth (Two Dollar Radio): “a series of questions in the shape of a book.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper), giving it a B+ and writing it is “a less polished, more experimental effort.”

Briefly Noted

The Guardian spotlights She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (Penguin).

Time has an essay by Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult). Also an excerpt from Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by (Imani Perry Beacon Press: Random House; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post interviews Tracy Chevalier, A Single Thread (Viking). Also, an interview with Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport (Biblioasis; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Joe Abercrombie, A Little Hatred (Orbit), also, an interview with Naomi Klein, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (S. & S.; LJ starred reviewed).

O: The Oprah Magazine features Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the City? (Grove Press).

The Guardian digs into Unseen, the first audio comic, designed for blind readers.

The NYT responds to readers’ questions about the Sunday Review section essay by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation (Portfolio). The Atlantic has a report by the authors.

EarlyWord posts its GalleyChat for September.

Vulture reports on Zibby Owens, New York’s “most powerful book-fluencer” who can really sell books.

Book Riot offers a reading pathway for Paula Vogel.

HuffPost reports that Merriam-Webster has added the use of ‘They’ as a gender nonbinary pronoun to their dictionary. More from Webster’s here, here, and here.

The Daily Beast is reporting that John Bolton is already setting up for his next book.

The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department is going after the proceeds from Edward Snowden’s book.

The Strategist finds out “What Jacqueline Woodson Can’t Live Without.” On a different note, Electric Lit  reports on Woodson's address to the winners of the Rona Jaffe awards. Paste features Red at the Bone.

The Chicago Tribune has news that Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada, which has already been adapted into a film, is now becoming a musical, with a score by Elton John.

Catherine Lacey has a new story out in Playboy.

Vanity Fair asks Whoopi Goldberg, The Unqualified Hostess: I do it my way so you can too! (Rizzoli), about her dream dinner party.

The London house that inspired Peter Pan is for sale, for 10.5 million. People has a look.

Author and journalist Cokie Roberts has died. The NYT has an obituary. Several of her books are soaring on Amazon.

Authors on Air

The Washington Post explores “The true story behind Unbelievable.” Vulture also has a story on the series. Esquire looks at the show too.

Variety reports that V.E. Schwab’s The Archived series is set for the CW.

George R.R. Martin writes on his blog about the HBO sequels to GOT.

PBS NewsHour explores why “Sally Rooney forces herself to slow down as she writes.”

NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, will have several book-based shows including an adaptation of Brave New World and One of Us is Lying. Deadline has the full line up. Also from Deadline, A Woman of Honor: Dr. Mary E. Walker and the Civil War written by Mercedes Graf is getting adapted. So is Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk.

The Today show featured The Art of the Host: Recipes And Rules For Flawless Entertaining by Alex Hitz (Rizzoli) and I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By by Hoda Kotb (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin).

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin), will be on The Daily Show tonight.  Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! by Chelsea Handler (Spiegel & Grau: Random House) will be on with Seth Meyers.

Netflix’s adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill’s novella In the Tall Grass gets a trailer.

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