Genre Awards Take Center Stage, Jul. 30, 2019 | Book Pulse

Winners and shortlists are out for romance, sf, fantasy, and other genre awards. Bill Gates, Ellen, and Good Morning America give three books a boost. Made for Love by Alissa Nutting is headed to HBO and both The Kitchen and Sanditon get new trailers.

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The RITA Winners have been announced.

The World Fantasy Awards finalists are out.

The Seiun Award winners are announced. Locus calls this award “the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo.”

The Rhysling Award Winners are announced. This is the award for SF, Fantasy, and Horror poetry.

The shortlist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic has been issued.

The Not the Booker longlist is open for voting, to create the shortlist.

The shortlist for the 2018 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction is out.


The NYT reviews Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World edited by Zahra Hankir (Penguin; LJ starred review): “a stirring, provocative and well-made new anthology … It’s a book that banishes all manner of silences.” Also, Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short by William D. Cohan (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “I couldn’t help thinking about what story Cohan actually intended to tell.” The Vexations by Caitlin Horrocks (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review): “clever as it is, Horrocks’s belated revelation about why she has structured her novel this way cannot make up for the many pages in which readers have been deprived of its most musical voice.” Marilou Is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith (Riverhead: Penguin): “Its universality lies in its generosity — its empathy for every character within it.”

NPR reviews Idiot Wind: A Memoir by Peter Kaldheim (Canongate Books): “recounts Kaldheim's very human efforts to swim to shore with compassion and gratitude.”

The Washington Post reviews Chances Are . . . by Richard Russo (Knopf): “Russo is an undeniably endearing writer, and chances are this story will draw you back to the most consequential moments in your own life.”

Briefly Noted

Vanity Fair picks “The Best Books of 2019, So Far.”

Barbara Hoffert’s Prepub Alert is out in LJ, covering February 2020.

The NYT has “Have You Seen Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood? Here’s What to Read.” Also, a collection of books about language and grammar.

The Guardian calls Moby-DickSubversive, queer and terrifyingly relevant: six reasons why [it] is the novel for our times.”

Pablo Medina, The Cuban Comedy (The Unnamed Press) picks “Five Essential Cuban Novels” for Book Marks.

The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal by Gwyneth Paltrow (Grand Central: Hachette) gets a boost from The Ellen Show. Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin (Harmony: Random House) gets the buzz from Good Morning America. Bill Gates tweets about Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society by Nicholas A. Christakis (Little, Brown Spark: Hachette).

The Guardian interviews Tishani Doshi, Small Days and Nights (W.W. Norton) as well as Nick Fraser, Say What Happened (Faber & Faber).

The NYT writes about how books change and are censored as they are translated and sold in other countries.

Paste picks its “Best Book Covers of July.”

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Sarah Parcak, Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past (Henry Holt: Macmillan). Also, an interview with by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects (S. & S.).

Variety reports “How Netflix and Other Streaming Services Are Doubling Down on Anime.”

Made for Love by Alissa Nutting is headed to HBO. A new version of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is headed for the movies, and maybe the director of Call Me By Your Name will be at the helm. Deadline Hollywood reports.

The Kitchen offers a short teaser clip. Shadow And Act has details.

Sanditon gets a trailer.

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