EarlyWord's August GalleyChat | Book Pulse

The August EarlyWord GalleyChat is out. Book apps like ProWritingAid and Serial Reader are featured in the news this week. At the top of the best sellers lists are Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister, Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas by Shea Ernshaw, and Reckoning by Catherine Coulter. Author interviews highlight the work of Susanna Hoffs, Jennette McCurdy, Keith Corbin, Paul Holes, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and Sabine Hossenfelder. There is adaptation news for Stephen King’s The Regulators, Michael Mann’s Heat 2, and The Awoken by Katelyn Monroe Howes.

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Buzzy Book News & Reading Apps

The August EarlyWord GalleyChat is out, featuring titles that are getting “Much Love" on Edelweiss.

The ProWritingAid app is showcasing Science Fiction Writers’ Week with free access to many services, including interviews with authors including Andy Weir, The Martian (Ballantine), according to Locus Magazine

Lit Hub covers news of Serial Reader, a “new classic lit reading app.” Also, on the site, “the best lines from all the PRH-S&S antitrust trial erotic fiction on the internet.”

Next City reports on "how teens are pushing back on book bans."

New Title Bestsellers

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


Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister (Morrow) starts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas by Shea Ernshaw (Disney: Hachette) rises to No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Reckoning by Catherine Coulter (Morrow) scores No. 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford (Atria; LJ starred review) begins at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Black Dog by Stuart Woods (Putnam) debuts at No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra (Hogarth) shoots to No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

There are no new nonfiction titles on the best sellers lists this week.


NYT reviews Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis by Beth Macy (Little, Brown): “In her zeal to be comprehensive, Macy sacrifices a measure of reader-friendly momentum and focus, even as she acknowledges that the crisis is “an elephant,” difficult to get one’s arms around neatly.” Also, If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal: What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity by Justin Gregg (Little, Brown, and Co.): “full of irreverent notions and funny anecdotes — the creative upside to being a human animal. But our ability to abstract from our immediate experience means we can take that creativity too far.”

USA Today reviews The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell (Atria) giving it a 3.5 out of 4 stars: "flows seamlessly from its prequel but can be read as a standalone. Jewell provides just enough background so as not to cheat the reader of important information. The page-turner will sate fans and win over new readers alike."

Book Marks has "5 Book Reviews You Need to Read This Week."

Briefly Noted

People covers the upcoming release of actor Michael K. Williams’ memoir Scenes from My Life (Crown) and his description of his “distinctive” facial scar. Also, Jennette McCurdy, author of I’m Glad My Mom Died (S. & S.), discusses her love for iCarly co-star Miranda Cosgrove in an interview.

Singer and writer Susanna Hoffs talks about her music-informed journey writing her book This Bird Has Flown (Little, Brown, and Co.: Hachette) with Entertainment Weekly.

The Los Angeles Times features Keith Corbin’s “brutal but deeply touching true story behind one of L.A.’s most celebrated chefs” in California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival (Random).

NYT chats with Peter Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, about his publishing struggles and upcoming bookThe Way Home (Ace). 

Lit Hub announces the availability of “a compilation of Patricia Highsmith’s comics.”

Kendra Allen, Fruit Punch (Ecco: HarperCollins), shares what she is "reading now and next" on Lit Hub's The Annotated Nightstand

NYT's Inside the Best-Seller List talks to Daniel Silva, author of the recently published Portrait of an Unknown Woman (Harper), about his "writerly quirks." Also, Beth Macy, Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis (Little, Brown), answers the By the Book Questionnaire

USA Today profiles Colleen Hoover, author of It Starts With Us (Atria). 

Fox News reports on author J.K. Rowling’s villainous ranking in a BuzzFeed article.

The Millions shares their “top ten” books for July.

CrimeReads has “five great novels of Dashiell Hammett," a list of cozy, light-hearted mysteries set in different cities, and "5 Favorite Books-Within-Books."

The Guardian provides "Top 10 books about women written out of history."

Authors on Air

NPR’s Dave Davies of Fresh Air interviews investigator Paul Holes and author of Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases (Celadon), about “the emotional toll of obsessing over gruesome crime scenes and talking with survivors of horrific crimes and relatives of those who have been killed.”

Ingrid Rojas Contreras discusses her book The Man Who Could Move Clouds (Doubleday) and “listening to her mother” with Brad Listi on the Otherppl podcast.

Sabine Hossenfelder, author of Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions (Viking), tackles questions like “Does God Exist?” and “Are We Living In a Simulated Reality?” in a conversation on the Keen On podcast.

Jamil Jan Kochari, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak And Other Stories (Viking; LJ starred review), talks about "how fiction's flexible forms allow him to reorient his own thinking about the stories of war-affected Afghans and diaspora" on the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast. 

Stephen King’s book The Regulators (Gallery) will be adapted into a film by Bohemia, written by George Cowan, according to Deadline. Also, Michael Mann “shares great crime stories” with Heat 2, co-written with Meg Gardiner (Morrow; LJ starred review). Plus, there is a television series adaptation in the works for The Awoken by Katelyn Monroe Howes (Dutton) by Keshet Studios. Lastly, details on author Diana Galbaldon’s role in Outlander prequel series.

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