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Colson Whitehead, Saeed Jones, and Jerry Craft win the Kirkus Prize. The CWA Dagger Award Winners are announced. Christmas arrives on screen this week, while Halloween gets another nod. Paste names “The 25 Best Horror Novels of the 2010s.”

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Christmas arrives on screen this week, while Halloween gets another nod.

Oct. 25:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Halloween Special, (also titled, If You Give a Mouse a Pumpkin) based on the book series by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond (Harper). No reviews | Trailer

Just Add Magic: New Protectors, based on the books by Cindy Callaghan (Aladdin: S. & S.) No reviews | Trailer

There is also Monzón: A Knockout Blow, which Netflix reports is based on a book, but it is unclear which source the Argentinian crime drama references. Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

Oct. 26:

Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses, based on the book by Jenny Hale (Forever). No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 27:

Mrs. Fletcher, based on the book by Tom Perrotta (Scribner: S. & S.). Reviews | Trailer

No Time Like Christmas, based on the book Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan). No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 28:

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House, based on the book by M.C. Beaton (Minotaur: Macmillan). No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 31:

Kengan Ashura, based on the manga series. No reviews | Trailer








Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (Doubleday: Random House), Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir (S. & S.; LJ starred review), and Jerry Craft, New Kid (Harper; SLJ starred review), win the Kirkus Prize.

The CWA Dagger Award Winners are announced.

The Shortlist for the Sports Book of the Year is out.

The An Post Irish Book Awards issues its shortlist. The Bookseller reports.


The NYT reviews Find Me by André Aciman (FSG; LJ starred review): “It is a lyrical meditation on being forced to move to another location after the party’s over, on the Sisyphean task of trying to replicate the magic of young passion.” Also, The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz (Algonquin Young Readers: Workman): “a hilariously heartwarming magical adventure.” The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner (Aladdin: S. & S.; SLJ starred review): “on subsequent readings young readers and lovers of magic will still find this good-natured story hard to resist.” Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art, and Sexual Violence in the 1970s by Nancy Princenthal (Thames & Hudson: W.W. Norton): “takes a tangled history and weaves it into an elegant account.” The Crime column is out. The Shortlist considers new French fiction.

NPR reviews God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop by Kathy Iandoli (Dey Street Books: Harper): “the book's minor imbalances pale before its primary message. "This industry has continuously othered us," Iandoli writes — and that otherness is what God Saves the Queens seeks to rectify.” Also, A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis by Sam Roberts (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “a nuanced, richly researched book that delves deep into the history of the city and speaks volumes about its past, present and future.” John Le Carré's Agent Running in the Field (Viking: Penguin): “as detailed and astonishing and entertaining as anything in its genre today.”

The L.A. Times reviews Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok (Kaya Press): “a tough, gorgeous look at why we behave badly.”

The Washington Post reviews The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars by Meghan Daum (Gallery Books: S. & S.): “offers a merciless take on modern feminism, woke-ness and cancel culture.” Also, still here Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “[the] show-by-show narrative captures the professional life of a working actor in the commercial theater.” Cabinets of Curiosities by Patrick Mauriès (Thames & Hudson: W.W. Norton): “tells the story of some truly awesome collectors.” Preston Sturges: The Last Years of Hollywood's First Writer-Director by Nick Smedley, Tom Sturges (Intellect Ltd.: Univ. Chicago): “makes a significant contribution to film scholarship, [bit]its downbeat portrait of a self-saboteur can be hard to take.”

Briefly Noted

Paste names “The 25 Best Horror Novels of the 2010s.”

The Millions selects “Ten Essential Music Biographies.”

CrimeReads picks October’s best debuts.

Book Marks has “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Electric Lit offers “11 Highly-Anticipated Queer Books Coming Out This Winter.”

The Irish Times writes about “The irresistible rise of Nigerian fiction.”

LJ's “Love for All” Romance preview feature is out.

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Tessa Dare.

The NYT gets Halloween advice from experts. Also, the paper’s recommendations for the week in books.

The NYT reports that the diaries of Patricia Highsmith are going to be released as a book (due in 2021 from Liveright: W.W. Norton).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Mulan: Before the Sword by Grace Lin (Disney Press: Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Trixie Mattel and Katya, Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood: Trixie and Katya's Guide to Being a Person (Plume: Penguin). Also, an interview with Sarah MacLean, Daring and the Duke: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book III (Avon: Harper).

USA Today interviews André Aciman, Find Me (FSG; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Fiona Benson, winner of the Forward prize. Her winning book is Vertigo & Ghost (Random House UK).

The NYT features Jenny Slate, Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette). Also, a piece on Flea, Acid for the Children: A Memoir (Grand Central: Hachette). There is a feature on Twyla Tharp, Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life (S. & S.) and a profile of Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of The London Review of Books.

HuffPost focuses on All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy (Hachette) and interviews the authors.

Bustle writes “How 3 Rom-Com Authors Are Tackling Abuse & Trauma In Their Novels.”

Time features Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes (Princeton).

The NYT writes about what the Astro Poets, Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov, Dorothea Lasky (Flatiron Books: Macmillan), do on Sundays.

Vulture looks at the Rihanna book.

LJ has a report on ALA’s response to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s investigation into competition in digital markets.

Authors on Air

The Today show features Donal's Meal in Minutes: 90 Suppers from Scratch, 15 Minutes Prep(Illustrated) by Donal Skehan (Quercus: Hachette). Sales jumped. writes about the movie Wounds, based on Nathan Ballingrud’s novella The Visible Filth.

Deadline reports that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift are writing a new song for the Cats film. Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great is Not Okay is set for the movies. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is canceled. Bryan Lourd and Billie Lourd “disavow” the book Carrie Fisher: A Life On The Edge by Sheila Weller. The 100 is getting a prequel. Niv Kaplan’s Frogmen on Deck sells film rights.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Modern Love has already gotten a season two order from Amazon.

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 120 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating (William Morrow: Harper), will be on with Stephen Colbert

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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

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