2021 Hugo Awards Finalists Announced | Book Pulse

The 2021 Hugo Award Finalists are announced including Best Novel. Rep. John Lewis’ Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation will be released on July 13, almost a year after his death while Richard Wright's The Man Who Lived Underground, will finally come out in its original form on April 20th.  J.K. Rowling will release a new children’s book, The Christmas Pig in October. Natalie Portman will headline HBO's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's The Days of Abandonment and The Triumph of Nancy Reagan by Karen Tumulty continues to get attention. Plus, Bridgerton is renewed for two more seasons.  

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Awards

The 2021 Hugo Award Finalists are announced including for Best Novel:

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury USA: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The City We Became by N.K Jemisin (Orbit: Hachette)

The Relentless Moon: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor: Macmillan)

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga: S. & S.)

Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel by Martha Wells (Tor.com: Macmillan)

Tordotcom has a full list of finalists. View a video of the announcement.

Eloghosa Osunde wins the 2021 Plimpton Prize for Fiction. LitHub has a report.

The Christopher Award winners are announced.  

Reviews

The NYT reviews Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction by Michelle Nijhuis (Norton; LJ Starred Review): “Nijhuis is an engaging storyteller as well as a self-described ‘lapsed biologist,’ weaving this history with firsthand accounts of those on the front lines of species preservation today.”  Also, Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalola (William Morrow): “Babalola’s writing shines whether she’s writing parry-riposte banter or fresh, evocative interiority; each story will likely find readers who choose it as their personal favorite in the book.” Plus, The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest by Mark Synnott (Dutton; LJ Starred Review): “Synnott knows how to keep readers turning the pages, and they will speed their way to his mystery’s resolution. But any Everest story today has an unavoidable dark side.”

NPR reviews The Souvenir Museum: Stories by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco: Harper): “McCracken, herself, is a hard-working performer, an acrobat who dazzles with her verbal flexibility and lands the end of each tightly composed story with incredible skill — and feeling.”

The Washington Post reviews Agatha Christie’s Poirot by Mark Aldridge (Harper Collins): “exhaustively and entertainingly surveys the book, stage, radio, magazine and film appearances of that fussy little Belgian, known for his impressive mustaches and his even more impressive ‘little grey cells.’” Also, The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense by Edward White (Norton; LJ Starred Review): “White illustrates how disparate facets of the director’s personality fit together — thus the ‘anatomy’ of the book’s subtitle.”

Vox has a review of Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian (Penguin Press): “You feel for the characters and the ways they have been warped by their pursuit of greatness and the ways they are haunted by their sins — but also, there are heists and alchemy. It’s a blast.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (Knopf): “In writing a memoir that will ultimately thrill Japanese Breakfast fans and provide comfort to those in the throes of loss while brilliantly detailing the colorful panorama of Korean culture, traditions and — yes — food, Michelle Zauner has accomplished the unthinkable: a book that caters to all appetites and doesn’t skimp on the kimchi.” Also, Going to Trinidad: A Doctor, a Colorado Town, and Stories from an Unlikely Gender Crossroads by Martin J. Smith (Bower House): “While this book is an important contribution to gender and medical history, it regretfully sows doubt about a surgery that data shows saves lives, at a time when those lives continue to be threatened.”

USA Today reviews One Got Away by Lelchuk, S.A.( Flatiron: Macmillan) giving it 31/2 out of 4 stars: “the author does a great job at making seemingly random events come together in a way that does not feel last-minute or hastily put together. He's left breadcrumbs along the way, and when you look back you wonder why you did not see them all long.”

The LA Times reviews Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday): “a compelling chronicle of the lengths to which the rich will go to avoid accountability and the sterling-resuméd lawyers and spin doctors eager to help.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT has a piece and and interview with Julia Wright on Richard Wright's The Man Who Lived Underground, which Library of America will release in its original form on Tuesday.

USA Today reports that Rep. John Lewis’ Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation will be released by Grand Central Publishing on July 13, almost a year after his death at age 80.

J.K. Rowling will release a new children’s book, ‘The Christmas Pig,’ in OctoberUSA Today has that news as well.

People profiles the new biography, The Triumph of Nancy Reagan by Karen Tumulty (S. & S).

Entertainment Weekly writes that Robert Kirkman, writer of the comic The Walking Dead, will revive Rick Grimes for new comic Skybound X.

Time considers “How Celebrity Memoirs Got So Good.”

Bustle has “51 Debut Books To Look Forward To This Spring & Summer.”

Publishers Weekly has a list of the 10 Creepiest Gothic Novels.

Mental Floss takes a look at Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers by Lauren Burke, Hannah K. Chapman, and Kaley Bales (Chronicle Books) and includes an excerpt.

A.E. Osworth, We Are Watching Eliza Bright (Grand Central) writes about their book, the internet, and suspense in the age of digital surveillance for CrimeReads.

Entertainment Weekly has a cover reveal of the upcoming thriller State of Terror by Hillary Clinton & Louise Penny (S. & S.).

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air reviews The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton (37 Ink: Atria; LJ Starred Review): “It's the kind of overwhelming novel that, like a polyphonic double album back in the day, readers might want to experience more than once to let all the notes sink in.”

The PBS Newshour interviews Karen Tumulty, The Triumph of Nancy Reagan (S. & S) about the former first lady’s life and influence.

Natalie Portman will headline the HBO Film Days of Abandonment, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante, Variety reports.

Shadow and Act reports that Netflix has renewed Bridgerton, based on the series by Julia Quinn, for seasons three and four.

Amazon interviews Fredrik Backman on the HBO adaptation of Beartown.

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