The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Awards Are Announced | Book Pulse

Winners are announced for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Awards and the Jane Grigson Trust Award to Riaz Phillips for West Winds: Recipes, History and Tales from Jamaica. Interviews occur with authors Elaine Hsieh Chou, Melissa Febos, Kyleigh Leddy, Sonya Curry, and William Gibson. Much adaptation news is released for Blitz Bazawule’s The Scent of Burnt Flowers, Walker Percy’s The Second Coming and Kevin J. Anderson and Steven L. Sears’ Stalag-X.

Want to get the latest book news delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our daily Book Pulse newsletter.

Awards News & Looking Ahead

The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Awards are announced. NYT also reports on this news.

Riaz Phillips wins the Jane Grigson Trust Award for West Winds: Recipes, History and Tales from Jamaica (DK: Penguin Random House).

HipLatina shares an article on “How Censorship & Book Banning Affect the Latinx Community in 2022.”

The Seattle Times recommends “6 new novels this spring.”

NYT provides “9 New Books We Recommend This Week” and "New in Paperback" including The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen (FSG: Macmillan), Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review), and more.

Page to Screen

March 18:

Jujutsu Kaisen 0, based on the manga series by Gege Akutami. Crunchyroll. Reviews | Trailer

Black Crab, based on the book by Jerker Virdborg. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Deep Water, based on the book by Patricia Highsmith. Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

Cheaper by the Dozen, based on the book by Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr. Disney+. No reviews | Trailer

March 20:

Riverdale, based on associated titles. CW. Reviews | Trailer

Sanditon, based on an unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen. PBS. Reviews | Trailer

March 24:

Love Like the Falling Petals, based on the book by Keisuke Uyama. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


The Washinton Post reviews Lucky Breaks by Yevgenia Belorusets, trans. by Eugene Ostashevsky (New Directions: Norton): "Belorusets strikes an impressive balance between the pains of the moment and the timeless coping mechanisms known as humor and imagination." Also, Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence by Amy B. Zegart (Princeton): "a perfect primer for anyone trying to understand how the intelligence community is meeting the challenges of the digital age. The intelligence community must find its place in a world where much of the best intelligence may no longer be secret or controlled by the government." Plus, The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo by Garrett Hongo (Pantheon): "Hongo gives us his parents’ history; his coming of age, mostly in and around Los Angeles; an ecumenical love of music and writing intimately tied to that coming of age; his quest for the best equipment on which to experience each new musical discovery; and race, inescapable in America." And, more reviews posted today.

NPR reviews Secret Identity by Alex Segura (Flatiron): “a satisfying choice for lovers of comics, twentieth century historical fiction and mysteries that make you think.”

Datebook reviews Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand by John Markoff (Penguin Pr.): “Even in a book as comprehensive as this, based on his access to Brand’s archives and to Brand himself, Markoff has trouble tracking this revolutionary thinker’s many changes of mind as he moved from a career in the military to photography to various startups, seeking to cope with the velocity of change by employing a slowed-down, organic way of thinking about the world.”

Book Marks shares "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Elaine Hsieh Chou discusses “writing an earnest satire,” Disorientation (Penguin Pr.), with Nicole Donut.

The Millions speaks to Melissa Febos, author of Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative (Catapult; LJ starred review), about how “pain is not always an emergency.”

Kyleigh Leddy “paints a vivid portrait of sister’s schizophrenia” in an interview with People about her memoir The Perfect Other (Harper). Also, Sonya Curry talks about her memoir, Fierce Love (HarperOne), and “raising NBA star sons Stephen and Seth and her faith.”

William Gibson, author of Agency (Berkley), chats about how his “sci-fi novels shaped how we think about future technology” with CBC

USA Today reveals the "juicy revelations" from recently published celebrity memoirs.

Oprah Daily considers whether a feminist can still love the work of Jack Kerouac.

NYT's Critic's Notebook explores Cathy O'Neils The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humilitation (Crown) that addresses "an emotion that can be exhilarating or terrifying, depending on where you sit." shares an excerpt of And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin (Tor: Macmillan). 

Entertainment Weekly gives a first look at Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson (Ecco).

CrimeReads recommends “Six Novels in Which Amateur Detectives Solve Crimes While Coping With Grief” and “Six Novels About Women at Work During the War.” lists “Five Wonderfully Concise SFF Books.”

Book Riot provides “Untranslated and Perfect: 8 Books That Blend Languages.”

Esquire shares the “Best Memoirs of 2022.”

Popsugar shares 39 must-read books by women writers in 2022.

Authors on Air

FX has purchased the rights to Blitz Bazawule’s The Scent of Burnt Flowers (Ballantine) for a limited series starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, according to Deadline. Also, Walker Percy’s The Second Coming will receive a film adaptation by Aaron Magnani Productions. Plus, Sourcebooks has entered into a “first-look book-to-screen deal” with Josh Berman’s Sony Pictures Television-based Osprey Productions. And, Ten Speed Press at Random House will publish an upcoming illustrated history of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. An adaptation of Kevin J. Anderson and Steven L. Sears’ Stalag-X (Vault Comics: Diamond Books) will be directed by Francis Lawrence.

Want to get the latest book news delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our daily Book Pulse newsletter.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing