Center For Fiction First Novel Prize Shortlist Is Announced | Book Pulse

The Center for Fiction announces its longlist for the 2022 First Novel Prize. The Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction and the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize shortlists are announced. The Diverse Book Awards longlist is announced. Gilbert Cruz is named NYT's new Books Editor. The forthcoming Marilyn Monroe film, Blonde, based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates, gets buzz and a trailer. Christopher Paolini's Eragon is being adapted as a series. New literary podcasts arrive. Plus, page to screen. 

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Awards & News

The Center for Fiction announces its longlist for the 2022 First Novel Prize

The Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction shortlist is announced.

The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize shortlist is announced.

The Diverse Book Awards longlist is announced.

The 2020 Edna Staebler Award shortlist is announced.

Gilbert Cruz is named the new Books Editor of The New York Times, following the departure of Pamela Paul in March.

Vanity Fair previews the “anti-trust showdown to determine Simon & Schuster’s fate.”

CBC Books releases this year’s “Writers to Watch list: 30 Canadian writers on the rise in 2022.”

Page to Screen

July 29:

DC League of Super-Pets, based on associated titles. Warner Bros. No reviews | Trailer

Amber Brown, based on the book by Paula Danziger. Apple TV+. No reviews | Trailer

July 30:

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island, based on the series by D. J. MacHale & Ned Kandel. Nickelodeon. No reviews | Trailer

Aug 3:

Don't Blame Karma!, based on the book by Laura Norton. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Good Morning, Verônica, based on the book by Raphael Montes and Ilana Casoy. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Aug 4:

Kakegurui Twin, based on the manga series by Homura Kawamoto. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

The Washington Post recommends "What to watch with your kids: DC League of Super-Pets and more."


USA Today reviews The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; LJ starred review), giving it 3 out of 4 stars: “Moreno-Garcia breathes new life into the classic story by mixing horror with historical fiction and feminist themes. The Mexican Canadian novelist keeps a steady pace, and her prose instantly draws you in and has you cheering on all of her flawed characters.”

The Washington Post reviews France: An Adventure History by Graham Robb (Norton): “this book is an adventure for all, even those unwilling to risk death on two wheels.” And, The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler by David I. Kertzer (Random) “Among the book’s many satisfactions is the wide net the author casts with ably drawn portraits of the German diplomats, Italian politicians, ambassadors and nuncios, cardinals and Vatican bureaucrats with whom the pope interacted.” Also, The Making of a Pandemic: Social, Political, and Psychological Perspectives on Covid-19 by John Ehrenreich (Springer): “The book is not to be read for practical solutions. Ehrenreich’s main conclusion — that the only way to prevent future pandemics is to end deforestation and factory farming, and to address racism, poverty and political polarization — won’t leave the reader with hope that we are headed anywhere good soon.” Plus, A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman by Lindy Elkins-Tanton (Morrow): “The expressive descriptions of her field trips to Siberia are the most engaging sections of the book, providing a ringside seat to the discomforts and thrills of a geological expedition.”

LA Times reviews Death Doesn't Forget by Ed Lin (Soho Crime): “Even as the novel reaches its conclusion, Lin leaves open a number of questions about what will happen, what the characters will choose. In part, this is a convention of the series, since everyone must live to animate another book. But that’s too reductive for what Lin has done here, which is to write a crime novel as a slice of life.”

NPR reviews Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (Knopf; LJ starred review): “It's a big, beautifully written novel about an underexplored topic, that succeeds in being both serious art and immersive entertainment.”

Bookmarks has "The Best Reviewed Books of the Month."

Briefly Noted

LA Times has a feature on Tess Gunty and her debut novel, The Rabbit Hutch (Knopf), with endorsements from her mentors John Freeman and Jonathan Safran Foer.

ElectricLit talks with Cleyvis Natera, Neruda on the Park (Ballantine), about “violence inherent to gentrification, inter-community resentment, and what she learned from working on the same book for more than a decade.”

The Rumpus talks with Madhushree Ghosh, author of the culinary memoir, Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family (Univ. of Iowa Pr.), about “sharing trauma stories, food writing as a political tool, and being a good literary citizen.”

AARP has a new issue of the “The Weekly Read: What’s New in Books” newsletter.

Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You. (Vintage), takes Elle's shelf life literary survey.

Vox shares an excerpt from Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise by Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz (Harper Wave).

LA Times suggests 10 books for August.

LitHub has 21 paperbacks to celebrate Paperback Book Day

NYT recommends 6 paperbacks for the week.

BookRiot lists 20 must-read queer books for the second half of 2022.

The Atlantic suggests “Nine Books Every Sports Lover Should Read.”

Tordotcom shares “Five Chilly SF Stories to Escape the Summer Heat.”

PopSugar lists “100+ Romance Novels to Spice Up Your Summer.”

The Washington Post has 3 audiobooks for the week. 

ElectricLit has a booklist featuring “bookseller noir.”

Entertainment Weekly has 5 Beauty and the Beast-inspired romance novels.

“Eli Evans, ‘poet laureate’ of the Jews of the South, dies at 85.” The Washington Post has an obituary.

Authors On Air

Good Morning America shares the trailer for the upcoming film Blonde, based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates. The movie releases September 28 on Netflix. Vanity Fair also shares exclusive photos from the film and talks with Oates about the similarities between Marilyn Monroe and Emma Bovary

Shondaland chats with Phoebe Robinson about the new adaptation of her 2018 book of essays, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay (Plume), and shares the trailer.

U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón, The Hurting Kind (Milkweed Editions), discusses the "mystery of being alive" on The Maris Review podcast. 

A new 8-episode mini podcast, Book Exploder, debuts August 3, featuring author Susan Orlean in conversation with authors Celeste Ng, George Saunders, Carmen Maria Machado, and more.

Shondaland announces new podcast The R Spot, from author Iyanla Vanzant, and shares an audio trailer.

A live-action series adaptation of Eragon, based on Christopher Paolini’s series ‘The Inheritance Cycle’, is in development for Disney+. Deadline reports.

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