BookExpo 2020 Canceled | Book Pulse

After publishers and exhibitors dropped out and its location was turned into a COVID-19 hospital, BookExpo has been officially cancelled for 2020. LJ's Day of Dialog had already shifted to a free virtual event. Dune is getting all kinds of coverage. Alex Trebek is writing a memoir, so is Lena Dunham. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman seems to be coming true. The NYT writes about librarians and library staff in the wake of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

After publishers and exhibitors dropped out and its location was turned into a COVID-19 hospital, BookExpo is officially cancelled for 2020.

LJ’s Day of Dialog, which takes place at the same time as BookExpo, had already been adapted into a free virtual event.

The NYT writes about closed libraries and the librarians and library staff that still have to report to work. The piece explores the situation for librarians around the country, from those who are not being paid to those who work in closed buildings.

John Scalzi is offering a virtual book tour for The Last Emperox (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review). reports.

Belletrist has a virtual book tour for The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry (S. & S.). offers “Sleeps With Monsters: What to Read When the Whole World’s Falling Apart, Part 4.”

The L.A. Times suggests “16 meaty book series to get you through coronavirus stay-at-home orders.”

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall shares a COVID-19 reading list.

Lena Dunham’s Verified Strangers reaches chapter 17.

The NYT reports on free picture books for kids that help explain the Coronavirus. Also new that Comic creators are having an auction to help shore up comic stores.

The Internet Archive claims fair use for its National Emergency Library. Publishers Weekly reports.

The L.A. Times considers if The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (Picador: Macmillan) is coming true in Yosemite as the skies clear and bears thrive. The paper also has an interview with Mark O'Connell, Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review).

Chinese author Fang Fang kept an online diary of what unfolded in Wuhan. She plans to publish a translation in English and is getting attacked as defaming the government of China. The NYT has the story and some excerpts.


NYT reviews Man of My Time by Dalia Sofer (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “a layered portrayal of a man who through several decades has carried with him the conflicting pieces — beauty and brutality, revolt and repression — of his country’s history.” Also, A Luminous Republic by Andrés Barba, translated by Lisa Dillman (Mariner Books: HMH): “a crime story told by an earnest, unnamed civil servant reminiscing on his stint as a government official in the provinces, reassessing his personal involvement in a public tragedy.”

The Washington Post reviews Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow: Harper): “sweeter than Jiles’s previous work but no less attentive to the texture of the American Southwest.”

NPR reviews Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina (Holt: Macmillan): “Combining the knowledge of a seasoned scientist with the skills of a good storyteller, Safina invites us to leave our cultural worlds and enter animals' ones to see just how they work.”

Briefly Noted

Alex Trebek is writing a memoir, The Answer Is … Reflections on My Life. It will come out July 21 from S. & S. Entertainment Weekly reports, as does USA Today and the L.A. Times.

Lena Dunham plans a memoir as well. Page Six has a few details.

People writes about HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time by Brad Aronson (LifeTree Media).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Fight Club 3 (Graphic Novel) by Chuck Palahniuk, illustrated by Cameron Stewart, David Mack (Dark Horse Books: Random House).

The NYT features a new translation of Chekhov, Fifty-Two Stories: (1883-1898) translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (Knopf).

The Washington Post has some audiobooks “to savor – and to avoid.” 

On that note, here are AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of April.

Popsugar picks “40 Titles POPSUGAR Editors Are Watching and Reading Right Now That You Should Check Out.” Also, “15 Fluffy Romance Novels That Will Make Your Heart Feel So Full.”

Entertainment Weekly interviews Miranda July, Miranda July (Prestel: Penguin).

Vanity Fair has an interview with Marisa Meltzer, This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World -- and Me (Back Bay Books: Hachette). Vox also has a piece about the book.

The Guardian interviews Simon Stålenhag, the creative force behind Tales from the Loop.

The Millions interviews David Moloney, Barker House (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

Artist and author Peter Beard is missing, having disappeared on Long Island. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

Vanity Fair runs part two of its special feature on Dune. Here again is part one. Esquire also has a piece on Dune. Vox considers the film as well.

I Escaped From Auschwitz by Rudi Vrba is getting adapted for the movies. Also headed to the big screen is an adaptation of The Last Ridge by McKay Jenkins. One more on the way to the movies, Daniel Suarez’s Influx. Tom Hardy is going to read bedtime stories for the BBC. Deadline reports.

Agents of SHIELD gets moved to May for its last season debut. The Hollywood Reporter has that news.

"Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies will show The Hunger Games for free on YouTube on April 17. Three other films will follow over the course of the next three weeks. Variety reports.

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