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Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey finds a new publisher, Skyhorse. Pence and Conway are still to be published by Simon & Schuster while staff are still roiled. The June LibraryReads list is out, with One Last Stop by Casey McQuistonl claiming the top spot. The June LoanStars list is also out, with The Maidens by Alex Michaelides at #1. Carl Phillips has won the Jackson Poetry Prize and A. N. Wilson wins the 2021 Plutarch Award. The Christopher Bland Prize 2021 shortlist is released and the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards are announced. The speaker lineup for The US Book Show is updated. Punch Me Up to the Gods by Brian Broome gets attention and Dead Souls by Sam Riviere gets reviewed in multiple outlets. And, in huge deal, Clarivate will buy ProQuest for $5.3 billion.


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Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey finds a new publisher, Skyhorse, reports The LA TimesUSA Today has a story. The NYT also reports, as does The Guardian. The Chicago Tribune reports the new publisher will have the book “available in paperback June 15, and hopes to have the e-book and audio editions ready by Wednesday.”

Pence and Conway still to be published by Simon & Schuster; staff are still roiled, reports The New Republic.

The June edition of LibraryReads is out, with One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (St. Martin’s Griffin) taking the top spot. The June LoanStars list is also out, with The Maidens by Alex Michaelides at #1.

Book Page features “Reader’s choice: Your favorite books of 2021 (so far)”

Carl Phillips has won the Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded annually by Poets & Writers to “an American poet of exceptional talent.”

A. N. Wilson wins the 2021 Plutarch Award for The Mystery of Charles Dickens (Harper; LJ starred review).

The Royal Society of Literature announces the Christopher Bland Prize 2021 shortlist

The 2021 Atlantic Book Awards are announced. CBC has the writeup. 

Publisher’s Weekly highlights the speaker lineup for The US Book Show which runs May 25th-May 27th. 

In a huge deal, Clarivate will buy ProQuest for $5.3 Billion, Publisher’s Weekly reports.


The NYT reviews Punch Me Up to the Gods by Brian Broome (Houghton Harcourt; LJ starred review): “exposes with elegiac detail the malaise that eats away at Black boys because of the pressures they face to become the ideal image of manhood — even if the consequence of that refashioning is the annihilation of Black boys’ spirits.” And, Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube, and the Rise of Private Spies by Barry Meier (Harper): “In what feels like a curt 278 pages of text — as an investigative reporter, I craved a deeper dive — Meier focuses much of his narrative on the now-notorious “Steele dossier,” the elaborate handiwork of Christopher Steele, a former MI6 spy.” Also, American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783–1850 by Alan Taylor (Norton): “traces the continuing conflict between competing visions of democracy: the Hamiltonian, which favored centralization and rule by the social elite; and the Jeffersonian, skeptical of national power and devoted to states’ rights and the common man.”  Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power by Zachary Karabell (Penguin Pr; LJ starred review): “uses Brown Brothers as a lens into the nation’s growth, and especially in the early decades, it’s an apt device.”  America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Elizabeth Hinton (Liveright: Norton: LJ starred review): "a groundbreaking, deeply researched and profoundly heart-rending account of the origins of our national crisis of police violence against Black America.”  Lost in Summerland: Essays by Barrett Swanson (Counterpoint): “Stitched together, the essays — which were previously published online and blend memoir, immersion reporting and cultural criticism — chronicle Swanson’s search for enlightenment amid the ruins of old paradigms.” Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein (Little, Brown Spark): “That its prescriptions will not achieve perfect fairness and credibility, while creating pitfalls of their own, is no reason to turn away from this welcome handbook for making life’s lottery a lot more coherent.” Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East by Daniel Levin (Algonquin): “I suspect that if Levin had conducted at east some of his search inside Syria, reality sooner or later would have forced him to toss his game theory away.” Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire by Liz Brown (Penguin): “I yearned (in spots, particularly in the first half) for a little more yarn spinning, particularly involving the clandestine love between Clark and Post. The facts are there, sometimes to the point of overload. It’s the feelings that are occasionally missing.” Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno by Nancy Jo Sales (Hachette): “the startling premise of this book: that apps are actually designed to keep us hooked, and hooking up, while preventing us from finding lasting love.”  The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker (Riverhead): “By the end of the novel, the voices of Chrissie and Julia reside deep in your skull: visceral and wicked, sad and wonderful, all at the same time.” And, Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford (Scribner): “Spufford is a fluent writer, bringing a deft touch to the emotional force fields of parents and their children.” Phase Six by Jim Shepard (Knopf): “aspires to real density, but it can’t quite get there: The characters remain essentially static. The book falls into a no-person’s land between pop thriller and literary novel. It doesn’t satisfy on either level.”

NPR reviews Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice by Yusef Salaam (Grand Central; LJ starred review): “This book should be read by anyone who wants to hear the story of the Exonerated Five directly from one of its members.”

USA Today reviews Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty by Lauren Weisberger (Random House), giving it 3 out of 4 stars: “goes down like an ice-cold guilty pleasure on a hot beach-reading day.”

The Washington Post reviews Dead Souls by Sam Riviere (Catapult): “if you’re in the poetry world or you aspire to be or you escaped it, this is an astute, wildly original novel that talks trash about everyone whose success galls you. And there’s nothing quite so delicious as that.” NPR also reviews: “Riviere is sharp and funny, and he fills his novel with insights that are both rude and correct. It is undeniably a smart book, and, in certain ways, a good one. That said, it is unreadable.” The NYT also weighs in: “In this ambitious fantasy of marginalization, you either die unread or live long enough to see your work in someone else’s portfolio.”

Briefly Noted

The CBC reports on The Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle, “a six-month mentorship and workshop program for emerging First Nations, Inuit and Métis writers in Canada looking to elevate their stories.”

Twelve Black artists are commissioned to explore The Great Migration for an exhibition called Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration which will also present a two-volume publication, “one that catalogs the scholarly work around the Great Migration, and the second will examine the exhibition content in detail.” Ebony has full details.

The LA Times interviews Sebastian Junger about coping with loss and his new bookFreedom (S. & S.). 

FoxNews interviews Sohrab Ahmari about freedom and his new book The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos (Convergent).

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Lynn Steger Strong, who teases her forthcoming novel, Flight (Custom House: William Morrow) which will publish in 2022.

The Guardian has interviews with Brit Bennett and Salman Rushdie

Bolu Babalola, Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold (William Morrow), shares her summer romance reading list at Jezebel.

Ailsa McFarlane, Highway Blue (Hogarth: Crown), recommends books about misfits running from the past at ElectricLit.

Entertainment Weekly has the “best thrillers to read this summer.”

Tordotcom has an excerpt from Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill (Harper Voyager).

Writer and editor Marvin Kaye has diedLocus reports.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Brian Broome about his new memoir, Punch Me Up to the Gods (Houghton Harcourt; LJ starred review).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Carol Leonnig, about national security and her new book, Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (Random House).

Sigourney Weaver will star in a series adaptation of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland (Anansi International) for Amazon, Deadline reports.

The H Collective will adapt the ancient Chinese book of myths and legends The Classic of Mountains and Seas into a feature, Deadline reports. A new contemporary illustrated edition of the classic will be published June 1st by Arcade.

Deadline reports Netflix will adapt A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal (Mulholland: Little, Brown).

“Amazon Said to Make $9 Billion Offer for MGM”, Variety reports.


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