Fall Reading, Aug. 27, 2019 | Book Pulse

Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, and Tor.com issue fall reading lists. There will be more. The Splatterpunk Awards are out. A new look at Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker is released, creating all kinds of buzz. Levar Burton Reads N.K. Jemisin.

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More Fall Lists Arrive







Entertainment Weekly issues its “Fall Books Preview.”

The Washington Post picks “10 books to read in September.”

Tor.com selects “All the New Fantasy Books Coming out in September.”


The NYT reviews First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing . . . and Life by Joe Moran (Penguin): “[a] humane and witty guide to meaning-making." Also, A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman (Little, Brown: Hachette): “Waldman is particularly gifted at giving tangible reality to ethical dilemmas.” Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf): “The unreliability of the human heart connects many of these stories.” See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics by Caitlin Moscatello (Dutton: Penguin): “captures the big trends of the midterms.” Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil by Susan Neiman (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “contends that postwar Germany, after initially stumbling badly, has done the hard work necessary to grapple with and come to terms with the legacy of the Holocaust in a way that could be a lesson to America in general, and the American South in particular.” Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story by Marie Arana (S. & S.): "illuminating.” The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age by Bina Venkataraman (Riverhead: Penguin): “impassioned call for making a commitment to future change.” My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi (Dutton Books for Young Readers: Penguin): “Ebony-Grace is a fresh voice and a highly memorable character trying to navigate life in her own way.” Also, Pumpkinheads: A Graphic Novel by Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrated by), Sarah Stern (Contributions by) (First Second: Macmillan; SLJ starred review): “Rowell’s genius is for creating imperfect characters with whom readers nonetheless fall in love.”

NPR reviews Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story by Marie Arana (S. & S.): “gets at the identity conundrum of Latin America with storytelling that is both clear-eyed and evocative.”

Briefly Noted

CrimeReads picks “Seven Techno-Thrillers to Read as Our World Crumbles.”

Paste surveys the “Best Books of August.”

The Splatterpunk Awards are out. Locus has the list and the nominees.

The NYT reports that Taylor Swift released diary entries with her new album Lover. They are getting notable buzz.

Slate features Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession by Rachel Monroe (Scribner: S. & S.).

Gizmodo excerpts A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie (Orbit: Hachette).

Paste excerpts Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith (Coffee House Press) and features E. Jean Carroll, What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan).

The Washington Post interviews Sharon Robinson, Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) (Scholastic).

In forthcoming book news, Subterranean Press is publishing a new book by Steampunk master James P. Blaylock, The Gobblin’ Society. It comes out March 2020. Also, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane is getting an illustrated edition. The Bookseller has details. Remezcla highlights the new books about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Guardian has an essay by Elif Shafak about the greatness of reading and place. Also in the paper, a piece by Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure (Doubleday: Random House), about writers and rejection.

The Los Angeles Review of Books has a piece on the wondertale.

Lit Hub has an essay on “How to Review a Novel.”

NPR celebrates the works of Raina Telgemeier, writing “Is it possible to have an old friend when you are nine years old?

The Washington Post celebrates Herman Melville, the poet.

The Washington Post features Ella Risbridger, Midnight Chicken: & Other Recipes Worth Living For (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

NPR highlights comics arts and high art.

Margaret Renkl, Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss (Milkweed Editions), pens an opinion column for the NYT, entitled “Parnassus Books Cares About Us. Does Amazon?

The Waukegan Public Library, Illinois, unveils a statue to celebrate Ray Bradbury. Tor.com reports.

Authors on Air

A new, special look at Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker is out. Esquire takes a deep dive. Wired looks at what comes after the film.

Levar Burton Reads N.K. Jemisin.

Deadline Hollywood reports additions to the cast of News of the World, already starring Tom Hanks. Also the “stellar” weekend of Lucasfilms. Daniel Schulman’s Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty is set for TV . Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home by Mikael Lindnord is headed to the movies, with Mark Wahlberg to star.

Dickinson gets a trailer.

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