National Book Award Finalists and More, Oct. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

The National Book Awards finalists are announced. More lists for Fall, October, and Halloween arrive. There is plenty of adaptation news. Leigh Bardugo, Susan Rice, Shea Serrano, and Ben Lerner continue to get buzz.

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The National Book Awards and More Award News







The finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards are announced. The news is widely reported. NPR has links to interviews with the finalists.

Locus reports that Barbara Hambly has won the Forry Award.

The 2019 Sunburst Award Winners are announced.

Look for the literature Pulitzer prize winners tomorrow.


The NYT reviews Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “Bardugo’s greatest power is ushering readers of any age through big, cast-heavy books with clarity and narrative precision.” Also, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Alexander Nabaum (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books: S. & S.; SLJ starred review): “inspired … Reynolds’s crackling, witty prose is a joy to read.” Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey by Mikhal Dekel (W.W. Norton): “On the one hand, this is a history of the agonizing experience of nearly 1,000 Jewish children … On the other hand, this book records Mikhal Dekel’s personal journey of discovering and understanding this near-incomprehensible chapter of Jewish survival in the 20th century and how it shaped her father’s life.” Horror Stories: A Memoir by Liz Phair (Random House): “uniquely thoughtful, self-aware.” There is also a dual review of memoirs centered on Cambridge Analytica.

The Washington Post reviews Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (Random House; LJ starred review): “Syllable for syllable, it’s stunning work — arguably better than the original.” Also, Enough: Notes From a Woman Who Has Finally Found It by Shauna M. Ahern (Sasquatch Book: Random House): “beautiful.”

NPR reviews Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice (S. & S.): “candid …. personal and honest.”

USA Today reviews Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review) giving it 3.5 stars and writing that fans “will recognize her artistic prose, cutting and witty characters and dark fantasy world building.”

Briefly Noted

NPR offers its fall book preview.

Town & Country picks “The 7 Best Books to Read This October.”

Salon names its “October must-reads.”

Paste gathers “The Best Young Adult Novels of October 2019.” features “7 Classic Horror Novels From the Heyday of Mass Market Paperbacks.”

Autostraddle has “9 Queer Halloween Reads for Your Gay Spooky Needs.”

Book Riot has “10 Horror Romance Books To Read Before Halloween.”

The Washington Post introduces a new SFF column from Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar with a piece about what both are reading.

Entertainment Weekly features Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Shondaland showcases Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice (S. & S.).

Stylist spotlights Megan Phelps-Roper, Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church (FSG: Macmillan).

The Washington Post looks at Harry Gruyaert: Edges (Thames & Hudson: W.W. Norton).

The Atlantic features Sandra Boynton.

CrimeReads features Lee Child.

The Washington Post celebrates E. Nesbit and features The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit: Victorian Iconoclast, Children’s Author, and Creator of The Railway Children by Eleanor Fitzsimons (Abrams).

Simon Winchester writes about Infused: Adventures in Tea by Henrietta Lovell (Faber & Faber) for the NYT.

io9 showcases Steven Universe: The Tale of Steven by Rebecca Sugar, illustrated by Elle Michalka and Angie Wang (Abrams).

The New York Times Magazine unveils its culture issue with pieces on Susan Sontag and Ben Lerner, The Topeka School (FSG: Macmillan).

Vanity Fair interviews Rainbow RowellWayward Son (Wednesday Books: Macmillan) Also, an interview with Alix Kates Shulman, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (Picador: Macmillan).

Time interviews Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Also, an interview with Christopher Wylie, Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America (Random House).

Variety interviews Mariah Carey, who talks a bit about her forthcoming, sometime in 2020, planned memoir.

Salon interviews Andrew Marantz, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation (Viking: Penguin). Also, an interview with Liz Phair, Horror Stories: A Memoir (Random House).

The NYT interviews Ali Wong, Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life (Random House).

Elle interviews Captain Tammie Jo Shults, Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge (Thomas Nelson: Harper).

Lit Hub interviews Daniel Mendelsohn, Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones (New York Review Books: Random House).

Lili Reinhart is publishing a book of poems to be titled Swimming Lessons: Poems (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan). The Cut has details. Sales are soaring.

Time has an adapted excerpt of A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir by Edie Windsor, Joshua Lyon (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Also, an adapted excerpt from Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work by Jennifer Petriglieri (Harvard Business Review Press).

Vulture excerpts Shea Serrano's Movies (And Other Things): (And Other Things) (Twelve: Hachette). Esquire has an interview and Wired has a piece as well. excerpts The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (Wednesday Books: Macmillan). See below as well, its already set for the movies.

Variety writes about new allegations against Matt Lauer in Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Jezebel has a piece on the publishing industry, similarity, and the Kim Michele Richardson and Jojo Moyes books.

Eater writes about recipes, food ideas, and copyright.

MLive reports that Flint, Michigan has named Semaj Brown as the city’s first poet laureate.

Northeastern writes about a medieval manuscript, The Dragon Prayer Book, and how students and staff are studying it and thinking about it.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Ben Lerner, The Topeka School (FSG: Macmillan). Also an interview with Christopher Wylie, Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America (Random House).

PBS News-Hour interviews Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Liveright: W.W. Norton; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly features Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont by Robert Bilott, which has been adapted into a film starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, and Tim Robbins. Also, news that Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s book The President Is Missing will be turned into a series starring David Oyelowo.

Vulture reports that Netflix is adapting Sakyo Komatsu’s science fiction novel Japan Sinks into an anime series. Also,  “Looking for Alaska Is the Rare Adaptation That Improves on the Original.”

Deadline reports that Téa Obreht’s Inland is set for TV. Apple will air a musical version of A Christmas Carol featuring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. Laura Whitcomb’s A Certain Slant of Light is headed to Amazon Studios. Kim Liggett’s The Grace Year is headed to the movies. Disney Channel options Julie Murphy’s Dear Sweet Pea. There is news about the Marvel Helstrom cast. Also, how Neil deGrasse Tyson is doing on his PR rounds in face of the allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Variety reports that Daveed Diggs seems set to join The Little Mermaid cast.

People Now features Sasha Pieterse, Sasha in Good Taste: Recipes for Bites, Feasts, Sips & Celebrations (Dey Street Books: Harper). Also, Cleo Wade, Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World (Atria: S. & S.) (and more on Wade here and here).

Today had more authors on, including Jimmy Fallon, This is Baby (Feiwel & Friends: Macmillan), which is soaring in sales.

A documentary about booksellers airs at the New York Film Festival. There is a very brief clip.

Jonathan Van Ness, Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love (HarperOne) will be on with Stephen Colbert. Susan Rice, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For (S. & S.) will be on The View.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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