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W.W. Norton takes Blake Bailey's biography of Philip Roth out of print and cuts ties with the author. Canisia Lubrin wins the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. The 2020 ReLit Awards shortlist honoring the best Canadian books published by independent presses is out while the Edgar Awards will be announced tomorrow. The June Indie Next List is out and Joshua Henkin's Morningside Heights claims the top spot. The Other Wes Moore will be adapted for the big screen and Netflix releases its summer lineup, including several adaptations. Plus, Gabrielle Union will release a new memoir in September.


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Publisher W.W. Norton takes Blake Bailey's biography of Philip Roth out of print, USA Today reports. The New York Times, Guardian, LA Times, and Minneapolis Star Tribune also cover the story.

The Guardian addresses the staff campaign against the Mike Pence book deal at Simon and Schuster. The NYT also reports on the “new challenges for publishers trying to balance ideological lines with a desire to continue representing the political spectrum.” The Washington Post offers this perspective.

The June Indie Next List is out with Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin (Pantheon) claiming the top spot.

In preparation for the Edgar Awards tomorrow, CrimeReads, in partnership with Mystery Writers of America, considers the “State of the Crime Novel in 2021” with a panel of nominees. Here is the full list of nominees.

“Giller Prize winner Souvankham Thammavongsa among finalists for $10K Danuta Gleed Literary Award” reports The CBC. Also, 38 books are shortlisted for 2020 ReLit Awards, honoring the best Canadian books published by independent presses.

Canisia Lubrin wins the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for her book-lengthed poem, The Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart).


The NYT reviews The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt): “chronicles her lifelong susceptibility to every passing exercise fad — the more unnecessary gear required the better.”

The LA Times reviews White Magic by Elissa Washuta (Tin House): “Though ‘White Magic' is a book of essays, it reads like a single piece, as circuitous and ambiguous as special agent Dale Cooper’s journey through the Black Lodge.”

NPR reviews The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale (Penguin): “Summerscale's writing is so inviting, the historical details folded into the narrative so well, that The Haunting of Alma Fielding reads like a novel you don't want to put down.”

The Washington Post reviews Billy Wilder on Assignment: Dispatches from Weimar Berlin and Interwar Vienna edited by Noah Isenberg (Princeton University Press): “the first anthology to collect Wilder’s newspaper work in a single volume. And it’s a revelation, a trove of snappy pieces that give the reader tantalizing glimpses of the mature film satirist who would win six Oscars for his work.” Also, Spite: The Upside of Your Dark Side by Simon McCarthy-Jones (Basic): “an interesting and at times provocative exploration of an emotion that has to this point been underexplored and, if McCarthy-Jones is right, significantly under-appreciated.”

Briefly Noted

The LA Times has an interview with Ben Philippe, Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump (Harper), on memoir, code-switching, and George Floyd. has an interview with Tasha Suri, The Jasmine Throne (Orbit; LJ starred review), about her life, career, and writing during a global pandemic. Plus, several more movie and TV reviews.

Esquire talks with Justin Baldoni, author of Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity (HarperOne) about the “harmful myths of masculinity."

People profiles Vince Granata and his new memoir, Everything Is Fine (Atria).

Parade talks with Emily Henry, People We Meet on Vacation (Berkley; LJ starred review), about her forthcoming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

Oprah Daily speaks with Elizabeth Nyamayaro I Am a Girl from Africa (Scribner) about her “hope-filled memoir.”

Jhumpa Lahiri talks about self-translation for Words without Borders.

Gabrielle Union will release a new memoir,You Got Anything Stronger? (Dey Street Books) in September, Vulture reports.

Lauren Groff has a novella published in The New Yorker.

Gizmodo highlights the creative process of The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by Amy Ratcliffe & Scott Towbridge (Abrams).

Victoria Thompson, Murder on Wall Street (Berkeley) writes about her research for CrimeReads. Plus, 7 “Thrillers That Play With Form.”

The NYT offers a New & Noteworthy List and 15 titles to watch for in May.

The Washington Post suggests 10 books to read in May.

The Seattle Times suggests Spring reading.

The San Francisco Chronicle spotlights “3 new novels spotlight the Asian American immigrant experience.”

The CBC highlights 55 Canadian poetry collections for Spring.

AARP has “3 New Books About Memory — and Keeping It Sharp.”

BookRiot has a list of post pandemic entertaining books.

ElectricLit has a list of historical fiction about war-torn love.

Authors on Air

BAFTA TV Awards Nominations are out, including Hulu’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Deadline has the full list.

Deadline reports Pathways Alliance will develop Wes Moore’s best seller, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates (Spiegel & Grau) for the big screen with Stephen Curry and Erick Peyton to executive produce. Also, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton signs on to direct and produce Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown (Viking) as a TV series.

In other news, Deadline reported that Hulu dropped the first three episodes of Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 a day early, and spoke with the stars Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes about big changes ahead for the series, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. Variety also covered the story. Plus, Vulture has episode recaps.

“Marvel reveals more incredible X-Men fashion looks for the upcoming Hellfire Gala”, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Chinaka Hodge is set to lead the writing room for Marvel’s Ironheart (with associated titles) six-episode series for Marvel Studios and Disney+. The Hollywood Reporter has the story. Also, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie is coming to Netflix June 3rd. Ethan Hawke will star in the upcoming horror thriller The Black Phone, which is based on a Joe Hill short story. Plus, Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard is in talks to direct the next MonsterVerse Film.

Netflix releases its summer lineup, featuring several highly anticipated adaptations, including the Amy Adams-led The Woman in the Window, based on the novel by A.J. Finn. The season kicks off with Things Heard and Seen, based on the novel by Elizabeth Brundage on April 29th. Variety has the full lineup, plus the Netflix Summer Movie Preview trailer.  

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 6 gets a trailer.

Malcolm Gladwell, The Bomber Mafia (Little, Brown: Hachette) will feature on Jimmy Kimmel tomorrow.

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