Alice Zeniter and Frank Wynne Win Dublin Literary Award; U.S. Book Show Kicks Off Programming | Book Pulse

Alice Zeniter and translator Frank Wynne win the 2022 Dublin Literary Award for The Art of Losing. The 2022 Mythopoeic Awards finalists are announced. The 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist is announced. The 2022 Roswell Award and Prix Imaginales winners are announced. Sales spike for banned or challenged books. Interviews arrive with John Waters, Elif Batuman, Courtney Maum, and Emma Straub. Plus, The U.S. Book Show kicks off its first full day of programming including the Libraries are Essential Track.

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Awards & Events

Author Alice Zeniter and Irish translator Frank Wynne win the 2022 Dublin Literary Award for The Art of Losing, (Farrar; LJ starred review). The Irish Times reports.

The 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist is announced. Finalists will be revealed on June 23 and the winner will be announced on July 20. 

The 2022 Mythopoeic Awards finalists are announced.

The 2022 Roswell Award Winners are announced.

The 2022 Prix Imaginales winners are announced.

The latest NPD BookScan data sees sales spikes for banned or challenged books.

The U.S. Book Show launched Monday with a keynote from David Sedaris in conversation with Katharine Myers of Little, Brown and Co. Today marks the first full day of programming, including the Libraries are Essential Track.


The Washington Post reviews DJ Screw: A Life in Slow Revolution by Lance Scott Walker (Univ. of Texas Pr.): “delivers not just the story of one individual but the birth of a culture and the rise of a movement.” And, Forbidden City by Vanessa Hua (Ballantine): “Hua concludes her Author’s Note by warning that “[t]he past is never as distant as it seems.” That’s just another reason that her novel is eye-opening, vital and timely now more than ever."

NYT reviews Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar by Alan Shipnuck (Avid Reader Pr./S. & S.): Phil is not a drive-by character assassination. Shipnuck generally admires Mickelson, and takes note of his philanthropy, his sunny disposition, his deadpan wit, his many acts of random kindness and the fact that he’s not a sore loser.” And, The Bar at Twilight by Frederic Tuten (Bellevue Literary Pr.): “is neither normative nor predictable, and it bears the firm impress of the soul." Also, Sleepwalk by Dan Chaon (Henry Holt and Co.): “What prevails above the plot is the voice, which is consistently winning and — odd for so bloody a tale — unfailingly warm. It’s a comic departure from the straightforward darkness of recent Chaon, and a welcome change.” Plus, The Shore by Katie Runde (Scribner): “is never sentimental; it is absorbing, lucid and true. Anyone who has lost someone by inches will recognize the struggle to push through despair and affirm the dogged endurance of love.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews nine Spring 2022 romance novels, giving them letter grades and heat ratings.

Briefly Noted

Time released its list of most influential people of 2022, including authors Sally Rooney, Simu Liu, Michelle Zauner, Emily Oster, and Elizabeth Alexander. LitHub pleads for more novelists on next year's list.

While on book tour, John Waters discusses his novelLiarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance (Farrar) and Johnny Depp with The LA Times.

ElectricLit talks with Elif Batuman about her novel, Either/Or (Penguin Pr.), and “the tragedy of heterosexual dating.”

Courtney Maum, The Year of the Horses (Tin House) chats with The Rumpus about “what horseback riding and writing have in common.”

NYT features Ukranian novelist Andrey Kurkov, Grey Bees, tr. by Boris Dralyuk (Deep Vellum), and how he is fighting for his country.

FoxNews shares details from Kellyanne Conway’s new “strikingly personal memoir,” Here’s the Deal (Threshold Editions).

NPR’s Planet Money newsletter discusses lessons from the new book, 21st Century Monetary Policy: The Federal Reserve from the Great Inflation to COVID-19 by Ben S. Bernanke (Norton).

The Millions has notable new releases for the week.

LA Times recommends seven summer thrillers.

CrimeReads shares the most anticipated crime books of 2022: summer reading edition.

ElectricLit presents “your spring reading horosope.”

Seattle Times has “20 summer book recommendations from your favorite Seattle and WA authors.”

“Hazel Henderson, environmental activist and futurist author, dies at 89.” The Washington Post has an obituary.

Authors On Air

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with Emma Straub about her new bookThis Time Tomorrow (Riverhead).

NPR’s Morning Edition has an interview with Elif Batuman about her new novel, Either/Or (Penguin Pr.).

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