Horror and Nonfiction Shortlists, Feb. 26, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Bram Stoker and Lukas Prize announce their shortlists. Books by Octavia E. Butler are getting re-issued. The New York Review of Books names new editors.

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The Bram Stoker final ballot is announced.

The Lukas Prize Project Awards shortlist is out.


NPR reviews American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House): "an excitingly sharp debut." Also, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): "exposing the past, layer by layer, like the slow peel of a rotten onion." The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (Orbit: Hachette): "examines details of power, politics, and the nature of a divinity that can shape our ends, rough-hew them how we will." Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation by Steve Luxenberg (W.W. Norton): "an eye-opening journey through some the darkest passages and haunting corridors of American history."

The NYT reviews Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, translated by Leri Price (FSG: Macmillan): "masterly." Also, The White Book by Han Kang (Hogarth: Random House): "formally daring, emotionally devastating and deeply political." Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll (West Virginia Univ. Press): "For every essay ... that’s provocative, another is unreadable. The academic language in some of these pieces ... makes it seem as if their authors were walking around on stilts."

USA Today gives Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II by Adam Makos (Ballantine: Random House) a perfect four stars and writes it is "a detailed, gripping account."

The Washington Post reviews The Trouble with Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power by David Shields (Mad Creek Books: Ohio State Univ.): "By book’s end, we realize that Shields himself is a collage, coming to us in bits and pieces, slipping in and out of the words of others, offering up questions but few answers, forcing us to read between the lines."

  Briefly Noted

USA Today lists its books of the week.

The Washington Post picks "10 books to read in March."

LJ runs its Winter/Spring Debut picks.

The NYT suggests Mexican cinema books to read if you love Roma.

Entertainment Weekly features Octavia E. Butler and two re-issues of her Parable books set to publish this year. The first is Parable of the Sower (Grand Central: Hachette) with a new forward by N.K. Jemisin, which EW excerpts.

Paste offers covers and excerpts of Cursed by Frank Miller, illustrated by Tom Wheeler (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and also of Sarah Pinsker's A Song for a New Day (Berkley: Penguin).

The Guardian interviews Sadie Jones, The Snakes (Harper).

Nylon writes about "Why Poetry Thrives In Times of Conflict."

The New York Review of Books names new editors. The NYT reports that Emily Greenhouse and Gabriel Winslow-Yost will be co-editors and Daniel Mendelsohn will step into the newly created position of editor at large.

NPR marks Read Across America with a look at Theodor Geisel, the debate about problematic books, the staying power of classics.

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour feautres Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin's: Macmillan).

A full trailer is out for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

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Neal Wyatt


Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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