Bernardine Evaristo & Hilary Mantel Shortlisted for Women's Prize; Goop Launches Book Club | Book Pulse

The Women’s Prize Shortlist has been announced, as has the Wolff Translator’s Prize shortlist. There is much book club news, including the launch of the Goop book club. Also, a great deal of adaptation news, including an update on the Julia Quinn Bridgerton TV series. Val Kilmer, I'm Your Huckleberry: A Memoir, is getting all kinds of buzz.

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction announces its shortlist. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Grove Press, Black Cat) and The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review) both make the cut.

The Wolff Translator’s Prize issues its shortlist.


The Washington Post reviews If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha (Ballantine: Random House): “powerful and provocative … a novel about female strength, spirit, resilience — and the solace that friendship can sometimes provide.” Also, The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review): “rarely confronts us with anything that might challenge our contemporary liberalism.”

The NYT reviews On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear by Lynn Casteel Harper (Catapult): “a searching, poetic inquiry into dementia … beautifully unconventional.” Lastly, a look at books that help readers simply their lives.

The L.A. Times reviews The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (Knopf): “full of verve and sketched in colors as vibrant as a Tilt-A-Whirl David Hockney landscape.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today has beach reads for the summer.

BuzzFeed picks Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth (John Joseph Adams/HMH) as its May book club title. The Seattle Times picks The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown: Hachette) for its next book club title. Gwyneth Paltrow starts a Goop book club. The first title is How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Shondaland features Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin; SLJ starred reviewed).

The Atlantic spotlights You Will Never Be Forgotten: Stories by Mary South (FSG: Macmillan).

Bitch Media interviews Robin Ha, Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir (Balzer + Bray: Harper).

People highlights The House of Kennedy by James Patterson (Little, Brown: Hachette). Also a showcases on Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling by Paula Faris (Bethany House Publishers: Barker), here as well.

Book Marks has “13 Books Where the Earth Comes Alive.”

CrimeReads suggests “5 International Crime Novels” for April.

The Cut excerpts Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.).

Salon excerpts The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L'Engle (Grand Central: Hachette). has a set of reading suggestions by Jo Walton titled “Books That Grab You.”  Also, “Sleeps With Monsters: What to Read When the Whole World’s Falling Apart, Part 5.” There is a summary of Christopher Paolini's talk about books and films in a Reddit AMA and an essay by Steven Underwood, “Will Fantasy Ever Let Black Boys Like Me Be Magic?

Electric Lit considers “The New Generation of Holocaust Memoirs” and has a list of “7 Books About Forgotten Wars.” Also, a conversation with Souvankham Thammavongsa, How to Pronounce Knife: Stories (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly writes about Val Kilmer's I'm Your Huckleberry: A Memoir (S. & S.). USA Today does as well. Kilmer is getting wide attention and is also featured in the Daily Beast and HuffPost has a feature as well.

The NYT writes that ALA’s Most Challenged books list has a common thread, books about LGBTQ issues.

Author and scholar Cheryl A. Wall has died. The NYT reports.

Biographer Deirdre Bair has died. The NYT reports.

The Bangkok Post writes that “Chatchai Wisetsuwannaphum, one of Thailand's literary greats known by his pen name Phanomthien, has died.”

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Laura Lippman writes about her quarantine experience for the L.A. Times. Her forthcoming book is a nonfiction collection of essays, My Life as a Villainess (William Morrow: Harper).

Vogue considers how bookstore stay connected to readers during lockdown.

The Frankfurt Book Fair looks to Mid-June to decide on if, and how, it will be held. Publishing Perspectives reports.

Random House is offering RA help via Twitter this week and is putting on a Virtual Con on Friday.  

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly interviews Julia Quinn about her newest book, First Comes Scandal (Avon: Harper), and the Bridgerton TV series: "I was blown away; it's so good ... It's not a word-for-word adaptation ... They're interweaving a few new stories and different stories, but ... how they did it and how they structured it, is just brilliant."

NRP’s Fresh Air interviews Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs (Celadon: Macmillan). NPR’s Morning Edition features Nguyen Phan Que Mai, The Mountains Sing (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review).

Shakespeare’s Globe is streaming free plays on YouTube.

Audible begins a series of “celebrity-driven sleep programs,” including short stories. USA Today reports.

Deadline writes that Suzanne Collins’s The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes is getting adapted by the filmmaker who did the original run of the last three films. Nullaboo Hullabaloo by Fleur Ferris sells film rights. Venom 2, now titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage has moved from Oct. 2, 2020 to June 25, 2021. NOS4A2 makes a smaller adjustment, from  June 1 to June 21. Netflix is going to be the home for the adaptation of the The Enola Holmes Mysteries. Scoob! goes direct to streaming.

Variety reports The Mandalorian season three is in the works.

Gizmodo reports that Chris Pine might star in the remake of the book-based The Saint.

The Today show features Joy Bauer's Superfood!: 150 Recipes for Eternal Youth by Joy Bauer (Abrams).

Fox features Make America Healthy Again: How Bad Behavior and Big Government Caused a Trillion-Dollar Crisis by Nicole Saphier, M.D. (Broadside Books: Harper) and No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid by Will Chesney, Joe Layden (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan).

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