Prince Harry to Write 'Heartfelt' Memoir | Book Pulse

Prince Harry will publish an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir. The 2021 ESFS Awards Winners, 2021 Premio Italia Winners, and 2021 Prix Utopiales Shortlists are announced. Samantha N. Sheppard and J.E. Smyth were named 2021 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. LJ's January 2022 Prepub Alert: The Complete List is out now. Rep. John Lewis and Anthony Veasna So are featured and forthcoming books by Emily St. John Mandel, Amber Tamblyn, and Jillian Cantor are previewed.  The Tonight Show Book Club pick is The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Plus, Grady Hendrix’s The Final Girl Support Group gets series treatment for HBO Max.

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News & Awards

Prince Harry will publish an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir on the life, lessons and losses that have shaped him. The book is tentatively set to be published late 2022 by Penguin Random House. The NYT has coverage, The LA Times covers the story too, as does USA TodayIt will join a long list of titles on Harry, Meghan Markle, and his larger family.

Locus reports on the 2021 ESFS Awards Winners, 2021 Premio Italia Winners, and 2021 Prix Utopiales Shortlists

Samantha N. Sheppard and J.E. Smyth were named 2021 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each has a book proposal focusing on filmmaking or the film industry. Deadline has more.


USA Today reviews She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (Tor; LJ starred review), giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars: “an important debut that expands our concept of who gets to be a hero and a villain, and introduces a pair of gender disruptors who are destined to change China – and the LGBTQ fantasy canon – forever.”

The NYT reviews Ivory Shoals by John Brandon (McSweeney's: Baker & Taylor): “Ivory Shoals isn’t a western, it’s a Florida book, and Brandon’s characters are as grandiloquent as all get-out. You get used to it the way you get used to humidity.” Also, The Council of Animals by Nick McDonell (Henry Holt): “This well-intentioned fable returns us once more to the arc of narcissism that has increasingly defined our dominant myths. Other animals and plants are being drastically, swiftly obliterated across the globe and may survive, in many cases, only in captivity or not at all as the coming decades unspool; but still people are the heroes, the villains and the victims in every epic.”  The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “Midway through, he turns a mood piece into a seedy thriller, bringing in sex, crime and intrigue. The result is an unfocused, lopsided story that packs far too much into 150 pages.” And, Intimacies by Katie Kitamura (Riverhead): “contains a keen understanding of human behavior, one that reaches far beyond the pages of this brief and arresting book; she travels to places that ordinary writers cannot go.”  What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad (Knopf): “Told from the point of view of two children, on the ground and at sea, the story so astutely unpacks the us-versus-them dynamics of our divided world that it deserves to be an instant classic. I haven’t loved a book this much in a long time.” Also, Virtue by Hermione Hoby (Riverhead): “With a touch as light as a single match, Hoby scorches the earth beneath hollow social activism and performative outrage among young, coastal liberals.”  The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America by Julie Flavell (Liveright): “The Howes have long been opaque and even inscrutable. Flavell’s scholarship and deft storytelling add nuance, sympathy and granularity to the family portrait.” NYT’s “The Shortlist” has short reviews of three debuts.

The Washington Post reviews The Art of the National Parks (Fifty-Nine Parks) by Weldon Owen (Earth Aware Editions): "The works feel like a modern take on the coaxing posters that the government began commissioning in the 1930s (“Visit the National Parks,” urged a 1940 silks-screen print depicting a waterfall under a pleasantly undulating mountain range). The artists use an array of styles to explore what makes these destinations unique."

The Guardian reviews This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan (Penguin Pr.; LJ starred review): “Pollan is the perfect guide through this sometimes controversial territory; curious, careful and, as his book progresses, increasingly open minded.”

Briefly Noted

LJ's January 2022 Prepub Alert: The Complete List is out now.

NYT has a feature on Anthony Veasna So, who died before the release of his buzzed-about debut collection, Afterparties by (Ecco).

People spotlights Rep. John Lewis's Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation (Grand Central), which was posthumously published last week.

LA Times asks journalists by Nicola Twilley and Geoff Manaugh, Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine (MCD) “Why did we fail at COVID quarantines?”

Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel, Sea of Tranquility (Knopf), will publish in April 2022. LitHub has more. Plus, Entertainment Weekly has a first-look.

Amber Tamblyn’s forthcoming Listening in the Dark (Park Row Books: Harper Collins) will include pieces by Amy Poehler, America Ferrera, Jia Tolentino, Samantha Irby and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. The essay collection is due to publish in 2022. Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Oprah Daily has an excerpt of Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor (Harper), a reimagining of The Great Gatsby due to be published in January 2022.

Entertainment Weekly has a first-look at comic No One Left to Fight II (Dark Horse), which publishes in October.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Akash Kapur about his memoir, Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Uptopia in Auroville (Scribner: S. & S.). 

NPR’s Morning Edition talks with Katie Kitamura about Intimacies (Riverhead).

Readers have voted The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz (Celadon: Macmillan) as The Tonight Show Book Club pick. 

Grady Hendrix’s The Final Girl Support Group (Berkley; LJ starred review), is in development as a TV series for HBO Max. Deadline reports.

Chicano writer Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s novels will be adapted for a TV series. Deadline has details. 


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