Jenny Erpenbeck’s ‘Kairos’ Wins International Booker Prize | Book Pulse

Jenny Erpenbeck’s Kairos wins the International Booker Prize. The winners of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Awards and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire are announced. Library Reads and LJ offer read-alikes for Ruth Ware’s buzzy book of the week, One Perfect Couple. People previews Sally Rooney’s forthcoming novel, Intermezzo, due out from Farrar on September 24. Emma Törzs’s Ink Blood Sister Scribe will get a TV series adaptation. And NYT distills the essential Don Delillo.

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Awards & News

Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck (New Directions) wins the International Booker Prize. NYT and The Guardian have coverage.

The winners of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Awards are announced.

The winners of the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire are announced. Locus has details. 

Publishers Lunch reports that independent publisher Polis Books will close soon.

A24 has partnered with Mack to distribute books worldwideVariety has the story.


NYT reviews América del Norte by Nicolás Medina Mora (Soho): “I like short, tight, character-driven novels, and here was a long, messy one full of digressions and pronouncements, some persuasive, others not—a novel of ideas, in other words. And yet what I felt for it as I read on was growing affection.”

Washington Post reviews To & Fro by Leah Hager Cohen (Bellevue Literary): “With its unconventional form and probing content, To & Fro invites rereading and deserves an honored place on the shelves of any serious fiction reader”; and The Devil’s Best Trick by Randall Sullivan (Atlantic Monthly): “There are hints along this crooked journey that Sullivan was as confused while writing his book as I was reading it.”

Star Tribune reviews You Like It Darker: Stories by Stephen King (Scribner; LJ starred review): “What’s obvious is that King’s skills as a storyteller remain undimmed, and following him into the dark, the light or anywhere in between is never a bad bet. As if anyone could resist.”

Briefly Noted

Library Reads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware (Gallery; LJ starred review), the top holds title of the week.

LJ has new prepub alerts

Time highlights “25 New Books You Need to Read This Summer.”

USA Today features summer beach reads.

NYT distills the essential Don Delillo.

Mesha Maren, Shae (Algonquin), answers 10 questions at Poets & Writers.

ElectricLit has “7 Graphic Memoirs by Asian American Writers.”

Bill Gates shares his summer reading recommendations, including Kristen Hannah’s latest novel, The Women (St. Martin’s).

People has a preview and cover reveal of Sally Rooney’s forthcoming novel, Intermezzo, due out from Farrar on September 24. 

People also previews Selling Sunset star Mary Bonnet’s forthcoming memoir, Selling Sunshine: Surviving Teenage Motherhood, Thriving in Luxury Real Estate, and Finally Finding My Voice (Harper), due out September 24.

Paul Scheer discusses his new memoir, Joyful Recollections of Trauma (HarperOne; LJ starred review), with LA Times. Vanity Fair shares an excerpt.

Bustle talks with Kevin Kwan about the 1% and his latest novel, Lies and Weddings (Doubleday). 

T&C provides an excerpt from Zachary Small’s book, Token Supremacy: The Art of Finance, the Finance of Art, and the Great Crypto Crash of 2022 (Knopf). 

R.O. Kwon, Exhibit (Riverhead), takes Elle’s “Shelf Life” questionnaire

CBC explores Toronto author Carley Fortune’s impact on Canadian tourism and discusses “Canada as a trope.”

USA Today examines the cozy mystery genre

Esquire explains “How ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’ Ways to Be Queer Are Changing Fiction.”

CrimeReads delves into the literary heft of dark academia

Authors on Air

On NPR, Stephen King explains why it took 45 years to write one of the stories in his latest collection, You Like It Darker: Stories (Scribner; LJ starred review). AARP shares 10 surprising facts about the author.

Bill Maher reflects on his “decades of commentary” in his new book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You (S. & S.), with PBS Canvas

Emma Törzs’s Ink Blood Sister Scribe (Morrow; LJ starred review) will be adapted as a fantasy seriesDeadline reports.

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