Lisa Bird-Wilson Wins 2022 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award | Book Pulse

Lisa Bird-Wilson wins the 2022 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award for Probably Ruby. This year’s Gordon Burn Prize longlist is announced, which includes authors Margo Jefferson, Ali Smith, Lea Ypi and Tice Cin. LibraryReads and LJ share read-alikes for Suspects by Danielle Steel. Interviews feature conversations with Zachary Levi, Elisa Albert, Keri Blakinger, Carlos PenaVega and Alexa PenaVega,  John Vercher, and Meron Hadero. Plus, B&N and TikTok team up for the #BookTokChallenge.

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Awards, Pride Booklists & #BookTokChallenge

Lisa Bird-Wilson wins 2022 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award for her novel, Probably Ruby (Hogarth). CBC has coverage. 

This year’s Gordon Burn Prize longlist is announced, including authors Margo Jefferson, Ali Smith, Lea Ypi and Tice Cin. The Bookseller also has details.

Barnes & Noble and TikTok have teamed up for the #BookTokChallenge, to "discover and read new books and authors and then share their reactions with the TikTok community using #BookTokChallenge." The challenge launches today and runs through August 31st. 

Vox submits titles for the queer cannon.

Autostraddle updates its "Queer Books Across America" booklist

The Millions writes about “The Radical Class Consciousness of Queer Regency Romance.”


The Washington Post reviews Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (Knopf; LJ starred review): “Although Sam and Sadie love each other, they are never simultaneously in love with each other. And that’s clearly the point: Zevin is interested in portraying a creative partnership as intense as a marriage and as fraught as a marriage, but restricted to the conference room instead of a bedroom.”

NYT reviews Thrust by Lidia Yuknavitch (Riverhead): “is an indignant and impressive novel, but only in spurts an enjoyable one, and maybe that’s exactly the point. Some will hurl it unfinished across the room. Others will savor its elaborately orchestrated punishments.” And, Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin (Celadon; LJ starred review): “A welcome addition to a shelf of speculative fiction about the joys, failures and metamorphoses involved in having a child, Elsewhere asks: Is motherhood, like the town itself, meant to be a featureless place, best experienced under a haze of collective brainwashing?” Also, The Measure by Nikki Erlick (Morrow): “Despite its chilling premise, Erlick’s novel is an escape from — rather than a window into — our own terrifying reality.”

NPR reviews X by Davey Davis (Catpult): X is a dizzying, beautiful novel, and a fascinating look at a subculture that mainstream American art has frequently shied away from. It's also a grim take on what happens when a government gives in to intolerance and hate and turns its back on its own people.”

Time reviews Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola (Morrow; LJ starred review): “The author’s sharp sense of humor (which fans of her social media accounts will recognize), slick pop culture references, and keen sense of the zeitgeist ensure that though her story launches off from a tried-and-true trope, it ultimately offers a refreshing portrait of what modern love really looks and feels like.”

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for Suspects by Danielle Steel (Delacorte), the top holds title of the week.

USA Today talks with Zachary Levi about his new book, Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others (Harper Horizon), mental health, and healing.

Elisa Albert discusses “sex, music and motherhood” in her new novel, Human Blues (Avid Reader Pr.: S. & S.) with LA Times.

Slate talks with Keri Blakinger, Corrections in Ink: A Memoir (St. Martin’s), about her “path from Olympic ambitions, to heroin addiction, to prison, and ultimately a return to life on the outside.”

FoxNews highlights the new memoir, What If Love Is the Point?: Living for Jesus in a Self-Consumed World (Thomas Nelson), and interviews the authors Carlos PenaVega and Alexa PenaVega.

Bolu Babalola, author of the new contemporary romance, Honey and Spice (Morrow; LJ starred review), writes about believing in love in the midst of heartbreak for Elle.

Portuguese novelist Djaimilia Pereira recommends books for a literary trip through Lisbon at NYT.

AARP has a new feature, "The Weekly Read: What’s New in Books", highlighting "hot releases, literary happenings and the latest from the publishing world."

Ottessa Moshfegh, Lapvona (Penguin Pr.; LJ starred review), fills out Elle’s 'Shelf Life' literary survey.

Bustle has 10 must-read books that publish this week.

PopSugar highlights a list of 200 titles published in 2022.

NYT shares newly published books for the week.

Buzzfeed lists some favorite summer beach reads.

CrimeReads has June’s best-reviewed crime novels.

T&C offers a booklist for learning more about Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell.

Authors On Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with novelist and MMA veteran John Vercher about his new book, After the Lights Go Out (Soho Pr.).

NPR’s Morning Edition has an interview with Meron Hadero about her new collection of stories, A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times (Restless Books: Ingram).

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Raise an Antiracist (One World), will visit with Jimmy Kimmel tomorrow.


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