New Books, Stolen Books, & Poetry, Jan. 15, 2019 | Book Pulse

Baker & Taylor sells part of its entertainment division to Ingram, Hannah Sullivan wins the TS Eliot prize, and the NYT writes about looted books in libraries across Europe.

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Hannah Sullivan wins the TS Eliot prize for Three Poems (Faber & Faber). The Guardian has details.

Baker & Taylor sells part of its entertainment division to Ingram. Shelf Awareness has the story.

The NYT reports on the search for the books the Nazis stole during World War II, which are likely in libraries across Europe.

PEN America is giving its Literary Service Award to Bob Woodward. The NYT has details.


The NYT reviews The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life by Doug Bock Clark (Little, Brown: Hachette): "immersive, densely reported and altogether remarkable." Also, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison—Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out by Jason Rezaian (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco: Harper): "more than just a memoir that reads like a thriller. It’s also an intimate family history, an anguished love letter to an ancient and broken homeland, and a spirited defense of journalism and truth at a time when both are under attack almost everywhere." Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro (Knopf): "beautifully written and deeply moving."

NPR reviews Muhammad: Forty Introductions by Michael Muhammad Knight (Soft Skull): "a book designed to seduce, educate, and irritate its audience into curiosity about Islam and Muhammad, and on all three fronts it succeeds." Also, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro (Knopf): "reads like a detective story, albeit an emotional one."

The Washington Post reviews You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.): "It does nobody any good, least of all the author, to pretend that the other stories in this collection are anywhere near as noteworthy or polished as “Cat Person.” They are student work, and they trumpet their influences baldly."

Briefly Noted

Vulture suggest "4 Poetry Collections That Change the World."

The StarTribune has a list of books for Downton Abbey fans, as they await the movie.

Entertainment Weekly gathers YA reviews of "Heart-racing thrillers and mysteries to keep us on the edge of our seats."

The NYT help desk column considers books about "Anxiety, Mental Illness and Grief."

Entertainment Weekly features Elaine Shannon and her new book Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire (William Morrow: Harper). EW writes it is the first book in a new imprint from film director Michael Mann, who also plans a film. EW also interviews Mann about the director's edition of his film Heat. In related news, Deadline Hollywood reports that Mann will join forces with Don Winslow to write a mob novel and that he has plans for a book prequel to Heat as well. The imprint deal broke yesterday at the London Book Fair. Reports are still shaking out in regards to publication order of Mann's first books.

Forthcoming book news: Entertainment Weekly has a short interview with Daniel José Older and reveals the cover of his next book, The Book of Lost Saints (Imprint: Macmillan: Nov. 5, 2019). Also, Leslie Jamison previews her new book, Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays (Little, Brown: Hachette, Sept. 24, 2019) in an excerpt in EW. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Joanna Gaines is writing a children’s book, We Are The Gardeners (Thomas Nelson, March 3, 2019).

O: The Oprah Magazine interviews Sarah Jessica Parker about Golden Child by Claire Adam, the newest book in Parker's imprint.

EarlyWord writes about "GalleyChat as Ordering Tool."

Electric Lit provides a photo gallery of bookstore cats.

Author Francine du Plessix Gray has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR's Fresh Air features Joshua D. Mezrich, When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon (Harper; LJ starred review).

Deadline Hollywood has a bevy of book-to-screen news. Liane Moriarty's The Hypnotist’s Love Story is headed to ABC. Julian Fellowes Belgravia is getting adapted too. The comic Six is headed to TV, under the title Thirteen. The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler is headed to NBC. The Mel Gibson/Sean Penn film The Professor and the Madman will be released in the U.S. after a legal fight. Netflix's Ratched, spinning off a character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, adds cast members. So does Steven Spielberg's West Side Story and Treadstone, based on the Bourne books.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Matthew Rhys will play Perry Mason in HBO's new adaptation. Town & Country has the story too.

io9 reports that more Star Trek novels are on the way.

CrimeReads picks "12 Thrillers and Crime Movies" for 2019.

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Thick: And Other Essays (The New Press), will be on The Daily Show tonight. Kirsten Gillibrand, Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote (Knopf Books for Young Readers), will be on with Stephen Colbert. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You (Random House) will be on with Jimmy Fallon.

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