John Scalzi Wins Robert A. Heinlein Award | Book Pulse

John Scalzi wins the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The Oregon Book Awards finalists are announced. The Bram Stoker Awards preliminary ballot is released. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction’s longlist is announced, featuring the highest number of women authors in the prize’s history. The Evergreen Award finalists are announced. Ian Williams is named chair of the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury. LibraryReads and LJ offer read-alikes for Kate Clayborne’s Georgie, All Along. Interviews arrive with Ilyon Woo, Kathryn Ma, Rachel M. Harper, N.K. Jemisin, Jean Kyoung Frazier, Ruby Tandoh, and Saket Soni. Plus, more coverage and analysis of this year’s Oscar nominations. 

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Awards News

John Scalzi wins the 2023 Robert A. Heinlein Award

The 2023 Oregon Book Awards finalists are announced

The Horror Writers Association releases the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards preliminary ballot.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction’s 2023 longlist is announced. Publishing Perspectives has details. The Bookseller notes that this year’s list features the “highest number of women” in the prize’s history.

The 2023 Evergreen Award finalists are announced

LitHub introduces this year's United States Artists Writing Fellows.

Ian Williams is named chair of the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury. CBC reports.


NYT reviews The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America by Philip Bump (Viking): “He is trying to debunk closely held beliefs about the boomers as a voting, spending and ideological bloc." And Against the World: Anti-Globalism and Mass Politics Between the World Wars by Tara Zahra (Norton): “Even though much of what Zahra writes about took place nearly a century ago, the tensions she explores have never gone away.”

NPR reviews Children of the State: Stories of Survival and Hope in the Juvenile Justice System by Jeff Hobbs (Scribner): “Throughout, Hobbs lets his characters describe the broken system, rather than writing as an advocate. With admirable research, he does a wonderful job bringing out his subjects’ humanity.”

LA Times reviews This Other Eden by Paul Harding (Norton): “A short novel, but it’s encumbered with all the symbolic import Harding strives to apply to it. At times, the book’s language is charming in its elegance. Too often, though, it’s fussed over, as if every syllable were held up with a jeweler’s loupe and assessed for shine and heft.”

Briefly Noted

The Herald-Tribune reports on Florida teachers in Manatee County closing class libraries to comply with new law.  

LibraryReads and LJ offer read-alikes for Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn  (Kensington, LJ starred review), the top holds title of the week.

B&N publishes “Our Most Anticipated New Book Releases of February 2023.”

NPR has an interview with Ilyon Woo about her new bookMaster Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

USA Today shares details from Anne Heche’s posthumous memoir, Call Me Anne (Start Publishing). People covers an emotional reading of the memoir with family and friends

Kathryn Ma, author of the new novel, The Chinese Groove (Counterpoint), discusses growing up with a librarian mother, at LitHub.

Rachel M. Harper talks about character development in her new book, The Other Mother (Counterpoint), with The Millions

OprahDaily talks with N.K. Jemisin about the “unexpected pivots” she had to make when writing The World We Make (Orbit; LJ starred review).

ElectricLit checks in with screenwriter Jean Kyoung Frazier, Pizza Girl (Anchor), for a new interview series about “debut authors working on their next book”.

Vogue chats with Ruby Tandoh about her latest cookbook, Cook as You Are: Recipes for Real Life, Hungry Cooks, and Messy Kitchens (Knopf), and “why she gravitates toward cookbooks that feature illustrations rather than photos.”

CrimeReads has five mysteries and thrillers about returning to your hometown

“Victor S. Navasky, a Leading Liberal Voice in Journalism, Dies at 90.” NYT has an obituary. 

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with labor organizer and author Saket Soni about his book, The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America (Algonquin; LJ starred review).

NPR's All Things Considered speaks with Pamela Anderson about her new memoir, Love, Pamela (Dey Street).

The 2023 Oscar nominations are announced, with coverage on PBS Canvas, Deadline, Vanity Fair, and The Atlantic. Adaption nods include: All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the book by Erich Maria Remarque, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with assoc. titles, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, based on the book by Paul Gallico, Blonde, based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates, Women Talking, based on the book by Miriam Toews, and more. And, on that note, LitHub explores “Why are so few literary adaptations nominated for Oscars this year?”

Variety reports that the Madonna biopic in development has been scrapped


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