International Booker Prize 2021 Shortlist Announced | Book Pulse

The International Booker Prize 2021 shortlist, 2021 Stella Award, and 2021 Ignyte Awards Finalists are announced. Vanity Fair provides an excerpt for Stacey Abrams’s new novel, While Justice Sleeps. Justice League Infinity will be digitally released and Spider-Man will air on Disney+. New release dates are announced for Michaela Coel’s Misfits: A Personal Manifesto in September and Ai Weiwei’s 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows on Nov 2, 2021. Drew Barrymore announces her first cookbook, Rebel Homemaker. HBO Max finds great success in film adaptations of comics and associated titles. New X-Men comics at Marvel. NPR’s Fresh Air features Sacha Naspini’s novel Nives.

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International Booker Prize 2021 shortlist announced

2021 Ignyte Awards Finalists announced.

2021 Stella Prize longlist announced.

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April 23:

Romeo & Juliet, based on the play by William Shakespeare with associated titles. PBS. No reviews | Trailer

Shadow and Bone, based on the books by Leigh Bardugo. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

April 26:

Bäckström, based on the book series by Leif G.W. Persson. Acorn TV. Reviews | Trailer

April 27:

Here Are the Young Men, based on the book by Rob Doyle. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Justice Society: World War II, based on associated titles. VOD. No reviews | Trailer

April 28:

The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the book by Margaret Atwood. Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

April 29:

The Bad Seed, based on The Night Book and Soon by Charlotte Grimshaw. Sundance Now. No reviews | Trailer

Things Heard and Seen, based on the book All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Yasuke, with associated titles. Netflix. Reviews| Trailer


NPR reviews Jonny Sun’s Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations (Harper Perennial; LJ starred review): “There's something in the way Jonny Sun tells stories that makes you feel like he can see right through you. No matter the medium, he speaks directly to readers, inviting us to intimate conversations on loneliness, belonging and burnout.”

NYT reviews Kate Masur's Until Justice Be Done (W.W. Norton): "Masur’s book illuminates just how much was at stake in the fight over Black citizenship. Because of the “privileges and immunities” clause, citizenship was the key to asserting rights of contract, the right to sue and be sued, and basic freedom of movement." Also, Karen Tumulty's The Triumph of Nancy Reagan (S. & S): "More important, Tumulty chronicles in convincing detail just how the first lady’s interventions in White House staffing, her dreaded phone calls to advisers and her presidential pillow talk shaped the administration, if not necessarily its policies." More reviews have been posted.

Locus Magazine reviews Katherine Coldiron’s The Memory Collectors (Atria: S. & S.): “For those who want to invest in a novel more concerned with character and relationships than action, The Memory Collectors is a lovely, memorable choice.” reviews Terminal Boredom: Stories by Izumi Suzuki (Verso): “Suzuki’s prose reached through time and snatched the breath out of me—rolled me under the crush of nakedly real depictions of human failure to connect, of awfully prescient future imaginaries, and of the cold calm knife of boredom juxtaposed against a frantic desire to begin life again. The speculative frameworks are integral scaffolding for Suzuki’s frank explorations of longing, attachment, addiction, and social control.” Also, Marina Lostetter’s The Helm of Midnight (Tor: Macmillan): “Rich with lore and worldbuilding, Lotstetter lets her epic fantasy flag fly in this engrossing, engaging, and dark story of sisters, trauma, magic, and murder.”

Electric Lit provide a review and excerpt of Terminal Boredom: Stories by Izumi Suzuki (Verso): “Its themes feel of-the-moment despite being written over thirty years ago, and yet they are also surreal—the imagined artificialities of the 1980s written as futuristic now mirror our mundane, modern technology.”

LA Times reviews Blaine Harden’s book Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review): “Harden conveys in witty prose the consequences of Spalding’s story coming apart: a reckoning at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., leading to the removal of a Marcus Whitman statue from campus and, more recently, from Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.”

LitHub with "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Vanity Fair provides an excerpt for Stacey Abrams’ new novel, While Justice Sleeps (Doubleday). Also, gives a guide to the Shadow and Bone Netflix adaptation, based on the novels by Leigh Bardugo.

Vogue shares an excerpt from Dana Spiotta’s new novelWayward (Knopf). 

NYT publishes a multi-part series on "When Blackness Is a Superpower," featuring superheroes recreated by Black authors, including a feature on "A Black Superman? It's Happened, and Could Again."

New York Comic Con 2021 will have limited attendance for in-person events, set for Oct. 7-10The Wrap reports.

Justice League Infinity will be the first digitally released comic of associated titles with classic characters, coming this summer. Entertainment Weekly reports. Spider-Man and associated titles to air on Disney+. Good Morning America reveals.

HBO Max finds great success in film adaptations of comics and associated titles. Variety reports.Gizmodo covers new X-Men comics at Marvel. Entertainment Weekly features Black female superheroes including mention of Whoopi Goldberg’s upcoming project.

Popsugar announces that Michaela Coel’s new book, Misfits: A Personal Manifesto (Henry Holt and Co.: Macmillan) will come out in September. Bustle also covers this release.

Ai Weiwei’s memoir, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows (Crown: Random House) to be released Nov 2, 2021.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Bess Kalb, author of Nobody Will Tell You This But Me (Knopf: Random House) about her favorite pop culture picks. CrimeReads interviews Wallace Stroby, author of Heaven’s a Lie (Muholland: Hachette) about his new main character and the atmosphere of the Jersey Shore during the winter.

People features Julianna Margulies, author of Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life (Ballantine) on her early life and her parents' influence on her marriage. Also, Drew Barrymore announces her first cookbook, Rebel Homemaker (Dutton: Penguin).

Shondaland speaks with Gabriela Garcia about her first novel, Of Women and Salt (Flatiron) and how she drew inspiration for her writing practice from her life experiences.

Electric Lit interviews Michelle Zauner, author of Crying in H Mart (Knopf) on the importance of culinary influences in relationships and identity. Also, The Atlantic speaks with Zauner.

Bitchmedia covers Emily J.H. Contois’s book Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture (Univ. of North Carolina) on how food coverage differs across gender boundaries.

LitHub celebrates the 100th episode of The Maris Review with recommended reads from authors Alexander Chee of The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Morgan Parker of Magical Negro (Tin House Books: W. W. Norton), and Emma Straub of The Vacationers (Riverhead: Penguin). Also, a write up on a recent Jane Austen controversy about drinking tea.

The Point posts a feature about the novels of Magda Szadó helping readers deal with the current pandemic.

Jezebel raises concerns regarding book deals for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and Attorney General William Barr. Additionally, The Root reports on allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo misappropriating funds for his coronavirus pandemic book

The San Francisco Chronicle highlights “Book lovers excited to head back to the library stacks as pandemic eases.” Also, an interview with Heidi Kühn on her book Breaking Ground (Earth Aware: S. & S.) about her anti-land mine activism.

Elle’s Shelf Life features author and social critic Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of Thick (The New Press: Ingram).

ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination has a free climate change anthology available for download. reports.

NYPL highlights books about the AAPI experience, picks from the International Booker Prize Shortlist, and “15 books about Genetics for National DNA Day.”

Bustle lists “6 Books About Defunding The Police That Will Inspire You To Take Action” and “8 Must-Read New Books Out This Week.”

Popsugar with “15 Underrated Beach Reads For Every Summer Mood.” shares “Ten Eco-Fiction Novels Worth Celebrating.”

LitHub provides “10 books that make the Earth come alive" and "10 Women Poets Who Inspired Me To Become a Writer."

Book Riot gives “6 Books to Read After Watching My Octopus Teacher,” about a South African kelp forest. Also, “The Best of the Best Cinderella Retellings.”

NPR makes suggestions on ways to celebrate Earth Day with book suggestions and more.

CrimeReads lists “The Best New Books in Paperback This April.”

NYT publishes "11 New Books We Recommend This Week."

Author, radio and television producer Lyn Macdonald, dies at 91. The Washington Post reports.

Through a press release, Penguin Random House announces promotions and additions to their library marketing team.

Authors on Air

LitHub introduces Open Form, a new film podcast hosted by Mychal Denzel Smith first featuring author Brit Bennett talking about the film Undercover Brother.

LeVar Burton speaks with NPR about guest hosting ‘Jeopardy!’.

NPR’s Fresh Air features Sacha Naspini’s novel Nives (Europa: Ingram), about a widow living on a Tuscan farm, which has recently been translated from Italian to English.

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