The 2022 Lammy Finalists & Reading the West Book Awards Winners Announced | Book Pulse

Award winners and finalists announced for the Lammy’s and Reading the West. There are many author interviews with Clyde W. Ford, Fariha Róisín, Anna Dorn, Vanessa Hua, Grant Ginder, Percival Everett, Nathan Chen, and Chris Blackwell. Also, adaptation news for Sekret Machines by Tom DeLonge and A. J. Hartley.

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Awards News & Pride Reads

The 2022 Lammy finalists are announced.

The 2022 Reading the West Book Awards winners are announced.

The 2022 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist is announced.

The Costa Book Awards are ending, according to Lit Hub

Hip Latina features “12 LGBTQIA+ Latinx Authors Amplifying Queer Stories Through Their Work.”

Shondaland provides “15 New and Forthcoming Books by LGBTQ+ Authors.”

Book Riot has “The Best Pride Celebrations in Fiction” and audiobooks featuring fantasy lesbian stories and queer narrators

Autostraddle celebrates Pride 2022 with a reflection on Diana Goetsch’s memoir This Body I Wore (Farrar, May).

Elle shares an “Essential Pride Reading List.”

Bustle lists “50 LGBTQ+ Books to Read Now & Always."

Lit Hub announces free book giveaways from The New York Public Library and The Kurt Vonnegut Library

Page to Screen

June 10:

Jurassic World Dominion, based on associated titles. Universal Pictures. Reviews | Trailer

Lost Illusions, based on Illusions perdues by Honoré de Balzac. Music Box Films. Reviews | Trailer

Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness, based on the graphic novel Chickenhare by Chris Grine. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

First Kill, based on the short story by V. E. Schwab. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

June 11:

Dirty Little Secret, based on a book by C.J. Omolou. Lifetime. No reviews | No trailer

June 12:

Dark Winds, based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman. AMC. Reviews | Trailer

June 15:

Centauro, based on the book by Jérémie Guez. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Love, Victor, based on associated titles. Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

The Wrath of God, based on the book by Guillermo Martínez. Netflix. No reviews | No trailer

June 16:

Dead End: Paranormal Park, based on associated titles. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Father of the Bride, based on the book by Edward Streeter. HBO Max. No reviews | Trailer

The Old Man, based on the book by Thomas Perry. FX. Reviews | Trailer

The Hollywood Reporter explores current television series that are based on magazine stories


The Washington Post reviews Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation by Linda Villarosa (Doubleday): "Meticulously researched, sweeping in its historical breadth, damning in its clear-eyed assessment of facts and yet hopeful in its outlook, “Under the Skin” is a must-read for all who affirm that Black lives matter." Plus, Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington by James Kirchick (Holt & Co.): "might more accurately be described as a surface-level glimpse at the prominence of homophobia in the federal government and the D.C. press corps, how such homophobia has long manifested as rumor and innuendo (pages and pages of which are here reproduced), the influence of such homophobia on an enormous cast of almost exclusively White gay men, and how more than a few of those men played not-insignificant roles in the GOP’s long march to the far right." Also, Streets of Gold: America's Untold Story of Immigrant Success by Leah Boustan (PublicAffairs): "The book reflects an ongoing renaissance in the field of economic history fueled by technological advances — an increase in digitized records, new techniques to analyze them and the launch of platforms such as Ancestry — that are breathing new life into a range of long-standing questions about immigration. Abramitzky and Boustan are masters of this craft, and they creatively leverage the evolving data landscape to deepen our understanding of the past and present."Then, Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change by Angela Garbs (Harper Wave): "Equal parts manifesto, love letter, personal narrative and cultural history, Garbes’s book grounds itself in the day-to-day realities of parenting, that most constant job of caring. But by tying together the factors that brought us to where we are — colonialism and its afterlives, lack of support for caregivers, racial disparities — Garbes also looks beyond the individual to the wider webs enmeshing us all." And, Cult Classic (MCD): “a fun house mirror on an alienated set of urbanites, an endless supply of sharp takes.”

NYT reviews How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn by Nicole Pasulka (S. & S.): "funny, poignant, dishy and even enlightening, all at the same time." Also, The Twilight World by Werner Herzog (Penguin Pr.): "This long-steeped book distills their conversations into a potent, vaporous fever dream; a meditation on truth, lie, illusion and time that floats like an aromatic haze through Herzog’s vivid reconstruction of Onoda’s war." Plus, four short reviews for new crime and mystery books including: Last Call at the Nightingale by Katherine Schellman (Minotaur), The Recruit by Alan Drew (Random), Shifty's Boys by Chris Offutt (Grove), and Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo, trans. by Louise Heal Kawai (Pushkin Vertigo).  

Datebook reviews This Place That Place by Nandita Dinesh (Melville): “At times the intense focus on single moments within the experience of conflict can make the book feel claustrophobic, and we yearn to “see” the two friends better, to be immersed in their world rather than see it at an intellectual, aesthetic distance as Dinesh compels us to here.” 

Vox reviews Either/Or by Elif Batuman (Penguin Pr.): “shaggier and less disciplined, but also more vigorous, and Selin has become a stronger and more definite character. When she chooses to veil her emotions, it is only to make the inevitable unveiling all the more devastating’.”

Briefly Noted

Clyde W. Ford, author of Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Making of White Power and Wealth (Amistad: HarperCollins), “explores the dynamics of power and wealth” with Ebony.

Vogue interviews Fariha Róisín about self-care “without the shadow of appropriation” in her new book Who is Wellness For? (Harper Wave).

Anna Dorn discusses her novel Exalted (Unnamed: Ingram) as “she explores the depths of astrology culture and the grip it has on its followers” with Shondaland

Vanessa Hua, Forbidden City (Ballantine), chats with The Rumpus about “craft, #MeToo, her obsession with strong female voices, how she imagines her characters within the limits of history, and the bittersweet sacrifices of mothers for daughters.”

Grant Ginder speaks to Electric Lit about “trading sentimentality for camp and vicious humor in his new novel,” Let's Not Do That Again (Henry Holt & Co.).

The Millions interviews Percival Everett, author of The Trees (Graywolf), about “the power of humor, our common misconceptions of realism, and the language in our daily politics.”

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen discusses his childhood as featured in his memoir One Jump at a Time (Harper) with People.

Chris Blackwell, The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond (Gallery; LJ starred review), “reflects on helping bring the music of Bob Marley, U2 and Grace Jones to the world” in an interview with NYT.

The Rumpus shares an excerpt of I Only Cry With Emoticons by Yuvi Zalkow (Red Hen). 

Publishers Lunch reports on the upcoming release of The Carbon Almanac (Portfolio), “written by over 300 volunteer debut authors, orchestrated by Seth Godin.”

The Root reports on a new book, Dreams of Wakanda (Del Rey), that “explores the lasting impact of Black Panther.”

Playwright Lynn Nottage recommends five books that changed her life for Vogue lists “All the New Horror and Genre-Bending Books Arriving in June” and “Ten Expansive SFF Worlds to Fall Into.”

Vulture provides “The 18 Best Books of the Year (So Far).”

CBC Books gives “50 great books to read this season.”

NYT has “The Best Books to Read on Disinformation," recommendations for 10 new books, and "New in Paperback."

Authors on Air

Legendary Television has purchased the rights to UFO novel series Sekret Machines by Tom DeLonge and A. J. Hartley (To the Stars: S. & S.) for an adaptation, according to Deadline.

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