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The 2021 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award Longlist is announced. Poet Judith Farr, scholar of Emily Dickinson, dies at 85. HarperCollins secures a huge deal to release unpublished works from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s archives. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda Kloots with Anna Kloots, and In the Heights: Finding Home by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter top the best sellers lists. Interviews are out with Rajiv Mohabir of Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir, Kelsey McKinney of God Spare the Girls, and Jenny Lawson of Broken (in the Best Possible Way). Adaptations are underway for Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground, Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret books, and The Strange Planet.

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The 2021 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award Longlist is announced.

Margaret Macmillan wins the 2021 Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

HarperCollins due to release unpublished works from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s archives starting in January 2022Publishers Weekly reports.

Poet Judith Farr, scholar of Emily Dickinson, dies at 85. The Washington Post reports.

New Title Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books

Fiction

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (Celadon) rises to No. 2 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Million Dollar Demon by Kim Harrison forks No. 11 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (Little, Brown) rises to No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Nonfiction

Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda Kloots with Anna Kloots (HarperCollins) debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 17 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

In the Heights: Finding Home by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter climbs to No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush's Post-Presidency by Jean Beckerand (Twelve) gains recognition at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

NYT reviews Wayward by Dana Spiotta (Knopf: Random House): “So much contemporary fiction swims about in its own theories; what a pleasure to encounter not just ideas about the thing, but the thing itself — descriptions that irradiate the pleasure centers of the brain, a protagonist so densely, exuberantly imagined, she feels like a visitation.”

The Washington Post reviews The Blind Accordionist by C.D. Rose (Melville House): “In his new book, “The Blind Accordionist,” Rose assumes the duties of an editor, compiling what will doubtless be the standard collection of Guyavitch’s short fiction.” Also, An Atlas of Extinct Countries by Gideon Defoe (Europa Compass: Ingram): “Defoe, who works in film and animation, here writes a revved-up prose a bit like Hunter S. Thompson’s, but more jokey and with an English accent; it took me a while to get used to his sass, but I came to enjoy it immensely.”

The Los Angeles Times reviews Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead): “The story showcases what I find most remarkable about “Filthy Animals”: Each of Taylor’s pieces is emotionally rich but also physically grounded. His writing is fine without being enigmatic.”

Tor.com reviews Defekt by Nino Cipri (Tor.com): “Most of all, though, Defekt is a story about the loneliness and isolation that comes from seeing the world differently and the exhilaration of being accepted by a community, a family, who see you for who you are.”

Book Marks has "5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week."

Briefly Noted

Rajiv Mohabir, Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir (Restless Books), speaks with author Mathangi Subramanian about “growing up Indo-Caribbean and queer” for Bomb magazine.

Kelsey McKinney, God Spare the Girls (William Morrow: HarperCollins), writes a piece for LitHub about “How Writing a Novel About the Evangelical Church Helped Me Grieve the Loss of my My Religion.”

Jenny Lawson, Broken (in the Best Possible Way) (Macmillan Audio; LJ starred review), has a conversation with John Scalzi about the importance of mental health, dealing with writer’s block, and “her unofficial role as den mother of misfits.”

Cartoonist Charles Johnson speaks with LitHub about the important lessons he learned about black humor

Lisa Taddeo, Animal (Avid Reader: S. & S), talks about "the depravity of human nature" with Esquire.

Michelle Gallen, author of Big Girl, Small Town (Algonquin: Workman), writes about receiving an autism diagnosis as an adultLit Hub has more.

NYT features How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith (Little, Brown) and recommends listening to the audiobook

People profiles two upcoming books about the Trump administration’s response to COVID and the death of George Floyd, Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History by Yasmeen Adutaleb and Damian Paletta (HarperCollins) and Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael C. Bender (Twelve: Hachette), due out August 10.

LitHub has an exploration of “How Gaslighting in Fiction Can Reflect the Realities of Psychological Abuse” by looking at The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams (Doubleday: Random House) and Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead: Penguin).

USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page, who wrote about Barbarba Bush and Nancy Pelosi is writing a book about Barbara WaltersElijah Kinch Spector has a debut novel on the way, Kalyna the Soothsayer (Erewhon: Workman). Tor.com has the news.

Susan Minot, Why I Don’t Write (Vintage: Random House) fills out the Book Marks questionnaire.

Tor.com has an excerpt from Ryan Van Loan’s The Justice in Revenge (Tor.com) and also, the first two chapters from Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Certain Dark Things (Tor Nightfire: Macmillan). Rachel Kushner, The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020 (Scribner) reads from her book.

CrimeReads has “10 Thrillers That Revolve Around Grief” and “6 Debut Novels You Should Read This Month.”

Tor.com provides “Crack the Case With 5 SFF Detectives.”

Authors on Air

Melissa Scholes Young reads from her book The Hive (Keylight: Ingram) for the Literary Salon podcast.

Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground (Library of America) will be adapted by Kenya Barris for Paramount. The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive.

Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret books will be adapted for an English-language series. Deadline has more information. Also, the Strange Planet (Morrow Gift: HarperCollins) comic will be adapted by creator Nathan Pyle and Dan Harmon for Apple TV+.

George Packer, Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal (Farrar) features on the Keen On podcast.

Jessica Knoll, author of Luckiest Girl Alive (S. & S.), speaks about the film adaptation of her book and her choice to not be present for a scene including a sexual assault

Kristen Arnett, With Teeth (Riverhead) talks to the Reading Women podcast about how lonely she found herself as a queer parent, living in a red state.


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