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Vanity Fair’s September issue, guest edited by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is now online. The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Awards are announced. Audible plans a new subscription level for $7.95 a month. Keira Knightley will star in an adaptation of Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent from Apple TV+. The adaptation of The Culture by Iain M. Banks is no longer going forward at Amazon. Trailers are out for The Comey Rule and The Right Stuff. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is having an online ticketed celebration. It will be held Sept. 6-9. The Horror Writers Association Librarian’s Day will be free and virtual this year and take place on Nov. 1.

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New and Notable Works

Vanity Fair’s September issue, guest edited by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is now online. It includes pieces by Jacqueline Woodson, Eve L. Ewing, Danez Smith, and more.

In forthcoming book news, USA Today reports that the “Black Joy Project” is becoming a book to be published by HMH.

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter by Brea Grant, art by Yishan Li (Six Foot Press). Also, a first look at The Duke Who Didn't (Wedgeford Trials Book 1) by Courtney Milan and an interview with the author.

USA Today writes about the forthcoming Now Comes Good Sailing: On Henry David Thoreau and the Meaning of Life from Princeton UP. The tribute book will feature authors such as Amor Towles, John McPhee, Pico Iyer, Joyce Carol Oates, Douglas Brinkley, and Lauren Groff.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic (Del Rey: Random House), discussing the forthcoming Hulu adaptation. She also mentions her next book, Dangerous Eagerness, coming in July 2021.

John Scalzi has an Audible-exclusive audio novella narrated by Zachary Quinto titled Murder by Other Means. It comes out on September 10. Tor.com reports.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest by Ian Zack (Beacon Press; LJ starred review): “a solid work of reportage and writing [with] … many excellent details.” Also, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham (Random House): “a welcome reminder of the heroic sacrifices and remarkable achievements of those young radicals — 20th-century America’s greatest generation.” Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (Grove): “she celebrates her country’s wild bounty, while exploring its fragility and its relationship to national identity.” Sisters by Daisy Johnson (Riverhead: Penguin): “a gripping ordeal, a relentlessly macabre account of grief and guilt, identity and codependency, teenage girls and their mothers.” The Last Great Road Bum by Héctor Tobar (MCD: Macmillan): “much more serious than its jaunty title suggests … [a] breathless hybrid narrative of travel, rebellion, swagger, restlessness and indignation.” The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War by Michael Gorra (Liveright: W. W. Norton): “Gorra’s well-conceived, exhaustively researched book probes history’s refusals … rich in insight.” The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media--from the Founding Fathers to Fake News by Harold Holzer (Dutton: Penguin): “Holzer’s fat volume gives us a panoramic survey of the most contentious president-on-press brawls from the past two and a quarter centuries, providing both the scholar and the general reader with valuable perspective on the current bout between Trump and reporters.” El Jefe: The Stalking of Chapo Guzmán by Alan Feuer (Flatiron Books: Macmillan): “wisely, chooses to avoid the big questions and sticks to his story. It’s a good one.”

The Washington Post reviews Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf; LJ starred review): “a book of blazing brilliance.” Also, Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (Grove): “a book of tremendous purpose. Throughout these essays, Macdonald revisits the idea that as a writer it is her responsibility to take stock of what’s happening to the natural world and to convey the value of the living things within it.”

Tor.com reviews The Living Dead by George A. Romero, Daniel Kraus (Tor.com: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “It is the ultimate expression of George Romero’s vision, carefully curated, expanded and ultimately—fulfilled by Daniel Kraus.”

USA Today reviews Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (Grove), giving it a perfect four stars and writing “Her keenly poetic, elegiac observations trace the fleeting phenomena that surround and contextualize our lives.” Also, Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco: Harper), giving it three stars and writing that it rewards “with fresh insight into the durable charms of the whodunit.”

NPR reviews Summer by Ali Smith (Pantheon: Random House): “What will keep them fresh long after the news cycle has moved on is their passionate engagement with universal issues such as grief, injustice, human warmth and cruelty, and the life-enhancing powers of love, art, and decency.”

Briefly Noted

The August romance column is out in Entertainment Weekly. Also, the magazine offers “6 twisty female-led tales to read this fall.”

Bustle picks the best books for the week.

Fanny Singer, Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories (Knopf), picks summer reads for Amazon.

Amazon looks at the ten works of fiction getting the strongest preorder push for fall.

Tor.com presents “Survival Island: Caribbean Fiction That Blurs Genre Boundaries.”

Bustle has a list of “The Juiciest Biographies To Read When You're Craving Celebrity Gossip.”

Héctor Tobar, The Last Great Road Bum (MCD: Macmillan), has a list of “Five Iconic Literary Road Trips” for Book Marks.

The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Awards are announced.

CrimeReads has “Carl Hiaasen on Palm Beach, Slithery Characters, and Florida Crime Fiction.”

Bitch Media features The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson (Dutton: Penguin).

Tor.com excerpts As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool (Holt: Macmillan).

CrimeReads asks “How Are Crime Authors Going to Address the Pandemic in Their New Books?

Fox News reports on why Amazon has restricted reviews of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie, Carolyn Durand (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Audible plans a new subscription level for $7.95 a month. The newly named Audible Plus “will offer subscribers access to more than 11,000 titles spanning 68,000 hours” for unlimited streaming. Deadline has details.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is having an online ticketed celebration. It will be held Sept. 6-9.

The Horror Writers Association Librarian’s Day will be free and virtual this year and take place on Nov. 1.

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that Keira Knightley will star in an adaptation of Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent from Apple TV+. In the UK, Sky TV is creating a Christmas movie, Roald & Beatrix, The Tail Of The Curious Mouse, “inspired by the true story of when a six-year-old Roald Dahl meets his idol Beatrix Potter.”

Peacock is going to air Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses. It starts on Sept. 24. Tor.com has details.

Vanity Fair has a first look at The Haunting of Bly Manor. It is based on the The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

Den of Geek reports that the adaptation of The Culture by Iain M. Banks is no longer going forward at Amazon.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Jean Guerrero, Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda (William Morrow: Harper).

NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn features Marilyn Chase, Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa (Chronicle Books). 

A trailer is out for the Disney+ / National Geographic adaptation of The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. It debuts on Oct. 9.

A trailer is out for The Comey Rule. It will air on Showtime on Sept. 27th and is based on the James Comey book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron: Macmillan).

Trey Gowdy, Doesn't Hurt to Ask: Using the Power of Questions to Communicate, Connect, and Persuade (Crown: Random House), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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