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The finalists for the 2023 Kirkus Prizes are announced. The finalists for the 2022 Sidewise Award for alternate history are announced. NYT reports on YA novelist John Green’s involvement in ensuring access to books in Indiana libraries. 

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The finalists for the 2023 Kirkus Prizes are announced.

The finalists for the 2022 Sidewise Award for alternate history are announced.

For John Green, the Battle Over Access to Books has Gotten Personal,” reports NYT in an article about Indiana libraries.

New Title Best Sellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books


Dead Mountain by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Grand Central) climbs to No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Seller list.

King of Pride by Ana Huang (Bloom: Sourcebooks) is enthroned at No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

After That Night by Karin Slaughter (Morrow) takes No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Seller list and No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Shadow Dance by Christine Feehan (Berkley) dances to No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk by Billy Walters with Armen Keteyian (Avid Reader) strikes No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Seller list and No. 15 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list, though some booksellers report receiving bulk orders.

Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury by Drew Gilpin Faust (Farrar) rises to No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Seller list.

Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair by Mercury Stardust (DK) builds to No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic-and What We Can Do About It by Jennifer Breheny Wallace (Portfolio) achieves No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Seller list, though some booksellers report receiving bulk orders.

Trail of the Lost: The Relentless Search To Bring Home the Missing Hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail by Andrea Lankford (Hachette) finds No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Seller list.


Washington Post reviews Everything/Nothing/Someone: A Memoir by Alice Carrière (Spiegel & Grau): “As Carrière catalogues her troubles, I found myself wanting more authorial reflection on the vagaries of memory, especially when it’s clouded by medications, dissociation, and the blurring effects of alcohol and drugs”; and The Fraud by Zadie Smith (Penguin Pr.; LJ starred review): “The best and most poignant sections of The Fraud examine the highly prescribed space for a sharp, smart woman in a culture that has no interest in sharp, smart women, particularly a dependent one of a certain age with little money.” LA Times also reviews the latter: “That the entire tapestry flows so seamlessly across decades, weaving in shared intimacies, massive crowd scenes and dusty literary gossip, is a testament to Smith’s craft.”

NYT reviews Fortune’s Frenzy: A California Gold Rush Odyssey by Eilene Lyon (Two Dot): “At times the book’s devotion to the Jenkins family tree makes it feel like a genealogy lecture, but some sections are thrilling.”

LitHub’s BookMarks rounds up “5 Book Reviews You Need to Read This Week,” while CrimeReads identifies the best-reviewed books of summer 2023.

Briefly Noted

NYT identifies 16 books to read in SeptemberNYT also posits that “Some Old-Fashioned Home-Design Manuals Are Worth Revisiting.” There’s also a round-up of four new architecture and design books.

LitHub rounds up AudioFile’s best audiobooks of August and “24 books finally out in paperback this September.”

Kirkus selects 10 fall 2023 nonfiction must-reads and four new adaptations to watch in September.

The Guardian has a list of the top 10 books about solitary living.

Electric Lit recommends “11 Books About Misunderstood Women in History and Mythology.”

BookRiot suggests “bite-sized summer reads: compulsively consumable short story & essay collections.”

Vulture reports: “From Friends to Lovers: The Fanfic-to-Romance Pipeline Goes Mainstream.”

NYT’s “Inside the Best-Seller List” features B. Dylan Hollis’s Baking Yesteryear: The Best Recipes from the 1900s to the 1980s (DK).

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, author of the memoir Talking to My Angels (Harper Wave), answers NYT’s “By the Book” questionnaire.

Angie Kim, Happiness Falls (Hogarth), answers Elle’s “Shelf Life” survey.

Vulture has a profile of Mona Awad, author of Rouge (S. & S./Marysue Rucci).

Washington Post speaks with Lars Iyer, author of My Weil (Melville House).

NYT features Jillian and Mariko Tamaki and their graphic novel Roaming (Drawn & Quarterly; LJ starred review), while New York Times Magazine discusses Naomi Klein and her book Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World (Farrar).

LA Times profiles Nikhil Goyal and his book Live To See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty (Metropolitan).

CrimeReads talks to Margot Douaihy, author oBlessed Water: A Sister Holiday Mystery (Gillian Flynn Bks.).

Electric Lit interviews Adrienne Brodeur, author of Little Monsters (Avid Reader; LJ starred review).

The Rumpus chats with Hilary Leichter, author of Terrace Story (Ecco). Leichter is also interviewed on LitHub’s The Maris Review podcast.

CrimeReads and Alex Segura, author of Secret Identity (Flatiron), discuss the backlist title Miami Purity by Vicki Hendricks (Pantheon).

People shares revelations from musician Aaron Neville’s memoir Tell It Like It Is: My Story (Hachette; LJ starred review).

EW publishes an excerpt from Stephen King’s Holly (Scribner), due out September 5.

Emmy-winning live-TV director Don Mischer will release a memoir:10 Seconds to Air: My Life in the Director’s Chair (Unnamed Pr.), in November. Hollywood Reporter has details.

Tony-nominated playwright Tina Howe, a Pulitzer finalist for Pride’s Crossing, has died at 85. Hollywood Reporter has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The CBC speaks with Richard Ovenden, Oxford’s director of libraries and author of Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge (Belknap: Harvard Univ.), about the fight for libraries.

LitHub’s Keen On podcast interviews Avi Loeb, author of Interstellar: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Future in the Stars (Mariner), and Michael G. Long, the editor of Bayard Rustin: A Legacy of Protest and Politics (NYU).

With LA TimesBonnie Garmus discusses the forthcoming adaptation of Lessons in Chemistry (Doubleday; LJ starred review).

The Lincoln Lawyer, based on The Gods of Guilt (Vision: Hachette), the fifth book in Michael Connelly’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” series, has been renewed for season 3 at NetflixVariety reports.

Deadline has the trailer for Errol Morris’s documentary The Pigeon Tunnel, about the life of spy novelist John Le Carré, a.k.a. David Cornwell.

HBO Documentary Films has picked up the rights to an award-winning documentary about poet, children’s author, and activist Nikki GiovanniKirkus has the news.

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