YMAs & ISBNS, Jan. 28, 2020 | Book Pulse

The Youth Media Awards are announced, and make history. The Costa Book of the Year will be announced later today. Bowker will introduce a new ISBN prefix, 979. More Americans visit the library than go to the movies. Also making history, Doctor Who casts its first black Doctor.

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The Youth Media Awards were announced Monday. SLJ has full coverage. Some records were made. Tor.com reports that Seanan McGuire becomes the first three-time winner of the Alex Award and, as the NYT reports, a graphic novel wins the Newbery Medal for the first time.

The Costa Book of the Year will be awarded today.


The Washington Post reviews Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon: Random House): “One of the funniest books of the year has arrived, a delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire.”

USA Today reviews Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings (Abrams), giving it 3.5 stars and writing “Butler's powerful novel is bleak, for sure, but there are glimmers of potential peace and hope throughout, and the graphic novel stays faithful to the journey.” 

The NYT reviews Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon (S. & S.): “Yoon has stitched an intense meditation on the devastating nature of war and displacement.” The paper has an excerpt. Also, When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald (Gallery/Scout Press: S. & S.): “well-intentioned … MacDonald’s creative choices occasionally blur the lines between adult and Y.A. fiction, which distracts from the narrative and undermines his efforts.” Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein (Avid Reader: S. & S.): “thoughtful, clear and persuasive analysis.” The paper has an excerpt. Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty by Jeff Madrick (Knopf): “In clear, spare prose, he lays out a proposal for something akin to a basic income guarantee for parents of children under 18.” The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 by Rashid Khalidi (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan): “Khalidi’s core thesis is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is best understood as a war of colonial conquest, one that closely hews to the pattern and mind-set of other national-colonial movements of the 19th century.” Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East by Kim Ghattas (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “sweeping and authoritative.” The paper has an excerpt. The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood by Donna Rifkind (Other Press: Random House): “As the historical situation Rifkind describes grows increasingly dire, she snaps to: Her writing sharpens and her gaze widens to take in a boggling Who’s Who of uprooted 20th-century eminences.” Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond by Lydia Denworth (W.W. Norton): “While Denworth deftly limns the ‘how’ of friendship, she doesn’t fully deliver on the why’.” The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War by Fred Kaplan (S. & S.): “[a] rich and surprisingly entertaining history of how nuclear weapons have shaped the United States military and the country’s foreign policy.” Billion Dollar Brand Club: How Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, and Other Disruptors Are Remaking What We Buy by Lawrence Ingrassia (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “ferrets out the most compelling, consequential stories and people behind the direct-to-consumer revolution.” Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What It Teaches Us About Being Human by Sarah DiGregorio (Harper): “such a beautiful storyteller, I found myself underlining passages, turning corners of pages and keeping track of the page numbers at the back of the book until I had a hodgepodge of numbers scribbled on top of each other.” My War Criminal: Personal Encounters with an Architect of Genocide by Jessica Stern (Ecco: Harper): “most of the insights Stern gleans from the information she collects are more banal than illuminating.” Mengele: Unmasking the "Angel of Death" by David G. Marwell (W.W. Norton): “What specifically distinguishes Marwell’s account from previous studies concerns his personal involvement in the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (O.S.I.) and the search for and identification of Mengele.” "The Shortlist" column gathers macabre, sinister, and absurd short story collections. The New & Noteworthy list is out.

Briefly Noted

The Guardian writes that Margaret Atwood will publish her first collection of poetry in over a decade, Dearly, due out in November from Harper. Vulture has a piece on A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir by Colin Jost (Crown: Random House), out in April.

The Millions picks “Writers to Watch: Spring 2020.”

Tor.com gathers “All the New Fantasy Books Arriving in February.”

Popsugar selects “25 Brilliant Books Coming Out in February.”

O: The Oprah Magazine has an essay by Richie Jackson, Gay Like Me  A Father Writes to His Son (Harper).

Popsugar excerpts The Herd by Andrea Bartz (Ballantine: Random House).

NPR features the Miss Peregrine books by Ransom Riggs, including the newest,  The Conference of the Birds (Dutton Books for Young Readers: Penguin).

Eoin Colfer, Highfire (Harper Perennial), tells Entertainment Weekly about the books of his life and his cultural diet.

Paulo Coelho is “scrapping [the] children’s book he wrote with Kobe Bryant out of respect.” Entertainment Weekly has more.

The Chicago Tribune asks if Reese’s Book Club is “more potent” than Oprah’s?

Doing some clean-up, Stephen King writes a piece for The Washington Post about the Oscars and diversity.

The L.A. Times writes that Oprah promises a “deeper” discussion around American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review). This as book signings have been canceled and in the NYT there is an op-ed by author David Bowles praising the public library that sent back the free ALA/Oprah book club copies. Bitch Media collects some of the criticisms and the Chicago Tribune writes “The problem isn’t who wrote it, but how.”

Reacting to yesterday’s news that on her 90th birthday the creators of Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys comics decided to kill her off and let the Hardy Boys step up to solve her murder, Bustle has a list of “15 Female Detective Novels To Read While You Mourn Nancy Drew.”

Locus reports that Bowker will introduce a new ISBN prefix, 979, and that “there will be no 10-digit equivalent to a 979 ISBN … publishers and metadata recipients will need to confirm that their systems can reliably accept and maintain 13-digit ISBNs.”

Gallup has a new report out about US library use. It outpaces trips to the movies.

Publishers Weekly has a report on Macmillan’s CEO John Sargent’s “Ask Me Anything” session at Midwinter, focused on the e-book embargo.

Stephen Joyce, grandson of James Joyce, has died. The Guardian has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Vulture has a look at season two of The Witcher.

Making history, Doctor Who casts its first black Doctor. Actress Jo Martin plays the part. USA Today has a report.

Mira Jacob, Good Talk (Random House; LJ starred review), features on the Belletrist Studios series.

Popsugar has a list of “26 Books to Read Before They Become Hit TV Shows in 2020.”

 NPR’s Code Switch interviews Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Jonathan Coe and Sara Collins feature on The Guardian Books podcast, discussing their Costa-winning books (for debut fiction and for best novel).

Deadline reports that Killing It: An Education by Camas Davis is headed to the movies.

Little Fires Everywhere gets a new trailer.

Michael Bloomberg, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

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