Top Five Antiracist Titles, including Ibram X. Kendi's 'How To Be an Antiracist' | Book Pulse

Sales figures and holds data indicate the top five in-demand antiracist titles. The International Booker Prize moves its announcement date to August 26. More Pride Month reading lists arrive. There is going to be a museum for Frankenstein. Book covers are in the news.

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Antiracist Reading And Book News







USA Today reports on how print copies of books about race are selling out. The short piece includes the titles most in demand based on sales. The Washington Post has a similar story, with more detail, including information from the D.C. Public Library. The top five in-demand titles based on this data are pictured above.

The L.A. Times provides “A reading guide toward becoming a more educated ally for Black Lives Matter.”

The Millions has an “Anti-Racist Reading List.”

Nylon gathers “11 Books On Racial Justice To Read Right Now.”

Vulture asks “What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?

The NYT Style Magazine has “Reading Recommendations From Black Cultural Figures.”

Food52 selects "21 Black-Authored Cookbooks to Add to Your Shelf."

Author and scholar Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist, has been hired by Boston University to lead the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Literary Hub has a report. His book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation) is also in high demand. His newest book, for babies and parents, Antiracist Baby Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky (Kokila; SLJ starred review), comes out on the 16th and is already doing very well in pre-sales. SLJ has a list of more board books to note.

Page to Screen

There are only a handful of book-based titles for the week, all of them out today:

Shirley, based on the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell (Plume: Penguin). Virtual Cinema and Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

13 Reasons Why, based on the novel by Jay Asher (Razorbill: Penguin). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog, based on The Jewish Dog by Asher Kravitz, translated by Michal Kessler (Penlight). Limited Theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

Trackers, based on the novel by Deon Meyers (Grove Press). Cinemax. Reviews | Trailer


The International Booker Prize has a new announcement date, now set for August 26. This is to allow more time for the shortlisted titles to get into the hands of readers.

Xu Zhiyong is honored with PEN America’s Barbey/Freedom To Write Award.

The shortlist for The Selfies Book Awards is out. PW, one of the sponsors, has the list.


The NYT reviews Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “a striking manifesto, a stirring indictment and a straightforward road map to victory.”

The Washington Post also reviews Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America (Henry Holt: Macmillan): "The tensions between patience and urgency, between fear and resolve, between the promise of someday and the demands of right now, are at the heart of Our Time Is Now.” Also, The Story I Am: Mad About the Writing Life by Roger Rosenblatt (Turtle Point Press): “Rosenblatt is at his best when he is telling his own story.” The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch (Flatiron: Macmillan): “the focus of the Lincoln book is how deeply riven the nation is by the slavery question.” Galileo: And the Science Deniers by Mario Livio (S. & S.): “tells the story of Galileo in a perceptive, illuminating and balanced way.” War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War by Randy Roberts & John Smith (Basic: Hachette.): “like a lot of diversions available to us right now, is good enough, if no Ruthian home run or Wagnerian masterpiece.” The paper also considers books about the “free-speech dilemma.”

NPR reviews This Is One Way to Dance: Essays by Sejal Shah (University of Georgia): “The essays are well-crafted with varying forms that should inspire and enlighten other essayists.”

Book Marks names “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT recommends 11 books for the week.

Shondaland picks “Six Books You Can’t Miss This June.”

O: The Oprah Magazine lists “101 Unapologetically Queer Authors Share the Books that Changed Their Lives.”

Electric Lit offers “8 Stories by LGBTQ Women Writers From Around the World.”

CrimeReads suggests “5 Psychological Thrillers You Should Read This June.” Also, “The Classics of Boxing Literature.”

People features Chris Wallace, Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World (Avid Reader: S. & S.). Also,  Joni Ernst, Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode to the Country that Raised Me (Threshold Editions: S. & S.).

Vogue interviews Pragya Agarwal, Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias (Bloomsbury Sigma: Macmillan).

Lionel Shriver, The Motion of the Body Through Space (Harper; LJ starred review), answers the “Books that made me” questions for The Guardian.

Michael Eric Dyson answers the NYT’s "By the Book" questions. His newest is Jay-Z: Made in America (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

In a piece by Charles Finch, the L.A. Times has “You’re probably wrong about Ottessa Moshfegh.”

Electric Lit excerpts the introduction to The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, translated by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux (Penguin), calling him the “Best Classic Writer You’ve Never Heard Of.”

The Hollywood Reporter excerpts Dark One Volume 1 by Brandon Sanderson, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly (Vault Comics).

BBC Culture asks “What makes an iconic book cover?

A Frankenstein museum is approved by the city of Bath, in the UK. The BBC reports.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Anne Applebaum, Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism (Doubleday: Random House). NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Martin E. Dempsey, No Time For Spectators: The Lessons That Mattered Most From West Point To The West Wing (Missionday).

The Today show features Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power by T. D. Jakes (FaithWords: Hachette) and Life Coaching for Successful Women: Powerful Questions, Practical Answers by Valorie Burton (Harvest House).

Shakespeare's Coriolanus is free on YouTube for viewing; it will remain up for the next six days.

A trailer is out for Major Grom And The Plague Doctor, which is based on a Russian comic book series. Deadline reports.

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