LAMBDA Literary Releases a List of May’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Literature | Book Pulse

LAMBDA Literary releases a list of May’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Literature and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award shortlist is announced. Pulitzer-winning journalist and author Lucinda Franks passes away at 74. Interviews arrive featuring many authors, including Anjali Enjeti of The Parted Earth, Suzanne Simard of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, and Torrey Peters of Detransition, Baby. A new book by R. F. Kuang is on the way, to be titled Babel. The House of Marvel and DC Films are looking for Black directors for upcoming adaptation projects.

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Awards & News

LAMBDA Literary releases May’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Literature.

The 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award shortlist is announced.

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, Best Published Novel award has returned.

Pulitzer-winning journalist and author Lucinda Franks passes away at 74. The Washington Post has more information on her life.

Page to Screen

May 7:

Above Suspicion, based on the book by Joe Sharkey. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Jupiter’s Legacy, based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Monster, based on the book by Walter Dean Myers. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Shrill, based on the book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. Reviews | Trailer

The Story of a Three-Day Pass, based on the book La Permission by Melvin Van Peebles. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, based on the book by Street Gang by Michael Davis. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

May 13:

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, based on the book by Judith Kerr. VOD. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen (Knopf: Random House): “Told from multiple perspectives and spanning 27 years, from 1978 to 2005, Things We Lost to the Water gracefully manages to be both panoramic and specific, allegorical and literal.” Also, Everybody: A Book about Freedom by Olivia Laing (W.W. Norton): “Laing is so convincing when writing about certain types of people, especially artists, women, and queer people. That her imagination sometimes falters when it comes to those outside those circles is oddly resonant with the message of Everybody, which makes the case that every person can and should be able to advocate for their own freedom. No imagination, however capacious or generous, can ever do justice to everybody.”

The Washington Post reviews Tears of Amber by Sofía Segovia (Amazon Crossing): “On the contrary, “Tears of Amber” — though overlong and lacking the magical delights of Segovia’s previous book — is a skillfully rendered tale, at once heartbreaking and heartwarming.”

Los Angeles Times reviews Everybody: A Book about Freedom by Olivia Laing (W.W. Norton): “Laing is defining freedom as an inside game; even if we may not always control what happens to our bodies, we can have agency in our minds.” reviews Ink by Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan): “A sprawling, dark narrative made up of the interwoven stories of a set of misfits that struggle to get by, Ink is a moody horror novel that deals with grief, anger, guilt, and Otherness in a small town.” Also, On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig (Greenwillow: HarperCollins): “With On This Unworthy Scaffold, Heidi Heilig brings to a close her fiery Shadow Players series. Heilig is so, so good at taking the reader through layer after layer, using tropes to simultaneously play to reader expectations while also undermining both the tropes and the expectations. She goes all in with this book, and no one comes out the other side unscathed. The hits come harder and faster, and the drama is bigger and bolder. Get ready to feel some feelings.” Plus, Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (Flatiron): “Saint brings Ariadne and her sister Phaedra to the foreground, but can’t quite find a satisfying balance between their lived experiences and the way those experiences are shaped by men.”

San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook reviews Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours by Sarah Sentilles (Random House): “Sentilles describes the experience of becoming a parent exactly. Your love for your child feels infinite, but what binds you to them is their infinite need, their helplessness.” Also, Monkey Boy by Gabino Iglesias (Grove): “The narrative tackles themes like migration (going all the way back to Goldman’s great-grandfather, who emigrated from Spain to Guatemala), death, heartbreak and otherness. However, the seriousness of these topics is counterbalanced by Goldman’s knack for beautiful language, straightforward prose and sense of humor.”

Popsugar reviews The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (Gallery; LJ starred review): “The slow-burning romance feels believable, and you'll be cheering them on with each sweet moment. Plus, props to the authors for developing such a unique premise — the whole DNA-based dating idea definitely makes it stand out in the crowded romance space.” Also, The Secret Talker by Geling Yan (HarperVia: HarperCollins): “Searing and delicately brutal, it strikes at the heart of what makes a relationship implode.”

Vox reviews Second Place by Rachel Cusk (Farrar; LJ starred review): “It is vexed and questing, in search of some missing piece, some object that will bring meaning to the world but is utterly inaccessible; it fairly seethes with discontent.”

USA Today reviews Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann (Doubleday): "Even if you don’t make every connection, Swann makes it clear that Greek myths offer a unique way to disrupt the conventional family saga."

The Atlantic reviews The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan): “Menand’s inclination is not really to debunk, nor to make or undo reputations. Yet guided by a fascination with the wayward paths to fame, he half-unwittingly sows doubt about the justice of the American rise to artistic leadership in the postwar era.”

The Washington Post reviews A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey by Jonathan Meiburg (Knopf; LJ Starred Review): "Like travel itself, “A Most Remarkable Creature” is more journey than destination. While Meiburg seems disinclined toward environmental preaching, he does want to ignite our curiosity. The book elegantly reminds us that we cheat ourselves when we underestimate creatures we have deemed low, annoying or common." Also, Bernadette Barton's The Pornification of America: How Raunch Culture Is Ruining Our Society (NYU Press): "“The Pornification of America” is a solid update of the traditional feminist case against porn. If that were all we needed to stem the tide of pornification, though, the tide would have long since been stemmed. We’re flooded."

Book Marks picks the best reviewed books of the week.

Briefly Noted

The Rumpus speaks with Anjali Enjeti, The Parted Earth (Hub City Press: Ingram) about the importance of honoring the stories of ancestors.

Los Angeles Times has a conversation with Suzanne Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (Knopf: LJ starred review) about her childhood harvesting trees and how she shifted her perspective about their importance on accident.

Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby (One World: Random House) talks about how Toni Morrison paved the way for her success with Bustle.

Shondaland features Rivers Solomon, author of Sorrowland (MCD: Macmillan), and they talk about the themes of gender, sexuality, disability, race, power, corruption, and the environment in their work. Also, an interview with Tamara Winfrey Harris, Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters On Stepping Into Your Power (Berrett-Koehler: Random House), about the inspiration for her book and how she envisions its positive impact on young Black girls.

Electric Lit has a conversation with Christine Smallwood, author of The Life of the Mind (Hogarth: Random House), about the power dynamics of academia and bodily losses

Wired interviews Andy Weir, Project: Hail Mary (Ballantine) about the many fields of science that have impacted his books.

Star Tribune speaks with Lisa Genova, author of Remember (Harmony) on normalizing a certain amount of memory loss.

Esquire has a conversation with Rainesford Stauffer, author of An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins) about being an advocate for young adults who lived through times that left them without previously established safety nets.

Bitchmedia has a conversation with Gina Frangello, Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason (Counterpoint; LJ starred review) about writing complex and often-deemed unlikeable female characters. announces a new book by R. F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War (Harper Voyager: HarperCollins), titled Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution to come out in 2022. Also, an excerpt from Rivers Solomon’s Sorrowland (MCD: Macmillan).

Author Taylor Jenkin Reid of Malibu Rising (Ballantine: Random House) takes Elle’s Shelf Life literary survey.

Maggie Shipstead takes the Lit Hub Questionnaire regarding her writing practice.

Mary Kay Andrews, author of The Newcomer (St. Martin’s), honors her mother with memories for Parade.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan, author of Borealis (Coffee House Press: Consortium) visits and writes about the European homes of Black expats like James Balwin, Barbara Chase-Riboud, and more for Vanity Fair.

Elissa Washuta writes about how she came to rediscover an abandoned work and turn it into White Magic (Tin House). Lit Hub features this piece.

Words Without Borders present "Movement and Stasis: Contemporary Mauritanian Literature."

Guernica revisists Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues lists “Eight Unusual SFF Librarians Who (Probably) Won’t Shush You.”

NYPL blogs “The Nanny’s ‘Fran Fine’ as Books.”

Book Riot provides “25 Cozy Cottagecore Quotes from Literature” and list of books for “A Whole New (Supernatural) World.”

AV Club has “5 New Books to Read in May.”

Good Morning America has “30 May books to add to the stack.”

Autostraddle lists “5 Books on Queer and Trans Nuns.”

CBC gifts readers “20 books to get your mom on Mother’s Day.”

Popsugar provides “15 Books to Read After Devouring The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.”

Bustle gives “The 20 Best Beach Reads of 2021.”

Book Marks lists "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Authors on Air

PBS CANVAS has a full transcript of an interview with Ron Brownstein, author of Rock Me on the Water: 1974-The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics (HarperCollins).

NPR’s Fresh Air remembers author and historian Ed Ward, best known for writing about rock ‘n’ roll.

Ebony reports that The House of Marvel and DC Films are looking for Black directors for upcoming adaptation projectsMichael B. Jordan discusses his roles in Without Remorse and Black Panther. Variety has the video interview. Ebony also interviews Michael B. Jordan on his many screen roles and plans for the future.

The Magic Order television series, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel, is back in development for Netflix. Entertainment Weekly has the story. Also, Deadline reports on the premier of Super Crooks, based on another work by Millar and Coipel, and more adaptations coming from Millarworld.

Oprah Daily reports that the Obamas’ Production Company will create a podcast adaption of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee (One World: Random House; LJ starred review).

Brené Brown interviews Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce D. Perry on her Unlocking Us podcast.

The Root entices readers with new releases inspired by the new Netflix adaptation of Walter Dean Myer’s Monster and also an interview with Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Jennifer Hudson, and Jeffrey Wright.

The Invisible Life series by E. Lynn Harris (Anchor: Random House) will be adapted into a television series for HBO. The Hollywood Report announced.

Deadline announces that Greta Lee will star in an adaptation of Cathy Park Hong's Minor Feelings (One World: Random House).

Popsugar gives a rundown of Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers in preparation for the Hulu adaption release. 

Lit Hub's Keen On speaks with Niall Ferguson, author of Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe (Penguin Pr.; LJ starred review) about how best to handle a crisis.

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