The 2022 National Book Award Winners Are Announced | Book Pulse

The 2022 National Book Award winners are announced. The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize shortlist is released. Desert Star by Michael Connelly, Stellarlune by Shannon Messenger, and Charm by Tracy Wolff top the best-seller lists. Author interviews are out with Alison Mariella Désir, Lauren Graham, and Pete Hsu.

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Awards & Buzzy Book News

Imani Perry wins the 2022 National Book Award for nonfiction with her book, South to America (Ecco), according to the NYTLit Hub lists the other winners.

The Center for Fiction Annual Awards Benefit and the First Novel Prize shortlist is announced.

Lit Hub writes about a statue of Virginia Woolf, located where she lived in London.

New Title Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books


Desert Star by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown; LJ starred review) sparkles at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Stellarlune by Shannon Messenger (Aladdin) shines at No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Charm by Tracy Wolff (Entangled: Teen) captures No. 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami, tr. by Ted Goossen (Knopf; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Good Boundaries and Goodbyes: Loving Others Without Losing the Best of Who You Are by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson: HarperCollins Christian) draws No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

USA Today analyzes the week's best seller list.


The Los Angeles Times reviews The Long Haul: Solving the Puzzle of the Pandemic’s Long Haulers and How They Are Changing Healthcare Forever by Ryan Prior (Post Hill: S. & S.): “hardly an easy read, yet Prior beautifully digests the patient experience with precise and compassionate understanding.”

Locus Magazine reviews Lucky Girl: How I Became a Horror Writer: A Krampus Story by M. Ricket ( Macmillan): “the atmosphere is one of perfectly distilled dread, the narrative far more complex than it at first seems, and by the end of this tightly packed and elegantly told novella we feel as though we’ve read a much longer and quite haunting novel.” reviews Wayward by Chuck Wendig (Del Rey: Ballantine): “like a reckoning or a reconciliation. Like catharsis. Like understanding. It’s not just a story of what could be but of what was and is and is still to come.”

Book Marks has "5 Reviews You Need to Review This Week."

Briefly Noted

Alison Mariella Désir, author of Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn’t Built for Us (Portfolio), talks to NPR about “how running transformed her relationship to her body” as a Black woman. 

Lauren Graham, Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don't Want to Forget to Remember (Ballantine), discusses her relationship with her ex-husband Peter Krause’s son in an interview with People

NYT's "Inside the Best-Seller List" delves into the family behind The Woks of Life: Recipes to Know and Love from a Chinese American Family by Bill Leung & others (Clarkson Potter).

Haruki Murakami, Novelist as a Vocation, tr. by Ted Goossen (Knopf; LJ starred review), answers NYT's By the Book questions.

Author and translator Anna Moschovakis shares what she is and will be reading with Lit Hub's "Annotated Nightstand."

Nick Hornby writes a piece for Esquire about the subjects of his latest book, Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius (Riverhead). has an excerpt of Emily Tesh’s, Some Desperate Glory (Tor: Macmillan). Also, a list of “Five SFF Books About Spies and Espionage,” and lastly, “Five Vintage SF Anthologies That Are Too Good to be Forgotten.”

Lit Hub provides a recommendation for readers "dealing with financial anxiety in friendships."

Authors on Air

Pete Hsu chats about the “writing about the aftermath of immigrating” featured in his book, If I Were the Ocean, I’d Carry You Home (Red Hen), on the Otherppl podcast.

Lit Hub offers a dissection of the adaptation of Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s book, Fleishman Is in Trouble (Random House).

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