Toni Morrison Appears on USPS Forever Stamp | Book Pulse

Toni Morrison is honored on USPS’s newest Forever Stamp. NYT Magazine offers a guide to “The New Black Canon: Books, Plays and Poems That Everyone Should Know.” The Women’s Prize for Fiction announces its longlist. The 2023 Joyce Carol Oates Prize finalists are announced. Laurie Halse Anderson wins the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. LibraryReads and LJ offer read-alikes for Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson. The March Loanstars list features I Will Find You by Harlan Coben, and April’s Indie Next List Preview features No. 1 pick, Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez. March’s EarlyWord GalleyChat spreadsheet arrives. The U.S. Book Show presented by Publisher’s Weekly opens registration in hybrid format. And Ian Falconer, author of the “Olivia” series, has died.

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News, Awards, & Events

Toni Morrison is celebrated on USPS’s newest Forever Stamp. NYT reportsABCNews also has coverage

The Women’s Prize for Fiction announces its longlist. The Guardian has coverage. Watch the announcement here. The six-novel shortlist will be announced on April 26, and a winner will be named on June 14.

The 2023 Joyce Carol Oates Prize finalists are announced.

Laurie Halse Anderson wins the Astrid Lindgren Memorial AwardThe Bookseller has coverage. 

The Ockham NZ Book Awards 2023 shortlists are announced.

NYT Magazine offers a guide to “The New Black Canon: Books, Plays and Poems That Everyone Should Know.”

The March Loanstars list is out, featuring top pick, I Will Find You by Harlan Coben (Grand Central). 

The April 2023 Indie Next List Preview features No. 1 pick, Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez (Forever). 

March’s EarlyWord GalleyChat spreadsheet is released.

The U.S. Book Show, presented by Publisher’s Weekly, pivots to a hybrid format after two years of virtual programming. The event will run from May 22–25 in NYC. Register here

Olivia creator and stage designer Ian Falconer dies at 63.”  NPR has an obituary. The New Yorker has a remembrance


The Washington Post reviews Confidence by Rafael Frumkin (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “As a crime novel, Confidence is a propulsive, cheeky, eat-the-rich page-turner to satisfy the craving for a well-crafted caper”; and The Farewell Tour by Stephanie Clifford (Harper): “Its seemingly predictable arc is disrupted by plenty of smart misdirections and subtexts. Like a particularly sharp country song, it takes cliches and untangles and renews them.”

NYT reviews Love at Six Thousand Degrees by Maki Kashimada, tr. by Haydn Trowell (Europa): “Inspired by Marguerite Duras’s screenplay for Hiroshima Mon Amour, Kashimada’s listless story line similarly imagines the aftermath of nuclear war in the key of a love story”; and From From: Poems by Monica Youn (Graywolf; LJ starred review): “In reflecting and refracting the fantasies and absurdities, dark secrets and blatant cruelties by which American racism invents and maintains itself, Youn counters our brutal imagination with flammable, superior dreams.” Plus, short reviews of four poetry books: I’m Always so Serious by Karisma Price (Sarabande), Brother Poem by Will Harris (Wesleyan Univ.), Judas Goat: Poems by Gabrielle Bates (Tin House), and Collected Poems by Ellen Bryant Voigt (Norton). 

NPR reviews The Angel Maker by Alex North (Celadon): “In less capable hands, a narrative that juggles so many elements and such a rich cast of characters could've easily turned into a disorganized mess. But in North's skilled hands, it becomes a very cohesive, enthralling ride into some of the darkest corners of extreme religiousness and human nature.”

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson (Pamela Dorman), the top holds title of the week. 

LJ’s Barbara Hoffert releases new September prepub alerts for thrillers, and holiday books.

LitHub interviews the five PEN/Faulkner Finalists of 2023

Margaret Atwood, Old Babes in the Wood: Stories (Doubleday), discusses “crypto, the end of Roe v. Wade, and what’s left to inspire hope,” in an interview with Wired.

Jenny Odell, Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock (Random), “explains how to combat the tyranny of time as we know it,” at Esquire.

Debra Lee discusses her new memoir, I Am Debra Lee (Legacy Lit), and sharing her truth with Essence.  USA Today also shares details from Lee’s new book.

Entertainment Weekly talks with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay about her new novel, Real Love (Dell). Colin Kaepernick, author of the new graphic novel memoir, Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game, takes EW’s Pop Culture quiz.

NYT features Romaine Wasn’t Built in a Day: The Delightful History of Food Language by Judith Tschann (Voracious), a new book that explores the etymology of food terms.

People highlights an excerpt from Paris Hilton’s forthcoming bookParis: The Memoir (Dey Street).

EW has an exclusive cover reveal and excerpt of the new Star Wars: High Republic YA anthology.

NYT recommends newly published titles

LitHub shares 6 new books for the week

The Guardian lists the “top 10 retold fairytales.”

NYT covers the essential Patricia Highsmith

Readers Digest has “25 BookTok Books That Are Actually Worth the Hype.”

Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar suggest novels for fans of Everything Everywhere All at Once, at the Washington Post

LitHub has “Oscars Countdown: What to Read (and Watch) After TÁR.”

“Judy Heumann, Who Led the Fight for Disability Rights, Dies at 75.” NYT has an obituary. 

“Duong Tuong, Who Opened Western Works to Vietnamese Readers, Dies at 90.” NYT has an obituary.

Authors On Air

NPR’s Morning Edition talks with Rebecca Boggs Roberts about her new biography, Untold Power: The Fascinating Rise and Complex Legacy of First Lady Edith Wilson (Viking). 

NPR’s All Things Considered chats with Alice Winn about her debut, In Memoriam (Knopf), and the inspiration behind the book.

 Apple TV+’s adaptation of Hugh Howey’s Silo series gets a trailerGizmodo shares details. 

Josh Silver’s forthcoming debut novel HappyHead will get an adaptationDeadline reports. 

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