Game of Thrones Breaks Emmy Nomination Records, Jul. 17, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Emmy nominations are out. Game of Thrones takes the crown. Colson Whitehead continues to get focused attention and praise. A variety of booklists suggest midsummer reading, from moon books to thrillers featuring children in peril.

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The Emmys

The Emmy nominations are out. HBO’s Game of Thrones breaks records; Variety has details.

Killing Eve, A Very English Scandal, Sharp Objects, The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange Is the New Black, and Fosse/Verdon are among the other book-based works that garnered nominations. Some big names, such as Big Little Lies, did not get nominated due to timing (they premiered after the cut-off date).

Entertainment Weekly provides the full list of nominees.

The NYT weighs in on the nominations (here as well).

The Washington Post picks “The 7 most pleasant surprises of the Emmy nominations.”

Entertainment Weekly gathers the “biggest snubs and surprises.”

The Hollywood Reporter counts “The Good, the Bad and the Just Weird.”


NPR reviews The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House): “It's a great American novel.”

The NYT reviews Turbulence by David Szalay (Scribner: S. & S.): “These melancholy flights have a lot to say about human impermanence.” Also, If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin): “Ultimately, sentimentality hinders Marais’s ability to really know post-apartheid South Africa.”

The Washington Post reviews Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction by Chuck Klosterman (Penguin): “While these stories are often absurd, they are nevertheless clearly intended as comments on where we are and where we’re headed.” Also, The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead Books: Penguin): “a surprisingly hopeful novel. There’s a sweetness to its resolution, a satisfying possibility that no matter what monsters we parents are at times, we can still graduate to something better.”

Briefly Noted

The Washington Post features George Takei, They Called Us Enemy (Top Shelf Productions: Random House). LJ has a feature on Takei’s appearance at ALA.

The buzz continues for Colson Whitehead. Entertainment Weekly calls him “an author who can do it all” and offers “a Colson Whitehead novel for everyone.” Book Marks suggests “The Essential Colson Whitehead: A reading list for America's most versatile storyteller.” Vanity Fair has an interview. PBS News Hour does as well.

Entertainment Weekly explores the hit phenomenon of The Adventure Zone. Also, EW writes about Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Yee, Michael Dante DiMartino (Amulet Books: Abrams), the YA novel that builds on the Avatar universe.

Fox and Friends features Shaquem Griffin and Shaquill Griffin, Inseparable: How Family and Sacrifice Forged a Path to the NFL (Thomas Nelson: Harper).

USA Today gathers “7 new out-of-this-world moon books to celebrate Apollo 11 anniversary.”

The NYT “The Shortlist” chooses “Three summer thrillers [featuring] children in peril.”

The Verge suggests “15 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in late July.”

Book Riot selects "50+ Must-Read Portal Fantasy Books.”

Lit Hub has Kevin Alexander, Burn the Ice: The American Culinary Revolution and Its End (Penguin) pick “the Funny, Unflinching, Cooking Memoirs You Need to Read.”

Book Riot offers another of its “Reading Pathways.” This time Bell Hooks shines.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Daniel Silva, The New Girl (Harper).

Reading Women interviews Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer (Doubleday: Random House).

In forthcoming book news, Deadline Hollywood reports that IDW Publishing is adapting Stephen and Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties into “a 10-part comic book epic.” Paste features a new cookbook, Mixtape Potluck Cookbook: A Dinner Party for Friends, Their Recipes, and the Songs They Inspire by Questlove (Abrams Image).

Entertainment Weekly has a preview of Jonathan Hickman’s “'multiyear plan' to reinvent Marvel's X-Men comics.”

Chia-Chia Lin, The Unpassing (FSG: Macmillan), writes about “impersonating the ultra-rich in China” for The New Yorker.

The Atlantic has a profile story on Matthew Cox, “The Con Man Who Became a True-Crime Writer.”

Book Marks features Sarah Neilson in its next installment of “Secrets of the Book Critics.”

The Guardian asks “What does Boris Johnson’s terrible novel Seventy-Two Virgins tell us about him?

John Paul Stevens, retired Supreme Court Justice and author, has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Andrea Camilleri has died. He is the author of the Inspector Montalbano Novels. The Guardian has an obituary. The NYT does as well.

Writer, publisher, and literary figure Steve Cannon has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

David Nicholls’s Us is getting adapted by the BBC. Deadline Hollywood reports.

Senator Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Penguin) will be on with Jimmy Kimmel tonight.

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