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Hachette and Macmillan have issued statements that they will not attend BookExpo. That means all five of the biggest publishers are out. Barnes & Noble temporarily closes more than 400 stores. Three book-based shows come to TV today: Vagrant Queen, Baghdad Central, and Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon. EarlyWord updates its Diversity Titles list.

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Both Hachette and Macmillan have issued statements that they will not attend BookExpo. That means all five of the biggest publishers are out, with PRH, S. & S., and Harper having already announced they will not take part.

Barnes & Noble temporarily closes more than 400 stores. Shelf Awareness reports.

The NYT appreciates the work of Claire Weekes, an author and doctor with advice on panic and how to find calm.

LitHub practices RA.

The NYT has “18 Cookbooks for Comfort.”

USA Today suggests “20 great book series to keep your family entertained during the coronavirus crisis.” Grub Street has “15 Cookbooks Worth Buying Right Now, According to Cooking Experts.”

Elle gathers “21 Books That Will Put You in a Good Mood, Guaranteed.”

The Guardian writes “The perfect time to start': how book clubs are enduring and flourishing during Covid-19.” Also, “Finally working on that novel as you self-isolate? You're not alone.”

Vulture suggests “9 Great Books With Lonely Protagonists.” And in some counter programming, NPR has “Books To Make Your Isolations Feel A Little Less Lonely.”

Jordan Kisner, Thin Places: Essays from In Between (FSG: Macmillan), has an essay in the NYT about books that evoke a sense of place and offers 8 titles to explore.

Author Dan Kois writes about “One Last Trip to the Bookstore” for Slate.

The Wall Street Journal has a piece by Joyce Carol Oates in their “After the Pandemic” series. It is titled (and subtitled) “New Forms of Storytelling—and Old Ones Too: From solitary reading to online book clubs, we will find ways to satisfy the human need for stories.”

Poets & Writers has a list of online literary events.

LitHub reports on the Peters Township Public Library Hogwarts Digital escape room.

Publishers Weekly reports on The Bookstore at the End of the World, a new storefront started by unemployed booksellers aimed at getting at least some income now that they are fired, laid off, or have no hours.

Author Paul Goma has died of coronavirus. LitHub has the news.

Page to Screen

Three book-based works come out today (see Authors on Air for more news on postponements):

March 27:

Vagrant Queen, based on the Vagrant Queen comic by Magdalene Visaggio, Jason Smith (Vault Comics). Syfy. Reviews | Trailer

Baghdad Central, based on Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla (Btiter Lemon Press). Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon, based on the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


Entertainment Weekly reviews The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review), giving it an A- and writing it is “a marvel of intricacy from beginning to end — and back again.” Also, Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (Harper) gets a B+, calling it “a monument to a sort of singular grace, and true grit.”

The NYT reviews Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen (Arcade: Skyhorse): “sometimes appealing, occasionally funny, sad and somewhat tawdry.” Also, a round-up review of new poetry books that “Evoke a Sense of Endings.”

The Washington Post reviews Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong (One World: Random House): “The book’s strongest entries have a driving energy, fueled by fierce personal inquiry.” Also, The Safety Net by Andrea Camilleri (Penguin): “In addition to the baffling crimes he solves, there’s a sense of absurdity that has the reader chuckling by page one.” Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam Cohen (Penguin; LJ starred review): “The Supreme Court that Americans have endured for the past 50 years has flipped the Warren court’s jurisprudence on its head, passively permitting extreme inequalities in school funding while rousing itself to strike down legislative actions aimed at promoting racial integration in schools.” Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land by Noé Álvarez (Catapult):” Álvarez has established himself as an important voice for second-generation Americans who too often are made to feel as if they are outsiders in their native country. His story represents a powerful reclaiming of his right to belong.” Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series by Jesse Dougherty (S. & S.): “Dougherty doesn’t miss a single high or low, and in between, he mixes in enough fascinating background on various players to satisfy the die-hard Nats fan.” Billion Dollar Brand Club : How Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, and Other Disruptors Are Remaking What We Buy by Lawrence Ingrassia (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “But as the book hops from one part of the cottage industry to the next, skeptical readers begin to wonder: Is everything in direct-to-consumer-land as hunky-dory as its citizens would have Ingrassia believe?” Lastly, a round-up of books about Democratic plans.

Book Marks picks “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT recommends eleven books for the week.

The L.A. Times suggests “Four crime novels to help you weather the spring.”

BuzzFeed offers “21 Brand New Young Adult Romances You Absolutely Must Read This Spring.”

LJ gathers the “Best Reading from Around the World.” Also, debut novels, with a highlight of what is to come through August.

Vox reports on Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen (Arcade: Skyhorse). So does Deadline. has “A Beginner’s Guide to Slavic Fantasy in Translation.”

Electric Lit interviews Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems (Graywolf Press: Macmillan).

Vulture interviews Bess Kalb, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story (Knopf; LJ starred review).

People talks with Wesley King, The Wizenard Series: Season One (New edition) created by Kobe Bryant (Granity Studios).

Jezebel interviews Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The Undocumented Americans: A Homecoming (One World: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Harper).

Elizabeth Gilbert answers The Guardian’s “Books that made me” questions. Also in the paper, a piece on “the enduring appeal of writer’s homes.”

Bustle’s book club gets into gear. The book pick is We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding (Abrams).

For O: The Oprah Magazine, author Christopher Castellani writes about how reading helped his mother through grief. It has this great line: “Reading, my mother said, was what American women did instead of cleaning their houses.”

Salon has Celeste Ng’s reading list (and one TV show).

Book Riot has a Listening Pathway to Ramon de Ocampo.

Hillary and Chelesa Clinton will have a new book out at the end of March, Grandma’s Gardens (Philomel Books: Penguin). People has details.

Aliette de Bodard will have a new novella in the Universe of Xuya series this fall. It is Seven of Infinities (Subterranean Press). has details.

EarlyWord has updated its Diversity Titles list.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Benjamin Wittes, co-author with Susan Hennessey, of Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office (FSG: Macmillan). Also, NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Alicia Keys, More Myself: A Journey (Flatiron: Macmillan).

DC’s Stargirl is moving to May 19. Deadline reports.

HBO moves The Undoing to the fall. The Wrap reports.

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