Fiction Guides, Feb. 19, 2019 | Book Pulse

Cosmic horror and global literature lead the day. Ann Petry joins the ranks of Library of America authors. W.E.B. Griffin has died.

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Fiction Guides

Book Riot has a guide to cosmic horror.

LJ highlights the new interest in global literature.


The NYT reviews Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation by Steve Luxenberg (W.W. Norton): "Segregation is not one story but many. Luxenberg has written his with energy, elegance and a heart aching for a world without it." Also, Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman (HMH): "a caper novel, light as a feather and effortlessly charming ... inspires a very specific kind of modern joy."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Leading Men by Christopher Castellani (Viking: Penguin), giving it a B and writing "Castellani has a lot on his mind, and generously employs the craft necessary to convey it." Also, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Knopf), giving it an A- and writing "Luiselli isn’t just giving us a story, she’s showing us new ways to see."

Briefly Noted

The Guardian reports on the UK's Carnegie Medal for children's literature; the longlist is out. The longlist is also out for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Ann Petry joins the ranks of Library of America authors.

Paste picks the 10 best YA books of February.

The NYT features Nigella Lawson.

USA Today interviews Lisa Damour, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls (Ballantine: Random House).

The Guardian interviews Roger McNamee, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe (Penguin).

Electric Lit interviews Nishta J. Mehra, Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion (Picador: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Nylon interviews Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman, The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly has a cover reveal for Daniel Kraus's Blood Sugar (Hard Case Crime).

W.E.B. Griffin has died. The master of fast-paced military fiction was 89. USA Today has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The North Water by Ian McGuire is headed to the small screen, via the BBC and starring Colin Farrell. The lives of Joan and Jackie Collins are set for a TV series. Anais Nin’s erotic short stories are headed to the small screen. Netflix has cancelled The Punisher and Jessica Jones. Ben Oliver’s forthcoming The Loop has been optioned for a TV series. Deadline Hollywood has all the details.

The Hollywood Reporter breaks the news that The Book of M by Peng Shepherd is headed for TV.

Andrew McCabe, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump (St. Martin's: Macmillan), continues his media blitz with an interview with Stephen Colbert tonight. He will be on The View today.

The Guardian features Leïla Slimani and Kristen Roupenian on its Books podcast.

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