Stephen Graham Jones wins Top Bram Stoker Award | Book Pulse

The 2020 Bram Stoker Awards are announced with The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones taking the prize for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Finalists for the 2021 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards) were announced. The Omega Sci-Fi Awards winners were also announced. The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley, Languages of Truth: Essays 2003–2020 by Salman Rushdie, and Heaven by Mieko Kawakami get reviewed. USA Today declares, "The gay royal romance novel is having a moment." Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen by Annabel Abbs will be adapted for television. Timothée Chalamet will play young Willy Wonka in a new film.  Malcolm-Jamal Warner will star and produce an adaptation of Russell Duncan’s Freedom’s Shore. Ava DuVernay’s comic adaptation of DC's Naomi is coming to The CW. Marvel's Eternals has a trailer. Plus, a cache of rare Brontë family manuscripts will be auctioned at Sotheby’s.


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The Horror Writers Association has announced the winners of 2020 Bram Stoker Awards, with The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Gallery/Saga: S. & S.; LJ starred review) taking the top prize for Superior Achievement in a Novel.  Among special awards, Becky Spratford has won the Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service. HWA has the full list of winners.

Finalists for the 2021 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards) were announced. Locus has a story and full list.

Winners were announced for the Omega Sci-Fi Awards, and presented by Sci-Fest LA and the Light Bringer Project, Locus reports.


The Washington Post reviews The Cave Dwellers by Christina McDowell (Scout: Gallery): “For its merciless humor and brazen exposure of salon secrets, ‘The Cave Dwellers’ should join that small collection of essential Washington books.”

The NYT reviews Arcadia by Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam, translated by Ruth Diver (Seven Stories Press): “In addition to its celebration of off-grid communal living, the novel presides over hot topics that include gender, queer and intersex identity; consent and statutory rape; and Europe’s African migrant crisis.”  Also, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan (Knopf): “It is partly a family drama about three middle-aged siblings trying to save their mother from dying, but mostly it’s a cry of alarm about what we choose to pay attention to — and what gets lost in the scramble for success and tasteful design.” And, The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury): “It’s 400-odd pages but reads as if it’s half as long. Clear a weekend if you can, and let yourself be absorbed.” And, Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett & David Boyd (Europa: Macmillan): “the dissonances of the novel align into perfect vision for the breathtaking ending, which is an argument in favor of meaning, of beauty, of life.” Plus, Revival Season by Monica West (S. & S.): “West creates a vivid, intimate world on the page, dramatizing the compromises evangelical women must make.” In Nonfiction: Period. End of Sentence. : A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice by Anita Diamant (Scribner): “Diamant has compiled a trove of moving anecdotes, statistics and news reports that can seem thrown rather than threaded together. Nevertheless, this hopeful celebration of menstruation will be a useful tool for raising awareness.” And, Languages of Truth: Essays 2003–2020 by Salman Rushdie (Random; LJ starred review): “Readers will find few attempts to wrestle with the challenges that nonwhite writers pose to our understanding of concepts like free speech and individual liberty. The result is a book that feels limited in its political concerns, and out of touch with the most pressing questions facing contemporary literary culture in this century.”  Lastly, King Richard: Nixon and Watergate: An American Tragedy by Michael Dobbs (Knopf: Random House): “It’s what historians call a work of synthesis — a blending of years of others’ journalism and scholarship with one’s own research to create a reliable and authoritative overview for our times. Within those limits, it succeeds admirably.”  The “New & Noteworthy” Section also has several short reviews.

The LA Times reviews The Last Man Takes LSD : Foucault and the End of Revolution by Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora (Verso): “They methodically trace the nuances of the era’s prickly political climate, creating a sympathetic portrait of Foucault’s promotion of a damaging and — for a thinker who fruitfully explored power and exploitation — self-defeating philosophical turn.”

NPR reviews Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett & David Boyd (Europa: Macmillan): "a raw, painful, and tender portrait of adolescent misery, reminiscent of both Elena Ferrante's fiction and Bo Burnham's 2018 film Eighth Grade. I cannot, in good conscience, endorse it without a warning: This book is very likely to make you cry."

USA Today reviews The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury), giving it three stars out of four: "Thoughtful, inventive, and moody, 'The Kingdoms' is an insightful meditation on how a sense of oneself can be lost – and found."



Briefly Noted

Parade has an interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid, Malibu Rising (Ballantine) on “'80s Parties, Her New Book and Summer Recs.”  Entertainment Weekly has a first chapter preview. 

Aja Gabel, C Pam Zhang, Simon Han, and Pitchaya Sudbanthad recommend books by other AAPI authors at Entertainment Weekly.

Emma Duffy-Comparone, Love Like That : Stories (Henry Holt and Co.) recommends “7 stories on the absurdity of love” at ElectricLit.

USA Today declares "The gay royal romance novel is having a moment: 'Everybody deserves a happy ending'."

People has an exclusive look at rare photographs by Ted Russell capturing 1960’s Bob Dylan.  Dylan turned 80 on Monday.

Bookriot has a list of “16 nonfiction books you may have missed because of the Pandemic.” And, 6 historical fiction books featuring South Asia.

CrimeReads has twelve books featuring the New York underworld. Plus, Kathy Wang, Impostor Syndrome (Custom House) recommends nonfiction about “crime, corruption, and fraud in Silicon Valley.” 

Oprahdaily has a list of “11 of the best mental health books.” 

LitHub has 18 reads for the beach this summer.

A cache of Brontë family manuscripts will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, The NYT reports. The Guardian also carries the story

"Dan Frank, revered editor at Pantheon Books, dead at 67," reports The AP


Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Dawnie Walton, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (37 Ink: Atria; LJ starred review) about how “70’s music journalism gets an overdue re-write.”

Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen by Annabel Abbs (William Morrow Paperbacks) will be adapted for television by CBS Studios and Stampede Ventures, Deadline reports.The cookery novel is set to publish on October 26th. 

Timothée Chalamet will play young Willy Wonka in new film by Warner Bros, an origin story based on the characters written by Roald Dahl. Variety has the story. People also has a feature.

Marvel's Eternalsdirected by Chloe Zhao has a trailer

Malcolm-Jamal Warner Acquires Film/TV Rights to Russell Duncan’s Freedom’s Shore (University of Georgia Press), Deadline reports.

Tordotcom reports that The CW has greenlit Ava DuVernay’s comic adaptation of DC's Naomi, with associated titles.

Variety reports that Netflix has won a bidding war for a documentary about the life and times of omnimedia mogul Martha Stewart. R.J. Cutler will direct and produce.

To celebrate the upcoming Friends reunion, The NYPL has literary recommendations for each character.


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