Jennifer Down Wins the Miles Franklin Literary Award | Book Pulse

Jennifer Down wins the Miles Franklin Literary Award for Bodies of Light. Amazon names its Literary Partnership grant recipients. The Premios Kelvin winners are announced along with the Sidewise Awards nominees. Simon & Schuster publisher Dana Canedy steps down after two years. LibraryReads and LJ share read-alikes for this week's top holds title, Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva. Plus, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book will get a new film adaptation. 

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Awards & News

Jennifer Down wins the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Bodies of Light (Text Publishing). The Guardian has coverage.

Amazon names its Literary Partnership grant recipients. Publishing Perspectives talks with Partnership manager Al Woolworth about this year’s awardees.

The 2022 Premios Kelvin winners are announcedLocus reports.

The 2021 Sidewise Awards nominees are announced.

Simon & Schuster publisher Dana Canedy steps down after two years to author a sequel to her 2008 memoir, A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor (Crown). NYT reports. Publishing Perspectives has more

Agent Stephanie Sinclair is named Publisher of McClelland & Stewart at PRH Canada. Publisher’s Lunch reports.


NYT reviews The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green (Celadon): “Green wants to hammer home that undergirding Savannah’s beauty — all the flowers and fashion and conviviality — is unspeakable ugliness that must be given voice.”  Also, there are short reviews of three thrillers: Aurora by David Koepp (Harper), The It Girl by Ruth Ware (Scout; LJ starred review), and The Local by Joey Hartstone (Doubleday). Plus, reviews of three poetry books, and four novels of female angst.

The Washington Post reviews The Displacements by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead): “If Holsinger is as subtle as a category 6 hurricane, he also twists his novel around a strange tension: While mocking the elitism that marks our national response to natural disasters, he’s also exploiting that elitism for dramatic effect. This is, after all, a work of suburban horror carefully engineered to scratch the anxieties of upper-middle-class White readers”

NPR reviews three translated books that touch on French colonialism, including The Blunder by Mutt-Lon, trans. by Amy B. Reid (Amazon Crossing), Pina by Titaua Peu, trans. by Jeffrey Zuckerman (Restless), and Chinatown by Thuận, trans. by Nguyen An Lý (New Directions: Norton): "Read together, these three novels, totally divergent in their styles and attitudes, are a powerful testament to anti-colonial translation, and a demonstration of the great range of literature that such an attitude can bring to our shelves."

LA Times reviews We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall (Thomas & Mercer: Amazon): “Watching her peel back the layers of Palmdale to expose its diverse residents and problems feels particularly gratifying and makes We Lie Here a fresh addition to a more inclusive list of essential L.A. crime fiction.”

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and LJ share readalikes for Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva (Harper), the top holds title of the week.

Liska Jacobs discusses her new novel, The Pink Hotel (MCD), with Esquire, who calls it a “glittering satire about a class war inside Hollywood's most storied hotel.”

NYT Magazine has a feature on filmmaker Michael Mann’s forthcoming film, Ferrari, based on the book by Brock Yates, and debut novel, Heat 2 written with Meg Gardiner (Morrow).

The Millions talks with N. Scott Momaday, whose latest collection is Dream Drawings: Configurations of a Timeless Kind (Harper Perennial; LJ starred review), about poetry and poetic writing, “Emily Dickinson, and bears.”

Morgan Talty talks about crafting his debut collectionNight of the Living Rez (Tin House), with The Rumpus.

Gizmodo shares an excerpt of Mo Hayder’s posthumous sci-fi debut, The Book of Sand written as Theo Clare (Blackstone), which releases this week.

Entertainment Weekly talks with Poet Rupi Kaur about her forthcoming writing book, Healing Through Words (Andrew McMeel Publishing: S. & S.), “misconceptions surrounding poetry, and how everyone can be creative.”

Michael Crummey, Sweetland (Liveright), guides readers through a literary tour of Newfoundland, at NYT.

Erika L. Sánchez, Crying in the Bathroom (Viking), takes Elle's "shelf life" literary survey.

Sarah Gailey, Just Like Home (Tor Books), writes about loving monsters in an essay for CrimeReads.

AARP updates "The Weekly Read" newsletter. 

BookRiot reviews the Fable book club app

NYPL has a “Reading the Emmys” booklist.

Vulture shares “6 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This Month.”

Tordotcom highlights "5 SFF Books That Play With Magic and Its Aftermath.”

The Guardian lists the top ten 21st century fantasy novels. 

Authors On Air

The Washington Post traces the journey of Old Country by Matt Query and Harrison Query (Grand Central), from Reddit story to novel and film adaptation

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book will be adapted by Walt Disney StudiosDeadline reports. 

New company Hidden Pictures acquires rights to Freida McFadden’s bestselling thriller, The Housemaid (Bookouture). Deadline reports. 

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