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The 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Nominees are announced. The 2021 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis Finalists are also announced. The International Booker Prize names its 2022 Jurors. Read-alikes arrive for The Cellist, by Daniel Silva. Katie Kitamura and Anuk Arudpragasam get reviewed. Interviews arrive with Helen Ellis, Tim Gunn, Katie Crouch, Kiese Laymon, Beth Morgan, Carol Anderson, Kenny Xu, Sheera Frenkel, and Cecilia Kang. LeVar Burton is re-issuing his 1997 speculative novel Aftermath as an audiobook. Emmy Nominations are out, with several adaptations getting a nod. Plus, Jack Antonoff performs a track he wrote with Zadie Smith. 

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The 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Nominees are announced.

The 2021 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis finalists are also out. Locus has details.

The International Booker Prize Names its 2022 jurors. Publishing Perspectives reports.

Carol Rose GoldenEagle is named the 9th poet laureate of Saskatchewan, CBC reports.

LitHub writes about Alaska libraries' funding cuts

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Intimacies by Katie Kitamura (Riverhead): “Kitamura pulls us through a rising panic of hyper-awareness until the story’s fever finally breaks with a note of hope and relief. But that can’t quell the novel’s reverberations, which expose something incomprehensible about the moral dimensions of modern life.”

The NYT reviews Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro, translated by Frances Riddle (Charco Press): “On the surface, it’s a tight and terse mystery with a decisive protagonist. But it’s also a piercing commentary on mother-daughter relationships, the indignity of bureaucracy, the burdens of caregiving and the impositions of religious dogma on women.” Also, Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story by Julie K. Brown (Dey Street Books): “a warts-and-all retelling of what it took to expose not just Epstein but also a badly broken justice system.”  A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam (Hogarth: Crown): “In sentences of unusual beauty and clarity, Arudpragasam observes even the most mundane of actions — smoking a cigarette, waiting for a train, making eye contact with a stranger — with an attention so absolute it feels devotional.”  NPR also reviews, calling it "a tender elegy."

The LA Times reviews Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke (Pantheon; LJ starred review): “If you accept that loneliness — like the impermanence at the heart of Radtke’s first book — is a fact of life, you might take comfort in being reminded that you’re not alone in this widely shared condition. There’s comfort to be found too, in the skillful elegance with which the author conveys her ideas.”

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for the buzziest book of the weekThe Cellist, by Daniel Silva (Harper).

Entertainment Weekly talks books with Helen Ellis, author of Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light: Essays (Knopf).

The NYT has an interview with author Tim Gunn, host of Making the Cut, on “Derek DelGaudio, how Nora Ephron didn’t disappoint and why he’s tempted to steal a Picasso.” 

Katie Crouch talks with Miriam Parker about Embassy Wife (Farrar), expats, and “the mysterious life of the ‘trailing spouse’” for CrimeReads.

LA Review of Books has a conversation with Kiese Laymon, Long Division (Scribner) on love, his new book, and writing about racism.

The Rumpus has an interview with Beth Morgan about the process of writing A Touch of Jen (Little, Brown & Company).

Salon interviews scholar Carol Anderson about The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (Bloomsbury; LJ starred review) and the “anti-Blackness” in the 2nd Amendment.

Slate highlights Wayward by Dana Spiotta (Knopf; LJ starred review) as a book that “salvages the midlife crisis novel.”

Esther Freud, I Couldn't Love You More (Ecco) asks “Why Did My Mother Keep Me a Secret?” at Vogue.

USA Today shares critics’ picks for “The best books of 2021 so far.”

Megan Miranda, Such a Quiet Place (S.& S.) recommends six suspense novels that bring gothic elements into the suburbs at CrimeReads.

CrimeReads has “Seven Books That Will Help Teach You How to Write a Crime Novel.”

Vogue editors recommend “7 Great Audiobooks for Long Drives.”

“Priscilla McMillan, Who Knew Both Kennedy and Oswald, Dies at 92.” The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang behind the new book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination (Harper) about “how Facebook enables hate groups And disinformation.”

LeVar Burton is re-issuing his 1997 speculative novel Aftermath (Aspect) as an audiobook.Entertainment Weekly has a first-listen.

Kenny Xu discusses  An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack on Asian American Excellence and the Fight for Meritocracy (Diversion Books) with FoxNews.

Emmy Nominations are out, with several adaptations getting a nod. Variety has a full list of nominees.

Loki, with associated titles, is renewed for 2nd season at Disney+. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Age of Legends, a film adaptation of Robert Jordan’s bestselling "Wheel of Time" series gets a script writer. The Hollywood Reporter details the announcement.

LitHub shares footage of Jack Antonoff performing a track he wrote in collaboration with Zadie Smith for his forthcoming album.  

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