Mick Herron Wins Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Award | Book Pulse

Mick Herron's Slough House wins the Theakston Old Peculier crime novel of the year award. The Lambda Fellows & Scholarship Recipients of the 2022 Emerging Writer’s Retreat for LGBTQ Voices are announced. Booklists arrive for Disability Pride Month, along with reviews for cold war books and interviews with Jamil Jan Kochai, Sir Mark Lowcock, and Margo Jefferson.

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Awards & Disability Pride Month Booklists

Mick Herron wins the Theakston Old Peculier crime novel of the year award for Slough House (Soho Crime). The Guardian has coverage.

The Lambda Fellows & Scholarship Recipients of the 2022 Emerging Writer’s Retreat for LGBTQ Voices are announced.

Autostraddle has “12 Books to Read to Be a Better Ally to Disabled People This Disability Pride Month.”

Culturess shares 5 romance books for Disability Pride Month

BookRiot suggests 10 starter books to introduce readers to disability literature. 

Page to Screen

July 22:

The Gray Man, based on the book by Mark Greaney. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Best Foot Forward, based on the book Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain by Josh Sundquist. Apple TV. No reviews | Trailer

July 26:

Santa Evita, based on the book by Tomás Eloy Martínez. Hulu. No reviews | Trailer

July 27th:

Pipa, sequel to Perdida, based on the book Cornelia by Florencia Etcheves. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

July 28th:

The Family Business, based on the book series by Carl Weber. BET+. No reviews | No Trailer


The Washington Post reviews Putin by Philip Short (Holt; LJ starred review): “Short’s goal, he writes, is neither to demonize nor to absolve Putin, but to understand what motivates him. And in his telling, the United States bears much of the blame for what Russia and Putin have become.” And, Ways of Being: Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence by James Bridle (Farrar): “Bridle has created a new way of thinking about our world, about being. How would we live our lives and change our world if we embraced this thinking? If we did not place ourselves at the center of everything? Please read this important book. Read it twice. Talk about it. Tell everyone you know." Also, American Cartel: Inside the Battle to Bring Down the Opioid Industry by Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham (Twelve): “despite everything that’s been written about the crisis, the perspective that Horwitz and Higham bring is fresh and important.” And, The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind by Martin Sixsmith (Pegasus): “His book is jam-packed with examples of wrongheadedness, some amusing, some hair-raising, and it serves as a useful cautionary tale as America once again faces off with secretive and suspicious great-power rivals.” Also, The Spy Who Knew Too Much: An Ex-CIA Officer's Quest Through a Legacy of Betrayal by Howard Blum (Harper): “Bagley is the hero of Blum’s book, but he may not be everyone’s hero — Nosenko’s brutal debriefing, for instance, can make for queasy reading. But his Ahab-like quest is certainly the driving force here.” Plus, The Poet's House by Jean Thompson (Algonquin): “There’s no doubting and no escaping the joyful, hopeful spirit that inhabits The Poet’s House — the spirit of poetry that by the end of this charming novel Carla so clearly embodies — and the irrepressible Jean Thompson so smartly imparts.” Finally, Speaking of Harpo by Susan Fleming Marx, written with Robert S. Bader (Applause: National Book Network): “For Marx Brothers fans, the posthumous publication of Susan Fleming Marx’s memoir, Speaking of Harpo, raises a glimmer of hope that other holy grails in the comedy team’s mythology — their long-lost silent film, Humor Risk, for example — will surface someday. But for now, we have Harpo’s wife’s account, and it is a delight.” 

NYT reviews The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century by Jamie Susskind (Pegasus): “As we take on the task of pushing back against the internet’s baleful influences — which we must — Susskind’s intelligent book can serve as a valuable guide.” And, An Honest Living by Dwyer Murphy (Viking): “For anyone who wants a portrait of this New York, few recent books have conjured it so vividly. For those who demand a straightforward mystery without any humor, romance and ambience, well, forget it, Jake, it’s literature.”

LA Times reviews How to Read Now: Essays by Elaine Castillo (Viking): “is not for everybody, but if it is for you, it is clarifying and bracing. Castillo offers a full-throated critique of some of the literary world’s most insipid and self-serving ideas, as well as some thoughts on how to pursue reading not as an exercise in building one’s own personal storehouse of virtue but instead as part of an ongoing decolonialist — which is to say, fundamentally connected and connective — practice.”

USA Today shares critics’ best books of the year, so far.

Book Marks has “The Best Reviewed Book of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

Shondaland talks with Jamil Jan Kochai about his debut story collection, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak And Other Stories (Viking; LJ starred review), “childhood, haunting and fear, and storytelling as essential to family lineage.”

NPR’s Goats and Soda has an interview with Sir Mark Lowcock, about his new memoir, Relief Chief: A Manifesto for Saving Lives in Dire Times (Center for Global Development).

At Entertainment Weekly, author Tini Howard discusses how her forthcoming comic, Marvel’s Knights of X, illus. by Bob Quinn, is “modernizing the mythology of Captain Britain.”

Alison B. Hart, The Work Wife (Graydon House), recommends 12 books about assistants who are “trapped in jobs they’re too good for,” at ElectricLit.

Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah talks about the books in his life, at The Guardian.

NYT recommends 13 new titles for the week.

Refinery29 shares a sexy summer reading list.

CBC highlights “12 rom-com books to fall in love with this summer.”

Seattle Times suggests books by 3 Black female authors for fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Words Without Borders shares “8 Poetry Collections in Translation to Read in 2022.”

Gizmodo shares “13 Fungal Horror Books That Want To Rot Your Brain.”

Slate recounts “The 50 Greatest Fictional Deaths of All Time.”

BookRiot suggests 8 mystery/thriller Tiktokers to follow, explores wills and testaments in the mystery genre, and explains why the movie Clue, is the perfect mystery. Plus, a primer on the domestic horror sub-genre.

Wired examines the trend of tagging authors in negative reviews on TikTok.

It’s "judgment day" for Paul Hollywood, as “six Americans test-bake the most American staples” from his new book, Bake: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics (Bloomsbury), at Eater. Plus, LitHub shares a recipe from the book.

BookRiot serves up 8 new cookbooks for culinary inspiration.

The National Post selects On the Himalayan Trail: Recipes and Stories from Kashmir to Ladakh by Romy Gill (Hardie Grant: Chronicle Books), as its "Cookbook of the Week."

“Ronni Solbert, Children’s Book Illustrator, Dies at 96.” NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s All Things Considered has an encore discussion with Margo Jefferson about her memoirConstructing a Nervous System (Pantheon; LJ starred review).

The Kite Runner, based on the book by Khaled Hosseini, opens on Broadway. NYT and Vulture have reviews.  

Quentin Plair joins Hulu's series adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (Vintage). Deadline reports.


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