Catherine Lacey Wins the 2021 Young Lions Fiction Award for 'Pew' | Book Pulse

Catherine Lacey wins the 2021 Young Lions Fiction Award for Pew. The 2021 Premios Kelvin 505 Festival Awards and Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners are announced. Janet Malcolm, author of The Journalist and the Murdererhas died at the age of 87. Interviews with Brandon Taylor of Filthy Animals, Samira Amhed of Ms. Marvel, Annette Gordon-Reed of On Juneteenth, Elisa Donovan of Wake Me When You Leave: Love and Encouragement via Dreams from the Other Side, Amanda Montell of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, Casey McQuiston of One Last Stop, Kristin Harmel of The Book of Lost Names, and David McOmie of Safecracker: A Chronicle of the Coolest Job in the World. Michael Wolff will be coming out with a new book, Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, on July 27 with Henry Holt. Gwen Ifill is honored with a New York City park. Adaptations are in the works for Big Vape: The Incendiary Ride of Juul by Jamie Ducharme and Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed.

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Awards & News

Catherine Lacey won the 2021 Young Lions Fiction Award for Pew (Picador: Macmillan).

The 2021 Premios Kelvin 505 Festival Awards Winners are announced.

The 2021 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners are announced.

Hillary Mantel wins the 2021 Walter Scott Prize for The Mirror and the Light (Holt).

Souvankham Thammavongsa wins the 2021 Trillium Book Award in English for How to Pronounce Knife: Stories (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Janet Malcolm, author of The Journalist and the Murderer (Vintage: Random House), has died at the age of 87. Lit Hub reports.

Page to Screen

June 18:

12 Mighty Orphans, based on the book Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football by Jim Dent. Sony. Reviews | Trailer

Fatherhood, based on the book Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

June 19:

Secrets of a Marine’s Wife, based on the book by Shanna Hogan. Lifetime. No reviews | Trailer

June 20:

Nevertheless (Algoissjiman), based on associated titles. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

June 22:

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, based on associated titles. VOD. No reviews | Trailer

Demon Slayer - Kimetsu No Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train, based on the manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

June 24:

The Naked Director, based on the book Zenra Kantoku Muranishi Toru Den by Nobuhiro Motohashi. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party and Its Capture of the Court by Jackie Calmes (Twelve Books): “Not only does Calmes provide a detailed, well-researched account of Kavanaugh's life, career and ascent to become one of the country's nine most influential judges, she offers fascinating context into the factors behind it. She writes elegantly, but without adornment, resisting the urge to editorialize or make grand pronouncements, and the book is the better for it — it's both a riveting portrait of a particular moment in time as well as of the era that it embodied.” reviews The World Gives Way by Marissa Levien (Redhook): “Levien’s The World Gives Way is an excellent debut, full of wonderful characterization, meticulous, empathetic worldbuilding, and a full heart, contemplating meaning, choices, unjust systems, and what we can do with the time given to us.”

The Star Tribune reviews The Cape Doctor by E. J. Levy (Little, Brown & Co.: Hachette): “"The Cape Doctor" is ultimately a love story, but not only in the traditional sense. It's about loving the freedom to be your real self.”

The Washington Post reviews The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo (Tordotcom): "This novel’s wry wit and eerie eroticism are surely not for every mortal, but from the old bones of an American classic, Vo has conjured up something magically alive." Also, The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy Paul (Houghton Harcourt): "In this volume, she teaches us about socially distributed cognition. She engagingly weaves together diverse narratives to explain this form of intelligence, which isn’t found in just one person but emerges as multiple minds collaborate." Everybody: A Book About Freedom by Olivia Laing (Norton; LJ starred review): "Laing has written a piercing book. That she has no final answer to the problem of freedom does not detract from her achievement. Indeed, she encourages us all to ask new questions to discover how it feels, and what it means, to be free — queries that are as vital as they are resistant to any single answer." Many more reviews posted today.

Book Marks has "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Annette Gordon-Reed, On Juneteenth (Liveright; LJ starred review), discusses the importance of the holiday and its celebration. Oprah Daily has more.

Entertainment Weekly features Brandon Taylor, author of Filthy Animals (Riverhead: Penguin), on how his newest book explores more social situations and commentary on them. Also, Samira Amhed, discusses her plans for Ms. Marvel character Kamala Khan.

Actress and author Elisa Donovan speaks with People about starring in Clueless, the movie and subsequent television show, her fellow cast members, and her new memoir, Wake Me When You Leave: Love and Encouragement via Dreams from the Other Side (Llewellyn Publications).

Amanda Montell, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism (Harper Wave: HarperCollins), discusses the importance of language to understand fanaticism. Salon has more.

Bustle interviews Casey McQuiston, One Last Stop (St. Martin’s Griffin; LJ starred review), about “queer happy endings” in her book. 

The Believer has a conversation with Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Mariner: H.M.H.), and her slow rise to maintstream acceptance.

Cinelle Barnes, Malaya: Essays on Freedom (Little A: Amazon Publishing), answers “10 questions about teaching writing” for Electric Lit.

Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Picador: Macmillan), will be coming out with a new book Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency on July 27 with Henry Holt. The Chicago Tribune reports.

Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground (Library of America) has been chosen by the Chicago Public Library to celebrate Juneteenth. Ebony has more information.

Shondaland provides an excerpt of The Queer Bible edited by Jack Guinness (Dey Street Books), with an essay by Lady Phyll, aka Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, on her friend Moud Goba.

Electric Lit has an excerpt of Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead: Penguin). 

Lit Hub has an excerpt of Rebecca Hall's Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (S. & S.).

Gwen Ifill, author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (Anchor: Random House), is being honored with a New York City park, along with other prominent Black Americans. PBS has the story.

Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby (Books on Tape; LJ starred review), “shares her top 5 books for Pride Month” with Good Morning America.

Kristin Harmel, The Book of Lost Names (Gallery Books), shares life lessons with Parade.

David McOmie, author of Safecracker: A Chronicle of the Coolest Job in the World (Lyons Press: National Book Network), tells stories from his life and career, including drilling a hole through Prince’s music vault with The Seattle Times.

Jonathan Evison, Legends of the North Cascades (Algonquin), explores helicopter parenting and letting go through his writingLit Hub has the story.

CrimeReads provides “Millennial Thrillers and the Power of Obsession," “On Cars, Characters, and Crime," and "A list of books that are not quite noir (but also not not noir)."

The Washington Post explores “For today’s feminist writers, sex makes a comeback.”

Book Riot lists “Be LGBTQ+, Do Other Stuff: 4 Anticipated Queer Fantasy Novels” and “9 ‘Braw’ Contemporary Scottish Books You Need to Read.”

NYPL provides “Celebrate Pride with Short Story Collections by LGBTQ Authors.”

Bustle lists “21 LGBTQ+ Authors On The Books They Wish They’d Had As Teenagers.”

NYT has “9 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

AARP gathers “7 New Beach Books on Deck for Summer.” lists “Risky Business: Five Books About Interplanetary Trade.”

The Seattle Times has “3 crime novels of different types engrossed our book critic this month.”

The Rumpus offers “Coat Full of Pockets: A Story Collection Roundtable.”

The Washington Post has a list of "9 new books to remind you why" you love your dog.

USA Today  provides "25 books for kids and adults to celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on history of slavery."

Authors on Air

Amanda Kloots appears on Fox and Friends to discuss honoring her husband in her upcoming book Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero (HarperCollins). 

Ellen Bennett, Dream First, Details Later (Portfolio: Random House), speaks with PEOPLE Every Day podcast about how she gained life experience to become a successful CEO.

Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, based on the book by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will have a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and release this fall. Variety has the story.

Netflix has ordered a docu-series based on the book Big Vape: The Incendiary Ride of Juul by Jamie Ducharme (Holt). Deadline has more information.

Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press: Consortium) is being optioned for a television adaptation by Stories First Production. CBC reports.

Project: Hail Mary (Ballantine) author Andy Weir speaks to New Books Network podcast about the trouble with alien invasions.

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