New Zora Neale Hurston Essay Collection Releasing in 2022 | Book Pulse

A new Zora Neale Hurston essay collection, You Don’t Know Us Negroes, will be coming out in 2022, and there is a sneak peek of John Le Carré’s final novel Silverview. Interviews with: Cody Alan of Hear’s the Thing: Lessons on Listening, Life & Love, Rahul Raina of How to Kidnap the Rich, Phillip Lopate, Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett of The Very Nice Box, and Marcello Di Cintio of Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers. Adaptations are in the works for Octavia Butler’s Fledgling and Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.

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A new Zora Neale Hurston essay collection You Don’t Know Us Negroes (Amistad: HarperCollins) will be coming out in 2022. Lit Hub has the scoop.

The 2021 Polari Book Prize shortlists are announced.

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July 30:

The Green Knight, based on the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. A24. Reviews | Trailer

Twist, based on the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Saban Films. Reviews | Trailer

The Evening Hour, based on the book by Carter Sickels. Strand Releasing. Reviews | Trailer

The Pursuit of Love, based on the book by Nancy Mitford. Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, based on the manga series by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews The Letters of Shirley Jackson by Shirley Jackson (Random): “The poignancy of “Letters” comes from the juxtaposition of Jackson’s jaunty social persona and the occasional searing glimpses of a profoundly vulnerable woman.” Also, Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way by Caseen Gaines (Sourcebooks): "“Shuffle Along” is an outlier in American pop culture: a history-making show that was largely forgotten by history. Educator and popular-culture historian Caseen Gaines seeks to redress this paradoxical imbalance with “Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way,” a deeply researched and thoughtful framing of this pioneering musical, its time and its influence." Plus, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans by Cynthia Barnett (Norton; LJ starred review): "“The Sound of the Sea” is a glorious history of shells and of those who have loved shells. It is a history of fascination and of shame. It stretches our capacity to absorb new knowledge. It is as complex, multichambered and beautiful as its subject, and if Barnett can awaken our sense of wonder, then perhaps there is hope for jump-starting our collective sense of responsibility toward the oceans and one another." Many more reviews posted today.

NYT reviews Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman (Hogarth: Crown): "“Something New Under the Sun” takes that sense of disorientation and zooms out, using multiple, bicoastal plot lines to reveal a world that looks a lot like ours, with some scarily plausible differences."

The Seattle Times reviews Secret Seattle: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Offbeat and Overlooked History by Susanna Ryan (Sasquatch: Random House): ““Secret Seattle” shares a few elements with “Seattle Walk Report”: Ryan’s warm sense of humor, her ability to coax sublime insights from seemingly mundane objects, and her eagerness to inspire enthusiasm for walking in her readers. But “Secret Seattle” more fully incorporates her librarian’s love of research, exploring the history of the city through easy-to-miss details that are camouflaged in the background of our lives.” Also, Virtue by Hermione Hoby (Riverhead): “Although the book’sultimate position on this is unclear, the experiences of art in “Virtue” that inspire direct political engagement are extolled, while the more personal and aesthetic experiences of art represented in the novel are obliquely mocked — and worse, sometimes categorized as immoral. By letting one of the more interesting strands of the novel fizzle out, Hoby undercuts the nuance of what is otherwise a complex and insightful representation of millennial life.”

The Atlantic reviews Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke (Pantheon; LJ starred review): “The book combines documentary, memoir, reporting, and stunning art: low, dark colors with the occasional neon, making the reader feel like she’s floating on a reflective surface, a reflection with no original. Grays and blues and sea greens recall rain highlighted by streetlights, televisions talking to empty rooms. Through vivid images of people fumbling with house keys late at night, falling asleep on the subway, leaving a liquor store, Radtke shows how recognizable and universal loneliness is—but also how easy it is to remove ourselves from others’ loneliness, to turn theirs into an experience incompatible with our own.”

Locus Magazine reviews The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor: Macmillan): “There were quite a few provocative tales in Jonathan Strahan’s 2016 anthology Drowned Worlds, but the most memorable narrator in the book was probably Tetley Abednego from Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Future is Blue”, the Sturgeon Award winner which became the title story of Valente’s 2018 collec­tion from Subterranean. Now Valente gives us a good deal more Tetley in The Past is Red, which begins with that earlier novelette and then picks up Tetley’s story from a decade later, when she’s 29 years old.” reviews Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge, translated by Jeremy Tiang (Melville House): “Set in a fictionalized version of Yong’an city (or perhaps, it seems a pseudonym for an archetypal anycity), somewhere in an alternate dimension, it tells a beautifully-threaded story of Yong’an’s titular beasts through the eyes of a zoologist-turned-novelist with a penchant for booze and impulsive decisions.” Also, Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian (Ace: Berkely; LJ starred review): “If you sink into Half Sick of Shadows, it has a stately, thoughtful, almost alluringly drowsy feel, like a strange dream on a hot day.”

Book Marks has "The Best Reviewed Books of July."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly gives a sneak peek of John Le Carré’s final novel Silverview (Viking: Penguin).

The Millions features an essay on the works of Annie Dillard including The Writing Life (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins), Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins), and For the Time Being (Vintage: Random House). Electric Lit has an article on “#thenewlatinoboom: the rise of literature published in Spanish in the U.S.Elle features Katie Kitamura, Intimacies (Riverhead) on Shelf Life. Pardis Mahdavi, author of Hyphen (Bloomsbury) lists books "that explore how language can unite or divide us."

People has an interview with Cody Alan, author of Hear’s the Thing: Lessons on Listening, Life & Love (Harper Horizon: HarperCollins Focus) about “how coming out and celebrity interviews inspired his new book” set to come out on Oct 19. Los Angeles Review of Books has a conversation with Rahul Raina, How to Kidnap the Rich (Harper Perennial) about “Delhi, global English, and masala.” NYT speaks with author Phillip Lopate for By the Book.

Bitchmedia interviews Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett, authors of The Very Nice Box (Mariner Books) about “the dystopian heart of Millennial workplaces.” Marcello Di Cintio, Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers (Biblioasis: Consortium) speaks with CBC about “exploring the inner-lives of Canada’s cab drivers.” Leïla Slimani is interviewed by Words Without Borders Daily about "the trauma of colonialism and her forthcoming novelIn the Country of Others (Penguin).

Bustle provides “15 Books Like Bridgerton, For Those Who Can’t Get Enough Regency Romance.” has “Five SFF Books About Love Across Boundaries.”

Gizmodo lists “49 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books in Keep You Turning Pages in August.”

Book Riot gives “9 Alone in Space Books.”

Popsugar has “The 11 Best New Romance Books of August That You’ll Stay Up All Night to Finish.”

The Root has “PageTurners: In Case You Forgot About Some Amazing Reads, They’ve Finally Been Rereleased as Paperbacks.”

Electric Lit features “7 Emerging Literary Translators Whose Work You Should Read” and “11 Afro-Latinx Writers Whose Work Traverses the Americas.”

Esquire gives “The 37 Best Books of 2021 (So Far).”

Time lists “11 New Books You Should Read in August.”

NYT provides “11 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

Authors on Air

Octavia Butler’s Fledgling (Seven Stories) is getting an adaptation treatment for HBO by Issa Rae, Lovecraft Country writers, and J.J. Abrams. Deadline reports. Also, Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf; LJ starred review) will be adapted for tv with Picturestart.

NPR Code Switch speaks to Ashley C. Ford, Somebody's Daughter (Flatiron: An Oprah Book) about “her understanding of childhood, authority, forgiveness and freedom.”

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Tor: Macmillan) is part of the "Wayward Children" fantasy book series that will be adapted by Paramount. Deadline reports.

Mena Suvari, The Great Peace (Hachette) speaks with the Just for Variety podcast about sharing her story.

The adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love (Vintage: Random House) receives two articles: one on remembering the Mitfords on Vox and one about “Britain’s most scandalous family” on BBC Culture.

Jonathan Rapping, author of Gideon's Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice (Beacon: Random House) discusses "the pervasive issues inherent in our current system of public defense and what can be done to end mass incarceration" with the Keen On podcast.

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