Ocean Vuong, Viola Davis, Kelly Ripa, and Douglas Stuart Announce Forthcoming Books | Book Pulse

Forthcoming books by Ocean Vuong, Viola Davis, Kelly Ripa, and Douglas Stuart are announced. The Immersive Media & Books 2020 Consumer Survey highlights cross-industry research from The Panorama Project. Interviews arrive with Katie Kitamura, Kaveh Akbar, Rachel Yoder, Julie K. Brown, and Quentin Tarantino. Marvel's Blade gets a director and The Last Duel gets a trailer. 

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Forthcoming Books News

Entertainment Weekly has a first-look and excerpt of Ocean Vuong's forthcoming bookTime Is a Mother (Penguin Pr.) due out in April 2022.

Viola Davis will write a memoir, Finding Me about her rise to fame, due out in April 2022 from Harper One. OprahDaily has the news.

Douglas Stuart announces a new book, Young Mungo (Grove Press), to be published in April 2022.

Kelly Ripa will release Live Wire (Dey Street), a “collection of personal essays on childhood, motherhood, marriage, her career and the intersection of all the above.” It is due out in April 2022. People has the story.


The NYT reviews Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Uptopia in Auroville by Akash Kapur (Scribner: S. & S.): “Three lives, three acts and three genres combine in this narrative. Kapur weaves together memoir, history and ethnography to tell a story of the desire for utopia and the cruelties committed in its name.” Also, After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort by Eric Dean Wilson (S. & S.): “has its greatest impact when it asks us to think deeply about the reasons humans wish to change the temperature of their surroundings.”

NPR reviews Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine by Nicola Twilley and Geoff Manaugh (MCD): “little echoes and threads across the centuries are reminders that the next quarantine is a matter of when, not whether. But they also show how inexhaustibly and creatively people have tried to find ways to be together, even while apart.” Also, Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency by Michael Wolff (Henry Holt and Co.): “while it may not be the most important or valuable work in the summer library of Trump lit, it should stand as the worthiest among Wolff's own Trump trilogy, borrowing much of its seriousness from the harrowing events it describes.” And, Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North (Orbit): “North has created a world that works, that lives and breathes and suffers and dies, and populated it with characters who are all flawed, all broken, and struggling to make something better.”

Briefly Noted

Publishing Perspectives writes about the Immersive Media & Books 2020 Consumer Survey, highlighting cross-industry research by The Panorama Project offering insight into audiobook consumer engagement. 

The LA Times has an interview with Katie Kitamura about her new book Intimacies (Riverhead) and “complicating the narrative.” Kitamura also talks with Bustle about “her new book, ageism, and the impossibility of professional objectivity.”

The Millions talks with poet Kaveh Akbar, Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf; LJ starred review) about how “love is not a destination.”

Esquire has a Q&A with Rachel Yoder, Nightbitch (Doubleday), about "false mythologies of womanhood, the tension between art and motherhood, and why underachieving is a radical act of feminism."

People highlights reporting on Liz Cheney in I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker (Penguin).

The BBC reconsiders Sylvia Plath as "Literature's Most Misunderstood Icon?"

Tordotcom shares flash fiction from Pik-Shuen Fung, author of Ghost Forest (One World; LJ starred review).

PopSugar recommends While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley) as the “Hot Summer Romance You Need to Read.”

Bitch looks at Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder (Doubleday) and The Upstairs House by Julia Fine (Harper), two books that “get raw about mothering.”

USA Today has “6 Books for Nature Lovers.”

The Seattle Times suggests "6 brand-new paperbacks."

“Readers recommend the best climate fiction” at The Washington Post.

The Chicago Tribune explores the line between fiction and reality, plus book recommendations from the Biblioracle.

Entertainment Weekly highlights five must-read books about “the invisible borders between culture and identity.”

CrimeReads has “Nine Books with Plots Pulled from Real Life,” thrillers set in the outdoors, and a conversation between Alma Katsu and Owen Matthews.

The Guardian has “Going places: The international authors to read this summer.”

“Carol Easton, Biographer of Arts Figures, Dies at 87.” NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with Julie K. Brown about Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story (Dey Street Books) and how she “sought to give Epstein's victims the chance to speak.”

NPR’s Code Switch staff recommend books “that take a look at what it means to be free.”

Tordotcom rounds up "Everything We Know So Far About Season Two of The Wheel of Time.”

Deadline has a Q&A with Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins) about “Retirement, Fatherhood, And Other Great Tales.”

Bassam Tariq has been tapped to direct Marvel’s Blade, with assoc. titles. ShadowandAct has details.

The Last Duel, based on The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager (Crown) gets a trailer.

"Gord Downie's 2001 solo project Coke Machine Glow to be reissued with a new poetry audiobook." CBC reports.

Emilia Clarke, M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, Volume 1 (Image Comics) visits The Tonight Show Wednesday.

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