Bethany Jacobs Wins Philip K. Dick Award for ‘These Burning Stars’ | Book Pulse

Bethany Jacobs wins the Philip K. Dick Award for These Burning Stars. The Chesley Award winners are announced, as are Audiofile’s April 2024 Earphones Award winners. April book club picks include The Husbands by Holly Gramazio (Read with Jenna), Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez (GMA), and I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger (B&N). Don Winslow discusses his new novel, City in Ruins, and why it will be his final book. TV adaptations are on the way for Alexandra Tanner’s Worry, and Liza Palmer’s Family Reservations.

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Awards, Book Clubs & News







Bethany Jacobs wins the Philip K. Dick Award for These Burning Stars (Orbit; LJ starred review).

The Chesley Award winners are announced

Audiofile announces the April 2024 Earphones Award winners

Jenna Bush Hager selects The Husbands by Holly Gramazio (Doubleday) for her April book club. 

GMA picks Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez (Forever: Grand Central; LJ starred review), the top holds title of the week. 

The B&N book club pick for April is I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger (Atlantic Monthly). Enger talks about his new book with B&N’s Poured Over podcast.

Scottish authors criticize the cancellation of Glasgow literary festival Aye WriteThe Guardian reports.

ElectricLit announces the winner of its “March Sadness” bracket.


NYT reviews Choice by Neel Mukherjee (Norton; LJ starred review): “A lesser writer would offer only pathos. Mukherjee is alive to all that—but also to the rich, cruel comedy of being saddled with an asset you can’t digest, a gift that costs you everything, a choice you can’t unmake”; and The Sicilian Inheritance by Jo Piazza (Dutton): “I enjoyed Piazza’s twisty narrative and complicated characters, especially her contemporary women, who are strong and feisty—not so different from Updike’s lost, lusty Rabbit.” There is also a paired review of The Return of Great Powers: Russia, China, and the Next World War by Jim Sciutto (Dutton) and Up in Arms: How Military Aid Stabilizes—and Destabilizes—Foreign Autocrats by Adam E. Casey (Basic), two books that “consider modern-day superpower conflict through the lens of the past.”

Washington Post reviews Keanu Reeves Is Not in Love With You: The Murky World of Online Romance by Becky Holmes (Unbound): “By the end of Keanu Reeves Is Not In Love With You, Holmes’s charming grasp of romance fraud, unpolished as it is, is undeniable”; and Victory Parade by Leela Corman (Schocken): “Victory Parade is a moving map of war and genocide’s labyrinthine consequences for survivors across generations.”

Autostraddle reviews A Good Happy Girl by Marissa Higgins (Catapult): “Amid its sticky world of melancholy, A Good Happy Girl asks universal questions: What do we owe each other? What do we owe people who have hurt us and hurt others? What do we owe ourselves?

Briefly Noted

Don Winslow discusses his new novel, City in Ruins (Morrow), and why it will be his last book, with LA Times. NYT features Winslow’s retirement into political activism. USA Today also has coverage, as does CrimeReads

Poets & Writers talks with poet Victoria Chang about her latest collection, With My Back to the World: Poems (Farrar). 

Shondaland dives into nine classic romance tropes.

BookRiot shares 11 mystery thrillers and 10 new SFF books for April.

LitHub highlights 26 new books for the week.

CrimeReads offers “A Reading List of Marriage-Gone-Bad Thrillers.”

People talks with Jim Wilson about his new book, Tuned In—Memoirs of a Piano Man: Behind the Scenes with Music Legends and Finding the Artist Within (Willow Bay Media).

Guadeloupean author Maryse Condé has died at the age of 90. The Guardian has an obituary

Authors On Air

LitHub shares “The Literary Film & TV You Need to Stream in April.”

Akshat Rathi discusses Climate Capitalism: Winning the Race to Zero Emissions and Solving the Crisis of Our Age (Greystone), on NPR’s Book of the Day podcast. 

People shares a preview and exclusive trailer for The Image of You, based on the forthcoming novel by Adele Parks, due out April 16 from MIRA. 

Alexandra Tanner’s Worry (Scribner) will be adapted for TVDeadline reports.

Three-part true crime series Unsolved with James Patterson debuts this week on FoxNationDeadline reports.

Liza Palmer’s novel Family Reservations (Lake Union) will get a series adaptation at NBCDeadline has the story.

Valerie Bertinelli shares recipes from her new cookbook, Indulge: Delicious and Decadent Dishes To Enjoy and Share (Harvest; LJ starred review), on GMA. Bertinelli will also appear on The View today.

Lauren Wesley Wilson, What Do You Need?: How Women of Color Can Take Ownership of Their Careers to Accelerate Their Path to Success (Hay House), visits Today.

Laura Mae Martin, Uptime: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing (Harper Business), stops by GMA.

Radhi Devlukia-Shetty, JoyFull: Cook Effortlessly, Eat Freely, Live Radiantly (S. & S./Simon Element) appears on The Talk.

Rebel Wilson, Rebel Rising (S. & S.), will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Tonight Show.

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