Nickel Boys Gets More Buzz, Jul. 16, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead wins the day. American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta is making noise. Some notable sites look at books for the month and books forthcoming. The Shirley Jackson Awards and the ITW Thriller Awards are announced. The Saturn Award nomination list is out.

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USA Today picks its books for the week, leading with The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House). The paper also reviews the novel, giving it a perfect 4 stars, calling it a “literary achievement” and “superb,” and asking if Whitehead will win another Pulitzer. Paste offers “The Ultimate Guide to Reading Colson Whitehead's Books.” Lastly, Whitehead is scheduled for NPR’s Fresh Air today.

American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta (Harper) is getting full coverage on cable news shows.

LJ's Prepub Alert stretches into January 2020 with Literary Fiction, Pop Fiction, Barbara’s Picks, and more.

EarlyWord’s July GalleyChat Roundup is posted.

The Millions publishes its “Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2019 Book Preview.”

The August LibraryReads list is out. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (Avon: HarperCollins) is the top choice.


The NYT reviews Costalegre by Courtney Maum (Tin House: W.W. Norton): “delightful.” Also, Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest by David Roberts (W.W. Norton): “an amiably discursive, often beguiling entry in what has become a venerable literary form: the expedition in pursuit of an expedition.”

The Washington Post reviews Turbulence by David Szalay (Scribner: S. & S.): “he’s masterful at quickly establishing a mood and a character, he creates humid, uncomfortable tales, their air thick with worry and the threat of tragedy.”

Briefly Noted

Little Eve by Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) wins the Shirley Jackson Award for best novel. Locus has the list of winners and nominees.

The ITW Thriller Awards are announced. Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur: Macmillan) wins best hardcover novel. John Sandford is named ThrillerMaster and Harlan Coben wins the Silver Bullet Award. Shelf Awareness has all the winners. Here is the short list.

BuzzFeed picks Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt: Macmillan) as its August book club pick.

Entertainment Weekly interviews George R.R. Martin. He talks about not changing A Song of Ice and Fire in light of the HBO adaptation.

The New Yorker has an interview with Wendell Berry.

New York magazine talks with James Patterson about Jeffrey Epstein and his 2016 book Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Guardian interviews Diarmaid MacCulloch, Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Gizmodo excerpts Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn (Del Rey: Random House). excerpts The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda (DAW: Penguin).

Fox News features America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. by Steven M. Gillon (Dutton: Penguin).

In forthcoming book news, Oliver Stone is writing a memoir. It will come out in fall 2020 from HMH. Entertainment Weekly has details. EW also writes about The Miseducation of Henry Cane (S. & S.), spinning off from the Younger TV show. The author is yet to be announced. EW says it “is written by one of the series’ core characters who will be revealed in an upcoming episode of the show’s current season.” The Hollywood Reporter has news that Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, is taking on G.I. Joe in a new comic book.

Deadline Hollywood writes about big Hollywood names who are getting into comics.

A book critic ponders “Why Do Women Love True Crime?” in the NYT. Also in the paper, Lisa Gardner writes about a visit to the Body Farm.

Related, Bustle has “7 Best True Crime Books Written By Women.”

Another book gets cancelled and makes the news, this time You Don't Know Me: The Incarcerated Women of York Prison Voice Their Truths by Wally Lamb, The Women of York Prison (Counterpoint). The Hartford Courant writes that the collection, an outgrowth of Wally Lamb’s prison writing program, has “been suspended after efforts to publish a new anthology of the women’s essays broke down amid disputes over payment and charges of bullying."

Authors on Air

The forthcoming James Bond film introduces a new agent, who gets the 007 number. It is not a new James Bond but it might be a new series lead, played by Lashana Lynch. has a good summary of the known details and five questions. The Daily Mail broke the story.

The Jack Reacher books by Lee Child are set for a TV series at Amazon. Global films rights to Crescendo by Allen Cheney and Julie Cantrell have been sold. Georges Simenon’s Maigret is headed back to TV as a new series, starring Rowan Atkinson. The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner is headed to the movies, with Sabrina Carpenter as star and producer. Netflix edits the suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why. Deadline Hollywood has details.

Variety reports that Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi is headed to the movies.

Elizabeth Gabler, who the NYT writes “is considered Hollywood’s foremost bridge to the New York publishing world” has inked a deal with Sony and HarperCollins. The deal is wide ranging and will allow Gabler to develop books beyond Harper’s list and for TV and streaming services as well as movies. Deadline Hollywood also has details.

The Saturn Award nominations are announced. Avengers leads the count but there are other book-based works as well as a full comics-to-film category. And in more award news, the Emmy nominees will be announced today.

Bustle picks “11 books like Big Little Lies” as the HBO series builds to its season 2 finale.

NPR’s Fresh Air features I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum (Random House).

The King’s Man, a prequel to the Kingsman films (which are based on the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comics) gets a trailer.

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