Australian Crime Writers Announce Ned Kelly Awards Shortlists | Book Pulse

The Ned Kelly Awards 2021 shortlists announced. August book club picks include Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford, Wayward by Dana Spiotta, and We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz. Read-alikes arrive for Devil in Disguise. The August Loan Stars list is out with #1 pick The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny. Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires by Jaime Lowe and The Great Peace by Mena Suvari get coverage. Interviews arrive with Dana Spiotta, Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray, Sandra Cisneros, David Steinberg, and Andrés Cerpa. Molly Shannon will release a new memoir, Hello, Molly! in April 2022. 



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The Ned Kelly Awards 2021 shortlists announced. "Established in 1995, the Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest, most prestigious awards honouring crime fiction and true crime writing." Books+Publishing has details. 

Roxane Gay's pick for the Audacious Book Club at Literati is Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford (Flatiron: An Oprah Book).

Buzzfeed selects Wayward by Dana Spiotta (Knopf; LJ starred review) as its August book club pick and posts an excerpt. 

Marie Claire's August Virtual Book Club pick is We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz (Ballantine).


NPR reviews Wayward by Dana Spiotta (Knopf; LJ starred review): “it's not ‘only’ about one woman going internally haywire, but about the entire country roiling in the wake of the 2016 presidential election and the rise of the #Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements.”

USA Today reviews Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena (Pamela Dorman Books) giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars: “With every clue, every lie exposed and every truth revealed, Lapena keeps the reader guessing right up to the very end. And once there, Lapena manages to leave us wanting even more.”

The NYT reviews Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World by Lisa Wells (Farrar): “The urgency to live sustainably stems from the cascading woes of collapsing ecosystems, and Wells implores her readers to start thinking creatively.” And Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park with George by James Lapine (Farrar): "as Lapine traces the painstaking process of creating and directing something fundamentally new, he also reveals the role of chance and adversity in the making of a musical that’s now considered a classic.” Plus, Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So (Ecco): “So’s witty and sharply expressed short stories are set in the Central Valley — the ‘valley of dust and pollen and California smog,’ where the options for Cambodian American immigrant fathers, ejected from the stories of their lives, boil down this way: ‘They fixed cars, sold donuts or got on welfare’.”

The Washington Post reviews M, King's Bodyguard by Niall Leonard (Pantheon): “Leonard’s book is pretty darn decent — a well-paced, tightly plotted, deeply researched exercise that suggests the kind of family franchise one might actually want to keep reading.”

The Guardian reviews In the Country of Others by Leila Slimani (Penguin): “This story of class and race and nation in the early years of Amine and Mathilde’s marriage is the first part of a planned trilogy; it will be fascinating to see how the rest unfolds.”

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for the buzziest book of the weekDevil in Disguise, by Lisa Kleypas (Avon).

The August Loan Stars list is out with #1 pick The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (Minotaur: St. Martin’s; LJ starred review).

Time speaks with Mena Suvari, The Great Peace (Hachette) about “releasing her first book and finally opening up.”

The LA Times interviews Jaime Lowe about her new book Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires (MCD) and the “beauty, heartache, injustice and hope that emerged in her research.” Shondaland also interviews Lowe about the “harrowing experiences of incarcerated firefighters on the frontlines of this dangerous fight.”

ElectricLit interviews Dana Spiotta Wayward (Knopf; LJ starred review) on “why we need more fiction about menopause and reading as a counter-cultural act.”

AARP talks with comedian David Steinberg, Inside Comedy : The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five Decades (Knopf) about his “career, his famous pals and what really makes him laugh.”

The Rumpus interviews poet Andrés Cerpa about his new collection, The Vault (Alice James Books).

Molly Shannon will release a new memoir, Hello, Molly! to be published in April, 2022 by Ecco. People has details.

NPR has “August Book-Ahead: What We're Excited To Read Next Month.”

NYT has “11 New Books Coming in August.” Plus, New and Noteworthy: "From Horse Girls to an E.R. Doctor’s View of Covid."

LA Times has 4 books for another brutal fire season.

The Washington Post offers “The 5 best new thrillers and mysteries to read in August.”

AVClub has new books to read in August.

The Seattle Times has 4 books for ballet lovers.

CrimeReads asks “Where Are The Stay-At-Home Dads of Fiction?”

ElectricLit suggests “11 Afro-Latinx Writers Whose Work Traverses the Americas.”

CBC has "18 Canadian comics to read in summer 2021."

BookRiot offers a history of book blurbing.

“SF writer and music critic Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, 75, died July 23, 2021.” Locus has a remembrance.

Authors on Air

NPR's Code Switch talks with Sandra Cisneros about her memoir A House of My Own : Stories from My Life (Knopf).

GMA talks with Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian (Berkley; LJ starred review) about “their novel, friendship and new book underway.” Also, an interview with Mena Suvari about her memoir, The Great Peace (Hachette).



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