Colin Channer, Reyna Grande, and Celeste Ng To Receive 2023 Writers for Writers Award | Book Pulse

The 2023 Walter Awards winners & honorees are announced. Colin Channer, Reyna Grande, and Celeste Ng will receive the 2023 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. The Golden Globes winners include several book-related films and series. LibraryReads and LJ offer read-alikes for Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, as it becomes the “UK’s fastest-selling nonfiction book.” Stephen Markley, Captain Sandy Yawn, V. Ganeshananthan, Jessica Johns, and Lauren Fleshman discuss their new books. Plus, John Maxim’s “Bannerman” spy novels will be adapted for television.

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Awards & 2023 Previews

Poets & Writers will honor Colin Channer, Reyna Grande, and Celeste Ng with the 2023 Writers for Writers Award at a gala on March 27. 

The 2023 Walter Awards winners and honorees are announced

The Golden Globes winners were announced last night, including several book-related films and series: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with assoc. titles; Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, based on the book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi; House of the Dragon, based on the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books by George R.R. Martin; and Black Bird, based on In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene, written with Hillel Levin.

HipLatina previews 18 books by Latinx authors coming out in 2023.

Autostraddle has “54 Queer and Feminist Books Coming Out Winter 2023.”

Essence lists “2023 Entertainment Preview: 31 Books You Must Read This Year”

BookRiot shares the most anticipated books of 2023 and 23 books to read in 2023.


NYT reviews The Ghost at the Feast: America and the Collapse of World Order, 1900–1941 by Robert Kagan (Knopf): “For Kagan, it is crucial to show that America’s early adventures abroad were not elite conspiracies, but moral undertakings with broad popular support.”

The Washington Post reviews Spare by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex (Random House): “Like Harry, the book is good-natured, rancorous, humorous, self-righteous, self-deprecating, long-winded. And every so often, bewildering.” NYT also reviews: “Like its author, Spare is all over the map — emotionally as well as physically. He does not, in other words, keep it tight.” Time also weighs in: “Celebrity memoirs are usually categorized as ‘well-written’ or ‘revealing.’ Rarely both. Spare, in that sense, is special.”

The Washington Post reviews How To Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (Berkley; LJ starred review): “This ingenious novel is a twisted story of malevolent puppets and dolls that have a problem with real estate deals. (Yes, there’s comic relief.)”

The Guardian reviews Bloodbath Nation by Paul Auster (Grove): “Auster, one of the finest storytellers in the English language, makes for an informed and enlightened companion as he meanders through the subject. But his failure to signal a destination, let alone arrive at one, leaves the reader lost and feeling as hopeless as when they started.”

LA Times reviews The Deluge by Stephen Markley (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “Over nearly 900 pages, Markley moves methodically from 2013 to the 2040s, presenting a kaleidoscopic sampling of American citizenry, an unrelenting series of increasingly tragic events and an in-depth examination of the desperate corner into which the world has painted itself. It is, if nothing else, an astonishing feat of procedural imagination, narrative construction and scientific acumen.”

OprahDaily reviews The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley (Soft Skull): “In today’s America, what constitutes success? What are the obstacles to achieving it? How do race, class, age, and location affect the odds? These oh-so-serious questions are tackled with scathing, lol-inducing wit in The Survivalists, Kashana Cauley’s smart, sharp debut novel.”

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for Spare by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex (Random House), the top library holds title of the week. The Guardian reports that the memoir is “UK’s fastest-selling nonfiction book.”

Publishers Lunch will host a virtual Buzz Books Editors Panel on Wednesday, January 25, at 7 p.m. 

Stephen Markley discusses his new climate novel, The Deluge (S. & S.; LJ starred review), and “how he clings to hope in the face of despair.” 

People talks with Captain Sandy Yawn about overcoming addiction and her new leadership book, Be the Calm or Be the Storm: Leadership Lessons from a Woman at the Helm, written with Samantha Marshall (Hay House Business).

V. Ganeshananthan discusses Sri Lankan literature and research for her new novel, Brotherless Night (Random), at Shondaland

CBC has a first look at Jessica Johns’s new book Bad Cree (Doubleday).

USA Today highlights chef Jamie Oliver’s new “most user-friendly book,” One: Simple One-Pan Wonders (Flatiron). 

Parade shows how to read Anne Rice’s “Mayfair Witches” books in order. Mayfair Witches, based on Rice’s trilogy, is now on AMC+

Tor has an excerpt from Stephen Graham Jones’s forthcoming book, Don’t Fear the Reaper (Gallery/Saga Pr.; LJ starred review), due out February 7. 

Gizmodo shares an excerpt from Ann Leckie’s forthcoming book, Translation State (Orbit), due out June 6. 

NYT recommends newly published books

ElectricLit has “7 Thrillers That Explore the Dark Side of Motherhood.”

Seattle Times recommends mysteries to start off 2023

Esquire highlights “The Best Celebrity Memoirs of All Time.”

LitHub rounds up the best-selling books of 2022

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with Lauren Fleshman about her book Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World (Penguin Pr.) and “how the sports world treats female athletes.” Datebook also interviews Fleshman about her book, which aims to “make sports environments more empowering for female athletes of all ages.”

People shares first-look photos from Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, based on the novel by Judy Blume. 

John Maxim’s “Bannerman” spy book series will be adapted for television at AMCDeadline reports. 

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