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The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben leads 11 new books onto the bestseller lists. Much news today about publishing and the coronavirus. The Whiting Awards are announced as is the Four Quartets Prize. Spring reading lists arrive.

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New Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben (Grand Central: Hachette) debuts at No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs (Ace: Penguin) takes No 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Hit List by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) claims No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition (Star Wars) by Rae Carson (Del Rey: Random House) lands at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Odd 1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned from Growing Up by James Rallison (TarcherPerigee: Penguin) opens at No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Jerusalem Assassin: A Marcus Ryker Series Political and Military Action Thriller by Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale House) takes No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs (Scribner: S. & S.) closes the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 14.

Nonfiction

Explorer's Guide to Wildemount (D&D Campaign Setting and Adventure Book) (Dungeons & Dragons) by Wizards RPG Team, contributions by Matthew Mercer (Wizards of the Coast: Random House) holds No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

How To Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz (Riverhead: Penguin) opens at No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael T. Osterholm, Mark Olshaker (Little, Brown Spark: Hachette) claims No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case, Angus Deaton (Princeton) closes the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.

Coronavirus Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

The L.A. Times writes “How the coronavirus will change book publishing, now and forever.”

Just as studios have to rethink when and how they release films already in the pipeline, publishers too must decide what to do. Publishers Weekly reports that S. & S. is leading the way in moving pub. dates, jumping months, and sometimes seasons, ahead and writes that 145 titles have already been shifted. Other houses are taking a more cautious approach.

The Guardian reports that book sales are surging in the UK, “with a notable interest in challenging classics.” Publishers Weekly earlier reporter a huge jump in sales for some U.S. sites such as Bookshop.org (up 400%).

BuzzFeed writes that Libro.fm, the online audiobook service, has increased its membership by 200% this month. They also lists their 25 top sellers.

The International Booker Prize will announce the shortlist online only, on April 2. Also, The Women’s Prize for Fiction ceremony has been moved to September 9. The Bookseller reports on both.

The Amazon Canada First Novel Award announcement pushes to August 27. CBC has the news.

WisCon is canceled for this year. Tor.com reports.

The Tony Awards will be postponed and will not be scheduled until Broadway reopens. The NYT reports.

The Internet Archive has created The National Emergency Library.

The Washington Post suggests “To get us through, finding the wisdom of books written in isolation.” Also in the paper, Ron Charles writes about our current times and The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta (St. Martin's).

Esquire picks “The Best Books for Distancing Yourself From Reality Right Now.”

The NYT is running its “What to Watch, Read and Listen To During Your Coronavirus Self-Quarantine” every weekday now.

Belletrist has another virtual book tour video. This one for The Undocumented Americans: A Homecoming by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (One World: Random House).

Time has “10 Virtual Book Clubs You Can Join Now – And How To Start Your Own.”

Publishers Lunch reports that more than half of the nation’s Barnes & Noble stores are now closed due to the pandemic.

LJ has "When No Public Means No Paycheck" by Meg Brown, along with resources for those losing their jobs.

The NYT writes about John Keats's 10 days of quarantined in the Bay of Naples.

Chef and author Floyd Cardoz has died due to coronavirus. Deadline reports.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Threshold by Rob Doyle (Bloomsbury: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “game and gleefully provocative …  a nettlesome new novel — surly, ambitious, frequently annoying … my treasured companion of late.”

The Washington Post reviews The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit: Hachette; LJ starred review): "sprawling and provocative."

USA Today reviews Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen (Arcade: Skyhorse), giving it one star and calling it “400 pages of feeling stuck sitting next to the world’s most tiresome dinner party guest.”

NPR reviews Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin Young Readers: Workman): “all about the atmosphere and feelings.”

Book Marks has “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”

Briefly Noted

Ling Ma and Jia Tolentino are among the winners of the Whiting Awards. Entertainment Weekly has more on winner Andrea Lawlor, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (Vintage: Random House).

The Four Quartets Prize goes to Brian Teare, Doomstead Days (Nightboat Books).

The NYT highlights seven new books for April reading.

Town and Country has “18 Must-Read” books for spring.

BuzzFeed has “21 Brand New Young Adult Romances You Absolutely Must Read This Spring.”

In LJ, Barbara Hoffert surveys November 2020 in Prepub Alert.

Electric Lit offers “6 Debut Fantasy Novels Starring Black Women.”

Andrea Bartz, The Herd (Ballantine: Random House), suggests “7 Thrillers About Female Ambition.”

Popsugar gathers “30 Books to Give Your Friends Going Through a Quarter-Life Crisis.”

Amazon’s Book Review site suggests “5 bold new sci-fi series launching in 2020.” Book Riot picks “5 Urban Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels to Add to Your 2020 TBR.”

io9 features Altered Carbon: The Art and Making of the Series by Abbie Bernstein (Titan: Random House).

Time has a FaceTime interview with Terry McMillan, It’s Not All Downhill from Here (Ballantine: Random House).

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan) is Moira’s Seattle Times Book Club pick.

The L.A. Times Book Club goes virtual and features Steph Cha and Joe Ide. On March 30 they will stream on Facebook and YouTube starting at 7 pm Pacific.

Chapter three of Lena Dunham’s romance novel is out.

People features I Know This to Be True: Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday (Chronicle Books) and I Know This to Be True: Greta Thunberg by Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday (Chronicle). Also You and I, as Mothers: A Raw and Honest Guide to Motherhood by Laura Prepon (Abrams) and More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys (Flatiron: Macmillan). Lastly, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene (Dutton: Penguin).

Vulture also features The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene (Dutton: Penguin).

Lorrie Moore answers the "By the Book" questions for the NYT. The "Inside the List" features How To Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz (Riverhead: Penguin).

The CBC has “5 books to read if you loved We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib (Viking: Penguin).

The NYT features Betty Dodson, author and sex educator.

The famous editor Richard Marek, who worked with Ernest Hemingway and James Baldwin, has died. Author Richard Reeves has died. The NYT has obituaries.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Michael Pollan, Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World (Audible Original)

Netflix is planning an Angry Birds animated series. Deadline reports.

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