Joy Williams Wins 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction | Book Pulse

Joy Williams has won the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. The 2021 Clarke Award Shortlist and Shirley Jackson Award nominees are announced. Interviews are out with the following authors: T.J. Newman of Falling, Jessica Hopper of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, Chelsea Wald of Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet, Michael Bender of Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, Yasmeen Adutaleb and Damian Paletta of Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History, Daisy Hernández of The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease, Dr. Lucy Foulkes of Losing Our Minds: The Challenge of Defining Mental Illness, Pedro Mairal of The Woman from Uruguay, and Brandi Carlile of Broken Horses. Dr. Wendy Osefo, of The Real Housewives of Potomac, is coming out with Tears of My Mother: The Legacy of my Nigerian Upbringing published by S. & S. imprint Gallery Books in May 2022. Michael Hirst will be adapting Anna Reid’s Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-1944 for TV.

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Joy Williams has won the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

The 2021 Clarke Award Shortlist is announced.

The Shirley Jackson Award nominees are announced.

There are no new fiction or nonfiction titles on the bestsellers list this week.

Reviews

Oprah Daily reviews Afrosurf by Mami Wata (Ten Speed Press): “Afrosurf redefines our perception of surfing by offering a vivid, diverse archive of surf and skate culture on the African continent—including the rise of female surfers.”

NPR reviews The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family by Joshua Cohen (New York Review Books): “Joshua Cohen offers a fictionalized version of a real-life campus visit by the father of the former Israeli prime minister. The novel offers a funny take on serious things.”

Locus Mag reviews Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (Ace: Penguin): “Black Water Sister is suspenseful enough as a supernatural adventure to keep most readers enthralled, but it’s equally engaging on the level of purely mimetic fiction, examining the very real issues of family, culture, and identity that haunt Jess as much as her family ghosts.”

Book Marks has "5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week."

Briefly Noted

Gabriel Krauze, author of Who They Was (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) writes about how housing projects have been used in the past for “misery porn” and how they still contain human stories with struggle and optimism. CrimeReads has more.

John Brandon, author of upcoming Ivory Shoals (McSweeney's: Baker & Taylor) writes about researching his home state of Florida and its elusive identity. Lit Hub has more. Also, Molly Aitken, The Island Child (Random House) writes about how she was inspired by mythology for her debut novel. Plus, Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler writes about her book Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women and makes recommendations for further reading.

NYT interviews T.J. Newman about her debut book Falling (Avid Reader; LJ starred review) about how imagining a worst case scenario for a pilot inspired her book.

Lit Hub speaks with Jessica Hopper, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Macmillan) about what it takes to be a critic with integrity

The Washington Post interviews Roger Bennett, author Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home (Dey Street: HarperCollins) about the American obsessions he's had throughout his life

Dr. Wendy Osefo of The Real Housewives of Potomac will be coming out with a new book published by S. & S. imprint Gallery Books in May 2022 Tears of My Mother: The Legacy of my Nigerian Upbringing. People has the exclusive.

Vulture has an excerpt of Can't Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets’ Superstars of Tomorrow by Matt Sullivan (Dey Street: HarperCollins; LJ Starred review) featuring the late Kobe Bryant.

NYT has By the Book by Dana Spiotta and Inside the List by Elisabeth Egan reviewing bestsellers from the past.

LitHub lists "The 13 Best Book Covers of June."

Entertainment Weekly has “The best books to cool down with in July” and “Hot Stuff: June 2021 romance novels offer pirates, gods, and Hollywood glamour.”

CrimeReads provides “Seven Mystery Novels Where the Crimes are Motivated by Books” and "10 Novels You Should Read This Month."

Tor.com gives “9 Fantasy Duos Destined for Each Other” and “Five Dark SFF Books to Make You Laugh Out Loud.”

Oprah Daily lists “18 of the Best Books to Pick Up This July.”

Book Marks has “AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of June.”

Authors on Air

NPR Fresh Air interviews Chelsea Wald, author of Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet (Avid Reader), who speaks about how more than half of the world’s population live without safely managed sanitation. Also, a feature about two books about the former president coming under fire for decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic and after the most recent election: Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael Bender (Twelve: Hachette) and Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History by Yasmeen Adutaleb and Damian Paletta (HarperCollins).

Michael Hirst will be adapting Anna Reid’s book Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-1944 for a television series. Deadline has more.

Daisy Hernández, The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease (Tin House) talks with Kendra Winchester on the Reading Women podcast about making room for other stories after coming-of-age stories.

Dr. Lucy Foulkes, author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Minds: The Challenge of Defining Mental Illness (St. Martin’s: Macmillan) has a conversation on the Keen On podcast about how the pandemic impacted everyone’s mental health

Jordan Kisner, Thin Places (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan) speaks with poet Jericho Brown on the Thresholds podcast about the church, love, and change.

Pedro Mairal, The Woman from Uruguay (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) talks with Brad Listi on Otherppl podcast about convincing his parents to let him study literature.

Kishore Mahbubani, author of Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy (Hachette) about the competition between two world superpowers with the Keen On podcast.

Victoria James speaks to Wine Access on her book Wine Girl (HarperCollins) about her suggestions on making the wine industry a better place.

Brandi Carlile, Broken Horses (Crown) will be a guest on the Kelly Clarkson show on Friday.

CrimeReads has "Five Great Movies Based on Patricia Highsmith Books (That Aren't the Ripley Adaptations."

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