New Carol Shields Prize to Award $150k to a Female Novelist; Birds of Prey, Locke & Key Premiere | Book Pulse

The new Carol Shields Prize will award $150,000 to a female novelist. The Stella Prize longlist is out. A long awaited DC comic figure takes center stage. A beloved Netflix rom-com gets complicated. Locke & Key arrives on Netflix.

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A long awaited DC comic figure takes center stage. A beloved Netflix RomCom gets complicated. Locke & Key arrives.

Feb. 7:

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, based on DC comics characters. Reviews | Trailer

Locke & Key, based on the comic by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez (Random House). Reviews | Trailer

Waiting for Anya, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo (Puffin: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer.  As a side note, Morpurgo has a new book coming, The Puffin Keeper. The Bookseller has details.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, based on the book series by Stephan Pastis (Candlewick Press). Reviews | Trailer

Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the characters created by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic). No reviews | Trailer

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

Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Valentine’s Day, based on the book series by James and Kimberly Dean (Harper). No reviews | Trailer

Feb. 8:

The Neighbor in the Window, based on the book False Victim by Kathie Truitt (Tate Publishing). No reviews | Trailer

Feb. 10:

Agatha Raisin, based on the character created by M.C. Beaton (Macmillan). Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 11:

Captain Underpants Epic Choice-o-Rama, based on the characters created by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic). No reviews | Trailer

Feb. 12:

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, based on P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (S. & S. Books for Young Readers). No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star by Sanam Maher (Melville House: Random House): “unfolds like a thriller, only it’s true … intimate and sweeping.” Also, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara (Random House): “moving and unpredictable.”

NPR reviews The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Little, Brown: Hachette): “smolders more intensely than a pyre, whirling history's ashes defiantly into the wind.” Also, Verge: Stories by Lidia Yuknavitch (Riverhead: Penguin): “Yuknavitch's prose soars.”

Time reviews Weather by Jenny Offill (Knopf): “evolves from a darkly funny commentary on surviving the 21st century to a timeless examination of the challenges that come with loving and living with the people we hold closest.”

The NYT reviews Weather by Jenny Offill (Knopf): “a novel reckoning with the simultaneity of daily life and global crisis.”

Book Marks offers its list of the best reviewed books of the week.

Briefly Noted

Refinery29 picks the books to read in February.

The CBC names “47 works of Canadian fiction to watch for in spring.”

Popsugar picks true crime books for 2020.

The new Carol Shields Prize will give $150,000 to a female novelist. The NYT has details.

The Stella Prize longlist is out.

The Poetry Society of America announces that Toi Derricotte is the 2020 recipient of the Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.

The ten finalists for the 2020 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards are announced.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020 shortlist is announced

The L.A. Times features Gish Jen.

Roxane Gay lists her favorite books of 2019.

Book Riot has a listening pathway for the audiobooks read by Bahni Turpin.

Vulture writes “The Best New Novel Was Written 90 Years Ago.” The book is Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay (Penguin).

The Guardian writes about “how locked-room mystery king Seishi Yokomizo broke into English at last” with his Kosuke Kindaichi series.

Electric Lit features Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump (Algonquin: Workman).

LitHub writes about the forthcoming Jack: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (FSG: Macmillan), deciding that the next book in the “Gilead saga could be one of the most important books of 2020.”

Entertainment Weekly looks at the history of the Harry Potter book covers and the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: MinaLima Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) by  J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Minalima Design (Scholastic). Also, a consideration of the forthcoming Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans by J. M. Lee (Penguin Young Readers Licenses).

Vogue shares what its editors are reading during fashion month.

CrimeReads writes that American Dirt “The Latest Shot Fired in the Genre Wars.”

BuzzFeed details a bibliotherapy session.

Beth Phelan, a literary agents and creator of #DVpit and #DVart, writes on Shondaland about her efforts to find and champion diverse authors.

UK poet laureate Simon Armitage and his band LYR are creating a new album of “ambient post-rock passages, jazz flourishes and atonal experimentalism." It is due out in the spring. The first single is out now. The Guardian has details.

Wired has a piece on how Vikram Chandra’s writing bot “change the future of storytelling.”

Author Kirk Douglas has died. USA Today has a report on his publishing history.

The Association of American Publishers has won in its efforts to stop Audible for using its captions feature without direct permission. Publishing Perspectives has details and writes: “What the publishers association’s new permanent injunction now can be hoped to certify is that the advanced capabilities available to Amazon and its properties—generally referred to as instances of artificial intelligence, or AI—cannot be applied to the intellectual property of the American book publishing industry without prior and transparent agreement of the copyright holders of that property.”

Authors on Air

The Today show featured As Needed for Pain: A Memoir of Addiction by Dan Peres (Harper).

NPR’s All Things Considered covers the B&N “Literary Blackface” debacle.

Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart's Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines (HMH), will be on with Ellen today.

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