Jillian Christmas wins the 2021 Dayne Ogilvie Prize | Book Pulse

Winners are announced for 2021 awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers, which was awarded to Jillian Christmas for The Gospel of Breaking; plus winners of the 2021 Firecracker Award and the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writers award. Shortlist announced for the Kitschies Award, and longlist announced for the Wainwright Prize. Feature articles from and about authors Wole Soyinka of Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth and Tope Folarin of A Particular Kind of Black Man. David A. Robertson, author of Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory, speaks about why he curated a reading list of books about residential schools. Adaptations in store for Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Jenny Jackson’s Pineapple Street. George R.R. Martin teases that the Game of Thrones book series will end ‘differently’ than the HBO television series.

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Awards & News

Jillian Christmas wins the 2021 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers for The Gospel of Breaking (Arsenal Pulp: Consortium). CBC reports.

The 2021 Firecracker Awards Winners are announced.

The Kitschies Award shortlist is announced.

The 2021 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Winners are announced.

The Wainwright Prize 2021 Longlists are announced.

Author and Auschwitz survivor David Wisnia passes away at 94. NYT has more about his life.

Page to Screen

June 25:

Bosch, based on the books City of Bones, Echo Park, and The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly. Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

The Mysterious Benedict Society, based on the book series by Trenton Lee Stewart. Disney +. No reviews | Trailer

Sex/Life, based on the book 44 Chapters About 4 Men by B. B. Easton. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

June 27:

A Discovery of Witches, based on the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. AMC. No reviews | Trailer

June 29:

A Cinderella Story: Starstuck, based on associated titles. Warner Bros. VOD. No reviews | Trailer

July 1:

Dynasty Warriors, based on the book Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Guanzhong Luo. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidô senshi Gandamu: Senkô no Hasauei), based on the book by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


Chicago Tribune reviews Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories by Nana Nkweti (Graywolf Press): “Anyone who appreciates authentic and original fiction will find something to love here. And that’s a promise.”

The Washington Post reviews Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford (Flatiron: An Oprah Book): “There is a universality in the themes that ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ presents that many readers will recognize and understand, but at its core, this is a story about the complexity and vulnerability in Black women’s lives, told firsthand by a Black woman.” Also, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “Black people owning and using guns has always been a trigger point in the United States. If Blackness is itself already regarded as a weapon or a threat, as Anderson argues, then gun ownership is viewed as a distinct danger to the well-being of White America.” Plus, Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford (Penguin Pr.; LJ starred review): “Notwithstanding the book’s title, the authors—Texans all three—explain in their conclusion that they don’t really want Texans to forget the Alamo, only the ‘whitewashed’ version. It’s a worthy sentiment, if hardly original. And it does bear repeating, since the politicians aren’t paying any more attention to historians than they ever have.” Many more reviews posted this morning.

NYT reviews The Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado (Penguin Pr.): “In these 16 engaging and imaginative stories, Peynado keeps our societal ills squarely in her sights. With her bleak humor, metaphors become literal: A race of desperate and vulnerable aliens crash into Earth looking for a better life, only to be attacked and exploited by the humans who fear them; a generation of young people who leave their island home to settle in the United States sprout actual wings; citizens under an authoritarian leader find their noses and eyes and feet and voices have vanished.” Also, Objects of Desire by Clare Sestanovich (Knopf): “The protagonists of Sestanovich’s smart and accomplished debut collection are, for the most part, women making their way through the uncertain years of early adulthood.” Plus, Shoko’s Smile by Choi Eunyoung, translated by Sung Ryu (Penguin): “Throughout the collection, love and yearning are unspoken and leave long contrails in the lives of the characters, who attempt, by remembering, to say what they left unsaid.”

Locus Magazine reviews Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (MCD: Macmillan): “Fierce, unsettling, moving, entrancing, inci­sive, and, at times, profound, Sorrowland is a must-read masterpiece, but surely far from the last Solomon will achieve.”

Tor.com reviews Questland by Carrie Vaughn (John Joseph Adams/Mariner Bks.): “Questland charmed and ensorcelled me, and while I left the island, I recognized that the book stands alone, a complete and satisfyingly immersive story complete in a volume. That, too, is magic.”

Book Marks has “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

The Millions features Wole Soyinka, author of Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth (Pantheon) who talks about coming out with his first novel in almost 50 years.

Electric Lit features a piece exploring Tope Folarin’s A Particular Kind of Black Man (S. & S.) and the importance of embracing silence and the freedom for Black Americans to not have to speak to be humanized.

Esquire re-publishes “James Baldwin’s Love Letter to Lorraine Hansberry” from a November 1969 issue. 

The Guardian honors the recently deceased author Janet Malcolm.

Tor.com has an excerpt of The Ninth Metal by Benjamin Percy (Houghton Harcourt).

CBC lists “18 Canadian books to read for Pride Month.”

NPR has “Looking For Summer Reading Ideas? Fall in Love With Romance.”

Jezebel provides “8 Best Beach Reads for Lovers of the Literary Novel by God Spare the Girls Author Kelsey McKinney.”

Popsugar lists “10 Books About Geopolitics That Will Change How You See the World.”

CrimeReads has “Five True Crime Books You Should Read This Month” and “June’s Best International Crime Fiction.”

Electric Lit provides “30 Must-Read Queer Fairytale Retellings for Pride,” “17 Enchanting Witch Romance Books,” and “6 Speculative Novels Full of Ennui.” 

NYPL’s blog posts “Summer 2021 Staff Picks for All Ages” and “Emotional Gripping Reads for Fans of In Treatment.”

The Washington Post has “3 great new audiobooks for your drive, your walk, your laundry folding….”

NYT lists “13 New Books Coming in July” and “New in Paperback.”

Authors on Air

David A. Robertson, author of Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory (HarperCollins), speaks about why he curated a reading list of books about residential schools in an interview for CBC Manitoba

Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire (Ballantine: Random) is slated to be adapted into a television series for AMC. The Hollywood Reporter has the news.

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson (Pamela Dorman: Penguin Pr.) will receive a television series adaptation with Picturestart. Deadline reports. 

Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age (G. P. Putnam) gets a revisit for The Root Presents: It’s Lit! podcast.

George R.R. Martin Teases That the Game of Thrones Book Series Will End ‘Differently’” than the HBO television series. Esquire has more.

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