DPLA & Amazon Publishing Agree to Ebook Library Lending | Book Pulse

Amazon Publishing makes a deal with DPLA, marking the first time that ebooks from Amazon have been made available to libraries. The 2021 Beijing International Book Fair is set to run August 25-29. Finalists for The Australian Shadows Awards were announced, and The Miles Franklin Literary Award announced its 2021 longlist. The Women's Prize Trust announces its inaugural Discoveries shortlist. John Green's book of essays are reviewed and featured. Elizabeth Hinton writes an essay, adapted from her new book America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s. Sinead O’Connor's new memoir, Rememberings: Scenes from My Complicated Life comes out June 1st. Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn is writing her first book, How to Be a Boss Bitch. Bridgerton gets a prequel spinoff, focusing on the early years of Queen Charlotte. Plus, "Queen of the Beach Read" Elin Hilderbrand shares her favorites for the summer.

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News, Events & Awards

DPLA signs an agreement with Amazon Publishing, marking the first time that ebooks from Amazon Publishing have been made available to libraries. LJ has the newsPublishers Weekly has a writeup, and ALA Public Policy & Advocacy @LibraryPolicy tweeted: “Congratulations to DPLA on this incredible milestone. We are heartened to see Amazon begin to engage with libraries on its published digital titles. #eBooksForAll”

The 2021 Beijing International Book Fair, set to run August 25-29, will be hybrid and limited to physical attendance by Chinese and China-based publishers, reports Publishing Perspectives. 

Finalists for The Australian Shadows Awards, which “celebrate the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year,” were announced by the Australian Horror Association

The Miles Franklin Literary Award announced its 2021 longlist which "includes a mix of acclaimed Australian authors and new voices showcasing the richness of Australian literature." The Sydney Morning Herald has a story

The Women's Prize Trust announces inaugural Discoveries shortlist for untapped talent, The Bookseller reports


NPR reviews The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green (Dutton): “What Green is really telling us with these unexpected stories about Sycamore Trees, Canada Geese and Dr. Pepper is how much there is to love in the world and why that love is worth the effort.”

The NYT reviews Nervous System by Lina Meruane, translated by Megan McDowell (Graywolf Press): “burns in the mind long after one has read it, not unlike the ghosts who circumnavigate our psyches, and the winding corridors of history, to hammer us on the head with the raw truth that time is not linear.” And, Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life by Gavin Larsen (Univ. Pr. of Florida; LJ starred review): “Her poignant book, told in first and third person, is both a personal account and a universal take on the life of a professional ballet dancer.”  Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else by Jordan Ellenberg (Penguin Pr.): “Ellenberg’s preference for deploying all possible teaching strategies gives “Shape” its hectic appeal; it’s stuffed with history, games, arguments, exercises.” "The Shortlist” offers several short reviews and the “New & Noteworthy” section suggests new titles.

Slate reviews Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford (Scribner): “heartbreaking transience isn’t a flaw in the beauty of life, but rather the essence of its beauty, the same beauty captured in the pages of Light Perpetual—for however long this book lasts, as well.”

The Washington Post reviews Monkey Boy by Francisco Goldman (Grove): “by taking us along with him, drawing us so deftly into moments of intimacy and worldliness, brutality and beauty, the author effectively ceases to be an outsider.”


Briefly Noted

Publishing Perspectives offers “Spanish-Language Digital Publishing: A New Report.”

The LA Times reports that Portfolio (Penguin Publishing Group), publisher of Flamin' Hot: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Rise from Janitor to Top Executive by Richard Montanez "stands by book after Frito-Lay calls origin story 'urban legend'."

Elizabeth Hinton writes an essay for Time, adapted from her new book America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s (Liveright: Norton: LJ starred review) about LA’s failure to build a better city after Rodney King.

The NYT has a profile on Sinead O’Connor and her new memoir Rememberings: Scenes from My Complicated Life by Sinéad O’Connor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Popsugar recommends With Teeth by Kristen Arnett (Riverhead), “a darkly comical story that will sink deep into your psyche.” Also, One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (St. Martin’s Griffin).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Ailsa McFarlane about her debut Highway Blue (Hogarth: Crown). EW also has an interview with C. Robert Cargill, Day Zero (Harper Voyager).

USA Today has a feature on John Green, and his new book The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet (Dutton), “a reflection on the history and legacy of humans, written during a time in which humans have felt polarized and alone.”

Vogue features poet Rosie Stockton, Permanent Volta (Nightboat Books), who is “re-writing the love poem in a capitalist society.”

Bitch speaks with Lee Lai about her debut graphic novelStone Fruit (Fantagraphics; LJ starred review).

A CrimeReads roundtable of authors explores the art of writing about psychopaths. 

The Hollywood Reporter looks to the past to see what the WarnerMedia/Discovery merger might mean for comic book publisher DC.

In the midst of polarizing figures with publishing contracts, Vox asks “Who deserves a book deal?”

Elin Hilderbrand, shares her favorite beach reads for the summer with Entertainment Weekly.

People reports that Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn is writing her first book, How to Be a Boss Bitch. House Beautiful has more.

The NYT has 24 books for summer.

Salon features SciFi by authors of color.

Bustle has 12 new books to read this week.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with Seth Rogen, Yearbook (Crown) about the comedy advice he received at 12.

Bustle rounds up the news on HBO’s The Time Traveler’s Wife series in development, based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger. 

Synchronicity Films will adapt the third Helen Fitzgerald novel, Bloody Women, for an 8-part television series. Deadline reports.

“BBC Unveils Slate of Six New Dramas”, at The Hollywood Reporter, including The Gallows Pole, based on the novel by Benjamin Myers. Noughts and Crosses, based on the novels by Malorie Blackman, will return for a second season.

T&C teases a Bridgerton prequel spinoff, focusing on the early years of Queen Charlotte.

Popsugar announces Q&A with Christina Lauren, The Soulmate Equation (Gallery; LJ starred review), this Thursday on Instagram.

Stacey Swann, Olympus, Texas  (Doubleday) will be on Good Morning America as part of their book club coverage tomorrow. Also, Jake Tapper, The Devil May Dance (Little, Brown and Company), drops by Ellen.


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