The 2017 VIDA Count Is Out | Book Pulse

The 2017 VIDA Count is published and LJ issues its ALA Galley Roundup. The NYT offers books for Pride Month, and There There by Tommy Orange builds an impressive holds count.

Book Reports

LJ issues its Galley & Signing Roundup for ALA Annual. Even if you are not traveling to New Orleans, the list is an excellent resource for collection development and RA. Consider it a spotting guide to big books and sure bets. The 2017 VIDA Count, a survey of gender imbalance in print literary magazines and book reviews, is out. Their top line finding: "Of the 15 publications in our main VIDA Count, only 2 published 50% or more women writers: Granta (53.5%) and Poetry (50%) ... Unfortunately, the undeniable majority, 8 out of 15 publications, failed to publish enough women writers to make up even 40% of their publication’s run in 2017."


The NYT reviews We Begin our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed (S. & S.), calling it a "ruthless little sports novel." Also The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger (Crown: Random): "the most comprehensive, readable source of information and insight about the policy quandaries that modern information technology and its destructive potential have spawned." The review helped it rise on Amazon; expect focused press attention. USA Today reviews Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li (Holt: Macmillan), giving it 3 out of 4 stars and writing "family resonates in deep and distressing ways throughout Lillian Li’s action-packed debut."

Pride Month

          In an email newsletter, the NYT gathers 12 books for Pride Month, a list that "will enrich any reader’s point of view on issues of personal identity." The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara (Ecco: HarperCollins) The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward (Penguin) Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press: LJ starred review) Mean by Myriam Gurba (Coffee House Press: Consortium) The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst (Knopf; LJ starred review) Stray City by Chelsey Johnson (Custom House: HarperCollins) The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge (Penguin) Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, And The Fight For Trans Equality by Sarah McBride (Crown Archetype: Random House: LJ starred review) Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin (NYRB Classics) The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg (Holt: Macmillan) Junk by Tommy Pico (Tin House; LJ starred review) No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal (Picador: Macmillan)

Briefly Noted

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha (One World: Random; LJ starred review) is soaring on Amazon thanks to media coverage such as a CBS Sunday Morning feature. Hanna-Attisha, who was part of a team that proved the dangers of Flint, MI's water supply, will be on Rachel Maddow's show tonight. Barack Obama shares his current reading suggestions. Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner (One World: Random House) leads the list. In an excellent bit of timing, the NYT reviews. Check your holds for There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf; LJ starred review). Ratios are topping 5:1 in libraries across the country, soaring to over 10:1 in some and triggering re-orders. Hold demand has increased three-fold since its opening week. Entertainment Weekly features Emily Jane Fox’s Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family (Harper). Expect more attention. Geraldine McCaughrean wins the CILIP Carnegie Medal for children’s literature. Sydney Smith wins the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. A film and TV show with book ties sweep the MTV awards: Black Panther and Stranger Things. Related, Dark Horse is launching Stranger Things comics, reports Entertainment Weekly. MIT will keep Junot Díaz on the faculty.

Authors on Air

David and Lauren Hogg, #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line (Random), will be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Paramount is making a biopic on Sammy Davis, Jr., based on the star's own memoir, Yes I Can, reports Deadline Hollywood. Good Morning America gave a big boost to Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat by Bobby Bones (Dey Street: Harper).

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