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The 2022 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award finalists are announced. There are many author interviews sharing the perspectives of Angela Garbes, Steve Almond, Jennifer Egan, Julia Quinn, Jennifer Grey, and Courtney Maum. Plus, page-to-screen.

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The 2022 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award finalists are announced.

Nashville Public Library combats book bans with a new library card campaign, according to NPR. Also, a feature on Cree Myles, an employee of Penguin Random House, who highlights Black authors and is part of changing the publishing industry.

The Chicago Tribune announces and gives details for the American Writers Festival.

Gizmodo shares “The Best Free Comics of This Year’s Free Comic Book Day.”

Shondaland lists “10 New and Forthcoming Books” for Spring.

Page to Screen

May 6:

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, based on associated titles. Walt Disney Studios. Reviews | Trailer

Around the World in 80 Days, based on the book by Jules Verne. Viva Kids. Reviews | Trailer

The Ravine, based on the book by Robert and Kelly Pascuzzi. Cinedigm. No reviews | Trailer

Happening, based on the book by Annie Ernaux. IFC Films. Reviews | Trailer

Marmaduke, based on associated titles. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Along for the Ride, based on the book by Sarah Dessen. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

The Sound of Magic, based on the webtoon Annarasumanara by Ha Il-kwon. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

May 9:

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War, based on the manga series Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

May 11:

Operation Mincemeat, based on the book by Ben Macintyre. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

May 12:

The Sadness, based on the comic book series Crossed by Garth Ennis. Shudder. Reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews All the Lovers in the Night by Mieko Kawakami, trans. by Sam Bett and David Boyd (Europa Editions): “adroitly plays off collective dissonance and sorrow. And with this consummate novel, Kawakami’s star continues to rise, pulsing against a night that’s anything but holy.” Also, The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler by Kathryn S. Olmsted (Yale): "levels a damning indictment against six of the most powerful English-language publishers of the World War II era." Plus, Because Our Fathers Lied: A Memoir of Truth and Family, From Vietnam to Today by Craig McNamara (Little, Brown): "There is an awkward, halting quality to Craig McNamara’s prose, which gives it credibility and power." And, The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era by Gary Gerstle (Oxford): "offers a rich and sophisticated discussion of neoliberalism, which he says is based on “the belief that market forces had to be liberated from government regulatory controls that were stymieing growth, innovation, and freedom” — in other words, the mirror image of the New Deal that came before it." Also, Recessional: The Death of Free Speech and the Cost of a Free Lunch by David Mamet (Broadside): "a collection of disparate pieces, written mostly as columns for National Review, that are given back to us in book form only because the author has a big name and there’s some money to be made — or at least a valuable relationship to be massaged."

NYT shares a few short reviews of new crime and mystery books including: Bad Actors by Mick Herron (Soho Crime), Smile Beach Murder by Alicia Bessette (Berkley), and Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride by Lorenzo Carcaterra (Bantam). 

NPR reviews Book Lovers by Emily Henry (Berkley; LJ starred review): “is both a tribute to and takedown of this cultural form by a star of the summer beach read. Her playful and clever contemporary romance — her third — pokes holes in many of the assumptions that surround small towns in popular culture.”

Ebony reviews Finding Me by Viola Davis (HarperOne): “is Davis’ catharsis, her time to stand up, no longer in shame. With these words, she is finally able to give that little girl the hug she truly deserves.”

Locus Magazine reviews Battle of the Linguist Mages by Scotto Moore (Tor: Macmillan): “while Moore’s whimsy keeps the story fun – the spell/artifact names are perfection – the ethereal plot doesn’t connect, either within itself or to the reader.”

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

Briefly Noted

Vogue speaks with Angela Garbes about her book on mothering and caregiving, Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change (Harper Wave). 

The Millions interviews Steve Almond, author of All of the Secrets of the World (Zando), about his work and influences.

Jennifer Egan, The Candy House (Scribner; LJ starred review), chats with Bustle about “the enduring appeal of escaping our own brains.”

Julia Quinn talks about her new book Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron (Avon) with Shondaland. Also, Jennifer Grey, Out of the Corner (Ballantine), discusses her “roller-coaster career, A-list romances, and her relationship with herself.” She also"reclaims her story" in conversation with USA Today.

Courtney Maum, The Year of the Horses (Tin House), chats about “healing and empowerment through riding” with Electric Lit

Vanessa Hua writes a piece for Datebook about “how one of China’s defining periods inspired” her newest book, Forbidden City (Ballantine: Random House).

Ericka Sanchez, author of Aguas Frescas & Paletas: Refreshing Mexican Drinks and Frozen Treats, Traditional and Reimagined (Familius), “shares tips on building an epic taco table” for Mexican celebrations.

Tor.com has an excerpt from The City Inside by Samit Basu (Tor.com).

Electric Lit gives “7 Books That Deliver Unexpected Mystery.”

NYPL Blog provides “11 Memoirs That Shine the Spotlight on Mothers” and “Readalikes for Popular #BookTok Titles.”

Book Riot has “The Best Mystery, Thriller, and True Crime Book Out in May" and “The 20 Most Influential Memoirs of All Time.”

CBC lists “22 books to get your mom on Mother’s Day 2022.”

Tor.com shares “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction for April 2022.”

NYT provides nine book recommendations for the week.

USA Today explores the best sellers list.

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