National Book Award Winners

The National Book Awards are announced. Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich leads six new titles onto the bestseller lists. The Grammy Award nominations for Best Spoken Word Album are out. Best-of-the-Decade lists are out for Fantasy and True Crime.

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National Book Awards






Fiction: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt: Macmillan)

Nonfiction: The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press)

Poetry: Sight Lines by Arthur Sze (Copper Canyon Press)

Translated Literature: Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming by László Krasznahorkai, translated by Ottilie Mulzet (New Directions: W.W. Norton)

Young People’s Literature: 1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler (Bloomsbury Children’s Books: Macmillan)

The NYT, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and Time have reports.

Here is a link to a recording of the ceremony.

New to the Bestseller Lists

[Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books]








Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich (G.P. Putnam's Sons) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton, Daniel H. Wilson (Harper) opens at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco: Harper) lights up at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition by Carol V. Aebersold (Creatively Classic Activities and Books, Inc.) is No. 15 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace by Nikki R. Haley (St. Martin’s: Macmillan) takes No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 11 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton: Penguin) debuts at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness by Tim Parks (New York Review Books: Random House): “By the standards of the genre, Parks’s effort is minor ... he essentially turned a field trip into a book. But since this is Parks, it’s a wide-ranging, thought-provoking book.” Also, The Mutations by Jorge Comensal, translated by Charlotte Whittle (FSG: Macmillan): “a dark, extended lawyer joke.”

NPR reviews Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer (Pantheon: Random House): “his most thoughtful work yet. Against a richly rendered backdrop of the Enlightenment, the novel embodies the conflict between faith and rationality.” Also, Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation by Michael Powell (Blue Rider Press: Penguin): “wonderful.”

The Washington Post reviews The History of Philosophy by A. C. Grayling (Penguin): “isn’t just worth buying; it’s worth scribbling in and dog-earing.”

Briefly Noted

Variety lists the Grammy Award nominations for Best Spoken Word Album: Beastie Boys Book written and read by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, various (Random House Audio), Becoming written and read by Michelle Obama (Random House Audio), I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years As A Two-Time Cancer Survivor by Eric Alexandrakis (Eric Alexandrakis), Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder written and read by John Waters (Macmillan Audio), and Sekou Andrews & The String Theory (California Music & The String Theory).

Foyles picks its Books of the Year.

Paste names “The 30 Best Fantasy Novels of the 2010s.”

CrimeReads names “The 10 Best True Crime Books of the Last Decade.”

Idra Novey recommends "Talcahuano" by Paulina Flores, translated by Megan McDowell for Electric Lit.

USA Today features Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark (S. & S.).

In forthcoming book news, The NYT 1619 Project is set to become a book series. PBS NewsHour reports. The Bookseller has news that a new Wilbur Smith novel will come out in 2020 to mark the 40th anniversary of original Ballantyne series release.

Bustle has “An Inside Look At How The Lore Spinoff Comic Wellington Came To Be.”

Omnivoracious suggests “Books that are – literally – magic.”

Datebook offers “A pair of cookbooks to inspire the holiday mood.”

LitHub suggests “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”

Entertainment Weekly has a “timeline of 2019’s 5 biggest YA controversies.”

The NYT interviews Phoebe Waller-Bridge in its “By the Book” column. Also, a conversation with Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here (Ecco: Harper), in its “Inside the List” feature.

Publishers Weekly reports that B&N has let all its freelance writers from its teen and SFF blogs go – that includes writers such as Aidan Moher and Sona Charaipotra.

Oxford Dictionaries names climate emergency as its Word of the Year. The NYT has details.

The Strategist has “What National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas Can’t Live Without.”

The NYT writes about book deals that don’t work out well for political authors.

BBC Culture looks at Shakespeare and Co. as it turns 100.

Walter Minton, the publisher of Lolita and The Godfather has died. USA Today has an obituary. So does the NYT.

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that Netflix is adapting Maid by Stephanie Land. The Man In The Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal is headed to TV as a limited series. Another Dracula film is in the works, based on the character Renfield and a story pitch by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman. Apple’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story casts up.

The Hollywood Reporter has news that Joker is getting a sequel.

The NYT does not think that Alan Lightman's Einstein’s Dreams works all that well as a musical.

The Today show featured The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey into Inner Fitness by Tina Lifford (Amistad: Harper) and Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie, Lisa Wingate (Ballantine Books: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly suggests “7 books to read this Oscar season before you see the movie.”

Senator Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Penguin), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

A Christmas Carol gets a trailer.

The Call of the Wild gets a trailer.

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