'Hour of the Witch' by Chris Bohjalian is B&N May Book Club Selection | Book Pulse

Reese Witherspoon's May book club pick The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave is already in limited series development for Apple TV+ . Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian is B&N May book club selection. Julian Barnes has won the Jerusalem Prize. The 2021 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year longlist arrives, along with finalists for The 2020 Governor General's Literary Awards, and the shortlist for the Encore Award, including Susanna Clarke's Piranesi. Penguin Random House will reissue Stacy Abrams's first three novels. Sunny Hostin is buzzing for her new novel Summer Bluffs and new inclusive production company.  Stella, the World's First Talking Dog gathers more fans. Plus, Suzanne Simard's memoir, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest gets attention and a film adaptation by Amy Adams.


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Book Clubs & Awards

Reese Witherspoon picks The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (S. & S.) as the May Reese's Book Club pick. The thriller is already in development to become a limited series on Apple TV+ starring and coproduced by Julia Roberts and Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine company. Popsugar has a story.

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday) is the B&N Book Club pick for May.

The Jerusalem International Book Forum and the City of Jerusalem announced that Julian Barnes has won the Jerusalem Prize. Publishing Perspectives has more on the Book Forum Sessions. 

Harrogate International Festivals releases longlist for this year's Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, including Ian Rankin, Steve Billingham, and newcomer Lucy Foley. The Bookseller has more. 

The 2020 Governor General's Literary Awards releases finalists, including Francesca Ekwuyasi, Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Anne Carson, CBC reports.

The Royal Society of Literature released its shortlist for the Encore Award for best second novel, including a nomination for Susanna Clarke, Piranesi (Bloomsbury USA: Macmillan; LJ starred review).


The NYT reviews Let the Record Show : A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman (Farrar, Straus and Girou; LJ starred review): “This is not reverent, definitive history. This is a tactician’s bible.”

The Washington Post reviews The Tyranny of Big Tech by Josh Hawley (Regnery): “Hawley often undermines his case with less-than-compelling evidence and disregard for any position that runs counter to his own." Also, Second Place by Rachel Cusk (Farrar; LJ starred review): “by using Luhan’s memoir as a template for character and plot, Cusk is able to dig deeper into the ideas that most interest her, taking “Second Place” to some profoundly insightful places.

USA Today reviews Project: Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Ballantine) giving it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars: “Weir’s well-crafted book is an epic story of redemption, discovery and cool speculative sci-fi made all the better with a couple of perfect strangers turned BFFs.”

The Rumpus offers a sketchbook review of Girlhood by Melissa Febos (Bloomsbury).

NPR reviews Negative Space by Lilly Dancyger (Santa Fe Writer’s Project): “pushes against the boundaries of what we understand as a biography — and turns the narrative into a something like a whodunit, a supernatural thriller in which a journalist interrogates a ghost, a story in which art speaks about the past eloquently, and a biography of how a writer came to be.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews “five of the best romance novels of April 2021.”

Briefly Noted

Penguin Random House will reissue Stacey Abrams’s first three romance novels, written under the pen name Selena Montgomery, NPR reports. 

Stacey Abrams and Michael Connelly talk about craft at Elle.

LitHub has more on Joshua Shenks's Believer resignation.  

Shondaland talks with The View cohost Sunny Hostin, Summer on the Bluffs (William Morrow: Harper Collins) about her debut novel, calling it “the vacation we all need right now.” People also alks with Sunny Hostin, Summer on the Bluffs (William Morrow: Harper Collins) about her passion project, calling it “a love letter to Black and Latina women.” 

People has features on Natasha Gregson Wagner, More Than Love : An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood (Scribner), Christina Hunger, How Stella Learned to Talk: The Groundbreaking Story of the World's First Talking Dog (William Morrow: HarperCollins), Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo, The Hope We Hold : Finding Peace in the Promises of God (Worthy Books), and Lala Kent, Give Them Lala (Gallery: S. & S.).

USA Today interviews Julianna Margulies who talks about legacy and her memoir, Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life (Ballantine).

The LA Times interviews Alison BechdelThe Secret to Superhuman Strength (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Autostraddle interviews author Maddy Court and illustrator Kelsy Wroten of The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend : Advice on Queer Dating, Love, and Friendship (Chronicle Books), calling it a “combination of generous honesty, tough love, and laugh out loud candor that any queer will appreciate."

The Washington Post talks with Christina Hunger, How Stella Learned to Talk: The Groundbreaking Story of the World's First Talking Dog (William Morrow: HarperCollins) about her dog Stella, who has nearly 800,000 followers on Instagram. AARP has a feature and tutorial with Stella. 

The NYT interviews Aminder Dhaliwal Cyclopedia Exotica (Drawn and Quarterly) on how her work explores anti-Asian hate.

Bustle has a feature on Casey Wilson, The Wreckage of My Presence (Harper).

Lilly Dancyger, Negative Space (Santa Fe Writer’s Project) discusses her memoir and finding the "truth" of her parents life with ElectricLit.

The Atlantic looks at “Women Refusing to Be Like Other Women” in the new novels by Rachel Cusk and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Salon explores The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—And How We Can Fix It (Crown), with the author Dorothy A Brown.

The San Francisco Chronicle considers bad parents behind good fiction.

The Washington Post has a reading list for Mother’s Day: “11 books for moms who — more than ever — need an escape.” Also, a snapshot of paperback bestsellers.

Entertainment Weekly has the “20 best new books to read in May.”

Shondaland has “The 5 Best Books for May 2021.”

ElectricLit has “10 Essential Books by Vietnamese American Writers.”

PopSugar has read-likes for The Push by Ashley Audrain (Pamela Dorman: Penguin)

BookRiot suggests reading pathways for Star Wars books. Also, a consideration of whether comics are just for kids.

NYPL posts the third installment of their Beginner's Guide to Manga, exploring genres and subgenres.


Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with Suzanne Simard, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (Knopf: LJ starred review) about how trees “communicate with each other in cooperative ways that hold lessons for humans, too.”  Amy Adams will star in and produce an adaptation of the book for the big screen, with Jake Gyllenhaal also to produce. Deadline has more.

Sunny Hostin has launched Roots & Wings Productions “to develop and create content for film and television, highlighting important social justice issues and meaningful, inclusive stories." The company’s first project will adapt Hostin’s Summer on the Bluffs (William Morrow: Harper Collins) as a series for ABC Signature. Variety has the exclusive.

Deadline reports screenwriter Annette Hess will team with producer Gaumont to adapt her 2018 debut bestsellerThe German House (HarperVia) as a miniseries. And, Holly Hunter is in talks to star and produce feature adaptation of Monogamy by Sue Miller (Harper). 

Ebony spotlights Anthony Mackie as the new Captain America.

The Seattle Times talks with Lindy West about the last season of Hulu’s Shrill, based on her book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (Hachette)and what comes next. 

Parade has an interview with AmyTan about "telling people who she really is."

Big Sky, based on the Highway series of books by C.J. Box, has been renewed at ABC with new showrunner.The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Wired reflects on Made for Love, based on the book by Alissa Nutting and Handmaid’s Tale, based on the book by Margaret Atwood, and the "Trap of Dystopian TV.”

Amy Klobuchar, Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age (Knopf) will be on Seth Meyers tonight. Emmanuel Acho, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy (Roaring Brook Press) will be on The View tomorrow.


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