The 2022 National Book Awards for Nonfiction & Poetry Longlists Announced | Book Pulse

The 2022 National Book Awards for Nonfiction and Poetry longlists are out. The 2022 BBC National Short Story Award shortlist is also announced. LibraryReads has released the top ten books published in October. Conversations arrive with Javier Zamora, Mitch Albom, May-lee Chai, Elissa Bassist, Ling Ma, Jane Jensen (aka Eli Easton), Andrea Barrett, Buzz Bissinger, and Woo-kyoung Ahn. Adaptations are being made of Steven Rowley’s The Guncle and Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals.

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Awards & Buzzy Book News

The 2022 National Book Awards for Nonfiction and Poetry longlists are announced, and covered by The New Yorker.

The 2022 BBC National Short Story Award shortlist is announced via Lit Hub.

Knopf will hold a celebration of Joan Didion on September 21, according to Publishers Lunch.

The Root reports that the Brooklyn Public Library may run their program to provide banned book to teens indefinitely

The Verso Books union has a contract after negotiating for 16 months, according to Lit Hub. Also, a report on LeVar Burton’s comments on book banning from the Rose City Comic Con

Authors discuss banned books in the US, covered by USA Today.

LibraryReads has released the top ten books published in October 2022 loved by library staff across the country.

Orwell scholar and writer Peter Davison has passed away at 95NYT has more on his life.

Page to Screen

September 16:

Blonde, based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Confess, Fletch, based on the book by Gregory Mcdonald. Miramax. Reviews | Trailer

The Silent Twins, based on the book by Marjorie Wallace. Focus Features. Reviews | Trailer

Do Revenge, based on the book Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

September 19:

Go, Dog. Go!, based on the book series by P. D. Eastman. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

September 20:

New Amsterdam, based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer. NBC. Reviews | Trailer

The Resident, based on the book Unaccountable by Marty Makary. FOX. Reviews | Trailer

September 21:

Big Sky, based on The Highway book series by C. J. Box. ABC. Reviews | Trailer

September 22:

Dark Harvest, based on the book by Norman Partridge. MGM. No reviews | Trailer

Snabba Cash, based on the Stockholm Noir book series by Jens Lapidus. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Book Riot has a quiz to help select “which bookish adaptation on Netflix” to watch. 

Popsugar posts a guide to the adaptation of Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive (S. & S.).

Bustle explores the television adaptation of the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead.


NYT reviews Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future by Brandi Collins-Dexter (Celadon: Macmillan): "Each essay reflects deep research, passion and respect for her subject." Also, Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout (Random): "Strout writes in a conversational voice, evoking those early weeks and months of the pandemic with immediacy and candor. These halting rhythms resonate." Plus, three short reviews on parenting books including A Parent's Guide to Managing Childhood Grief: 100 Activities for Coping, Comforting, & Overcoming Sadness, Fear & Loss (Adams), The Sleep-Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, and How Parents and Schools Can Help Them Thrive (Mango), Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media (Harmony), and Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be (Harper Wave). 

The Washington Post reviews The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama by Gabriel Debenedetti (Henry Holt): "a colorful, highly detailed and scenic account of the last two decades of American politics, and specifically of the last two decades of American politics as experienced by Biden and Obama, together and apart." Plus, The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman (Pamela Dorman: Viking); "Osman concocts a satisfyingly complex whodunit full of neat twists and wrong turns. But unlike most crime novelists, he ensures his book’s strength and momentum stem not from its plot or its thrills but rather its perfectly formed characters. Once again, the quartet of friends makes for delightful company." Also, Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir by Jann S. Wenner (Little, Brown; LJ starred review): “an account of the largely frictionless life that extravagant wealth enables, and the obliviousness it breeds.”And, American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur: St. Martin’s): "I walked away from “American Demon” somewhat frustrated. That’s no knock on Stashower, who provides shrewd analysis and paints each scene with vivid, macabre details. You’ll sweat reading it. But don’t expect the tidy ending of a mystery novel. As in a classic noir detective story, we watch Ness fall apart, but there’s no redemption here." Finally, a few more reviews posted today.

Shondaland reviews All the Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns by Betty Gilpin (Flatiron): “a feminist manifesto for all of us, leaning on the age-old lesson: Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Locus Magazine has three short reviews including Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (Grand Central).

Book Marks shares "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Javier Zamora talks to The Los Angeles Times about his book Solito (Hogarth), “his perilous journey and its long psychological shadow, and the surrogate family he created along the way.”

Elissa Bassist, author of Hysterical: A Memoir (Hachette), discusses “suppressing her voice, the medical industry’s deep misunderstanding of women, and what ultimately inspired her to continue in her pursuit of finding a cure” in an interview with Shondaland.

May-lee Chai, Tomorrow in Shanghai: Stories (Blair: Consortium Book Sales), chats with The Rumpus about “making your characters suffer, and the importance of writing the personal.”

Mitch Albom celebrates the 25th anniversary of his book, Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson (Crown), and speaks to Fox News about “what’s next, and what’s now” for him.

Electric Lit interviews Ling Ma about the “swampy logic of dreams” in her new book Bliss Montage (Farrar).

Author Jane Jensen (aka Eli Easton) talks to Wired about her gaming and romance novel writing career.

John Stamos’s new forthcoming memoir, If You Would Have Told Me, will explore how Bob Saget’s death inspired him to write. Good Morning America has more.

USA Today gives a first look at Anne Heche's upcoming posthumous memoir Call Me Anne (Start: S. & S.). 

People covers revelations from The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 by Peter Baker, and Susan Glasser (Doubleday). Also, an excerpt of Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenberg (S. & S.).

Vulture takes on the topic of “The Real Housewives of Jonathan Franzen.”

CrimeReads lists “Five Mystery Novels That Prioritize Character, Style, and Insight.”

Electric Lit has “8 Books That Investigate Family History with Imagination.”

Book Riot provides many reading lists such as “20 Must Read Sci-Fi Books for Readers Who Don’t Like Sci-Fi,” “6 of the Best Japanese Mythology Books,” “What to Read When the World Feels Hopeless,” 12 Exciting Books About Women Over 50,” “10 Authors Like Colleen Hoover,” and “Romances by Latine Authors.”

The Atlantic recommends books with insights into heartbreak.

Lit Hub lists "12 Books to Read in Honor of National Translation Month."

NYT recommends 9 new books.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Life Kit highlights the work of Woo-kyoung Ahn and her new book Thinking 101: How to Reason Better (Flatiron) on “3 common thinking traps and how to avoid them.”

Andrea Barrett, Natural History: Stories (Norton), talks about “what the past tells us about today” on the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast.

Buzz Bissinger, author of The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II (Harper: HarperCollins; LJ starred review), “revisits a football game among Marines that took place on a Pacific island in 1945” in an interview with Dave Davies on NPR’s Fresh Air

Steven Rowley’s The Guncle (Putnam) will be adapted for Lionsgate and directed by Jason Moore, according to Deadline. Also, Foundation Media Partners has purchased the rights to Terry Watanabe’s story of being “Las Vegas’ biggest high roller.”

A film adaptation of Heather O’Neill’s book Lullabies for Little Criminals (Harper Perennial) will be directed by Sarah Gadon, according to CBC.

Viola Davis, author of Finding Me (HarperOne), will appear as a guest on the Jennifer Hudson Show.

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