Book Banning Continues Across the U.S. | Book Pulse

There is more news about book banning. Interviews abound with authors including conversations with Edgar Gomez, James Tynion IV, Jennette McCurdy, Sarah Thankam Mathews, Gabrielle Zevin, K-Ming Chang, Emma Hooper, Nona Willis Aronowitz, and Jesse Green. There will be an adaptation of Dennis Tafoya’s book, Dope Thief.

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Buzzy Book News

Jezebel reports on a Tennessee District Attorney and whether she plans to “prosecute librarians or teachers” for keeping LGBTQIIA+ books.

Virginia Republicans are “testing a new way to ban books and restrict their sales,” according to Slate

The Texas Tribune covers a family divided by book censorship

Batman comic writer and artist Frank Miller is suing David Anthony Kraft’s wife over artworks that were recently put on auction, according to NYT

NYT lists 11 new recommended books for the week.

Page to Screen

August 12:

Inu-Oh, based on the book Tales of the Heike: INU-OH by Hideo Furukawa. GKIDS. Reviews | Trailer

Five Days at Memorial, based on the book by Sheri Fink. Apple TV+. Reviews | Trailer

Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School, based on associated titles. Apple TV+. No reviews | Trailer

August 14:

Chesapeake Shores, based on the book series by Sherryl Woods. Hallmark. No reviews | Trailer

Tales of the Walking Dead, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. AMC. No reviews | Trailer

August 16:

Devils, based on the book by Guido Maria Brera. CW. Reviews | Trailer

August 17:

She-Hulk, Attorney at Law, based on associated titles. Disney+. No reviews | Trailer

August 18:

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, based on associated titles. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Doubleday): “Using philosophical and startlingly delicate prose, Rojas Contreras spins colonial history, personal narrative and the magical around the axis of her family story. The reader feels their soft rotation, like planets around a sun.” Also, Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green (Farrar): “Rodgers’s delightfully gossipy tell-all is also a frank, thoughtful chronicle of one woman’s journey through experience to understanding — and a lot of fun to read.” Plus, Formidable: American Women and the Fight for Equality: 1920-2020 by Elisabeth Griffith (Pegasus; LJ starred review): "an exemplary job of showing how women have always discovered ways to be powerful, regardless of obstacles. The lesson is always the same: The sooner we recognize this power in one another, the sooner the next wave of progress will reach our shores." And, Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe by David Maraniss (S. & S.): "Throughout a book marked by deep research and expert context-setting, he sifts through the myths about Thorpe and Indigenous peoples, depicting his subject as a proud, complicated man who sought to shape his own destiny, yet was bedeviled by larger forces of racism and hypocrisy." Finally, The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan (Penguin Pr.): "less a history of the final evacuation than a meditation on the meaning of the end for America’s fighting men and women. It is part of a distinguished and growing literature by American veterans trying to understand the experience of those who served." reviews The Night Shift by Natalka Burian (Park Row: HarperCollins): “a lovely reminder that New York isn’t just a great place to be alone; it’s also a great place to learn how to find family and how to remake your life when you need to.”

Datebook reviews California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival by Keith Corbin (Random): “surprisingly, a brisk read. There is an enviable utility in the writing, which is at odds with the descriptive power of his words. There is a lot of story to tell, yet there is no word wasted. In his prologue, he deftly addresses what the reading experience will be. Once he dives in, you brace yourself for the roller coaster.”

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

Briefly Noted

The Millions interviews Edgar Gomez, High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir (Soft Skull), about how he does not “shy away from the difficult truths of growing up Latinx and gay in a world that is too often cruel and unaccepting.”

James Tynion IV, writer of Nightmare Country (DC Comics), a new comic from Neil Gaiman’s "Sandman" series, talks with Entertainment Weekly about Corinthian, a “terrifying” character in the series and new television adaptation.

People shares “the biggest bombshells fromI’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (S. & S.). Also, covers kudos from fellow Nickelodeon alum, Josh Peck and via Bustle. Variety writes about McCurdy’s anger toward former co-star Ariana Grande. McCurdy talks to Shondaland about “finding her way towards healing.” Plus, Popsugar covers her “difficult Nickelodeon experience.”

K-Ming Chang, Gods of Want: Stories (One World), talks to Autostraddle about “writing sex scenes, profanity in myths, and letting flash fiction be messy.”

Sarah Thankam Mathews, All This Could Be Different (Viking), chats with Electric Lit about writing “the immigrant hustle within the brown queer experience.”

Emma Hooper “reimagines the stories of Roman Empire-era female saints” in her newest book We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky (Penguin Canada) in an interview with CBC.

Wired speaks to Gabrielle Zevin, author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (Knopf; LJ starred review), about “the intimacy of gaming.”

Katie Hafner, author of The Boys (Spiegel & Grau), writes a piece for The Washington Post about "her path from journalist to novelist."

Entertainment Weekly gives a first look at Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon by Kate Andersen Brower (Harper), an exclusively authorized biography of the actress.

Nona Willis Aronowitz, Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution (Plume; LJ starred review), discusses “what her own experience with bad sex taught her about relationships and sexuality” with Bustle.

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen will come out with a new book in October titled Revenge: How Donald Trump Weaponized the Department of Justice Against His Critics with Melville House, according to Lit Hub has an excerpt from Day Boy by Trent Jamieson (Erewhon: Hachette). And, a cover reveal for Naomi Salman’s Nothing but the Rain ( Macmillan). shares “All the New Horror and Genre-Bending Books Arriving in August.”

Bookriot has “20 of the Best Science Fiction Books of All Time.”

NYPL’s blog provides “books from NYPL’s Harlem Community Collection” to celebrate Harlem Week.

Authors on Air

Elaine Castillo, author of How To Read Now (Viking), talks to Maris Kreizman about "why everything is political" on The Maris Review podcast. 

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Jesse Green, co-writer of Mary Rodgers’ posthumous book, Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers (Farrar), about his use of footnotes in the work so as not to distract from Mary Rodgers’ voice.

Variety covers George R.R. Martin’s frustration over being “kept out of the loop” on the television adaptations of his books.

Brian Tyree Henry will lead an adaptation of Dennis Tafoya’s book Dope Thief for Apple TV+, according to Shadow and Act.

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