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Audio-only on vinyl, book worlds moving to VR, and role-playing games point to the new ways stories are being told. In the NYT Mario Vargas Llosa gets much attention.

The Future of Format

The means readers use to access stories continues to expand:

Entertainment Weekly features Joe Hill’s new audio-only short story “Dark Carousel” (HarperAudio), which will be available on vinyl. Read by actor Nate Corddry, the multimedia package includes “a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded expressly for the record by musician Matthew Ryan [and] original artwork, two colorful ‘splattered’ records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.” In a statement Hill said “I’ve always wanted to have my own LP, and the idea that one of my stories is being released as an audiobook on vinyl blows my Beatles-quoting, Stones-fixated, Zeppelin-obsessed mind.” The record comes out on April 20. Harper has already announced they plan a vinyl edition for Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning, releasing on Oct 23.

Brandon Sanderson’s world building moves to virtual reality.

Jane Austen’s novels are turned into a role-playing game.

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill by J. Randy Taraborrelli (St. Martin’s Press), writing it is “deliciously readable.” Dwight Garner reviews two books by Mario Vargas Llosa: Sabers and Utopias: Visions of Latin America Essays (FSG), calling it “all but unreadable” and The Neighborhood (FSG) writing it is “contrived and uneven.” LJ disagrees, starring the latter and calling it “A murder mystery with political overtones and the underlying power of the press, exquisitely wrought.” Calling him “the writer of our moment,” The New York Times Magazine has a feature. Also reviewed is The Real Life of the Parthenon by Patricia Vigderman (Mad Creek Books): “Part memoir, part travelogue and part musing on cultural patrimony.”

USA Today keeps the attention on Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random), giving it four stars and writing it is “is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir.” The paper also highlights The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address by Joseph Rodota (William Morrow: Harper: LJ stars).

A podcast, and Twitter, helped Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss by Stephanie Wittels Wachs (Sourcebooks) soar on Amazon.

BuzzFeed covers Us by Curtis Wiklund (Andrews McMeel Publishing), sending it rocketing up the charts.

A Baker’s Year: Twelve Months of Baking and Living the Simple Life at the Smoke Signals Bakery by Tara Jensen (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan) gets some key foodie reviews in Bon Appétit and Food52. However, it is likely her near 100,000 Instagram followers that are pushing sales.

The Atlantic has a story on how the FBI targeted black-owned bookstores in the 60s and 70s.

Bustle reports on libraries and bedbugs.

Data mining shows that writing by women authors dropped by 50% from 1850 to 1950.

POPSUGAR looks toward the books of spring.

Joy-Ann Reid interviews Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

Emma Cline interviews Hermione Hoby, Neon in Daylight (Catapult).

Anna Deavere Smith explores Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner: S. & S.) for The New York Review of Books.

Authors on Air:

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan).

Das Boot is sailing to TV. Famous for the 1980s film, it is adapted from the 1970s novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim.

A first look image is out for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s adaptation of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, based on the book of the same name by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (William Morrow: Harper).

Variety rounds reviews for Red Sparrow.

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