Prince Leads Forthcoming Book News, Apr. 23, 2019 | Book Pulse

Prince's memoir will publish this October. Henry Winkler gets a new series. Ian McEwan and Melinda Gates get buzz. It is no shock, but Avengers: Endgame is already selling multi-millions in presales in advance of this Friday's big debut and movie theaters plan round-the-clock showings.

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Forthcoming Book News

Prince's memoir will publish this October, The Beautiful Ones (Spiegel & Grau: Random House). Entertainment Weekly has the story.

Henry Winkler just landed a new 3-book deal, about an "an alien who somehow lands in Hollywood and becomes a teen sensation." The first book, Alien Superstar (Book #1) (Amulet: Abrams), arrives Oct. 1. USA Today reports.

Dan Abrams along with the Law & Crime Network and S. & S. announce a new true crime and legal book series. Law & Crime has details.

LJ posts Prepub Alert for November.


The NYT reviews Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: Random House): "Because it’s a McEwan novel, however, and because it falls somewhere toward the middle of his oeuvre in terms of quality, it’s tempting to say about it: Meh. He has set expectations high, this man." Also, Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen (Random House): "Unneeded, she must make herself wanted. Her quest to do so is often amusing and sometimes poignant." The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality by Nancy Isenberg, Andrew Burstein (Viking: Penguin): "[a] detailed “interdependent portrait'.” Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells by Pico Iyer (Knopf): "There’s much wisdom in what he says, though some of it comes close to platitude. But then, perhaps it’s the nature of hard-earned wisdom to sound like something we’ve heard many times before." The Last Job: "The Bad Grandpas" and the Hatton Garden Heist by Dan Bilefsky (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review): "a brisk, enthusiastic storyteller." The Heartland: An American History by Kristin L. Hoganson (Penguin): "Hoganson’s purpose is to undermine the myth from within." The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities, 1894–1924 by Benny Morris, Dror Ze'evi (Harvard): "The reader is left wondering what the authors ultimately feel about the treatment of civilians in situations of total war."

The Washington Post reviews Roar by Cecelia Ahern (Grand Central: Hachette): "funny, wise and weighty — in a very good way."

USA Today I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney (Flatiron: Macmillan), giving it 1.5 stars and writing "The ending isn’t a just twist, it's a triple axel Feeney fails to stick. Instead of shouting “A-ha!” when the strange strands of plot are knitted together, the reader is more likely to say 'Whaaa?' and then maybe 'Ew.'."

NPR reviews Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: Random House): "a thought-provoking, well-oiled literary machine."

Slate reviews the Mueller Report "Part spy thriller, part Game of Thrones with footnotes."

Briefly Noted

The NYT features three books that "Explore Sri Lanka's Past (Violent and Otherwise)."

O magazine excerpts What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence edited by Michele Filgate (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

The Verge features Tiamat's Wrath by James S. A. Corey (Orbit: Hachette).

Paste spotlights The House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide by Julián Herbert (Graywolf Press: Macmillan).

The British Science Fiction Association awards (BSFA) are announced. has a list of winners and the finalists.

Lambda Literary will present Alexander Chee, Masha Gessen, and Barbara Smith with special honors at the Annual Lambda Literary Awards.

The Broadway musical The Prom is getting adapted into a YA novel. Entertainment Weekly has details.

USA Today interviews Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (Flatiron Books). Time has an interview as well.

The Guardian interviews Savannah Knoop, aka JT LeRoy, as the film based on the literary hoax debuts.

The NYT gathers poetry books.

The NYT has an opinion piece on reading to kids, "For Refugee Children, Reading Helps Heal Trauma."

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly writes about the new Netflix documentary, Brené Brown: The Call to Courage.

The Hollywood Reporter has reactions to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, which opens nationwide this Friday. The site also reports that some theatres will air the film round-the-clock.

PBS NewsHour interviews Farah Pandith, How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat (Custom House: Harper).

Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (Flatiron Books), will be on The View today.

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