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The Edgar Allan Poe Award winners are announced. A new book podcast, hosted by news anchor Charlie Gibson and his daughter, arrives. It starts with an Oprah Winfrey interview. There is adaptation news for Elizabeth McCracken’s The Giant’s House and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Mayfair Witches.

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Awards & Buzzy Book News

Mystery Writers of America announce the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners.

Shondaland covers BookTok: “the publishing industry, and POC creators are leading the charge.”

The Motive Crime & Mystery Festival will feature thriller writers in Toronto this June, as announced by CBC

Lit Hub reports on proposed book burning by a Tennessee state representative. Book Riot also covers this story.

The Washington Post shares a list of books "school systems don't want you to read, and why."

Page to Screen

April 29:

Firebird, based on the book The Story of Roman by Sergey Fetisov. Roadside Attractions. Reviews | Trailer

Memory, based on the book De Zaak Alzheimer by Jef Geeraerts and associated titles. Open Road Films. No reviews | Trailer

Pompo: The Cinéphile, based on a manga series by Shôgo Sugitani. GKIDS. No reviews | Trailer

Corrective Measures, based on the graphic novel by Grant Chastain. Tubi. No reviews | Trailer

Shining Girls, based on the book The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. Apple TV+. Reviews | Trailer

May 1:

Ridley Road, based on the book by Jo Bloom. PBS. No reviews | Trailer

May 2:

Octonauts: Above & Beyond, based on the books by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

May 3:

All My Puny Sorrows, based on the book by Miriam Toews. Momentum Pictures. Reviews | Trailer

May 4:

Summertime, based on Three Meters Above the Sky by Federico Moccia. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

May 5:

Dragons: The Nine Realms, based on the How to Train Your Dragon book series by Cressida Cowell. Hulu/Peacock. No reviews | Trailer


NYT reviews The Case of the Married Woman: Caroline Norton and Her Fight for Women's Justice by Antonia Fraser (Pegasus): "Fraser’s skill and passion override all, and in “The Case of the Married Woman,” she renders her subject a woman of dignity, depth and character. Here we meet a heroine, one who fought for herself, for her children, and for all women and children."

The Washington Post reviews Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times by Azar Nafisi (Dey Street Books): "With sensitivity and intelligence, it offers a new canon for the tyrannies of the present and the dystopian possibilities of the future.Also, The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality by Oded Galor (Dutton): "Unparalleled in its scope and ambition, “The Journey of Humanity” explains the whole of human history as an inevitable progression from the first primitive tools to supercomputers in every pocket. At the same time, the book explains why that progression has made some parts of the world so much richer than others." Plus, The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure by Yascha Mounk (Penguin): "Mounk’s calm mix of storytelling, political theory and social psychology exegesis, peppered with some charming insights, has a comforting seriousness." And, The Great Stewardess Rebellion: How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution at 30,000 Feet by Nell McShane Wulhart (Doubleday: LJ starred review): "Wulfhart, through her prodigious research, secures a place for the women who endured all manner of indignities to forge a better future for those who put their lives on the line every day in a job once regarded as frivolous." Lastly, The Puzzler: One Man's Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life by A.J. Jacobs (Crown): "mainly shows that we make too much of puzzles as vehicles for our betterment. At heart, they just expose our funny, brilliant, quirky humanness."

The Los Angeles Times reviews The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings by Geoff Dyer (Farrar): “a masterful, beautiful, reluctantly moving book — that is, moving despite its subject being naturally moving, courting no pathos, shrewd and frank — and Dyer’s best in some time. Indeed, one of his best, period.”

Locus Magazine reviews The Broken Tower by (Mira): “a tale that grips readers by the shoulders and demands answers to impos­sible questions.”

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

CrimeReads lists best reviewed books for April

Briefly Noted

Shonaland interviews Soon Wiley about “mental health, a budding relationship that ends too soon, and terrifying father figures in his book” When We Fell Apart (Dutton).

A.J. Jacobs, author of The Puzzler: One Man's Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life (Crown), speaks to Entertainment Weekly about why “puzzles make us better people.”

Vogue interviews Kim Kelly about her book Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor (Atria; LJ starred review) as “a timely ode to the Labor Movement.”

Vanessa Hua writes a piece for Datebook about the relief and life lessons she received after publishing her novel, River of Stars (Ballantine: Random House).

Lit Hub explores the intersection of Russian and Ukrainian languages in Eugene Vodolazkin's Brisbane (Plough). 

Vox has an article “revisiting the Christian fantasy novels that shaped decades of conservative hysteria.”

FoxNews has more news about The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor--the Truth and the Turmoil (Crown) relating to Prince Harry and Prince William.

The Millions explores the work of Don Winslow before City on Fire (Morrow; LJ starred review).

Tor.com has “Eight SFF Stories About the Joys of Bread and Baking.”

Book Riot lists “11 of the Best Swedish Books Available in English” and “Post-Cyberpunk Books You Should Add to Your TBR.”

Electric Lit explores “8 Literary Friendships Told Through Letters.”

Lit Hub has a reading list highlighting "the foundation of Black feminism and Womanism" and "representing chronic illness in literature."

NYT shares “9 New Books We Recommend This Week," "New in Paperback," and "Newly Published."

Authors on Air

Chantal V. Johnson, Post-Traumatic (Little, Brown & Co.), discusses “feminism and misogynoir” on The Maris Review podcast.

Rebecca Schiller, author of A Thousand Ways to Pay Attention: A Memoir of Coming Home to My Neurodivergent Mind (The Experiment), gives instructions on "how to write a literary memoir about neurodivergency" during an interview with the Keen On podcast. Also, a discussion with Lis Wiehl, A Spy in Plain Sight: The Inside Story of the FBI and Robert Hanssen-America's Most Damaging Russian Spy (Pegasus), about the main character of her book

News anchor Charlie Gibson will become a literary podcast host for The Book Case with his daughter, starting with an Oprah Winfrey interview, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Actor Andy Serkis will direct an adaptation of Elizabeth McCracken’s The Giant’s House (Dial), with Nick Hornby, according to Deadline. Also, AMC has several projects for Anne Rice’s in the works adapting Interview with the Vampire and Mayfair Witches and Deadline has a cast list.

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