The Booker Prize Longlist, July 24, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Booker Prize longlist is out, as is the British Fantasy Awards shortlist. More summer reading lists, and lists of all sorts, offer a range of reading, from debuts to urban fantasy. Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark and The Right Stuff get trailers.

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The Booker and British Fantasy







The Booker Prize longlist is out. Margaret Atwood, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Chigozie Obioma, Max Porter, and Salman Rushdie are among those who made the cut. The Guardian has a report (and a cheat sheet). The NYT also has a story.

The 2019 British Fantasy Awards shortlist is out.


The NYT reviews Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks (Scribner: S. & S.): “after reading these letters what strikes you is their steadiness, a shocking word to apply to them.” Also, Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai (Henry Holt: Macmillan; SLJ starred review): “heartfelt, funny and, of course, sweet.”

NPR reviews Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski (Harper Voyager): “a touching, devastating, unexpectedly funny memoir … simultaneously painful and inspiring, infuriating and full of hope, humorous and depressing. It is everything good storytelling should be.” Also, Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: Random House; LJ starred review): “at its witty, compelling, and merciless best when it is fully rooted in its setting, a perfectly organic combination of 1920s Jazz Age Mexico and the Mayan mythological text.”

Briefly Noted

Essence gathers “Great Summer Beach Reads: 5 Sizzling Reads To Crack Open Now.”

LJ features "Summer/Fall Bests | Debut Novels 2019."

Book Riot names "7 of the Buzziest Beach Reads of the Year."

Electric Lit offers “10 Books By African Women Rewriting History.”

Bustle rounds up “5 Books About Asylum & Immigration That Every Person In The United States Needs To Read.”

Book Riot has "Reading Pathways: Ursula K. Le Guin." Just in time to get up to speed in advance of the PBS American Masters feature on Le Guin, airing Aug. 2.

CrimeReads rounds up "July's Best International Crime Fiction" and "Far-Flung Thrillers for World Travelers."

The Washington Post has “A summer reading list for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Also, “Four of the best graphic memoirs of the year — so far.” offers “Seanan McGuire’s Personal Top Ten Urban Fantasy Books For Adults.”

LitHub selects the best book jackets of July.

The Atlantic showcases The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths, and Their Year of Marvels by Adam Nicolson, illustrated by Tom Hammick (FSG: Macmillan, Jan. 2020). Also, a spotlight on Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century by Charles King (Doubleday: Random House).

Time features Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show by Richard Zoglin (S. & S.).

Salon interviews Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (William Morrow: Harper).

BuzzFeed interviews Mark Manson, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope (Harper).

Entertainment Weekly interviews J. Ryan Stradal, The Lager Queen of Minnesota (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin). Also, an interview with Cleo Wade, Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World (Atria: S. & S.). EW also has a feature on books about "millennial scammers."

USA Today interviews Lori Gottlieb, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (HMH).

The Guardian reports that T.S. Eliot might have been pleased with the Cats trailer.

The New Yorker writes about “The Unlikely History of Faber & Faber.” Also, a piece about “Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg.”

Daniel Callahan has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

ABC News delivers buzz for My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams (Gallery Books: S. & S.).

Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days by Brandon McMillan (HarperOne) gets the buzz from Rachel Ray. So does Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque (William Morrow: Harper).

NPR interviews Dr. Guy Leschziner, The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan). Also, an interview J. Ryan Stradal, The Lager Queen of Minnesota (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin). Both books are soaring up the Amazon sales rankings as a result, as is Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World by Cleo Wade (Atria: S. & S.).

The 700 Club features Speak Life: Creating Your World With Your Words by Katherine Ruonala (Katherine Ruonala Ministries), giving it a big push.

The Durrells in Corfu will return for a fourth and final season next fall. Town & Country has details.

Nat Geo is developing Mark Bowden’s book Guests of the Ayatollah into a series. Deadline Hollywood reports.

Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark gets a trailer.

The Right Stuff gets a trailer.

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