Nonfiction Shines as the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize Shortlist Is Announced | Book Pulse

The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize, focused on nonfiction, releases its shortlist. Finalists are out for the Minnesota Book Awards. Book banning in Florida makes more news, and the backlash against Colleen Hoover gets another think piece. Plus, Page to Screen. 

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Awards & Book News

The shortlist for the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize is announced.

The Minnesota Book Awards finalists are also announced.

Teachers in Florida are emptying library bookshelves in fear of felony charges, according to Jezebel

Slate covers the backlash against novelist Colleen Hoover.

NYT examines Brazil's president Luiz Inácia Lula de Silva's promises for more books and it's challenges.

Page to Screen

February 3:

Knock at the Cabin, based on the book The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay. Universal Pictures. No reviews | Trailer

The Amazing Maurice, based on the book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett. Viva Kids. Reviews | Trailer

Let It Be Morning, based on the book by Sayed Kashua. Cohen Media Group. No reviews | Trailer

Arthur, malédiction, based on the book series by Luc Besson. Dark Sky Films. No reviews | Trailer

Dear Edward, based on the book by Ann Napolitano. Apple TV+. Reviews | Trailer

Pinecone & Pony, based on the book The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. Apple TV+. No reviews | Trailer

Stromboli, based on the book by Saskia Noort. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

February 5:

The Happy Camper, based on the book by Melody Carlson. UP. No reviews | Trailer

February 6:

C.B. Strike, based on the “Cormoran Strike” book series by Robert Galbraith. HBO. Reviews | Trailer

February 8:

The Flash, based on associated titles. CW. Reviews | Trailer

February 9:

You, based on the book series by Caroline Kepnes. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews An Assassin in Utopia: The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Sex Cult and a President’s Murder, by Susan Wels (Pegasus): “Packed with colorful characters and well-chosen details, this book is an engrossing — if at times too wide-ranging — account of Victorian-era American eccentricity.” Also, newly reissued The Hopkins Manuscript, by R.C. Sherriff (Scribner): “For readers today, many elements in the novel will call to mind our own recent experiences with the coronavirus pandemic, ultranationalist politics, widespread religious fanaticism, the global climate crisis and senseless, brutal wars of attrition around the world.” And, Tomb of Sand, by Geetanjali Shree (HarperVia): "Even to a reader familiar with Indian culture and Hindi, extricating oneself from the novel’s many tangents — rife with platitudes that are irrelevant at best and pontificating at worst — proves difficult." Plus, a review of Jane Harpe's Aaron Falk series including her most recent, Exiles (Flatiron). "Finally, two short reviews of biographies about Ted Kennedy including: Against the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism, 1976-2009, by Neal Gabler (Crown) and Ted Kennedy: A Life, by John A. Farrell (Penguin Pr.).

NPR reviews Black on Black: On Our Resilience and Brilliance in America, by Daniel Black (Hanover Square): “Black's new collection of essays dig deep into Blackness, history and racial tension in this country, while simultaneously serving as a powerful call to action and a celebration of Black culture.”

NYT reviews Essex Dogs by Dan Jones (Viking; LJ starred review): "readers coming to the novel hoping for new perspectives on the Hundred Years’ War or on the experience of soldiering in 14th-century Europe are likely to come away disappointed or perplexed, since this is a book that, for better or worse, consistently prioritizes excitement and action over probability or fact."

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

Briefly Noted

Jennifer Savran Kelly, author of Endpapers (Algonquin), talks to The Rumpus about nonbinary storytelling.

Vanity Fair interviews Bret Easton Ellis, The Shards (Knopf), on “life, art, and what the hell happened to Manhattan.”

Martin Riker, The Guest Lecture (Grove Pr./Black Cat), discusses “the imaginative possibilities of fiction, what higher education can offer a plot, and how ideas have practical effects on our lives” with Electric Lit

Author J.J. Anselmi, Out Here on Our Own: An Oral History of an American Boomtown (Bison), writes a piece for The Millions on his writing journey from his influences to his recently published works.

FoxNews delves into Prince Harry’s “loyalty tests” as described in a new royal biography, Courtiers: Intrigue, Ambition, and the Power Players Behind the House of Windsor by Valentine Low (St. Martin’s Pr.)

Richard Powers explains how his fictional work, The Overstory (Norton), has become true to life in an opinion piece for NYT

CBC Books gives a sneak peek into A History of Burning by Janika Oza (Grand Central) slated to come out in May this year.

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Melissa Broder’s newest book, Death Valley (Scribner), to be released this fall. has a cover reveal for Under the Smokestrewn Sky by A. Deborah Baker ( Macmillan). Also, there is news that the fictional Marvel character Scott Lang (a.k.a Ant-Man) coming out with a physical book, Look Out For the Little Guy. AV Club also covers this scoop.

Electric Lit lists “7 Novels about Women Fighting Against Racism and Classism” and “7 Stories About Goblins and Tricksters.”

Lit Hub has book recommendation for "all the single ladies."

The Root’s It’s Lit provides 15 “books on Black romance.”

Parade gives “25 Books to Read During Black History Month and Beyond.”

Book Riot has “25 Romance Novels for People Who Don’t Like Romance Novels,” “New SFF Duologies,” and “8 Books About the History (And Digital Legacy) of the Oregon Trail.”

CBC Books explores “6 Black Canadian writers to watch in 2023.”

Elle showcases “67 of the Best and Most Anticipated Books of 2023.”

Popsugar has “22 lighthearted, cozy mystery books.”

CrimeReads gives a "crime reader's guide to the classics" featuring author Marcia Muller, Ice and Stone (Grand Central; LJ starred review).

NYT shares “newly published” and 9 new recommended books for the week.

Shondaland recommends “The Best Books for February 2023.”

Town & Country provides “The Best Books to Read This February.”

Authors on Air

Dave Davies from NPR’s Fresh Air talks to Jere Van Dyk about his time “inside one of the world’s most notorious terrorist groups” and his book, Without Borders: The Haqqani Network and the Road to Kabul (Academica).

Consider This from NPR explores how Pamela Anderson took control of her life story with her memoir, Love, Pamela (Dey Street).

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