Baillie Gifford & Scotiabank Giller Prizes Announced, Nov. 20, 2019 | Book Pulse

The National Book Awards will be announced tonight. Hallie Rubenhold wins the Baillie Gifford prize for The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. Ian Williams wins the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Reproduction. More "best of" lists for the decade and year are out, as are holiday reading and listening suggestions.

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Awards Ahead of the NBAs

The National Book Awards will be announced tonight. To get ready LitHub celebrates Edmund White, the NBA Lifetime Honoree. They also have listings of every fiction and nonfiction winner in the 21st century.

However, in advance of the NBAs, two major awards make news as well:

Hallie Rubenhold wins the Baillie Gifford prize for The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (HMH). The Guardian has details.

Ian Williams wins the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Reproduction (Europa Editions). The Globe and Mail has a report.

Also, voting is now open for the final round of the Goodreads Best Books of 2019.


The NYT reviews Rihanna by Rihanna (Phaidon): “less a memoir than a collection of experiences a mogul had and liked and wanted us to look at — but the star herself has already ducked out of the party and moved on to the next thing.” User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play by Cliff Kuang, Robert Fabricant (MCD: Macmillan): “a tour de force, an engrossing fusion of scholarly research, professional experience and revelations from intrepid firsthand reporting.” The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas (John Hopkins Univ.): “academic and popular, elite and fan-based. Janine Barchas’s exuberantly illustrated study ... rides this wave with panache.” The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century by Thant Myint-U (W.W. Norton): “an urgent book about a heavy subject … [by]  a writer with a humane sensibility and a delicate yet pointed touch." The Bishop's Bedroom by Piero Chiara, translated by Jill Foulston (New Vessel Press): "a strong, well-written and weirdly seductive little novel." There is also a piece on books that "Explore the settings where villains lurk, heroes meander and jaws drop."

NPR reviews From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West by Heidi Blake (Mulholland Books: Hachette; LJ starred review): "provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of Russia's most illustrious oligarch-turned-anti-Putin-rebel and his ragtag band of business associates, shady fixers, Chechen fighters, former security agents and spin doctors." There is an interview with the author as well. Also, a review of They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears by Johannes Anyuru, translated by Saskia Vogel (Two Lines Press): “[an] unusual speculative mystery.”

Briefly Noted

LitHub picks the ”20 Best Novels of the Decade.”

CrimeReads selects the “10 Best Crime Novels of the Last Decade.”

Slate names “The 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Past 25 Years.”

SLJ picks its Best Books of 2019 (links to all categories are on the top of the page).

BuzzFeed News suggests “13 Books To Read Over Thanksgiving Break.”

The Washington Post has suggestions for audiobooks for your Thanksgiving drive.

Stylist suggests books to give for Christmas.

Bustle picks 20 must-read books for 2020.

Entertainment Weekly names the Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin the best fantasy of the decade.

Paste picks the “Best Book Covers of Fall 2019.”

Book Riot offers “16 Authors Like Neil Gaiman” and “10 Books Like Becoming by Michelle Obama.”

In forthcoming book news, Tor Books will publish a new book by Christopher Paolini, titled To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. It will hit shelves on Sept. 15, 2020. People features The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable by Katherine Schwarzenegger (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin). It comes out in March. Sales are soaring.

Vanity Fair talks with Susan Choi, Trust Exercise (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Electric Lit interviews Julia Armfield, salt slow (Flatiron: Macmillan), in a piece subtitled "how horror is the only genre that takes women’s fear seriously.”

Bitch Media interviews Nina MacLaughlin, Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung (FSG Originals: Macmillan).

Charles Finch writes an essay for the NYT entitled “What Tweets and Emojis Did to the Novel.”

People features The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey into Inner Fitness by Tina Lifford (Amistad: Harper).

Datebook considers The Crying Book by Heather Christle (Catapult).

Wired writes about the influence of Jane Austen online fan culture.

The NYPL buys a private collection of Virginia Woolf materials of roughly 150 pieces. The NYT reports.

The Upshur County Library (West Virginia) is in the middle of a censorship case that has made national news. The library board decides today if they will keep or remove Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack (little bee). Here is the original reporting. The Guardian has a report on the author’s reaction.

The Telegraph reports that China and Sweden are "locked in diplomatic row over missing dissident book publisher.”   

Atlas Obscura writes about how a mall might upend the “world’s largest secondhand book market.”

Authors on Air

Bustle offers a “Lit Lover's Guide To Watching Dickinson On AppleTV+.”

BBC America has casting news for The Watch, inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

Deadline reports that “exclusive rights to all works in Michael Moorcock’s seminal fantasy-horror series The Elric Saga” have been sold. The plan is to create a TV series. Midnighters, based on the series by Scott Westerfeld, is headed to the CW. PBS Masterpiece’s All Creatures Great and Small gets a season two order before season one airs. A modern take on The Turn of the Screw is in the works. Also, a new version of Oliver Twist and a new adaptation of How Green is My Valley are set for the UK’s Channel 5. Marie Hermanson’s The Devil’s Sanctuary is set for a UK service. The Capote Tapes will air in the US.

Variety reports that author and Fargo creator Noah Hawley will write and direct the next Star Trek movie.

American Masters features N. Scott Momaday.

Amazon’s Omnivoracious highlights books for readers who love the Hallmark Christmas movies.

The Guardian writes about Blade Runner: A Movie written by William Burroughs, which is itself an adaptation of “an obscure science fiction book called The Bladerunner, written by Alan E Nourse.” It gets republished this week in the UK.

The Today show featured Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman by Abby Stein (Seal Press: Hachette).

Julie Andrews, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (Hachette; LJ starred review), will be on with Ellen DeGeneres today and James Corden tonight.

Cats gets a new trailer. V Wars gets a trailer.

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