Women’s History Month Gets Literary | Book Pulse

The New York Times measures the state of fiction—being led and changed by women. Michael Connelly wins the 2018 CWA Diamond Dagger award and Barnes & Noble starts a nationwide, in-store, book club with The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. NPR reports further on the sexual harassment allegations against Sherman Alexie.

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NYT daily reviewers Dwight Garner, Parul Sehgal, and Jennifer Szalai mark Women’s History Month with a reading list that calls attention to “the books steering literature in new directions — to new forms, new concerns — [that] almost invariably have a woman at the helm.” A short essay frames each of their 15 picks. It serves as a core list for readers’ advisors.

Book Clubs

Barnes & Noble starts a nationwide, in-store book club. The first title will be The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead: Penguin: LJ starred review). The event will take place on May 2, from 6-7 pm local time across the nation.

PBS’s NewsHour posts its discussion questions for Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead: Penguin: LJ starred review), the March pick for the Now Read This book club.

Vulture announces its new book club pick, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Square Fish: Macmillan).


The Cartoonist Studio Prize shortlist is out.

Elizabeth Strout wins The Story Prize for Anything is Possible (Random House: LJ starred review). LJ has a full report.

Michael Connelly wins the 2018 CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honor for British crime writing.

The Aspen Words Award announces its finalists. NPR has a story on the five contenders.

The Guardian has a report on the TA first translation prize. The winner is Bela Shayevich for Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich (Random House: LJ starred review).

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Harper: LJ starred review), deciding it is “underwhelming … a muted, minor-chord novel.” We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler (Liveright: W.W. Norton): “provides a masterful retrospective map at a time when people are feeling bewildered and enraged by growing corporate power.” Of Beautiful Days: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco: Harper: LJ starred review), the NYT says “Slowly the realism of the collection gives way to stories that are more experimental. Oates is a master of many different kinds of story, including the gothic and something like science fiction.” Also reviewed is A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong (Crown: Random House): the authors “tell their story plainly, expertly and well. It’s gripping and needs no dressing up.” Lastly, the paper reviews two books related to the Bachelor TV show.

USA Today reviews Unmasked: A Memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Harper), calling it “meticulously rendered … an insider’s inside account, highly readable, thanks to Lloyd Webber’s affable, intelligent voice, but disappointingly discreet when it comes to personal gossip.”

Shondaland interviews Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Henry Holt: Macmillan). The Atlantic has a feature on the novel and its importance.

NPR has a detailed report on the allegations of sexual harassment against Sherman Alexie.

A researcher may have found a source book for Hamlet with notes written by Shakespeare, reports The Guardian.

LitHub talks to authors about the multiple copies they keep.

The New York Times is launching a monthly audiobook best-seller list.

Authors on Air:

Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels (Little, Brown: Hachette), was on NPR’s Fresh Air, giving his newest book and his backlist a boost.

All Things Considered interviews Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow (Scribner: S. & S.).

Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries: A Memoir (Counterpoint), will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah tomorrow.

Megyn Kelly Today gives a bump to Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen (Dey Street: HarperCollins).

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (Harper) is headed to HBO, with the production companies of Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams involved.

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