'Four Aunties and a Wedding' by Jesse Q. Sutanto Tops March LibraryReads List | Book Pulse

The March LibraryReads list is out, featuring top pick Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto. The UK’s Rathbones Folio Prize 2022 shortlist is announced. The Chowdhury Prize in Literature is awarded. Maria Shriver will publish the new Paulina Porizkova memoir. Reviews continue this week for Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James and Pure Colour by Sheila Heti. Interviews arrive with Marlon James, Allison Pataki, Lara Elena Donnelly, Chrishelle Stause, Edgar Gomez, Paul Tran, Arthur C. Brooks, Matthieu Aikins, and Tony Robbins. Plus, Berkeley Breathed's "Bloom County" comics are being adapted for television. 

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Buzzy Books, Awards & News

The March LibraryReads list is out, including top pick, Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Berkley), due out March 29th.

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury), the buzziest book of the week. 

Maria Shriver’s Viking imprint, The Open Field, will publish No Filter by Paulina Porizkova, “a series of intimate essays about the complexities of womanhood at every age.” OprahDaily has the story.

The UK’s Rathbones Folio Prize 2022 shortlist is announced. 

Greek short-story writer Christos Ikonomou will receive the inaugural Chowdhury Prize in LiteratureThe LA Times reports.

Ann Cleeves, Andrew Child, Martin Edwards, and Robert Goddard will headline CrimeFest, one of Europe’s biggest crime fiction conventions. The Bookseller has details.

Penguin Random House C.E.O. Markus Dohle Donates $500,000 to Fight Book Bans. NYT reports.


NYT reviews Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies by Laura Thompson (St. Martin’s): “With diligence and proper indignation, Thompson shows how, long before Hearst’s ordeal hit the airwaves, these ostensibly fortunate daughters had an inherent vulnerability.”

LA Times reviews Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James (Riverhead): “Full figured and richly drawn, Moon Witch, Spider King is the bridge of a trilogy and also a creation that, like James’ talent, stands alone.”

The Washington Post reviews Pure Colour by Sheila Heti (FSG): “Despite my admiration for the ambition which compels Heti’s entire oeuvre, Pure Colour lagged behind its premise.”

Briefly Noted

Time talks with Booker Prize winner Marlon James about his latest novel, Moon Witch, Spider King (Riverhead), and “rewriting the rules of fantasy fiction.”

T&C discusses the new historical novel The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post (Ballantine) with author Allison Pataki, and whether Marjorie Post inspired The Great Gatsby

Salon talks with Lara Elena Donnelly, author of the new thriller Base Notes (Thomas & Mercer), about “memories of perfumes, diving into the scent community and the lengths one goes to as an artist.” 

Chrishelle Stause discusses her new memoir, Under Construction (Gallery: S. & S.), and “how she finally learned to love her humble past” with Shondaland.

The Rumpus talks with Edgar Gomez, High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir (Soft Skull), about “self-interrogation, leaning into embarrassment, queer fantasies, survival, and acknowledging fear alongside the funny.”

Poet Paul Tran talks about his debut collection, All the Flowers Kneeling (Penguin; LJ starred review), and “reclaiming and subverting language for a new decolonized poetics” with ElectricLit.

Tony Robbins, Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love, written with Peter H. Diamandis and Robert Hariri (S. & S.), talks with FoxNews about his latest book and regenerative medicine. 

Josie Silver, One Night on the Island (Ballantine), takes the Entertainment Weekly author questionnaire. 

The PBS NewsHour considers “How Galileo’s groundbreaking works got banned.”

Datebook explores “Coming to grips with authors whose values you don’t share.”

CrimeReads lists February’s best debut novels.

LitHub compiles Haruki Murakami’s favorite reads.

Bustle lists “The 42 Best Queer Romances To Read Right Now.”

Author and satirist P.J. O'Rourke dies at 74. USA Today and LA Times have an obituaries. NPR also remembers the Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me panelist

“Valerie Boyd, acclaimed biographer of Zora Neale Hurston, dies at 58.” The Washington Post has an obituary.

Authors On Air

NPR’s All Things Considered talks with Arthur C. Brooks about his new book, From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life (Portfolio: PRH), and cracking the code to happiness. 

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with journalist Matthieu Aikins about his new book, The Naked Don't Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees (Harper; LJ starred review).

An animated TV series based on Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County comics is coming to Fox. Variety has the story. 

Spanish Dracula, based on the book The Sweetheart of Mexico by Pancho Kohner (Xlibris), about the life of silent film star and Mexican actress Lupita Tovar is coming to film. Deadline reports.

Julie Andrews narrates the newly released Bridgerton Season 2 official trailer

Bustle recaps “everthing we know” about the forthcoming The Time Traveler’s Wife HBO series, based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger.

BookRiot has the best book-focused TV episodes.

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