Hilary Mantel Has Died at Age 70 | Book Pulse

Book prize announcements abound including the 2022 Cundill History Prize shortlist, CBC Nonfiction Prize, Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, and the Financial Times Book of the Year shortlist. There is more coverage on book banning for Banned Books Week and of author Hilary Mantel’s passing. Author interviews showcase conversations with Tracey Lien, Yiyun Li, Cai Emmons, Robert Hardman, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser. There is adaptation news for Anthony Horowitz’s book Magpie Murders.

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Awards & Banned Books Week

The 2022 Cundill History Prize shortlist is announced.

Susan Cormier has won the 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize.

Giles Kristian wins the 2022 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for Where Blood Runs Cold (Bantam).

The 2022 Financial Times Book of the Year shortlist is announced.

House and Senate Democrats prepare resolutions to oppose local book bans,” according to Politico.

BBC Culture features “dangerous books too powerful to read.”

Chicago and its libraries have declared themselves “book sanctuaries” to battle book banning, as reported by Book Riot

Slate covers a story on "how libraries became refuges for people with mental illness."

Entertainment Weekly reports on a discussion about banning Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe (Oni: S. & S.) between journalist Tamron Hall and two guests. 

Hilary Mantel has died at age 70. NYT has more on her life and books. USA Today also covers this news.

Page to Screen

September 23:

Railway Children, based on the book by Edith Nesbit. Blue Fox Entertainment. Reviews | Trailer

Bandit, based on the book The Flying Bandit by Robert Knuckle with Ed Arnold. Quiver Distribution. No reviews | Trailer

Carmen, based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée. Good Deed Entertainment. No reviews | No trailer

Catherine Called Birdy, based on the book by Karen Cushman. Amazon Studios. Reviews | Trailer

On the Come Up, based on the book by Angie Thomas. Paramount Players. Reviews | Trailer

After Ever Happy, based on the book by Anna Todd. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

September 24:

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Final Alchemy, based on the manga series by Hiromu Arakawa. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

September 25:

Plus One at an Amish Wedding, based on the book by Kimberly Rose Johnson. UP. No reviews | Trailer

Van der Valk, based on the book series by Nicolas Freeling. PBS. Reviews | Trailer

September 28:

Blonde, based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Lit Hub shares "the highs and lows of the Toronto International Film Festival's Literary Offerings."


The Los Angeles Times reviews Canción by Eduardo Halfon, trans. by Lisa Dillman and Daniel Hahn (Bellevue Literary): “unfolds in an elusive middle ground where heritage becomes porous.”

NPR reviews Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton (Drawn & Quarterly): “makes a neat parallel between the way OPTI Canada, CNOOC Petroleum, Syncrude and other companies are treating the land of Alberta and the danger Beaton runs into as an unattached young woman attempting to work in an overwhelmingly male environment.”

Datebook reviews Listen, World! How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman by Allison Gilbert and Julia Scheeres (Seal): “Though the book is a biography of Robinson, it also paints a picture of a changing California, from the Victorian era through the Spanish Fllu. Robinson lived in a liminal space, constrained by the mores of her time, yet eager to examine the ways, she disagreed with those mores through cultural criticism in the form of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.”

Locus Magazine reviews A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers (Tordotcom; LJ starred review): “Like all of Chambers’s work, not much hap­pensmonk and robot go from point A to point B–and everything happens. Dex’s story is about the balance between service and rest. Mosscap explores ecology and philosophy and how the two intersect.”

Tor.com reviews Babel by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager): “makes its characters and its readers fall in love with an institution, then breaks their hearts with the harsh but necessary truth that the institution will never love them back in the way that they need.”

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

Briefly Noted

Shondaland talks to Tracey Lien, author of All That's Left Unsaid (Morrow), about “the harrowing reality of addiction and loss.”

Yiyun Li, author of The Book of Goose (Farrar), discusses “the line between artistic exploitation and personal intimacy” in an interview with Electric Lit

Cai Emmons, author of Livid (Red Hen), explores “women’s rage” in a piece for The Millions

Fox News covers an interview with Robert Hardman, author of Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II (Pegasus) about the royal family and their internal relationships. Plus, more coverage highlighting the work of Katie Nicholl, The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown (Hachette).

The Washington Post profiles and interviews Elizabeth Strout, author of Lucy by the Sea (Random). Also, critic Michael Dirda reminisces about the early days of Book World, a newspaper section “that captures the joy of literature and the love of reading.” 

CBC Books highlights the upcoming book Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson (Avid Reader: S.& S.) as “a tale of morality, mortality and meaning.” Also, A Minor Chorus by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Norton; LJ starred review) that “uplifts the modern queer Indigenous experience.”

The Chicago Tribune announces book tour dates in Chicago for Michelle Obama’s, The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times (Crown)

Tor.com shares a cover reveal of The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty (Harper Voyager). 

The Rumpus has an excerpt of Inciting Joy by Ross Gay (Algonquin).

Wired gives 5 comics to read after watching Andor

CrimeReads lists “10 Cozy Detective Stories You Need in Your Life.”

Electric Lit shares “7 Books Set in Pakistan.”

Book Riot provides “8 Books That Look at Masculinity Through a Refreshing New Lens.”

Lit Hub gives a list of "books that embody the punk ethos."

Bustle has “10 Must-Read New Books Out This Week.”

NYT recommends 12 new books this week and "7 Audiobooks to Listen to Now."

Authors on Air

Peter Baker and Susan Glasser appear on PBS News Hour to discuss the focus of their book The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 (Doubleday) and “what led to January 6 attacks.”

Anthony Horowitz’s book Magpie Murders (Harper Perennial) will be adapted into a series for Masterpiece PBS. Town and Country Magazine has more on the story.

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