The Booker Prize Shortlist Is Announced | Book Pulse

The Booker Prize 2022 shortlist and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist are announced. The 2022 McIlvanney Prize finalists are announced, and the 2021 Sidewise Award winners are announced. On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is the new Reese Witherspoon book club pick and The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh is the GMA pick. Fall booklists arrive and Esquire celebrates Stephen King Week. R.O. Kwon's The Incendiaries is in development as a limited series. Plus, best-selling horror writer Peter Straub, who died at 79, is remembered.

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Awards & News

The Booker Prize 2022 shortlist is announced. The Guardian reports and has further coverageUSA Today also covers the story, as does OprahDaily.

The 2022 $100K Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist is announced. CBC has coverage.

The 2022 McIlvanney Prize finalists are announced.

The 2021 Sidewise Award winners are announced.

Best-selling horror writer Peter Straub dies at 79The Washington Post has an obituary. NYT remembers Straub's legacy. USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR also have coverage. 

LA Times shares an appreciation for Barbara Ehrenreich, who died last week.

“Dr. Ronald Glasser, Bard of the Vietnam War Wounded, Dies at 83.” NYT has an obituary.

Book Club Picks & Fall Booklists

On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Ecco: HarperCollins), is the new Reese Witherspoon book club pick.

The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh (Atria) is the September GMA book club pick.

LJ explores “Book Clubs in the Cloud.”

AARP highlights "45 of Fall’s Best New Books.”

LitHub suggests "22 Novels You Need to Read This Fall."

Shondaland has "The Best Books for September 2022.”

Autostraddle shares 103 queer and feminist books for fall.

Seattle Times recommends “8 books to add a little adventure to your fall 2022 TBR list.”

BookRiot previews 20 book-to-screen adaptations for fall and winter, and 11 new mystery and thrillers.


NYT reviews Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman by Lucy Worsley (Pegasus Crime): “Fans will admire Worsley’s identification of real-life people, places and phrases that Christie upcycled into her fiction. They will delight in seeing photographs of the author surfing in Hawaii, or learning that her favorite drink was a glass of neat cream.”

LA Times reviews If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery (MCD; LJ starred review): “Escoffery also makes a strong argument for the story by virtue of the fun he has inside of it (a pleasure passed on to the reader), the various points of view and tenses he plays in and the ebullient sense of humor he deploys throughout.”

The Washington Post reviews Blowback by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois (Little, Brown): “we didn’t wander in here expecting Proust. We want gee-whiz technology and bloodless mayhem. Check, check. And of course, we want to experience the terror of the world hanging in the balance at a moment when only a handful of determined patriots can save us.”

NPR reviews Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control by Josh Chin and Liza Lin (St. Martin’s): “is a cautionary book. It is fairhanded in detailing the rapacious speed at which China has constructed a model of digital authoritarianism other countries are no doubt eager to learn from. Its value is in showing how such surveillance systems are only as good (or bad) as the people who build them.”

Datebook reviews Natural History: Stories by Andrea Barrett (Norton): “With their kaleidoscope interconnectedness, the overlapping circles of Barrett’s stories, from this collection as well as her earlier works, add up to something large and delightful as well.”

Briefly Noted

Esquire celebrates Stephen King Week with a feature story, a ranking of all 75 of King’s books, and an excerpt from his new book, Fairy Tale (Scribner).

ElectricLit talks with A.M. Homes, The Unfolding (Viking), about satire and “what fiction can do in our current age.”

Daniel Stashower, American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper (Minotaur: St. Martin’s), writes “how Eliot Ness wound up hunting a serial killer in Cleveland,” at CrimeReads.

AARP updates The Weekly Read, highlighting new releases, book clubs, Agatha Christie, and more.

Maggie O’Farrell, The Marriage Portrait (Knopf), answers Elle's Shelf Life questionnaire.

Vulture compiles “The Best Comedy Books of 2022 (So Far).”

ElectricLit shares 11 Juicy Literary Scandals.

HipLatina suggests “14 Books to Read to Better Understand Our Latin History.”

Authors On Air

PBS Canvas talks with Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant, who co-wrote Friedman’s memoir of survival, The Daughter of Auschwitz: My Story of Resilience, Survival and Hope (Hanover Square Pr.).

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon (Riverhead), is being adapted as a limited seriesDeadline reports. 

Grant Morrison, Luda (Del Rey), will visit Seth Meyers tonight.

Ralph Macchio, Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me (Dutton) will visit Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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