October and Fall Booklists Start to Arrive, Sept. 25, 2019 | Book Pulse

October booklists, as well as more fall titles, arrive. Several authors win MacArthur "Genius" grants. Chris Ware writes about Peanuts. PEN America issues a report about prisons and banned books. Jurassic World 3 reaches back to the past.

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October and Fall Booklists







The Washington Post picks “The 10 books to read in October.”

Tor.com has “All the New Science Fiction Books Coming out in October.”

BuzzFeed gathers “11 Must-Read Memoirs Coming Out This Fall.”

Electric Lit chooses “The 20 Best Debuts of the Second Half of 2019.”

Book Riot has a list of the YA graphic novels and comics coming out October through December. Also, YA books for the fall.


The NYT reviews The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (S. & S.): “gravely beautiful.” Also, Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy by Mike German (The New Press): “a powerful argument against idealizing the F.B.I. and overlooking its troubling record for the sake of short-term political convenience.” There is a listing of “New & Noteworthy Audiobooks” and a joint review on books about liberalism.

NPR reviews Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith (Knopf; LJ starred review): “a beautiful, elegant, and poetic memoir.” Also, Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays by Leslie Jamison (Little, Brown: Hachette): “This is a writer who is incapable of being uninteresting.” The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review): “nearly impossible to put down.”

The Washington Post reviews The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney (World Noir): “[has a] especially intense noir charge.”

Briefly Noted

The MacArthur 'Genius' Grant winners are announced. Several are authors, including Lynda Barry, Valeria Luiselli, Ocean Vuong, and Emily Wilson. NPR has a report.

To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death by Mark O'Connell (Doubleday: Penguin) wins the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

The Finalists are announced for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

O: The Oprah Magazine picks “13 Books About Immigration to Read This Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Alma selects the best Jewish books of 5779. They look at pop culture too.

CrimeReads picks “September's Best Debut Fiction.”

Esquire interviews Margaret Atwood.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews Jamie Mason, The Hidden Things (Gallery Books: S. & S.).

Attica Locke, Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books: Hachette), answers Entertainment Weekly’s “What’s In A Page” questions.

Sharlene Teo, Ponti (S. & S.), answers the Book Marks questionnaire.

Chris Ware writes about Peanuts in The New Yorker.

Entertainment Weekly has an audio excerpt of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by Joe Morton (Random House Audio).

Tor.com excerpts The Infinite Noise: A Bright Sessions Novel by Lauren Shippen (Tor Teen: Macmillan).

New York Magazine excerpts Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities by Vaclav Smil (The MIT Press).

Paste showcases The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht (Tor.com: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Vogue features Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller (Viking: Penguin). So does Elle.

The NYT highlights Tegan and Sara Quin, High School (S. & S.). O: The Oprah Magazine has an interview. People also spotlights.

Shondaland showcases Akilah Hughes, Obviously: Stories From My Timeline (Razorbill: Penguin).

Electric Lit considers The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper).

Esquire spotlights Leave Something on the Table: and Other Surprising Lessons for Success in Business and in Life by Frank Bennack (S. & S.).

NPR features Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking by Rocky Lang, Barbara Hall (Abrams).

Robert Iger, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (Random House), reveals how George Lucas feels about the Disney versions of Star Wars. Entertainment Weekly has details. The L.A. Times has five highlights from the book.

In forthcoming book news, Amazon Original Stories is set to publish a new collection of short stories by Guillermo del Toro, due out in 2021. The press release says “the collection will introduce a world of strange happenings, otherworldly horror, and dark fantasy.” The NYT writes about Highway 61 by Jessica Lange (powerhouse Books: Random House).

Paste features the PEN findings in Literature Locked Up: How Prison Book Restriction Policies Constitute the Nation’s Largest Book Ban. Here is that report.

Joanne Harris has something to say about the focus on debut novels. The Bookseller reports.

The Smithsonian writes about the Kurt Vonnegut museum.

Vox Media has bought New York Media, home of New York Magazine. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer (One World; LJ starred review). PBS NewsHour also has an interview.

PBS NewsHour interviews Chanel Miller, Know My Name: A Memoir (Viking: Penguin). Miller has a short film about coping with sexual assault. It is called “I am with you.” HuffPost has a report and the film. As does Bustle.

The Today show features Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint [A Cookbook] by Ivan Orkin, Chris Ying (Ten Speed Press: Penguin) as well as Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness (HarperOne).

Fox News features What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen A. Schwarzman (Avid Reader: S. & S.).

Deadline Hollywood reports that Jurassic World 3 will star Laura Dern, Sam Neill & Jeff Goldblum. Christopher McDougall’s Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero is headed to Netflix. Gearbreakers, the forthcoming YA novel by Zoe Hana Mikuta has been optioned. Lee Daniels’s adaptation of Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door is getting in gear.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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