Hugo Finalists and Game of Thrones, Apr. 3, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Hugo Award finalists have been announced, as has the Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist. Much SFF news breaks, including more looks at Game of Thrones, season 8. The Mouse Guard film casts up.

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SFF News Leads the Day







The Hugo Award finalists have been announced. LJ offers deeper coverage.

Game of Thrones gets three new teasers: Together, Survival, and Aftermath.

Avengers: Endgame has a special look.

BookMarks has "5 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Read in April."


The NYT reviews Women Talking by Miriam Toews (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "The ethical questions the women quarrel over feel strikingly contemporary: What are the differences between punishment and justice? How do we define rehabilitation; how do we enforce accountability? (To see these questions explored with such complexity and curiosity, with such open grief and that rogue Toews humor, makes me long for more novels reckoning with #MeToo and fewer op-eds.)." Also, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck by Ann Beattie (Viking: Penguin): "Ultimately this is a novel in which nothing seems to matter much. It’s so discursive and shapeless that I found it impossible to glean what story Beattie was trying to tell and why a reader should care." The Tradition by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press; LJ starred review): "even in their most searing moments, these poems are resilient out of necessity, faithful to their account of survival, when survival is the hardest task of all." The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation by Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly Press): "Bowden is very good at showing how both sides in this protracted interrogation are lying.“ Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone by Brian Switek (Riverhead Books: Penguin): "Switek is an affable guide, and affability is required when the depth and breadth of his subject is so vast, when many characters are fossils or skeletons and most field trips are to yet another museum." The paper has a dual review of books that "accentuate the positive" and one on books about the Chernobyl disaster. Lastly, "The Shortlist" features "Three Books [that] Examine Our Changing Earth."

The Washington Post reviews Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)  by Lorna Landvik (Univ. of Minnesota; LJ starred review): "has substance and purpose ... a truly fun read." Also in the paper, Mark Bowden has a feature story on the topics he writes about in The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation (Atlantic Monthly Press).

Briefly Noted

Paste picks "The 19 Most Anticipated Audiobooks of Spring 2019."

BuzzFeed selects "29 YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring."

LitHub suggests "19 Books You Should Read This April."

The Millions gathers April poetry collections.

LJ has new Prepub Alert titles.

The Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist is out.

Entertainment Weekly considers the book jacket art for Pet Sematary.

LitHub looks at book jackets that did not make the cut.

The NYT showcases cookbook authors Matt and Ted Lee, Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

The Washington Post features Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions by Roz Chast and Patricia Marx (Celadon: Macmillan).

HuffPost highlights one of the new Trump books, Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly (Hachette).

Time excerpts Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Penguin). Also, an excerpt of As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Beacon Press) and one of The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home by Heath Hardage Lee (St. Martin's Press: Macmillan).

Shondaland excerpts The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees by Meredith May (Park Row: Harper).

Bitchmedia interviews Erica Feldmann, HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft (HarperOne).

Vanity Fair interviews Jessica Yellin, Savage News (MIRA: Harper).

Time has more on The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty by Susan Page (Twelve: Hachette), here and here.

The Verge reports that Microsoft will stop selling ebooks.

Authors on Air

The Hollywood Reporter has cast news about the long-in-the-making Mouse Guard adaptation. Also, Tulsa Burning by Anna Myers is set for the movies.

NPR interviews Kadir Nelson, the illustrator of The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander (Versify: HMH; SLJ starred review). Also getting an interview, Valerie Jarrett, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward (Viking: Penguin).

NPR considers the adaptation of Native Son.

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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

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