Dawnie Walton’s ‘The Final Revival of Opal & Nev’ Wins VCU Cabell First Novelist Award | Book Pulse

Dawnie Walton wins the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. The 2022 CWA Dagger Awards and the 2022 Eugie Foster Memorial Awards are announced. There are insightful author interviews with Paul Tremblay, Michael Bourne, Cheryl Head, Alice Elliott, Lidia Yuknavitch, Samantha Allen, Gretchen Felker-Martin, Meghan O'Rourke, Rumi Hara, Rina Ayunyang, Jason Starr, and Janelle Monáe.

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Awards News & Summer Reads

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Dawnie Walton wins the 2022 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (37 Ink: Atria/S. & S.; LJ starred review).

The 2022 CWA Dagger Awards are announced.

The 2022 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction finalists are announced.

The Los Angeles Times has “10 books to add to your reading list in July.”

NPR shares “8 books to enjoy at the beach this summer,” 10 books to “travel the world without leaving your home,” and “Books We Love” for 2022.

NYPL Blog celebrates “Disability Pride Month with Books for All Ages” and “Beach Reads To Immerse Yourself in Someone Else’s Story.”

Amazon picks the “Best Books of 2022 So Far” for the month of July.

BookPage shares top picks from their editors and mysteries for July.

Publishers Weekly comes out with their “Books of the Week” picks.

Book Riot reports on “Hide the Pride” censorship in libraries across the country.

Page to Screen

July 1:

Attack on Finland, based on the book by Ilkka Remes. Samuel Goldwyn Films. No reviews | Trailer

Mr. Malcolm’s List, based on the book by Suzanne Allain. Bleecker Street. Reviews | Trailer

The Forgiven, based on the book by Lawrence Osborne. Roadside Attractions. Reviews | Trailer

Most Guys Are Losers, based on the book by Mark Berzins. VOD. No reviews | Trailer

The Terminal List, based on the book by Jack Carr. Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

July 6:

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, based on the book by Jennifer E. Smith. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Uncle From Another World, based on the manga series by Hotondoshindeiru. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Lit Hub has “The Literary Film and TV You Need To Stream in July.”


NYT reviews Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty (Tin House): “Talty forms a rich and vast picture of what it is to be alive, with stunning clarity, empathy and unwavering honesty.” Also, four short reviews of books exploring “strange histories” including: Constellations of Eve by Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood (Texas Tech Univ.), The Red Arrow by William Brewer (Knopf), Greenland by David Santos Donaldson (Amistad: HarperCollins; LJ starred review), and Walk the Vanished Earth by Erin Swan (Viking). 

The Washington Post reviews The Times They Were a-Changin’: 1964, the Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn by Robert S. McElvaine (Arcade: Skyhorse), which “reflects upon the era’s consequential yet thorny legacy through an illuminating, provocative and entertaining lens.” Also, Give Me Liberty: The True Story of Oswaldo Payá and His Daring Quest for a Free Cuba by David E. Hoffman (S. & S.): “Hoffman skillfully leads us through Payá’s narrative, as if Give Me Liberty were a historical thriller.” Plus, An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong (Random): “Although An Immense World doesn’t quite plunge readers into other animals’ worlds, it does make a case for how much we humans miss—and misunderstand—when we fail to consider other animals’ worldviews. This, in itself, is a major achievement.” And a few other reviews posted today.

Locus Magazine reviews The Fervor by Alma Katsu (Putnam; LJ starred review): “It holds a dark secret at its core and has a memorable cast of broken characters fighting inner and outer demons in order to survive and get to the truth, but the constant presence of racism—a thing that echoes, sadly, a lot of the jingoistic, racist discourse found today—serves as a stark reminder that sometimes the horrors of the supernatural pale in comparison to the awful things human beings can do to each other.”

Tor.com reviews The City Inside by Samit Basu (Tor: Macmillan): “a righteous retooling of cyberpunk sensibilities and principles that actually provoke emotion and reaction, an unthinkably powerful feat in an age where cyberpunk (at least how we know and recognize it) needs to die.”

The Seattle Times reviews Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me by Ada Calhoun (Grove; LJ starred review): “We learn about O’Hara and Schjeldahl but the vividest portrait is of frank, un-self-pitying and effortlessly hilarious Calhoun as she struggles with her dad and with crafting the very book we’re reading.”

Autostraddle reviews Brown Neon by Raquel Gutiérrez (Coffee House Pr.): “Over the course of these ten essays, Gutiérrez skillfully maps the realities, struggles, and joys of queer, Latinx, artistic life in the Southwest U.S. while also calling all readers to deconstruct the borders and boundaries that plague their own communities.”

Datebook reviews A Good Country: My Life in Twelve Towns and the Devastating Battle for a White America by Sofia Ali-Khan (Random): “a sampling of the relentless, systematic, state-sanctioned (and often state-perpetrated) hatred and violence inflicted upon communities of color from the earliest moments of America’s conception.” Also, Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty by James Reginato (Gallery; LJ starred review): “Vanity Fair writer-at-large James Reginato demonstrates how the dynasty that Getty created has shown the world how to be rich.”

Book Marks shares “The Best Reviewed Books of the Month.”

Briefly Noted

Gretchen Felker-Martin, author of Manhunt (Tor Nightfire; LJ starred review), speaks to Electric Lit about how “queer intimacy is necessary for survival in a world that wants to kill us.” Also, Meghan O’Rourke, author of The Invisible Kingdom (Riverhead), discusses “the silent epidemic of chronic illness.”

Paul Tremblay speaks to Entertainment Weekly about how “cult band Hüsker Dü inspired” his new book, The Pallbearers Club (Morrow).

The Millions interviews Michael Bourne about his book Blithedale Canyon (Regal House) and “its 20-year incubation process and path to publication.”

Shondaland interviews Lidia Yuknavitch about how her latest book Thrust (Riverhead) is “one of the most ambitious dystopian novels to hit shelves this year.” Also, a conversation with Samantha Allen, author of Patricia Wants To Cuddle (Zando), about “the ‘final girl’ trope, balancing horror and comedy, authenticity, and late-stage social media.”

Cheryl Head talks about “using crime fiction to tell the story of her grandfather’s murder” in her upcoming book Time’s Undoing. CrimeReads has the interview and a cover reveal.

Rumi Hara, author of The Peanutbutter Sisters and Other American Stories (Drawn & Quarterly), chats with Rina Ayunyang of Blame This on the Boogie (Drawn & Quarterly) about “culture and the individual, the art of scintillating dialogue, giving oneself permission to carry our fantastical ideas, and more,” via Lit Hub.

Alice Elliott, author of Fellowship Point (Scribner/Marysue Rucci: S. & S.), answers the NYT’s “By the Book” questionnaire.

Jason Starr discusses his “Philip K. Dick–inspired crime novelThe Next Time I Die (Hard Case Crime) with CrimeReads.

Sally Rooney revisits Natalia Ginzburg’s All Our Yesterdays (Arcade) for The Guardian

T: The New York Times Style Magazine features “contemporary authors on their favorite New York City novels.”

USA Today highlights “juicy revelations from celeb tell-alls.”

AV Club explores the new Marvel collections created by Penguin Classics.

Book Riot gives “8 Beautiful Memoirs Written by Nonbinary Authors,” “6 Kinds of Non–Murder Focused Mystery Plots,” “8 Comics About Loneliness To Make You Feel Less Alone,” and “Essay Collections That Make You Necessarily Uncomfortable.”

The Rumpus shares “what to read when you’ve made it halfway through 2022.”

NYPL Blog provides “Nine New Short Story Collections That Leave You Wanting More.”

Entertainment Weekly has “The best books of the year (so far).”

NYT lists “10 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

Authors on Air

Janelle Monáe, The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer (Harper Voyager; LJ starred review), will appear as a guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan.


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