Book Award Season Ramps Up, Sept. 12, 2018 | Book Pulse

Book award season begins today as The National Book Awards longlists for Young People's Literature and Translated Literature are announced. Tomorrow sees more. The Brooklyn Public Library has announced its shortlist for the 2018 BPL Literary Prize. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward has sold out on Amazon; wait times are now 1-3 weeks.

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Award Season Ramps Up

The National Book Awards longlists for Young People's Literature and Translated Literature are announced today. Tomorrow sees the longlists for Poetry and Nonfiction. Fiction will be announced on Sept. 14. Finalists will be announced on Oct. 10. The winners are named on Nov. 14.

The Brooklyn Public Library has announced its shortlist for the 2018 BPL Literary Prize.



The NYT reviews These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review): "elegant, readable, sobering; it extends a steadying hand when a breakneck news cycle lurches from one event to another, confounding minds and churning stomachs." Also, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley (Random House): "breezes across decades and continents to argue that Donald Trump resembles other purveyors of authoritarian ultranationalism."

Ron Charles creates a video review of James Frey's Katerina (Scout Press: S. & S.; LJ starred review) for The Washington Post: "the only thing you really need to know ... is that it’s ridiculous, a book so heated by narcissism that you have to read it wearing oven mitts." The paper also reviews Essayism: On Form, Feeling, and Nonfiction by Brian Dillon (New York Review Books: Random House): its "true subject is life and how words can make it worth living, and reading about."

USA Today also reviews Katerina (Scout Press: S. & S.; LJ starred review), giving it 2.5 stars and writing that it "reads like Frey’s latest foray into himself, even something of mea culpa for the memoir that earned him infamy and fortune."

NPR reviews The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman (Ecco: Harper): "stands out for its captivating mix of tenacious investigative reporting, well-chosen photographs, astute literary analysis and passionate posthumous recognition of a defenseless child who — until now — never received the literary acknowledgment she deserved." Also, Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL by Jeff Pearlman (HMH): "a hilarious, engrossing roller coaster of a book."

Briefly Noted

Ron Charles, in The Washington Post, writes about Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward (S. & S.). Sales "are off to a phenomenal start ... with a million copies in print ...[and] Advance sales [outstripping] supply at” Time offers a profile of Bob Woodward.

Elle lists "The 28 Best Books to Read in Fall 2018."

LitHub picks its Pop Culture titles for fall.

Salon interviews Wil Wheaton, who talks books and libraries.

Character outfits take center stage: "Kevin Kwan, Jasmine Guillory, Jenny Han, and more explain why they dress their characters they way they do." Vox has the story.

Books + Publishing has a piece on "the romance novel and representations of sexuality after #MeToo," by Escape Publishing's managing editor Kate Cuthbert.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea (Grand Central: Hachette) and The Guardian reports Kate Bush will publish a book of her lyricsHow to be Invisible: Lyrics (Faber & Faber Social). It will have an introduction by author David Mitchell.

The Hollywood Reporter interviews Aminder DhaliwalWoman World (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The NYT offers "3 Books on the Sexism Women Face in Hollywood" and an essay on "Three Blockbuster Novels From the 1950s, and Their Remarkable Afterlife." 

Vanity Fair writes about Ernest Hemingway and his "Prized Miró Masterpiece."

Authors on Air

The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin; LJ starred review) is headed to the big screen, starring Rosamund PikeDeadline Hollywood has the story. Deadline also reports thatthe BBC has already ordered a second season of their adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, ahead of season one's debut.

NPR interviews Bob WoodwardFear: Trump in the White House (S. & S.) on Fresh Air. NPR also interviews Sally FieldIn Pieces (Grand Central: Hachette) and Patrick WinnHello, Shadowlands: Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-Scarred Party Towns of Southeast Asia (Icon Books).

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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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