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Roxane Gay starts a new imprint with Grove Atlantic. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Patrice Lawrence win Jhalak prizes for writers of colour. Jalal Barjas wins the 2021 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The Russell Prize for Humour Writing 2021 shortlists are announced. The CWA Dagger shortlists are also out. King Richard: Nixon and Watergate: An American Tragedy by Michael Dobbs gets a 4-star review. Amy Tan reflects on her legacy. Schitt's Creek gets a book tie-in; Best Wishes, Warmest Regards will publish in October. Annette Gordon-Reed speaks about Juneteenth. Netflix takes on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Plus, the BOOK IT program from the 90’s returns as Camp BOOK IT.


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Roxane Gay starts a new imprint with Grove Atlantic, The NYT reports. Roxane Gay Books “will focus on underrepresented fiction, nonfiction and memoir writers, with or without agents.”

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Patrice Lawrence win the Jhalak prizes for writers of colour.

The Russell Prize for Humour Writing 2021 shortlists are announced. The Australian prize was established to “celebrate, recognise and encourage humorous writing, and to promote public interest in this genre”. Books+Publishing has a story.

Jalal Barjas wins 2021 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The Bookseller has the story. ArabLit Quarterly also covers the prize.

The CWA Dagger shortlists are announced. 

The US Book Show is underway with its second day of programming. "Libraries are Essential" panels began yesterday and are available on demand for attendees through July.


USA Today reviews King Richard: Nixon and Watergate: An American Tragedy by Michael Dobbs (Knopf: Random House), giving it 4 out of 4 stars: “Many readers, even those who lived through Watergate and watched the Senate hearings on television, will be left wondering how in the name of Sam Ervin, Nixon held on for that long. Perhaps a sequel is in the works?”

The NYT reviews The Devil's Playbook: Big Tobacco, Juul, and the Addiction of a New Generation by Lauren Etter (Crown): “there is a rich narrative that rewards patience. The story of Juul’s rise and fall teaches us something about greed, capitalism, policy failure and a particular cycle in American business that seems destined to repeat itself." “Also, A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Biblioasis): “The book is all undergrowth, exuberant, tangled passage. It recalls Nathalie Léger’s brilliant and original ‘Suite for Barbara Loden’: a biography of the actress and director that becomes a tally of the obstacles in writing such a book, and an admission of the near-impossibility of biography itself.”

Tordotcom reviews Honeycomb by Joanne M. Harris (Gallery/Saga Press: S. & S.): “That said, the Nine Worlds hold no people of color, and the white imagination once again is unable to contain true inclusion. Besides feeling nearly invisible in the world of fantasy, however, Honeycomb was a beautiful, intricate book of interwoven tales.” And, The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury): “Pulley is undoubtedly a skilled and engaging writer, and if you’re ready for a complicated tale with sharp edges that will hurt long after you’re done reading, The Kingdoms is worth your time."

The LA Times reviews The Membranes by Chi Ta-wei, translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich (Columbia University Press): "English readers who end it now, 25 years after it was first revealed, could remorse discovering it so late, and lacking out on all of the tales and selves we might have been, even because it looks like it’s been right here the entire time."

The Washington Post reviews Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett & David Boyd (Europa: Macmillan): "moments of tenderness between Kojima and the narrator brim with a painful tension. This makes reading “Heaven” feel like there’s a beautiful, cruel teenage boy sitting on your chest, carelessly tossing his perfect hair while you are slowly suffocated by your own helplessness."

Briefly Noted

Time has a profile of Casey McQuiston, One Last Stop (St. Martin’s Griffin) on how  she "is writing the queer rom-coms she’s always wanted to read."

Harper’s Bazaar has an interview with Amy Tan, who reflects on “her legacy, channeling generational trauma into her writing, and confronting racism at its root.”

Publishing Perspectives has an interview with Sheikh Zayed Book Award Winner Iman Mersal, In the Footsteps of Enayat Al-Zayyat, on “how many women writers in the Middle East needed more visibility to Western audiences.”

The "Summer 2021 Reading Group Indie Next List" is out now. 

The Washington Post declares “Clowns are creepy,” offering suggestions for horror, sci-fi and fantasy books set at the circus. 

The NYT has “15 Books Coming in June.”

The Millions has “Ten Essential Noir Novels.”

Vulture lists “35 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer.”

Time picks “36 New Books You Need to Read This Summer.”

BuzzFeed has “10 New Books You Should Read ASAP.”

PopSugar has a list of 11 #BookTok novels.

Bustle suggests “15 Books That Will Help You Understand The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

The BOOK IT program from the 90’s is now Camp BOOK IT. LitHub has a story.

“Kentaro Miura, Creator of Epic Manga ‘Berserk,’ Dies at 54,” The NYT reports.

“Charles Larson, pioneering scholar of African literature, dies at 83.” The Washington Post has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Annette Gordon-Reed about her book On Juneteenth (Liveright; LJ starred review) and what Juneteenth represents. 

Sanjena Sathian, Gold Diggers (Penguin) discussed her novel in a Zoom Q&A with the Vox Book Club.

T&C reviews the news about Netflix's Martha Stewart Documentary, currently in development.

Netflix will give Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina a modern update with Anna K., its first-ever Russian original drama series with Svetlana Khodchenkova to star. The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive look at the upcoming series book tie-in Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt's Creek by Daniel and Eugene Levy (Black Dog & Leventhal) which will publish in October.


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