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The 2022 International Booker Prize longlist is announced. There is news about an Idaho bill that could lead to prosecution of librarians for certain books. Interviews with Geo Maher, Melissa Febos, Martha Beck, Qian Julie Wang, Malinda Lo, Julia May Jonas, and Karen Walrond. Adaptation news for James Swallow’s Marc Dane book series starting with Nomad.

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Awards & Buzzy Book News

The 2022 International Booker Prize longlist is announced.

The Root covers news about the Idaho bill “which could lead to prosecution of librarians for certain books.” Book Riot also shares news about Idaho’s recent book ban bill

The TV show Abbott Elementary is conducting "free book fairs to underfunded schools," according to Variety

Leo Marx, author of the acclaimed The Machine in the Garden (Princeton), has died at 102NYT has more on his life.

USA Today explores the legacy of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat on the 65th anniversary of being published.

Ukrainian Booklists & Perspectives

Geo Maher, author of Anticolonial Eruptions: Racial Hubris and the Cunning of Resistance (University of California), explains “why Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion is a kind of anti-colonial eruption” on the Keen On podcast.

Katya Soldak “sheds light on the plight of the Ukrainian people” in a conversation with Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan on the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast.

NYT lists "Recent Ukrainian Writing" available in English. Also, an exploration on Russian villains in Cold War fiction.

The Atlantic has a piece on “What Ukrainian Literature Has Always Understood About Russia.”

Page to Screen

March 11:

Ultrasound, based on the comic book Generous Bosom by Conor Stechschulte. Magnet Releasing. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, based on the book by Walter Mosley. Apple TV+. No reviews | Trailer

Pete the Cat, based on books by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean. Prime Video. No reviews | Trailer

The Snoopy Show, based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. Apple TV+. Reviews | Trailer

March 17:

Curious George, based on the book series by H.A. Rey, Margret Rey, and Alan J. Shalleck. Peacock. No reviews | Trailer

DMZ, based on the comic book series by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. HBO Max. No reviews | Trailer


NYT reviews Son of Svea: A Tale of the People’s Home by Lena Andersson, trans. By Sarah Death (Penguin Random House): “Although it has been described in the Swedish press as a feat of allegory, “Son of Svea” has very little interest in hidden meanings.” Also, Booth by Karen Joy Fowler (Putnam): "Instead of insight, Fowler traffics in images and scenes, gestures, little motifs. In some sense, the novel is devoid of any signs of intelligent life at all. Yet Fowler is a fine writer." Also, four short reviews on the latest in crime and mystery including: Don't Know Tough by Eli Cranor (Soho), Hideout by Louisa Luna (Doubleday), The Houseboat by Dane Bahr (Counterpoint), and Cold Clay by Juneau Black (Penguin Random House). Plus, two short reviews on books about the U.S. Democratic Party including What It Took To Win: A History of the Democratic Party by Michael Kazin (Farrar) and Left Behind: The Democrats' Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality by Lily Gesimer (PublicAffairs: Hachette).

The Washington Post reviews Heatbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey by Florence Willians (Norton): "Impressive mastery of the material, to be sure, but sometimes the density feels as if we are racing past one billboard after another, each offering respite at the elusive next rest stop." Also, Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent Peoples and the Making of the American West by Anne F. Hyde (Norton; LJ starred review): "Hyde’s research is impressive throughout; it is hard to imagine a pertinent document that has escaped her scrutiny. Yet her characters often remain elusive. It is in the nature of social history that the subjects leave few traces for the historian to work with. In some cases they never wrote anything down, lacking literacy or incentive. In other cases, what was written down was subsequently lost." Plus, Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth by Elizabeth Williamson (Dutton; LJ starred review): "The book speaks to the persistence of delusion and the elusiveness of truth. It doesn’t bode well for the future." And, two more reviews posted today

NPR reviews Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo (Viking): “goes beyond its immediate inspiration in how, despite the Zimbabwean particulars, it expresses a people's frustration, terror, resilience, uprising, and hope in a way that can be applied to a multitude of nations and political realities around the globe.”

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

Briefly Noted

Oprah Daily interviews Melissa Febos, author of Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative (Catapult), about how “writing is a form of freedom.” Also, a guide to Martha Beck’s The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self (The Open Field: PRH) and new class series.

Qian Julie Wang, Beautiful Country (Doubleday), talks to Electric Lit about “the evolution of the immigrant, the individual, and the nation.”

Vox speaks with Julia May Jonas about her book Vladimir (Avid Reader: S. & S.) and “mortality in art, as considered by a fictional 50-something martini-drinking hostage taker.”

Malinda Lo talks with Datebook about her National Book Award winning book, Last Night at the Telegraph Club (Dutton Books for Young Readers).

Actress Emily Hamshire, best known for her work on Schitt’s Creek, plans to release her first graphic novel Amelia Aierwood: Basic Witch this fall, according to Deadline

Tor.com provides an excerpt for Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Movies by Nina Nesseth (Tor: Macmillan).

Matt Bell explores the work of Ursula Le Guin as a storytelling master for Tor.com.

Lit Hub reveals "rarely seen archival material" from Jack Kerouac's publisher on the centenary of his birth. Also, a revisit of Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon (Workman), ten years later.

JSTOR Daily celebrates the work of Donald Goines, “Detroit’s Crime Writer Par Excellence.”

The Millions lists “Ten Groundbreaking True Crime Books.” 

Tor.com has “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction for February 2022.”

Book Riot provides “20 Must-Read Genre-Bending Sci-Fi Books.”

Shondaland gives “10 Essential Authors to Celebrate During Women’s History Month.”

NYT shares “11 New Books We Recommend This Week" and "New in Paperback."

The Seattle Times has “A spring bouquet of 6 brand-new paperbacks.”

Authors on Air

James Swallow’s Marc Dane book series has been acquired by Capstone, an adaptation of Nomad (Forge) will be the first project of many. Deadline has more.

Brené Brown revisits an interview with Karen Walrond, author of The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy (Broadleaf: 1517 Media) about “accessing joy and finding connection in the midst of struggle.”

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