2022 NAACP Literary Image Award Winners Announced | Book Pulse

The 2022 NAACP Literary Image Award winners are announced featuring Long Division by Kiese Laymon and and The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story ed. by Nikole Hannah-Jones & New York Times Magazine. There is news about Leonard Cohen’s posthumous novel, A Ballet of Lepers, being released in the fall and a collaboration between The New Yorker and Celadon to publish a report of the events of January 6th. More interviews arrive and there is adaptation news for Danya Kukafka’s Notes on an Execution.

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The 2022 NAACP Literary Image Award winners are announced including Long Division by Kiese Laymon (Scribner) and The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story ed. by Nikole Hannah-Jones & New York Times Magazine (One World; LJ starred review).

A posthumous novel by Leonard Cohen, A Ballet of Lepers, will be released in the fall, according to The Guardian

In collaboration with The New Yorker, Celadon is publishing a report of the events of January 6th. Lit Hub has more.

Lit Hub gives a reading list for “understanding the Ukraine crisis."

USA Today shares a list of 8 books to shed light on what is happening in Ukraine and Russia currently.

Page to Screen

February 25:

The Godfather (50th Anniversary), based on the book by Mario Puzo. Paramount. Reviews | Trailer

No Exit, based on the book by Taylor Adams. Hulu. No reviews | Trailer

February 27:

Killing Eve, based on the Villanelle book series by Luke Jennings. BBC America. Reviews | Trailer

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, based on the book by Mike Isaac. Showtime. No reviews | Trailer

February 28:

My Brilliant Friend, based on the Neapolitan Novel series by Elena Ferrante. Reviews | Trailer

Ragdoll, based on the book by Daniel Cole. AMC. Reviews | Trailer

March 2: 

Against the Ice, based on Two Against the Ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

West Side Story, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. 20th Century Studios. Reviews | Trailer

March 3:

The Weekend Away, based on the book by Sarah Alderson. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality by Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Pantheon): "The story of Motley and the broader civil rights struggle, beyond a tally of victories and defeats, has much to teach us about the creativity, dedication, faith and boldness that keep the light burning." Also, Worn: A People's History of Clothing by Sofi Thanhauser (Pantheon): "As an argument against the horrors of fast fashion and the social and environmental disasters it provokes, it is powerful and persuasive. What’s more, it might make you think twice about stepping into that high-street store again." Plus, The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War by Nicholas Mulder (Yale): "a dense work of history, much of it laser-focused on a fairly short period in which the sanctions regime emerged. At times, one wishes that Mulder had taken the longer view to show how the signature tool of a fairly anomalous period of international relations grew into the default option it is today. Readers are sometimes left to fill in for themselves how the decisions made during this period would resonate in years to come." And, a few more reviews posted today.

NYT reviews Rebels Against the Raj: Western Fighters for India's Freedom by Ramachandra Guha (Knopf): "provides fresh perspectives on the independence struggle that will appeal to those seeking more obscure eyewitness accounts. And since the book’s main figures were born outside of India, “Rebels Against the Raj” may strike a chord with contemporary outsiders who themselves have been seduced by India’s history and culture."

The Atlantic reviews Home/Land: A Memoir of Departure and Return by Rebecca Mead (Knopf): “At a time when little feels truly sturdy, Mead’s book is a reminder that having a place to return to, and a history to explore, is a luxury.”

Tor.com reviews Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin (Tor Nightfire; LJ starred review): “The book’s central struggles are around survival within communities: what it means to build one, how building one can go horribly wrong, and who we leave out versus who we prioritize.”

Briefly Noted

Kosoko Jackson talks with Shondaland about his new rom-com I'm So Not Over You (Berkley) and how it “both embraces and subverts tropes.”

Margaret Atwood, Burning Questions (Doubleday), explains The Wizard of Oz in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Danny Pellegrino, author of How Do I Un-Remember This? (Sourcebooks), chats with Entertainment Weekly about how he “yells at The View and once wrote a fan letter to James Cameron.”

The Chicago Tribune interviews Bob Odenkrik about his new memoir, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama (Random).

NPR explores COVID-19 literature including: Kristen Radtke’s Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon), Love in the Time of Contagion: A Diagnosis by Laura Kipnis (Pantheon), and A Deeper Sickness: Journal of America in the Pandemic Year by Margaret Peacock and Erik L. Peterson (Beacon), among others.

Gabrielle Civil, the déja vu (Coffee House), shares a "book list for Black dreams and Black Time" for Black History Month and after via Lit Hub

Spotify shares a “new bookcast audio experience” of Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson (Little, Brown, & Co.).

George R.R. Martin will collaborate with Marvel Comics on a science fiction series. Bustle has more.

Tor.com shares an excerpt of Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin (Scribner).

Book Riot has “13 Queer Black Romances That Will Give You All the Feels,” “The Best Books You’ve Never Heard of (Winter 2022),” and “10 Time Loop Books to Make You Glad Tomorrow’s Coming.”

Bustle lists “20 Books That Fans of Magical Realism Will Love.”

NYT shares “8 New Books We Recommend This Week" and "New in Paperback."

Authors on Air

Oliver Milman, The Insect Crisis (Norton), discusses why it’s bad that “the world’s insect population is in decline” with NPR’s Fresh Air

Lan Samantha Chang talks about “the joys of writing homage” with her book The Family Chao (Norton) on the Otherppl podcast. 

Bethany C. Morrow, author of Cherish Farrah (Dutton), discusses “the self-delusion of privilege” with Maris Kreizman on The Maris Review podcast. 

Shawn Ginwright chats with Brené Brown about his book The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves (North Atlantic) on her podcast, Unlocking Us.

Danya Kukafka’s Notes on an Execution (Morrow; LJ starred review) will be adapted into a television series, according to Deadline.

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