The Week Ends with Book Awards and Title Announcements | Book Pulse

Women writers sweep the National Book Critics Circle awards; Joan Silber wins the Fiction prize for Improvement. Reni Eddo-Lodge wins the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour, for Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race.


The National Book Critics Circle awards are out; every category has been won by a woman. Joan Silber wins the Fiction prize for Improvement (Counterpoint), which the judges called “a dazzlingly inventive and deeply compassionate novel whose multiple storylines reveal shared human moments of love, loss, fate, guilt, and redemption.”

Reni Eddo-Lodge wins the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour for Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury Circus: Macmillan). The judges called it “a “clarion call for action” which “not only holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain but also serves as a warning,” reports The Guardian.

Title Announcements

J.R. Ward is starting a new string of stand-alones, writes Entertainment Weekly. The first will be Consumed (Gallery Books: S. & S.; ISBN 9781501194900; Oct. 2, 2018), about an arson investigator on the hunt for a serial killer.

Anthony Scaramucci plans to write a book. The New York Post reports there will be little gossip and instead, according to the Mooch, “It’s an entrepreneur writing about an entrepreneur who has now ascended into the presidency.” Currently, the working title is The Blue Collar President: How Trump is Reinventing the Aspirational Working Class.

Singer and activist Mary Lambert will publish a book of poetry, Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across (Feiwel & Friends: Macmillan; Oct. 23, 2018). EW has an excerpt.

Another fictional book from TV will land on real shelves, EW reports. The book Marriage Vacation, written by a character on the TV show Younger, will be published by S. & S. (ISBN 9781982100179; June 5, 2018). The show itself is also based on a book of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran.


The NYT reviews Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Harper; LJ starred review): “Iweala writes with such ease about adolescents and adolescence that [the novel] could well be a young adult novel. At the same time he toys with other well-defined forms: the immigrant novel, the gay coming-of-age novel, the novel of being black in America.” Reviewed as well, Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal A. Sital (Norton): “One reads Sital’s story appalled and moved by the suffering of these indomitable women.” Marilyn Stasio issues another crime column, “The Shortlist” looks at language, and the paper rounds up three books that “explore women’s fraught—and, sometimes, obsessive and dangerous—relationships with their bodies.” It is a busy day for the paper with six more works reviewed—check online for details.

The Washington Post reviews Tana French’s Faithful Placethe audiobook edition (Books on Tape)—calling it “perfect …thanks to narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds’s terrific command of accents and nimble juggling of voices.” They also review Jackie, Janet & Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli (Macmillan Audio) deciding, “Narrator Ann Marie Lee’s flexible voice moves from gushing tell-all rapture over salaciousness…. Her over-the-top performance perfectly suits this story of ruthless campaigns for money and power.” The Post also reviews Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Clubs by Nell Scovell (Dey Street: Harper), writing it “includes lots of stories and a tonnage of names dropped…. It’s a very jokey, often charming book.”

NPR reviews Go Home!: Twenty-Four Journeys from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Feminist Press edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Feminist Pr. at CUNY), unpacking all the many ways the contributors use the word “home” as a jumping off point.

Briefly Noted

Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade (Atria/37 INK: S. & S.) is getting buzz with an interview in Elle and a profile in Bustle.

Laura Lippman writes “The Enthusiast” column for the NYT this week, praising “one of the great comic writers of the 20th century, Ruth McKenney.”

The Guardian features A Hero Born (part of Legends of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong (MacLehose Press), calling it “a joy … A plot summary barely conveys the extraordinary energy of this book. It blends real and fictional characters, teems with incident…and, most of all, dwells for page after page on lovingly described combat. To paraphrase Miss Jean Brodie: for those of us who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing we like.”

Vulture has a list of the “10 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Spring.”

Vogue has a piece by Lily Tuck and excerpts The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (Crown).

BuzzFeed is starting a book club, still in its very early stages.

The NYT looks at the legacy of Lean In (Knopf).

The Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan receives almost 400 works related to James Joyce.

Authors on Air

A24 has bought the film rights to an adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. The Hollywood Reporter says “conceptual artist Rashid Johnson is set to direct.” Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) is negotiating to star.

HBO will air a documentary by Rebecca Miller, daughter of Arthur Miller.

Ava DuVernay will direct New Gods, a superhero movie from the DC Extended Universe. It marks only the second time a woman will direct a tentpole superhero film, after Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, reports Variety. The Hollywood Reporter has an explainer.

Starz plans to adapt two more Philippa Gregory’s books, The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse (both from Touchstone: S. & S.), which will be turned into The Spanish Princess.

PBS NewsHour features Dave Eggers’s The Monk of Mokha (Knopf).

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter (Graywolf: Macmillan) is heading to the stage.

Eisner-winning Queen & Country might be turned into a movie in an adaptation headed by Ridley Scott.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (Dutton Books for Young Readers: Penguin) is bought by Netflix.

Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up (HMH) is optioned for TV. David Heyman (Harry Potter) bought the rights and Attenberg will write the adaptation.

You by Caroline Kepnes (Atria/Emily Bestler Books: S. & S.) is heading to TV reports Entertainment Weekly. Lifetime will launch a series based on the psychological thriller to begin on Sept. 9.

The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba (FaithWorks: Hachette) is headed to the silver screen.

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Shaun Walker, The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past (Oxford Univ.; LJ starred review).

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