Poems, Comics, and Books About Belonging In Award News, Mar. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Three awards honor diverse titles. Sally Rooney has a new story. A T.S. Eliot recording is unearthed. Lin-Manuel Miranda shares vacation reading. James McBride's Good Lord Bird is headed to Showtime.

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Poet Dawn Lundy Martin wins the Kingsley Tufts Award for Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press). Diana Khoi Nguyen wins the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Ghost Of (Omnidawn: Univ. of New England).

The Cartoonist Studio Prize announces its nominees.

The longlist for the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour is out.


The NYT reviews Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante, translated by Ann Goldstein (Liveright: W.W. Norton): "a sledgehammer performance. But her writing, once you acclimate to its gargoyle extravagance, has the power of malediction." Also, Elsewhere Home by Leila Aboulela (Grove Press): "Hers is the first collection I’ve read since James Joyce’s “Dubliners” that reminded me of the life-changing power of furiously honest realism."

The Washington Post reviews The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press): "an uneven book, though a deeply imaginative ending ... redeems the travel-worn story."

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Parade by Dave Eggers (Knopf), giving it a C- and calling it in the headline a "grim letdown."

Briefly Noted

Elle names "25 of the Best Books to Read in Spring 2019."

USA Today picks its books of the week.

The Washington Post gathers romance novels on the topic of "arranged marriage within South Asian and Muslin cultures."

EarlyWord's GalleyChat roundup for March is posted.

Barbara Hoffert has more Prepub Alert books to look out for. Related, Publishers Weekly runs book deals for the week, including that Bea Koch, who is the buzzy co-owner of the Ripped Bodice romance bookstore, is writing Real Housewives of the Regency and that Janet Skeslien Charles is writing The Paris Library, about the librarians of the American Library in Paris. Samin Nosrat has a new cookbook on the way too.

The newest Ann Patchett novel, The Dutch House (Harper) will publish in September. The news tops the Parnassus's "18 Great Reads for Spring... " list (the bookstore owned by Patchett).

The Guardian reports that a hand-produced book by Joni Mitchell is getting published for a general audience, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings (HMH).

The New Yorker has a new story by Sally Rooney.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Paste excerpts Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson (Tor Teen: Macmillan).

The NYT runs an essay about SF and predictions by Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Minutes of Glory: And Other Stories (The New Press).

Entertainment Weekly interviews G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King (Grove Press).

CrimeReads interviews C.J. Box, Wolf Pack (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin).

The NYT features Rachel Hollis, Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (HarperCollins Leadership).

The Washington Post features Caroline Criado Perez, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (Abrams). Bustle has a feature too.

Mental Floss reports that dyslexia-friendly Harry Potter companion books are getting issued in the UK.

Lin-Manuel Miranda shares his vacation reading list.

Authors on Air

The NYT reports on a newly unearthed recording of T.S. Eliot talking about, and reading, poetry.

PBS NewsHour interviews Marlon James.

Vulture explores "What Amazon's Lord of the Rings Maps Reveal About Its Middle-earth Prequel Series."

NPR interviews Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others (HarperOne).

James McBride's Good Lord Bird is heading to Showtime. Ragnar Jonasson’s The Darkness is set to become a series. Deadline Hollywood has the details.

Riverdale is spinning off a new show, Katy Keene. Vanity Fair reports.

Elizabeth McCracken offers a humble opinion on PBS NewsHour.

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Neal Wyatt


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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