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Myriam Gurba, one of the lead voices speaking out against American Dirt, has revealed death threats against her and has started the Death Threat Quilt. This week in adaptations High Fidelity plays its tunes and Outlander starts season five. In award news, The Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction are announced as are the Rilke Prize for 2020 and the UK Society of Authors Translation Prizes. The British Book awards longlist is out. The NYPL features its “125 Books We Love.”

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Threats to Authors

Myriam Gurba, one of the lead voices speaking out against American Dirt, has revealed death threats against her and has started the Death Threat Quilt. She writes on Twitter “Inspired by the Aids Quilt, we have created a Death Threat Quilt to illustrate that speaking truth to pwr from the margins is dangerous.” Roxane Gay has added her voice to the concerns: "People need to realise what real censorship looks like. They need to understand how unsafe it can be to challenge authority and the status quo." The Guardian reports.

Page to Screen

This week in adaptations High Fidelity plays its tunes and Outlander starts season five.

Feb. 14:

High Fidelity, based on the book of the same name by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

The Times of Bill Cunningham, about the NYT photographer and author. Reviews | Trailer

Sonic the Hedgehog, not based on a book but there are associated titles. Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 16:

Outlander, season five, based on The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer. Deadline reports that STARZ subscribers can watch it today on the STARZ app an On Demand.

War of the Worlds, based on the book of the same name by H.G. Wells (Sphere: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 20:

Spectros, based on Brazilian folklore and Japanese ghost stories. No reviews | Trailer (scroll down)

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges by Amber Sparks (Liveright: W. W. Norton): “Every story pulls off a convincing blend of the ordinary and the surreal, and altogether they offer an eye-popping range.” Also, Hi Five by Joe Ide (Little, Brown: Hachette): “a crime novel that gives readers a sense of the totality of life in all its possibility: comedy, violence, irrationality and heartbreak. It’s no longer a fresh observation to say that Ide is an original as a suspense writer, but, certainly, every novel he writes — including “Hi Five” — feels like a new invention.” The Bear by Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press; LJ starred review): “Krivak’s serene and contemplative novel invites us to consider a vision of time as circular, of existence as grand and eternal beyond the grasp of individuals — and of a world able to outlive human destructiveness.” Walter Isaacson reviews Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership by Edward J. Larson (William Morrow: Harper): “Larson laudably tries to counter the tendency of historians, especially biographers, to focus on individuals rather than teams.” Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty by Jeff Madrick (Knopf: Random House): “does an excellent job pulling together and synthesizing the latest research on the dynamics of child poverty in the United States. It is a clarion call to address this most unjust blight upon the American landscape.” American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power by Andrea Bernstein (W.W. Norton): “weaves together two narratives: the rise of the Kushner and Trump families from modest immigrant origins to fame and riches, and the rightward shift in the political landscape that made the Trump presidency possible.” Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era by Jerry Mitchell (S. & S.): “no other journalist has made a greater contribution to cold-case investigations than has he.” My War Criminal: Personal Encounters with an Architect of Genocide  by Jessica Stern (Ecco: Harper): “seems to be motivated by a genuine concern about the dangers of virulent nationalism. But in the end, Karadzic does not offer the kind of reflection or insights into his actions that would justify the attention Stern pays to him.”

The L.A. Times reviews The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo (Ecco: Harper): “A chilling, nuanced examination of today's and tomorrow's serial killers and the families who spawned them.”

NYT reviews The Schrödinger Girl by Laurel Brett (Kaylie Jones Books): “a rare page turner that avoids the obvious traps.” Also in the paper a group reivew entitled “In These Elegant Comics, Love and Darkness Collide.” The Shortlist considers “3 Novels of American Womanhood.”

LitHub as the best reviewed books of the week.

Awards and Lists

The Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction are announced.

The Rilke Prize for 2020 goes to Kathleen Graber, The River Twice: Poems (Princeton).

The UK Society of Authors announces the winners of the 2019 Translation Prizes.

The British Book awards longlist is out. The winner is announced in May. The award covers thirty years of publishing. The titles, which range from Obama’s Dreams from My Father to the Harry Potter books "combined quality with sales, but also longevity; the books that defined their year and the publishing that followed." The Guardian reports.

The NYPL features its “125 Books We Love.” The library’s blog has a piece by Neil Gaiman to help celebrate.

The NYT recommends 10 books for the week.

Off the Shelf features “8 Impactful Books” for Black History Month.

Popsugar has “15 True-Crime Books That Will Make 2020 Your Most Paranoid Year Ever.”

Briefly Noted

In forthcoming book news, USA Today reports that Jeff Kinney’s new novel will be titled Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure and will publish on April 7. Kinney is going on a spontaneous book tour, “There is no advance itinerary, not even for Kinney. Every day a new destination, decided upon by his publisher and various booksellers, will be announced.” Batman: The Adventures Continue comic will come out in May in print and April in digital-first. Entertainment Weekly has the details. Paste writes about A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG: Macmillan), which comes out July 7.

USA Today showcases Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World by Michael Pollan (Audible Original).

Tor.com excerpts The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

Shondaland features Weather by Jenny Offill (Knopf). Vulture also has a piece on the novel.

Bitch Media features two books about “Getting Older  - and More Pissed Off:” In Our Prime: How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead by Susan J. Douglas (W.W. Norton) and Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun (Grove Press; LJ starred review).

The Atlantic has a piece by Craig Fehrman, Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.).

For W MagazineTa-Nehisi Coates Talks Toni Morrison With Artist Calida Rawles.”

Authors on Air

PBS News Hour interviews Philip Rucker, co-author of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America by (Penguin). Also on the New Hour is a “Brief But Spectacular” piece by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes: Pocket Poets No. 61 (City Lights).

The Batman gets a first look. Tor.com has details of Robert Pattinson’s camera test for the film.

Nancy Pearl interviews Tara Conklin, The Last Romantics (William Morrow Paperbacks: Harper) on her Book Lust program.

The director of To All the Boys talks about the next movie Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Netflix buys U.S. rights to Thomas & Friends. The Billie Eilish James Bond theme song is out. Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins moves from Fox 2000 to Amblin. HBO Max is adapting Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not. Daring to Live: How the Power of Sisterhood and Taking Risks Can Jump-Start Your Joy by Sheri Hunter is getting adaptedDeadline reports.

Bosh gets a seventh and last season at Amazon writes The Hollywood Reporter.

Seeing double, Dev Patel stars in two new trailers: The Personal History of David Copperfield, set to arrive on May 8, and The Green Knight gets a teaser trailer, set to arrive on May 29.

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