Nominees for This is Horror Awards and Seiun Awards Are Announced | Book Pulse

Nominees for the reader-selected 2020 This Is Horror Awards and 2021 Seiun Awards  (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards) are announced. Danielle Evans has won the 5th annual Joyce Carol Oates Prize. The Royal Society of Literature releases the Ondaatje Prize Shortlist. Stacey Abrams talks about her forthcoming novel, While Justice Sleeps. Alison Bechdel's The Secret to Superhuman Strength arrives next week and Rachel Cusk gets reviewed. Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri continues to get coverage. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir will premiere on May 3 as part of PBS American Masters series. Plus, Oscars TV ratings hit record-low.


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Awards & News

The nominees for the reader-selected 2020 This Is Horror Awards are announced including ‘Novel of the Year’:

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: Random House)

The Invention of Sound by Chuck Palahniuk (Grand Central)

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Gallery/Saga: S. & S.; LJ starred review)

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books: Random House)

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (Berkley: Penguin)

Danielle Evans has won the 5th annual Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Read the press release here.

The Royal Society of Literature releases the Ondaatje Prize Shortlist: "The annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place."

The 2021 Seiun Awards Nominees, "(the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan" are announced. Locus reports. Locus also reveals election results of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) open Board of Directors positions.


The NYT reviews Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age by Amy Klobuchar (Knopf): “The great virtue of Klobuchar’s history is that it takes us back to the formative years of antitrust, when the operating rules governing American capitalism were still very much in flux.” Also, Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct by Abigail Tucker (Gallery; LJ starred review): “that’s what makes her tale ultimately redeemable and encouraging. If you can set down your expectations of reading about scientific breakthroughs and allow yourself to willingly cross the border from exposition into memoir, you might just see that an intriguing subject — the author herself — awaits you.” The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Pr.): a “delightful period piece.” Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf: LJ starred review): “is like a photographer’s contact sheet. As our eyes move across the images, sensitive to each reframing, a loose narrative emerges of an Italian woman at a crossroads in her life." Second Place by Rachel Cusk (Farrar; LJ starred review): “If I could have rubbed a lamp and lightened this book’s lurid intensities, I might have. It is not a novel that gladdens the soul. But gladdening the soul has never been Cusk’s project.”

NPR reviews Stronger: Courage, Hope, and Humor In My Life With John McCain by Cindy McCain (Forum: Penguin Random House): “shares her front row seat to the life and times of the late six-term senator in an account that makes it a worthwhile read.”

The Washington Post reviews Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber (Counterpoint): “One senses throughout this novel that Silber knows something crucial about the secrets of happiness.” 

USA Today reviews Little and Often by Trent Preszler (Morrow), giving it 4 out of 4 stars: “a profound father-and-son odyssey that discovers the importance of the beauty of imperfection and small triumphs that make extraordinary happen.” The paper also reviews Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf: LJ starred review), giving it 3 out of 4 stars: “a read that will stay with you longer than you anticipate given its small size, and may even make you long for a bit more melancholic solitude in your life.”  

Briefly Noted

The Wall Street Journal has an interview with Stacey Abrams about her forthcoming bookWhile Justice Sleeps (Doubleday), and why "publishers passed twice." 

People has features on the memoirs and marriages of Senator Mazie K Hirono, Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story (Viking; LJ starred review), and Cindy McCain, Stronger: Courage, Hope, and Humor In My Life With John McCain (Forum: Penguin Random House).

The Guardian has an interview with James Patterson on writing, philanthropy, and his friendship with Bill Clinton. Also, a piece on the art of Honaku, the Japanese whodunnit. Plus, a spotlight on Alison Bechdel’s forthcoming The Secret to Superhuman Strength (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Flynn Berry, author of Northern Spy (Viking). 

Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds (Norton; LJ starred review) talks with LitHub about the “Literary Community and Intergenerational Narratives.”

Meg Gardiner dissects the “essential elements of great thrillers” for CrimeReads. Plus, “The greatest getaway drivers in contemporary crime fiction.”

The Atlantic considers “If the author is a bad person, should that change the way we read Philip Roth: The Biography?” Also, Books Briefing examines “The New Literature of Burnout.” has 5 books about the magic of creativity.

Vulture has “11 Fantasy Novels to Read After Bingeing Shadow and Bone.”

LitHub has “12 books to get your hands on right now.”

Bustle has the “best new books out this week.”

“Helen Weaver, Chronicler of an Affair With Kerouac, Dies at 89.” The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with Michael Moss, Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions (Random House), about how "Food Companies Get Us 'Hooked' On Junk.”

The Hollywood Reporter considers the fate of John Walker in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Bustle previews Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir, which “premieres on May 3 as part of PBS ‘American Masters’ series.” Plus, a look at the GOT prequel “All About House Targaryen.”

Variety reports record low TV ratings for the Oscars, “down 58% compared to last year.”

Harrison Ford recounts scathing studio notes for Blade Runner at the Oscars, thrilling fans. The Hollywood Reporter has the story and clip.The beloved 1982 film was based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Bridgerton and The Mandalorian will vye for the BAFTA’s 'Must See Moment', Deadline reports. Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat is also in the running.

Senator Amy Klobuchar Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age (Knopf) will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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