2022 CrimeFest and IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Announcements | Book Pulse

Shortlists and finalists are announced for the 2022 CrimeFest Awards and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, respectively. Interviews abound with Eloghosa Osunde, George Saunders, Anne Tyler, Lucy Foley, Carell Augustus, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Susan Cain. There is buzz around the adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

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Awards News & Current Affairs

2022 CrimeFest Awards shortlists are announced.

2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award finalists are announced.

Masha Gessen "recommends books on the Russian president and the forces that shaped him" for the NYT

The Washington Post shares "Essential reading for understanding U.S.-Russia intelligence warfare."

Marie Yovanovitch, Lessons From The Edge: A Memoir (Mariner), discusses "Russia's invasion of Ukraine" on The Washington Post podcast.

Fox News reports on Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (Knopf) being challenged at a Georgia school board meeting

In remembrance of the late Madeleine Albright, NPR shares a selection of her books.

Page to Screen

March 25:

Infinite Storm, based on an article titled High Places: Footprints in the Snow Lead to an Emotional Rescue by Ty Gagne. Bleecker Street. Reviews | Trailer

Mothering Sunday, based on the book by Graham Swift. Sony Pictures Classics. Reviews | Trailer

Bridgerton, based on the book series by Julia Quinn. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Pachinko, based on the book by Min Jin Lee. Apple TV+. No reviews | Trailer

March 28:

Thermae Romae Novae, based on the manga series by Mari Yamazaki. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

March 30:

Moon Knight, based on associated titles. Disney+. No reviews | Trailer

March 31: 

Young Justice: Phantoms (Part 2), based on associated titles. HBO Max. Reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews those “novels set in the art world [that] highlight our angst over authenticity” including: Hammer by Joe Mungo Reed (S. & S.), Fake by Erica Katz (Harper), and Portrait of an Unknown Lady by Maria Gainza, trans. by Thomas Bunstead (Catapult). Also, The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd (Morrow): “nails the sense of deep-seated, profound connection and love between a small group of people drawn together by shared experience and interest, creating an intense familial bond.” Also, After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War by Helen Rappaport (St. Martin’s): "British historian Helen Rappaport — author most recently of “The Race to Save the Romanovs” in 2018 — has produced an engaging group biography of this melancholy crowd." Plus, The Color Of Abolition: How a Printer, a Prophet, and a Contessa Moved a Nation by Linda Hirshman (Minotaur): "a lively depiction of the antislavery movement, in which the three charismatic characters at the heart of her story provide an engaging avenue into the competing philosophies and strategies that continually challenged abolitionism’s unity and effectiveness. Her writing is breezy, designed to engage readers who are not historians and whose interests may lie more in the present than the past."

NYT reviews Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons by Jeremy Denk (Random): “Denk elegantly sidesteps the need for music notation, instead offering diagrammatic representations of musical structures. Most important, he explains abstract concepts with empathy and precision.” Also, Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand by John Markoff (Penguin Pr.): "Markoff aims to illuminate tensions in how environmentalism related to science and technology, but he struggles to place Brand’s contributions effectively in the context of the complex broader movement. Maybe that’s because, in the end, Brand rode a series of waves, but did not create them."

Oprah Daily reviews Clean Air by Sarah Blake (Algonquin): “it’s impossible not to draw connections to our own crises, both the pandemic and climate change. Blake infuses the story with a subtle urgency, a criticism of complacency whether in current comfort or in a belief that we’re too far gone.”

Datebook reviews Out There by Kate Folk (Random): “witty, cinematic fiction that merges familiar scenarios with uncanny menace.” Also, Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us by Colleen Kinder (Algonquin; LJ starred review): “With an uptick in coronavirus cases looming, the anthology provides tantalizing glimpses for those whose travel plans might get delayed once again.”

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

Briefly Noted

Shondaland speaks with Eloghosa Osunde about her book Vagabonds! (Riverhead), “that speaks to those who are living on the fringes of society.”

Oprah Daily’s Lesson in Literature series covers “learning about life by reading fiction” in an interview with George Saunders, author of A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (Random).

Anne Tyler discusses her newest book French Braid (Knopf) in a rare interview with People.

Lucy Foley, The Paris Apartment (Morrow), chats about “the mystery that changed her life” in an interview with Parade

Ebony features an interview with Carell Augustus, author of Black Hollywood: Reimagining Iconic Movie Moments (Ebony) and “powerful positive imagery.” 

Erika Krouse talks about "her time as a private investigator" detailed in her book Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation (Flatiron; LJ starred review) with Lit Hub. Also, Melissa Febos, Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative (Catapult; LJ starred review), chats about "writing about sex." 

Hannah Gold from Gawker discusses Elena Ferrante's use of fashion her in novels and her latest In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing trans. by Ann Goldstein (Europa).

Elaine Hsieh Chou, author of Disorientation (Penguin Pr.), writes about "what white men say in our absence" for The Cut.

Sam Heughan will be coming out with a memoir, Waypoints (Voracious) and Parade has the details.

People gives a first look at Iliza Shlesinger’s second book All Things Aside (Abrams), set to be released this fall.

Vogue has a first look at A Visible Man by Edward Enninful (Bloomsbury).

V. Castro has written a new book for the Alien franchise, Aliens: Vasquez (Titan), to come out this fall, according to Entertainment Weekly

Oscar Hijuelos' widow will have his Pulitzer Prize winning books reissued, according to USA Today

Tor.com shares an excerpt of Saint Death’s Daughter by C.S.E. Cooney (Solaris: S. & S.).

Ally Wilkes, author of All the White Spaces (Atria), recommends “8 Stories Set in Antarctica About Identity and Transformation” for Electric Lit. Also, a list of “7 Books About Multiple Timelines and Blurred Realities.”

Gizmodo shares “The World Science Fiction Bundle Showcases 10 Books You May Have Missed.”

Tor.com provides “Five Books Where Giant Insects Ruin Everyone’s Day.”

Book Riot has “26 of the Best Audiobooks for Road Trips” and “12 Books That Read Like Podcasts.”

Lit Hub shares "6 Novels Set in Abandoned Places."

NPR lists “3 nonfiction translations to read this spring.”

Time has “14 Books About Con Artists to Feed Your Obsession With Scam Stories.”

NYT shares "New in Paperback," "12 New Books We Recommend This Week," and new reads for the season with "17 New Nonfiction Books," and "18 New Works of Fiction."

Authors on Air

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (Grove; LJ Starred Review), speaks with NPR’s Throughline about “national memory, selective forgetting, and the refugee stories that might ultimately help us move forward.”

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Washington Square: S. & S.) will be adapted by Liz Tigelaar for Netflix, according to Deadline. Popsugar also covers the “dream cast” and the adaptation.

Brené Brown interviews Susan Cain about her newest book, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole (Crown).

Lit Hub countsdown to the Academy Awards and offers "what to read (and watch) if you like West Side Story."

Autostraddle lists “22 Fictional Books From Movies and TV Shows We Would Really Like to Actually Read.”

Bob Odenkirk, author of Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama (Random), will appear as a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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