Noor Naga Wins Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for ‘If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English’ | Book Pulse

Noor Naga wins the Center for Fiction’s 2022 First Novel Prize for If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English. The 2023 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award finalists are announced. “Best of the Year” lists arrive from Vulture, Time, and NYT.  Loanstars’s “Best of the Brightest 2022” list features Emily Henry’s Book Lovers at the top. December’s EarlyWord GalleyChat spreadsheet is out now. LibraryReads and LJ offer read-alikes for Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy. Daisy Jones & The Six, based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, gets a trailer and release date. 

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Awards, News & Booklists

Noor Naga wins the Center for Fiction's 2022 First Novel Prize for If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English  (Graywolf; LJ starred review).

The 2023 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award finalists are announced.

The Loanstars "Best of the Brightest 2022" features Emily Henry's Book Lovers (Berkley; LJ starred review) as the top pick. 

Vulture ranks the best books of 2022.

Time shares the ten best nonfiction books of 2022.

Slate has the ten best audiobooks of 2022

NYT lists the best audiobooks and true crime of 2022. 

December's EarlyWord GalleyChat spreadsheet is out now.

Publishing Perspectives recaps this week’s NPD bookscan data, with “US Market Underperforming in the Holidays.”

Publishers Weekly heralds the official launch of the new Book Publishing Startups database of 1,300 entries covering the last 15 years. For more information, there is an online report, a downloadable report, and a free training webinar.

Canadian distributor Thomas Allen will close in 2023, Publishers Lunch reports. 


NYT reviews The McCartney Legacy: Volume 1: 1969 – 73 by Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair (Dey Street Books): “Most notably in a book that is all notes — both musical and literary — is how much its subject, in between eponymous albums, is forever trying to escape being Paul McCartney.” And, Butts: A Backstory by Heather Radke (Avid Reader Pr./S. & S.; LJ starred review): “Despite her sporadic and careful sense of humor on the subject, the author’s account of the female butt is in many cases a narrative of physical suffering…” Also, The Lion And The Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy by Alexander Rose (Mariner): “The complex Confederate conspiracy to fabricate a navy in secret, and the equally energetic Union efforts to stymie it, form the backdrop for Alexander Rose’s entertaining and deeply researched account of the espionage battle that took place among the Liverpool docks, with a rich cast of spies, crooks, bent businessmen and drunken sailors.”

The Washington Post reviews The Bird Tattoo by Dunya Mikhail (Pegasus): “Two decades ago, The Bird Tattoo might have sounded like a dystopian story about an exotic, faraway place. But religious fanatics raging away in the United States should leave American readers less certain that it can’t happen here.”

Tordotcom reviews Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung, trans. by Anton Hur (Algonquin): “With each of these stories, Chung is peeling back our eye lids, holding them open, forcing us to witness nightmarish horrors of the body and mind, fables that inspire fear; a brutal reality that is just undeniable.”

The Guardian reviews Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf): “For a writer who spurns the conventions of punctuation, Stella Maris feels a lot like a full stop, a parting pronouncement on the whole sordid human experiment.” And, Ghost Music by An Yu (Grove): “This is an intriguing book that knits together music and life to touch on something profound.”

Bookmarks curates The Best Reviewed Fiction Books of 2022 Fiction.

USA Today compiles all the 4-star reviews from 2022

Briefly Noted

LibraryReadsand LJ offer read-alikes for Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf), the top holds title of the week. 

LJ’s Barbara Hoffert has new prepub alerts for June’s thriller debuts

LA Times talks with Jessica Grose about writing her new book, Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood (Mariner: Houghton Harcourt), and “what the future holds for American parents.”

FoxNewsDigital talks with Andrew Morton, The Queen: Her Life (Grand Central: Life & Style; LJ starred review), about the potential impact of Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoir on the British monarchy. 

People shares details from Jamie Lee Curtis’s forward to Soulbriety: A Plan to Heal Your Trauma, Overcome Addiction, and Reconnect with Your Soul by Elisa Hallerman (Hachette Go). 

Entertainment Weekly previews former FBI director James Comey’s forthcoming book, Central Park West, due out from Mysterious Press on May 30. 

Misty Copeland, The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven Wilkinson, written with Susan Fales-Hill (Grand Central), takes Elle's Shelf Life questionnaire

Buzzfeed has the best books coming out in December

CrimeReads shares "4 atmospheric thrillers with unexpected settings."

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with Michael Cecchi-Azzolina about his new book, Your Table Is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D' (St. Martin’s).

Parade examines the differences between Netflix’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the book it is based on by D. H. Lawrence. Vogue looks at how the novel "became the most scandalous book of the 20th century."

Daisy Jones & The Sixbased on the book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, has a trailer and release datePopSugar has details. 

The World: A Family History of Humanity by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Knopf), due out May 16, is in development as a series for The History Channel. Deadline reports.


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