The New Nobel Makes a Splash | Book Pulse

Sweden’s librarians have created a new list for the new Nobel. Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer continues to get attention. Two book adaptations debut today and the Emmy nominations make history.

The New Nobel Makes a Splash

"Sweden’s librarians have spoken: a wonderfully eclectic lineup of authors has emerged on a long-ish longlist for the New Academy’s alternative to the postponed 2018 Nobel prize for literature." The Guardian writes. The next steps in the new Nobel will involve voting on a list that includes "some fresh faces to the usual suspects: we have the fiction of Finnish rising star Sofi Oksanen, the fierce originality of Polish Man Booker International prize winner Olga Tokarczuk and the sizzling fantasy of Nnedi Okorafor."

Page to Screen

Two adaptations open today: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, based on the book by John Callahan. Rolling Stone gives it 4.5 out of 5 stars, writing "Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant turn a biopic of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan into something tender, unique." The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, Season 1 (Netflix). Based on the books by Dav Pilkey. There are few reviews as of yet.


The NYT reviews Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer (Quirk: Random): "a roughly 300-page work of political fanfiction ... But it’s also at times a surprisingly earnest story about estranged friends who are reunited under strange circumstances." The Guardian has a story on the book too. NYT has many more reviews and literary stories online, including a review of Evgenia Citkowitz’s The Shades (Norton): "Written in cool and crystalline prose, [it] unspools in a rational and realistic world in which all is not as it seems." NPR reviews The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen (Doubleday: Random): "It's a tremendously entertaining novel that never asks readers to turn their brains off." The Washington Post reviews The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur (Random), but is not fully impressed. Ron Charles provides a reading overview, including considering the reviews elsewhere of My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin).

Briefly Noted

Signatures offers a reading guide to Anne Tyler. The NYT features Michiko Kakutani: By the Book. Time has a short feature on Ottessa Moshfegh. Entertainment Weekly has a list of "12 uplifting new children's books for the next generations of readers (and leaders)." The Guardian has a list of "the best books about cycling." Rachel Heng picks "5 Novels by Singaporean Writers You Should Read" for LitHub. Blade Runner will transform into a series of comics and graphic novels. EW has the story. Spain’s National Library creates food videos based on their historic cookbook collection. Vox by Christina Dalcher (Berkley: Vox) leads the August LibraryReads list: “In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second-guess the words of every person in their lives. A captivating, timely book that explores women’s rights in a fast-paced, compelling story.” --Jennifer Gaenzle, Fort Fairfield Public Library, Fort Fairfield, ME

Authors on Air

The Emmy nominations are out. Among the book-based contenders is Sandra Oh for Killing Eve (based on Luke Jennings’s Villanelle novellas). Variety reports the nomination makes history: "the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series." Vulture has an interview with Oh. Deadline Hollywood reports Cristina Alger’s The Banker’s Wife has been optioned. The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt (David Fickling: Scholastic) is headed to Netflix. Also, Call Me By Your Name might get a sequel. NPR's Morning Edition interviews Michael Chertoff, Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age (Atlantic Monthly: LJ starred review). The Mary Queen of Scots trailer is out. The film is based on John Guy’s biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart (Mariner: HMH):

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