PEN America Awards Announced and Jen Beagin Gets Buzzy, Feb. 27, 2019 | Book Pulse

The PEN America literary awards are announced. Jen Beagin gets focused attention. Book two in Philip Pullman's "The Book of Dust" series is on the way. Bonnie and Clyde wrote poetry.

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Awards

PEN America announces its literary award winners. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner: HMH) wins "the PEN/ Jean Stein Award for book of the year, with the largest prize at $75,000." LitHub has an account of the winners as well.

LJ names the Best Databases, Free Reference Websites and Apps, and Best Reference Books of 2018.

Reviews

The NYT reviews The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison (Knopf): "This book demonstrates once again that Morrison is more than the standard-bearer of American literature. She is our greatest singer. And this book is perhaps her most important song." Also, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers (Yale): "a taut and cogent corrective." The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind by Raghuram Rajan (Penguin): "What begins as an incisive critique of how economists and policymakers abandoned community ends as a dismaying illustration of the problem."

The Washington Post reviews Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead: Penguin): "a challenging, mind-bending exploration of class and female power."

NPR reviews Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin (Scribner: S. & S.): "a wildly exuberant novel that doesn't shy away from the weirder and more disgusting parts of life."

Briefly Noted

Jen Beagin and Vacuum in the Dark get buzzy attention. In addtion to the NPR review, Entertainment Weekly has an interviewElectric Lit does so as well, and O magazine has a spotlight.

PBS NewsHour and the NYT name The Power by Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown: Hachette) as their March book club pick.

Bonnie and Clyde wrote poetry. The Guardian has details.

Entertainment Weekly runs its Feb. YA column.

Vogue suggests "4 New Books We're Loving."

The Guardian excerpts The Secret Commonwealth, book two in Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust series. It is due out from Knopf in the US in early October.

Entertainment Weely has a short interview with Isaac Mizrahi, I.M.: A Memoir (Flatiron: Macmillan).

Paste features Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (a Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman (Harper).

The Atlantic interviews Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison, The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged (Policy Press: Univ. Chicago).

Along with Michael Mann, Vulture interviews Elaine Shannon, Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire (William Morrow: Harper).

YA book sales are down in the UK reports The Guardian. The paper speculates on why.

Authors on Air

The Guardian features Lewis Dartnell, Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History (Basic Books: Hachette) on its podcast.

A Puss in Boots 2 film is in the works. Frankenstein is getting re-made as a modern day procedural TV show. Deadline Hollywood has details.

Meg Wolitzer answers readers questions on PBS NewsHour.

LitHub ranks the "50 Greatness Literary TV Adaptations Ever."

The Daily Show will feature Angie Thomas tonight.

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