C Pam Zhang, Brandon Taylor Among NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists | Book Pulse

The New York Public Library announces the Young Lions Fiction Award finalists, the Guggenheim Fellows of 2021 are announced, and the PEN America Literary Award Winners were celebrated last evening. Emma Cline, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Stephen Graham Jones, and Elizabeth McCracken get focused attention. Vanity Fair writes more about the Pence book deal and the other Trump books that are in the works. Nine new adaptations hit screens this weekend and into the week ahead. A trailer is out for The Woman in the Window.

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April 9:

Moffie, based on the book by Andre Carl van der Merwe. Rent. Reviews | Trailer

We Children From Bahnhof Zoo, based on the book We Children from Zoo Station by Christiane Felsherinow with associated titles. Prime Video. No reviews | Trailer

April 11:

Fear the Walking Dead, based on the comic book The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman with associated titles. Reviews | Trailer

April 12:

New Gods: Nezha Reborn, based on the book Investiture of the Gods attributed to Xu Zhonglin. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

April 13:

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

Our Towns, based on the book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James and Deborah Fallows. HBO. No reviews | Trailer

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

April 15:

Ride or Die, based on the manga series Gunjō by Ching Nakamura. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Younger, based on the book by Pamela Redmond Satran. Paramount+ / Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

In further page-to-screen news, a trailer is out for the Netflix adaptation of The Woman in the Window.


NPR reviews Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday): “while thousands of other families scramble just to survive the opioid epidemic, scraping up money for addiction treatment or housing, the Sacklers are likely to remain one of the richest families in the world.” The NYT has a profile on Keefe. and The Washington Post also has a review. Also, NPR reviews On the House: A Washington Memoir by John Boehner (St. Martin’s Press): “It's refreshing to read a memoir with a politician's honest accountings of repeated failures rather than self-inflated successes.” 

The Washington Post reviews Raft of Stars by Andrew J Graff (Ecco: HarperCollins): “Nature, here, isn’t impressed with masculinity at all, and it’s prepared to smash machismo against its rocks along with anything else.”

The NYT also reviews On the House: A Washington Memoir by John Boehner (St. Martin’s Press): ”as a work of history, the book falls short. Most important, Boehner doesn’t acknowledge the role that his generation of Republicans played in building the bridge from Ronald Reagan’s era to our current times.” And, Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade by Nathaniel Rich (MCD: Macmillan): “Rich articulately, sometimes even brutally, evinces how the onus is upon all of us to respond morally while simultaneously living with a reality that Dr. Frankenstein knew quite well: A monster set loose becomes a threat to our own existence.” The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town by Brian Alexander (St. Martin’s Press): “Alexander will make you see that a healthier America will only be realized when we begin to look beyond the patients in front of us and prescribe solutions that lift people out of poverty, eliminate inequities and respect the dignity of all.”

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

Briefly Noted 

Via press release, The New York Public Library announces the finalists for the Young Lions Fiction Award: Meng Jin for Little Gods; Catherine Lacey for Pew; Hilary Leichter for Temporary; Brandon Taylor for Real Life; and C Pam Zhang for How Much of These Hills Is Gold.

The Guggenheim Fellows of 2021 are announced.

The PEN America Literary Award Winners were celebrated last evening.

The longlist is out for the 2021 League of Canadian Poets awards. CBC reports.

Traci Lester is named as the new Executive Director of the Center for Fiction. LitHub reports.

The NYT recommends 6 new paperbacks to check out this week. Also, the paper asks "Do Patricia Highsmith Novels Make Good Films?"

CrimeReads offers "5 Psychological Thrillers You Should Read This Month."

The Seattle Times offers “Bet on these 6 new paperbacks for a refreshing spring read.”

Entertainment Weekly showcases the new Locke & Key Sandman crossover comic. Also, an early look at Claire Vaye Watkins's I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness (Riverhead).

The Guardian interviews Emma ClineDaddy: Stories (Random House).

The L.A. Times features Sarah Shun-lien BynumLikes (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review) and Stephen Graham JonesMy Heart Is a Chainsaw (S. & S.: Saga; LJ starred review).

The Atlantic interviews Elizabeth McCracken, The Souvenir Museum: Stories (Ecco: Harper) and publishes “The Irish Wedding.”

Oprah Daily has the cover of the forthcoming Inseparable: A Never-Before-Published Novel by Simone de Beauvoir, translated by Sandra Smith, introduced by Margaret Atwood (Ecco: Harper).

Vanity Fair writes more about the Pence book deal and the other Trump books that are in the works.

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