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Finalists announced for the 42nd Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Jonathan Brown and Necole Ryse are awarded inaugural MWA Barbary McNeely Grants. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to be acquired by Veritas Capital. LibraryReads and LJ offer read-alikes for the buzzy book, The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. Plus, author interviews.

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Awards & News

Finalists for the 42nd Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are announced. Winners will be announced as the LA Festival of Books kicks off in April.

Jonathan Brown and Necole Ryse are awarded inaugural Barbary McNeely Grants by Mystery Writers of America (MWA).

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be acquired by private equity firm Veritas CapitalThe Boston Globe covers the news


NYT reviews When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East by Quan Barry (Pantheon): “If you’re thinking that this adds up to the world’s weirdest logline — 'A Buddhist sentimental education with stylistic innovation … plus twins!”'— you’re not wrong. The unlikeliness of this novel is exactly its magic." And, The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann by Ananyo Bhattacharya (Norton): "The Man From the Future sometimes seems so focused on explicating that future — narrating the fates of von Neumann’s ideas long past his death, from cancer, in 1957 — that the man himself recedes from view.

NPR reviews The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart (Ballantine): “Hart's preoccupation with the future, which he started exploring in The Warehouse, his previous novel, takes center stage here, and the result is a tale of loss with a noir heart and a soul made of hard sci-fi that does each genre justice without ever allowing one of them to overpower the other.” And, Vladimir by Julia May Jonas (Avid Reader: S. & S.): “Above all, amidst this terrible current wave of book banning and idea policing, Jonas's debut raises the question — as Lolita itself always has — of how we determine the ‘value' of literature.”

USA Today reviews The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (Morrow), giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars: “As with any good thriller, the breadcrumbs Foley skillfully drops are there for Jess and the reader to find. But do they lead us in the right direction? That depends. Throw in our own assumptions, some twists and turns along the way, and suspects and scenarios abound. As does a thrilling read.”

The Washington Post reviews Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle (Viking): “Doyle’s brilliance probably shines brightest in life with children — which may give added poignancy to these lives from which children are missing, lost or launched.”

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (Morrow), the buzziest book of the week.

LA Times has a Q&A with Andrew Rice about his new book, The Year That Broke America: An Immigration Crisis, a Terrorist Conspiracy, the Summer of Survivor, a Ridiculous Fake Billionaire, a Fight for Florida, and the 537 Votes That Changed Everything (Harper).

LA Times talks with Debbie Millman about podcasting and her new book, Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World's Most Creative People (Harper Design).

CrimeReads chats with Rob Hart about his time-travel detective novel, The Paradox Hotel (Ballantine), and how he found his story idea in a specific place. Plus, CrimeReads has a booklist of recent thrillers set in hotels. 

The Seattle Times interviews Thom Hartmann, about his new book, The Hidden History of Big Brother in America: How the Death of Privacy and the Rise of Surveillance Threaten Us and Our Democracy (Berrett-Koehler: PRH).

Autostraddle chats with Gretchen Felker-Martin about her new book, Manhunt (Tor Nightfire; LJ starred review), and her writing process.

The Millions talks with Julia May Jonas about her campus novel, Vladimir (Avid Reader: S. & S.), and “how she brought her experience as a playwright to bear on writing a first-person novel.”

USA Today shares details from, Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road by Kyle Buchanan (Morrow). Variety also writes about the feud between the film's stars, detailed in the book. 

Tor has Q&A’s with the three finalists for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest: Vivianni Glass, Grace Fong, and AnaMaria Curtis, and shares their original fiction.

ElectricLit talks with Isaac Fellman about the new release, Dead Collections (Penguin), and “writing a queer trans romance rooted in fandom.”

The Rumpus has a conversation with Sean Thor Conroe about his novel, Fuccboi (Little, Brown, & Co.).

USA Today celebrates Octavia Butler's legacy and how her work inspires the next generation of sci-fi writers.

AV Club previews new books to read in March

LitHub has 20 books for the week.

USA Today shares the best books of 2022 so far.

CrimeReads suggests February’s best international crime fiction.

BookRiot suggests 10 queer books from Indie presses, a list of pizza cookbooks, and the best graphic novels for beginners. 

Authors On Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Julie Otsuka about drawing on her family experience for her latest novel, The Swimmers (Knopf; LJ starred review).

CBC Radio's Here and Now talks to Stephen Dorsey about his debut, Black and White: An Intimate, Multicultural Perspective on "White Advantage" and the Paths to Change (Nimbus: Baker & Taylor).

Sharon Stone will produce and star in an adaptation of the forthcoming novel, Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr (Harper), due out March 1st. Deadline reports. 

Wired shares “The Best Podcasts for Everyone,” including the best fiction podcasts.

The Arthur TV show, based on the books by Marc Brown, ends with characters all grown up. Deadline has the story. 

Gordon Ramsay, Ramsay in 10 (Grand Central), visits The Tonight Show tomorrow.

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