Summer Reading Heats Up | Book Pulse

More Summer Reading lists arrive. Crime fiction is in the spotlight, as is Elin Hilderbrand. Simon & Schuster names Jonathan Karp as C.E.O. Day of Dialog is now archived for viewing. The BookExpo Adult and YA Editor’s Buzz sessions take place today. The Children’s Book & Author Dinner was last night. The National Book Festival will be online-only this year due to the pandemic.

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Page to Screen

Three adaptations premiere today or through the week.

May 29:

The Green Knight, based on the Arthurian legend. Theatrical, limited. No reviews | Trailer

June 2:

Adrift in Soho, based on the book by Colin Wilson (Five Leaves). VOD. Reviews | Trailer

June 4:

Baki, based on the manga series. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Summer Reading

The Washington Post issues its summer reading list.

Bustle picks its “most anticipated” books of summer.

BuzzFeed offers “17 Summer Must-Reads For Fantasy Lovers.”

AV Club has June book picks.

Vogue suggests “7 New Books to Read While You’re Stuck at Home This June.”

The Washington Post gathers “Summer escapes: Five new thrillers and mystery novels offer welcome distraction.”


The L.A. Times reviews The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: Penguin): “Bennett pulls it off brilliantly.”

NPR reviews Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett (Celadon Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “succeeds most in compassionately depicting the suffering and struggle of others with addiction: those left to obscurity; those barely holding on.”

The NYT reviews The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: Penguin): “a brave foray into vast and difficult terrain. It is about racial identity, of course, and three generations of mother-daughter relationships. It is also about a particularly American existential conflict — the tension between personal freedom and responsibility to a community.” Also, Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays by Alexandra Petri (W.W. Norton): “Whether or not you’re familiar with Petri, you will be pleasantly surprised by her expanding repertoire of droll mockery on our current state of affairs, bringing a much-needed perspective to the male-dominated genre of political satire.” Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “Bertino’s writing is lyrical and sharp and she deploys magical realism alongside a fart joke with equal self-assurance.” Ornette Coleman: The Territory and the Adventure by Maria Golia (Reaktion Books: University of Chicago Press): “Most impressively, perhaps, she devotes a sizable section to Coleman’s cryptic and elliptical philosophy of music, which he called Harmolodics, without straining to defend it with academic triple-talk or dismissing it.” The paper has a dual review of books about humor and Saturday Night Live.

The Washington Post reviews Red Dress in Black and White by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf; LJ starred review): “Ackerman, a former Marine who served multiple tours of duty in the Middle East and Asia, has been compared with Hemingway, for the clarity of his prose and his international settings. And there’s something of Graham Greene, too, in the insights and authority on foreign affairs, the combination of moral complexity with entertainment.” Also, The Celestial Hunter by Roberto Calasso, translated by Richard Dixon (FSG: Macmillan): “trying to unravel a tangle of reasons that can never be unraveled. By the end of the book, I felt that the fish ultimately got away. Calasso left me in the middle of the ocean, exhausted and unsure what I was doing there. Yet perhaps that’s just his point.” Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt by Steven Johnson (Riverhead: Penguin): “it’s a good read, made all the better by Johnson’s clever storytelling and an unforgettable pirate named Henry Every.” Bezonomics: How Amazon Is Changing Our Lives and What the World’s Best Companies Are Learning from It by Brian Dumaine (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review): “offers an illuminating exploration of the underpinnings of the firm’s success.”  Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything by Viktor E. Frankl, translated by Daniel Goleman (Beacon Press: Random House): “we have the opportunity to read what amounts to a brief, early draft of the concepts he presented in more accessible form and in greater detail in his later classic. But in whichever version you encounter them, Frankl’s ideas bear particular consideration.” Surviving Autocracy: A Status Report by Masha Gessen (Riverhead: Penguin): “It offers discomfort and reassurance at once.”

Literary Hub selects “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT suggests 11 books for the week.

Book Marks offers a list of “25 Books by Asian-American and Pacific Islander Writers to Read Right Now.”

Literary Hub names “The 13 Best Book Covers of May.”

CrimeReads has Martin Edwards explain the “Enduring Popularity of Traditional Mysteries.” CrimeReads also has “A Round Table Discussion on Diversity in Crime Fiction.”

Book Riot offers a Listening Pathway for Kevin R. Free.

The shortlist is out for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize.

The Dalkey Literary Awards shortlist is announced.

The Washington Post features Elin Hilderbrand, 28 Summers (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Bitch Media interviews Mia Mercado, Weird but Normal: Essays (HarperOne).

Mark Haddon answers The Guardian’s “books that made me” questions.

The Guardian writes about Jini Reddy, Wanderland (Bloomsbury Wildlife: Macmillan), in a piece titled “'Why did white men get all the fun?': the long road to diverse travel writing.”

People features authors Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle.

Simon & Schuster names Jonathan Karp as C.E.O. He succeeds Carolyn Reidy who died earlier in May. The NYT has a report.

Publishers Weekly has a report about Minneapolis indie bookstores on the blocks that are the sites of the George Floyd protests.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

The L.A. Times has a pandemic diary from Ivy Pochoda, These Women (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review).

Shondaland writes “Octavia Butler's prescient science fiction novels offer a needed escape during these uncertain times.”

Entertainment Weekly considers “What quarantine innovations can tell us about the future of comics.”

Day of Dialog is now archived for viewing. The videos will remain up into August. Here is the speaker list and the schedule to help key in on what you might want to watch/re-watch. 

The BookExpo Adult and YA Editor’s Buzz sessions take place today. Look for videos to follow. The Children’s Book & Author Dinner was last night. Shelf Awareness has a summary report.

The National Book Festival will be online-only this year due to the pandemic. The Washington Post reports. On a related note, Publishers Weekly has a report on regional book conferences/trade shows going online as well.

Sarah McNally, the owner of McNally Jackson Books, has an Op-Ed in the NYT about bookstores and rents in NYC in the face of the pandemic.

USA Today has guidance for selecting titles for an online book club and other tips.

The NYT has a pictorial essay of people reading outside.

Authors on Air

Naoise Dolan’s Exciting Times gets optioned for a TV series. Deadline reports.

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