Remembering Children's Book Legend Tomie DePaola | Book Pulse

Tomie DePaola, beloved creator of the award-winning Strega Nona and dozens of books for children, has died; he suffered complications after a fall. Author William Helmreich has died of coronavirus. Authors Leslie Jamison and Michael Rosen are symptomatic. The National Emergency Library gets plenty of pushback. Angie Thomas announces her next book, Concrete Rose. Samantha Irby and her new book, Wow, No Thank You: Essays, get all the buzz. The Anisfield-Wolf Books Awards are announced. Plus, plenty of adaptation news.

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Tomie DePaola has died. He suffered complications after a fall. People, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today all have the news.

Angie Thomas announces her next book, Concrete Rose. People has an interview. has “All the New Fantasy Books Arriving in April.”

The BBC picks the best books of the year, so far.

Bustle suggests “9 Books By Muslim Women That Are Worth Ordering Online.”

CBC has “21 books by Canadian women to read right now.”

LitHub posts a list of “Five Books about Women’s Choices and Consequences” as selected by Honor Moore. Also, “Beyond Little Women: A Reading List for Bookish Girls” and a recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice.

The NYT writes about Penguin Classics and other publishers expanding the canon by publishing “authors who were previously marginalized or entirely lost to history.”

NPR appreciates the I Am books.

Entertainment Weekly spotlights Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review). Also, a feature on Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You: Essays (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review).

Shondaland interviews Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You: Essays (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review). LitHub interviews Irby as well.

Lois Lowry, On the Horizon (HMH Books for Young Readers), gets interviewed by a 10-year-old reporter. Time for Kids has the interview. interviews R.F. Kuang, The Burning God (Harper Voyager).

Greg Iles interviews Jerry Mitchell, Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era (S. & S.) for USA Today.

The L.A. Times has a piece on William Least Heat-Moon, O America: Discovery in a New Land (Univ. Missouri).

Vox features The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit: Hachette; LJ starred review).

The Republic of Consciousness prize, which is awarded to publishers with less than five full-time employees, has been won by Fitzcarraldo Editions for Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, translated by Frank Wynne (Grove Press in the US). The press will share the award of £10,000 with the other houses that made the shortlist. The Guardian reports.

The Anisfield-Wolf Books Awards are announced. This is a great award to follow as it goes to literature “that confronts racism and explores diversity.”

Jezebel writes about “The Unashamed Empathy of Literature's Original Horse Girl.”

Mental Floss highlights the RA site

LitHub picks the best book covers of March.

Coronavirus Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

USA Today suggests “100 books to read while stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis.” offers “17 Optimistic Fantasies to Brighten Your Reading Life.”

The Washington Post writes about “Finding Comfort in the Classics” that offer “escape from the present moment.”

The Intelligencer rounds up “The Books Our Political Writers Are Reaching for Right Now.”

BuzzFeed offers “22 Reads That Will Make Time Go By Faster While You're Isolating.”

Eater has a list of “The 10 Best Cookbooks for Beginner Home Cooks.” Not only is it helpful now, it is a good resource to consider when evaluating your cookbook collection.

The National Emergency Library, created by the Internet Archive and announced last week, is getting plenty of blowback as publishers and authors claim piracy. Authors such as Colson Whitehead, Neil Gaiman, and Alexander Chee as well as the Authors Guild all decidedly are not on board. NPR reports. So too does The Guardian, Wired, and Publishers Weekly. The Internet Archive is pushing back.

Lena Dunham’s romance novel hits chapter six. It is posted on Vogue.

Entertainment Weekly’s Quarantine Book Club highlights Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review).

Dolly Parton is going to read bedtime stories. HuffPost reports.

The model Kaia Gerber is starting an Instagram Book Club. Vogue reports.

Belletrist has two more virtual book tours.

The L.A. Times has an Op-Ed, “If marijuana is essential during the coronavirus shutdown, why not books?Shelf Awareness has a piece on what states deem bookstores as essential businesses.

Chris Bohjalian, The Red Lotus (Doubleday: Random House):, writes about his book and its timing for The Washington Post.

LJ has an article about how to organize your home library like a librarian.

Leslie Jamison is symptomatic and writes about it in The New York Review of Books.

Author Michael Rosen is ill and is suspected to have coronavirus. The Guardian reports.

Author William Helmreich has died of coronavirus. The NYT reports.


NPR reviews The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review): “gorgeous and haunting, about the porous boundaries between past and present, the rich and the poor, and the realms of the living and the dead.”

The Washington Post reviews The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday: Random House): “Bohjalian specializes in well-researched, topical thrillers with complex plots and flawed but principled heroes struggling with some of the world’s most intractable problems.” Also, Greenwood by Michael Christie (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review): “a clever mash-up of genres that distinguishes itself from its literary cousins and earns its bulk.” House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman (S. & S.): “exceptional.”

The NYT reviews Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes (New Directions: W. W. Norton): “Melchor creates a narrative that not only decries an atrocity but embodies the beauty and vitality it perverts.” Also, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. by Peniel E. Joseph (Basic Books: Hachette): “Joseph’s book makes one wonder how the two men would have deployed their talents in our less than heroic age.” Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight (Viking: Penguin): “If a spell is language that makes something happen, this one fails to make magic.” August by Callan Wink (Random House): “At root, Wink seems to want it both ways — to criticize all that tough-guy distancing while regularly indulging it.”  The paper also has “New & Noteworthy Poetry Books” as well as a report on Francesca Gee and Gabriel Matzneff.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air features Erik Larson, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz (Crown: Random House).

Outlander has been renewed for season six. Town and Country report.

Locke & Key gets a second season on Netflix. reports.

PBS NewsHour considers Thoreau’s Walden.

The films Morbius, Peter Rabbit 2, and Greyhound all get moved into next year. Vulture reports. Little Women, Dolittle, Cats, and Escape from Pretoria will be out on DVD, digital, and Blu-ray the week of April 7.  The Turning is coming out in early digital release as is Gretal and Hansel. April 14 will see Just Mercy and The Rhythm Section. April 21 brings Looking for Alaska. CinemaBlend has the full listings.

Anne Hathaway will star in the adaptation of French Children Don’t Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman. V Wars and October Faction are cancelled by Netflix. Deadline reports.

Jonathan Van Ness, Peanut Goes For The Gold (Harper), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, This Fight Is Our Fight : The Battle to Save America's Middle Class (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan),  will be on with Seth Meyers.

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