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The Society of Authors Translation Prize winners are announced. Stephanie Meyer plans two more “Twilight” books. Interviews arrive with Davon Loeb, Joseph Kakwinokanasum, Gayle Brandeis, Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, Malcolm Harris, Ibram X. Kendi, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Jack Parlett, Carmela Ciuraru, and Courtney Maum. 

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Award News & February Reads

The 2023 Society of Authors Translation Prize winners are announced. Publishing Perspectives has details.

The Washington Post reports on updates to the HarperCollins strike and a "tentative agreement." NYT also has coverage.

Stephanie Meyer plans two more Twilight books. Book Riot has the scoop.

HipLatina lists “13 Books by Afro-Latinxs to Read for Black History Month.”

NYT recommends “9 new books.”

Book Riot highlights a list of “new romances releases out in February 2023,” “10 Riveting New Nonfiction Books to Read in February 2023," and read-alikes for Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (Knopf).

Cookbook author Jean Anderson dies at 93, according to NYT. Also, Marianne Mantell, "who helped pave the way for Audiobooks" has also died at 93.

Page to Screen

February 10:

Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, based on associated titles. Disney. Reviews | Trailer

February 11:

Murdoch Mysteries, based on the “Detective Murdoch” book series by Maureen Jennings. Ovation. No reviews | Trailer

February 15:

Marlowe, based on the book The Black-Eyed Blonde by John Banville. Open Road Films. No reviews | Trailer

February 16:

Aggretsuko, based on associated titles. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews Couplets by Maggie Millner (Farrar): "With taut, exquisite lines, Millner reveals the nature of her narrator’s sexual desire: voracious, obsessive, recurrent, attentive. Set in linear time, “Couplets” nonetheless eddies in vortexes of philosophical inquiries into control and surrender."

NYT reviews The Wife of Bath by Marion Turner (Princeton Univ.): “Turner shows with great care how literature and life come together in Chaucer’s writing: how he delicately untangles representation, expectation and experience to create an unprecedented psychological portrait of an ordinary woman."; Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy by James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams (Penguin Pr.): "In grounding the reader in the petty machinations of the mogul’s private life, the authors prime us to see respected corporate titans as just another bunch of manipulative sycophants, trading their integrity for access to his money."

NPR reviews The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg (Penguin Pr.): “Reading The Climate Book at a deliberate pace over some weeks (it's a lot to absorb), the cumulative impact on my understanding of the crisis through its data, cross-cultural reflections, and paths for step-by-step change became mesmerizing.”

Book Marks has "the Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Davon Loeb, author of The In-Betweens (West Virginia University), discusses “growing up in between White and Black America” in an interview with Electric Lit

Joseph Kakwinokanasum explains that his new book, My Indian Summer (Tidewater), is “about truth in reconciliation” in a conversation with CBC Books

Shondaland speaks to Gayle Brandeis, author of Drawing Breath: Essays on Writing, the Body, and Loss (Overcup), about “what it means to get older and find freedom” and also to Rebecca Kaiser Gibson about her first fiction book, The Promise of a Normal Life (Arcade: S. & S.). 

The Los Angeles Times interviews Malcolm Harris about his new book Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World (Little, Brown) and the personal and professional background it took to write it.

Bustle delves into the discoveries within Love, Pamela by Pamela Anderson (Dey Street).

The Los Angeles Review of Books journies into how Orhan Pamuk is a painter of words in his recent bookNights of Plague, tr. from Turkish by Ekin Oklap (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Fox News reports that comedian and Fox contributor Kat Timpf will come out with a new book, You Can’t Joke About That: Why Everything is Funny, Nothing is Sacred, and We’re All in This Together (Broadside) to come out in April.

Gizmodo features a first look at James J. Butcher’s upcoming book, Long Past Dues, to be released this fall.

CBC Books provides a first look at Fit to Die by Daniel Kalla (S. & S.). Also, an announcement for Chris Hadfield’s newest book The Defector to be released this fall. And, a group of “86 works of Canadian fiction to read in the first half 2023.” 

NYT explores instances "when the novel swiped right" and the revelations found in Daisy Alpert Florin's My Last Innocent Year (Holt). shares “Five SF Stories About Space Scouts and Cosmic Exploration.”

CrimeReads lists “Scrumptious Cozy Mysteries to Tempt Your Palate," "5 new psychological thrillers," and reconsiders the work of James Ellroy.

The Millions revisits two previously published books: Curing Season: Artifacts by Kristine Langley Mahler (West Virginia Univ.) and Abandon Me: Memoirs by Melissa Febos (Bloomsbury).

Electric Lit gives recommendations for “8 Action-Packed Novels About Art Heists.”

Bustle shares “32 Books Every Woman Should Read In Their 30s.”

Authors on Air

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Raise an Antiracist (One World), is featured on The Root to explain why books are banned.

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ talks to the Otherppl podcast about writing her second book, A Spell of Good Things (Knopf) and all of the life changes accompanying it. Adébáyọ̀ also appears on The Maris Review podcast to expound on “what it means to live in contemporary Nigeria.”

Jack Parlett discusses the subject of his book and its “sentient allure”, Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise (Hanover Square Pr.), on the Book Dreams podcast.

Carmela Ciuraru, author of Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages (Harper; LJ starred review), chats about “marriage, writing, and equity” in an interview with the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast.

Bruce Schneier goes into detail on "why we need to learn to outhack the hackers" and talks about his book, A Hacker's Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society's Rules, and How to Bend Them Back (Norton) on the Keen On podcast. Plus, Fintan O'Toole, We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland (Liverlight), delves into "contemporary Irish identity, movies, and known and unknown fictions."

Courtney Maum, The Year of the Horses (Tin House), has a conversation with the Just the Right Book podcast about “exploring depression and forgiveness through horseback riding.”

Good Morning America’s podcast The Book Case makes book recommendations for helping readers get out of a rut.

AmazonPrime will release a 2nd season of the adaptation of William Gibson’s The Peripheral (Berkley), according to

Pamela Anderson, author of Love, Pamela (Dey Street) will join the Drew Barrymore show as a guest.

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