SFF, Literary Picks, & Poetry Lead the Day, Jan. 9, 2018 | Book Pulse

The Millions publishes its Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2019 Book Preview. Poetry gets attention as well. William Gibson will be named the 35th Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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Lists of the Day

The Millions "Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2019 Book Preview" arrives.

Vulture explores "Dystopian Realism."

Tor.com surveys SFF standalone and series-openers to keep an eye out for in 2019.

The Washington Post poetry column is out.

The Millions posts its picks for January's "Must-Read Poetry."

Reviews

The NYT reviews You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.): "This is a dull, needy book. The desire to seem shocking — as opposed to a curiosity about thresholds physical and ethical — tends to produce provocation of a very plaintive sort." Also, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday: Random House): "a bombshell of a book — sharp, explosive, hilarious."

NPR reviews The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch (Flatiron: Macmillan): "fascinating ... intriguing." USA Today reviews as well, giving it 3 stars and calling it "a breezily entertaining account."

Briefly Noted

The NYT gathers books on the government shutdown, the wall, and bipartisanship.

Tor.com reports that William Gibson will be named the 35th Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

TeenVogue showcases the power behind the new Black Feminist Bookmobile.

The NYT has an essay about reading authors of past eras, those with "opinions that would be unacceptable today."

Entertainment Weekly interviews Curtis Sittenfeld and Diane Lane, talking about the audiobook Atomic Marriage. Additionally, two stories from the print magazine make it online, the authors behind The Woman Inside (Dutton: Penguin) and the story on Winter Thrillers.

Deadline Hollywood interviews Grant Morrison about the Green Lantern comics.

Brad Meltzer has an essay in USA Today about reading to President George H.W. Bush.

The LA Times profiles Bryan Ray Turcotte, an indie press owner focused on music.

USA Today features The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris (Penguin).

Bitch Media features Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro (Knopf). The Seattle Times reviews.

Paste features Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal by Alexandra Natapoff (Basic Books).

Tor.com excerpts The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

The Guardian reports on the Authors Guild survey, which finds American authors earn a median income of just over $6,000 a year "from writing-related work."

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour interviews Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine: Random House; LJ starred review).

The Hollywood Reporter has news about the Game of Thrones prequel cast and a few tidbits about the show. Vanity Fair has a story about the prequel as well.

The BAFTA nominations are out, several honor adaptations, such as BlackKlansman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The NYT attempts to fill in the plot holes of Bird Box.

Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs by Robert Cocuzzo (Mountaineers Books) is getting made into a documentary. Deadline Hollywood has details.

The Atlantic surveys the "Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2019." Several are adaptations, such as A Discovery of Witches, Shrill, and The Passage.

Expect more Harlequin adaptations in the future. C21 Media reports a further partnership with "Canadian producer and distributor Brain Power Studio."

Today, Gwyneth Paltrow, The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal (Grand Central Life & Style: Hachette), will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan and the Tonight Show. Jamie Oliver, 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food (Flatiron: Macmillan), will be on The View.

Transit gets a trailer. It is based on a 1944 novel written by Anna Seghers.

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