Awards and Honors, May 14, 2019 | Book Pulse

Awards lead book news today. George R.R. Martin is very clear he has not written his last two books. The May GalleyChat Roundup is up. Big Little Lies season 2 gets a new trailer. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil does as well.

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Awards and Honors

Aida Edemariam’s The Wife’s Tale (Harper) has won the RSL Ondaatje prize. The Guardian has details.

Sally Rooney, Normal People (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review) wins the top prize at the British Book Awards. The Guardian reports.

The Guardian publishes Arundhati Roy's Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.

Marilyn Nelson wins the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Terrance Hayes wins the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism.

The L.A. Times writes that "Naomi Shihab Nye has become the first Arab American author to be named the Young People's Poet Laureate."


The NYT reviews Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell (Knopf): "Russell creates fully realized worlds. Her writing is particular and alive. Her imagination spills over the sink and hits the backsplash." Also, America Was Hard to Find by Kathleen Alcott (Ecco: Harper): "epic, multigenerational ... sprawling... absorbing ." Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom by Katherine Eban (Ecco: Harper): "lively but dark story ... gripping." The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough (S. & S.): "his fondness for the sweetly evoked Midwest of the early to mid-20th century ... betrays an ahistorical vision." Rabbits for Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum (Soho Press): "Humor leaks out through the gloom. Kirshenbaum’s best when she’s unpredictable." The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years by John Paul Stevens (Little, Brown: Hachette): "To follow the intellectual arc from one decision to a later one that relates to it, you have to read a lot of pages. Which, come to think of it, is probably what it feels like to do the work of a Supreme Court justice." A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism by Adam Gopnik (Basic: Hachette): "Witty, humane, learned." The paper also considers two new books that "Explore the Pacific's Mysteries."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir by Jayson Greene (Knopf; LJ starred review), giving it a B+ and writing, "His emotionally transparent story resonates not just for the intense sadness at its core, but also its implicit message of perseverance — a complex portrait of a family struggling to go on, manifested in this melodic, sensitive tribute."

The Washington Post reviews Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman (S. & S.): "a compact cluster bomb of satire that kills widely and indiscriminately." Also, The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "an engaging and witty prequel." The paper also runs its Poetry column.

NPR reviews A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father by David Maraniss (S. & S.): "has an unexpectedly lyrical sweep."

Briefly Noted

The L.A. Times picks Sci-Fi.

The May GalleyChat Roundup is published.

The NYT offers three books "About Doris Day and Her Legacy."

The NYT reports that FSG is publishing Chelsea Manning's memoir. The paper also has an interview with Manning.

Paste showcases The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution by Susan Hockfield (W.W. Norton).

The NYT features the forthcoming Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comic.

The Guardian features Danielle Steel.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Nora Roberts, as the In Death series hits book 50.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern (S. & S.).

io9 excerpts Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It by Adam Savage (Atria: S. & S.).

George R.R. Martin knocks down a rumor about his writing. Entertainment Weekly has details.

The New Yorker has Jill Lepore consider "How the political memoir evolved."

The NYT looks at dated dating advice with The Rules by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider. It is part of their Generation X flashback.

Bustle interviews Leni Zumas, Red Clocks (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Authors on Air

Jennifer Donnelly’s Stepsister is headed to the movies. The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Big Little Lies, season 2 gets a new trailer.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil does as well.

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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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