The Booker International Longlist 2021 Has Been Announced; Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Makes History | Book Pulse

The Booker International Longlist 2021 has been announced. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead is the top Indie Next pick for May. Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia is the GMA April Book Club pick. John Lewis’s posthumous new graphic novel, Run: Book One will come out in August, while Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney arrives next week. Plus, Ken Follett's The Evening and the Morning has been optioned for series development.

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Awards & Picks

The Booker International Longlist 2021 has been announced. The Guardian has the topline news, including that "Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has become the first writer to be nominated ... as both author and translator of the same book, and the first nominee writing in an indigenous African language."

The Indie NEXT list for May is out, with Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf) taking the #1 spot.

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (Flatiron) is the GMA Book Club pick for April 2021.


USA Today reviews A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib (Random; LJ Starred Review), giving it 3 out of 4 stars: “The way in which Abdurraqib writes about performance in “A Little Devil in America'' posits Black freedom.”

The NYT reviews Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge (Algonquin): "Greenidge both mines history and transcends time, centering her post-Civil-War New York story around an enduring quest for freedom."

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone (Knopf), giving it a B-: “Stone has a sense of humor, especially about some of the more bizarre occurrences of her life, but the writing falls flat sometimes, too; more than one clearly intended mic drop fails to make an impact.”  Also, Short Reviews on Two Debuts: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton (37 Ink: Atria; LJ Starred Review) and Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson (Grove Press, Black Cat).

NPR reviews Girlhood by Melissa Febos (Bloomsbury): "Girlhood is not a universal book: It is Febos's experiences readers encounter and her lines of research that they follow. Its specificity is precisely why it resonates.”

The Washington Post reviews Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (Ecco): “Sweeney’s effectiveness as a novelist stems from her protean sympathy, her ability to move among these characters and capture each one’s feelings without judgment.” Also, Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (Flatiron) “Like the lyric narratives that follow, these family trees feature the first names of women. Abusive men damaged these trees and deadened their branches, but matriarchs are the root of these stories.” Plus, Francis Bacon: Revelations by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan (Knopf): "One of the achievements of “Revelations” is to capture this social change alongside the life of its subject. It’s a portrait of vanished worlds, of a 20th-century style of darkness now past. Our fresh horrors await new geniuses."

Briefly Noted

John Lewis’s posthumous new graphic novel, Run: Book One (Abrams ComicArts) will be out this summer, The Washington Post reports.

The NYT has “7 Takeaways From”Beautiful Things: A Memoir by Hunter Biden (Gallery: S. & S.).

The NYT spotlights Sanjena Sathian, Gold Diggers (Penguin), writing about  her new book and adaptation: “success is something both she and her characters grapple with.”  Plus, “New & Noteworthy Titles of Interest.”

USA Today interviews Sharon Stone, The Beauty of Living Twice (Knopf) about “McDonald's fryer life lessons, kicking Schwarzenegger's face, fame dry heaves."

LitHub reports "A Seattle firm is officially suing Amazon for fixing book prices."  Also, “Have Italian Scholars Figured Out the Identity of Elena Ferrante?” 

ElectricLit talks with Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie (Algonquin), about freedom and motherhood.

Washington Post has “10 Books to Read in April” and a snapshot of "Hardcover Bestsellsers."

LitHub has 19 books to celebrate today.

BookRiot offers “12 Essential Books About Black Identity and History.”

The Guardian gathers "10 Books About New York."

Poet Robert Hershon, founder of Hanging Loose Press, died at 84, The NYT reports.

The Washington Post has "The many faces of Ramona Quimby."

Authors on Air

Sharon Stone, The Beauty of Living Twice (Knopf), is on Kelly Clarkson today.

Tamron Hall talks with Don Lemon, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends about Racism (Little, Brown) today.

Not so fast—Neil Gaiman "teases 'way forward'" for American Gods after Starz cancellation, Deadline reports.

Aquarius Films is teaming with Anonymous Content to adapt dystopian sci-fi thriller novel, The Subjugate, by Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot). Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Deadline reports “Jack Reynor To Headline Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy’s Amazon Series” The Peripheral, based on the book by William Gibson. Also, Legendary TV & Range Media Partners options Ken Follett’s The Evening And The Morning for series development.

Variety asks “Will Hammer Sink ‘Death on the Nile’?”

Sci-Fi author Ted Chiang talks about AI, free will and capitalism on The Ezra Klein Podcast.


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