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More TV appearances for James Comey, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo sells out, and the NYT announces its romance column editor.

Political Sales

More news on the James Comey front, he has now booked appearances on Bret Baier’s Fox News show, with CNN’s Jake Tapper, and with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

In related news, Quartz ran the numbers on 10 bestselling nonfiction titles from the past year and finds that Fire and Furyblows all other nonfiction out of the water, not only in raw number of books sold but also in how rapidly its sales grew.”

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twist and Marlon Bundo, illustrated by EG Keller (Chronicle) has sold out. According to EW, it did so in less than two days and is getting a second print run. It is also out in audio read by a cast including Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Godsong: A Verse Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, with Commentary by Amit Majmudar (Knopf: Random House: LJ starred review), calling it “ravishing and faithful, marked by what Nabokov once called ‘the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.'” Also Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second: Macmillan), writing she “transforms these true stories into something that has the tone of a personalized fairy tale. And in the end, this turns out to be just perfect.” Back Talk: Stories by Danielle Lazarin (Penguin), gets a glowing review too: “the sentences in these stories are living and seamless, as if Lazarin had run her hand over them until they became smooth and gleaming with the evidence of her touch.” The paper is a bit less glowing about Sarah McBride’s Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality (Crown Archetype: Random House: LJ starred review) writing that “By becoming a nuanced character in her own book, she humanizes the impossibly competent, morally unsullied ideal she seems on the surface” but wishing the memoir was not compromised “by the burden of justification.” Of Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer (Dutton: Penguin) the paper writes, “While an entire book on the subject of women’s companionship signals progress, Schaefer’s portrayal of these attachments as immaculate undermines her case.” The shortlist looks at essays

USA Today reviews The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (Viking: Penguin), giving it a perfect four star review: “reading Rachman is simply de rigueur if you appreciate literary fiction’s brightest, newest voices.”

Ron Charles considers three gun books for The Washington Post, including Gun Love by Jennifer Clement, calling it “haunting” with “hushed poetic pages.”

NPR reviews Bizarre Romance by Audrey Niffenegger, with art by Eddie Campbell (Abrams), saying it “strikes a wrong note.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT has a romance columnist, Jaime Green. The press release announcement says the new column “will be quarterly [and] will debut in the Summer Reading issue of the Book Review in June.” In a departure from the paper’s practice of selecting big name SFF authors to head that genre column, Green is not a romance novelist.

LibraryThing has bought Listy.

The NYT reports on a bookstore in China. The owner, one of the student leaders of the 1989 democracy movement, says “the bookstore is a way to express our longing for freedom and our hope for the establishment of a free society.”

Entertainment Weekly interviews Nell Scovell, Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Clubs (Dey Street: Harper).

George Saunders interviews Will Mackin, Bring Out the Dog: Stories (Random House).

Jami Attenberg interviews Chelsey Johnson, Stray City (Custom House: HarperCollins).

NPR Books interviews Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World (Grand Central: Hachette).

NPR’s All Things Considered samples the late poet Philip Levine’s work with jazz. His collaborative album, just being released, is entitled The Poetry Of Jazz.

Comics for relief: The NYT reports on the comics community creating anthologies to help raise money for the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. One of the titles, Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico which includes contributions by Gail Simone, Greg Pak, Yanick Paquette, Gabby Rivera, Jorge Jimenez and more (Somos Arte), is surging on Amazon.

Alanna Okun’s The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting (Flatiron: Macmillan) gets a feature in Bustle and is highlighted in Electric Lit.

Authors on Air

Megyn Kelly Today featured Harlan Coben and Brad Thor discussing the “10 books everyone will be reading this spring.” The spot sent The Terminal List by Jack Carr (Atria/Emily Bestler Books: S. & S.) soaring after Thor called it “one of the best debuts thrillers I have ever read.”

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday: Random House) is heading to the movies, selling film rights in advance of the book’s publication this coming November.

Amy Chua, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (Penguin) will be on The View today.

NPR’s Fresh Air featured Bart Ehrman, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (S. & S.).

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger gets a trailer.

Nightflyers gets a first look trailer. It is based on the George R.R. Martin novels which the author tells Deadline Hollywood is “Psycho in space.”

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