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Award news arrives for the 2022 Kirkus Prize, James Cropper Wainwright Prize, and CBC Nonfiction Prize. Angry Robot, a publisher known for science fiction titles, is launching a crime fiction imprint called Datura Books. Also, page to screen.

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Awards, Book News, & In Memoriam

The 2022 Kirkus Prize finalists are announced by the Star Tribune

The 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize winners are announced.

The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist is announced.

NYT has “9 Books to Read About Queen Elizabeth II.” NYPL blog also provides a “biographical reading list.”

NPR war correspondent Anne Garrels has died at 71. The Washington Post has more on her life.

Book Riot reports on SLJ’s censorship survey.

Angry Robot, a publisher known for science fiction titles, is launching a crime fiction imprint called Datura Books, according to Publishers Weekly

Page to Screen

September 9:

House of Darkness, based on Dracula by Bram Stoker. Saban Films. Reviews | Trailer

True Things, based on the book True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

September 11:

Pitch Perfect (10th Anniversary), based on the book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin. Universal Pictures. Reviews | Trailer

The Serpent Queen, based on the book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda. Starz. No reviews | Trailer

September 12:

War of the Worlds, based on the book The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Epix. Reviews | Trailer

September 14:

The Catholic School (La scuola cattolica), based on the book by Edoardo Albinati. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the book by Margaret Atwood. Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy, based on the manga series by Kazushi Hagiwara. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

September 15:

Vampire Academy, based on the book series by Richelle Mead. Peacock. No reviews | Trailer

CBC shares “14 book-to-screen adaptations to watch for at TIFF.”


NYT reviews Solito by Javier Zamora (Hogarth): “In telling this story from a child’s perspective, describing his surroundings with plainness, presenting his survival without bluster, he reveals the true horrors of migration.” Also, The Middle Out: The Rise of Progressive Economics and a Return to Shared Prosperity by Michael Tomasky (Doubleday): “an engaging, briskly paced mix of partisanship and history, and it has found a new champion in a president not previously known for his economic populism.” Plus, The Third Reconstruction: America's Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century by Peniel E. Joseph (Basic): "Joseph writes in a smooth, compellingly readable style, though he often does so in a hyperbolic register." And, Ice Cold. A Hip-Hop Jewelry History by Vikki Tobak (TASCHEN): "Since its inception, hip-hop has shown the world how jewelry could become a living document, a testament to individual identity and the social order." Finally, Bliss Montage by Ling Ma (Farrar): "Despite their nagging loose ends, Ma’s stories stay with you — evidence of a gifted writer curious about the limits of theoretical possibility." reviews A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland (Tordotcom; LJ starred review): “moderately entertaining, what with the repeated attempted murdering and kidnapping, however, the actual mystery itself is unsatisfying.”

The Washington Post reviews Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery by Casey Parks (Knopf): "despite the reveal of his journals, Hudgins’s life remains an incomplete contour. When it comes to his story, Parks raises questions that she ultimately shies away from. But while her commitment to reported detail leaves Hudgins’s story a mystery, it makes Parks’s memoir a compelling triumph." Also, Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World by Gaia Vince (Flatiron: Macmillan): "a curious mix of apocalyptic planetary pessimism and unbounded optimism about the better angels of human nature. Vince examines scenarios for the unfolding climate crisis and chooses those nearer to the alarmist end of the spectrum, although remaining, in my view, within the bounds of the plausible." And, Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life by Alice Wong (Vintage): "welcomes each of us as a potential advocate, offers a kaleidoscopic understanding of interdependence, and encourages us to be more activist, individually and together." Plus, The Godmother: Murder, Vengeance, and the Bloody Struggle of Mafia Women by Barbie Latza Nadeau (Peguin Books): "because Nadeau’s wrestling with the complexity of her material reads more accidental than intentional, it may leave readers confused as to her sweeping conclusions and assumptions." Finally, Funny Business: The Legendary Life and Political Satire of Art Bushwald by Michael Hill (Random): "contains plenty of laughs but also elicits pangs of sadness. The reader feels sad for Buchwald, who for so long felt compelled to hide his struggle with depression. Sad for the passing of an era when the nation had a common conversation, even if it was one conducted in raised voices. And sad for today’s comedians, inheritors of the Buchwald tradition, who must find ways to be funny when the news satirizes itself."

Briefly Noted

Silvia Moreno-Garcia talks to The Millions about “the evolution of science fiction, the surrealism of history, and writing one of the must-read novels of 2022,” her latest book, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau (Del Rey; LJ starred review).

Dick Ebersol, author of From Saturday Night to Sunday Night: My 40 Years of Laughter, Tears and Touchdowns (S. & S.; LJ starred review), discusses Saturday Night Live, the Olympics in Atlanta and a personal tragedy in an interview with The Washington Post.

Jonathan Escoffery, If I Survive You (MCD; LJ starred review), speaks to The Rumpus about “punishment, private islands, and the pure joy of second-person point of view.” Also, Shondaland chats with him about his subjects: a “complicated” Jamaican family.

Elyssa Friedland chats about “thwarted millennial ambition” in her book The Most Likely Club (Berkley), with Bustle

NPR reports on a book by Dinesh D'Souza recently recalled by its publisher.

Jo Walton of offers a reading list for August 2022.

Good Morning America provides “15 anticipated books for September.”

The Seattle Times lists “5 books from debut authors worth having on your radar in fall 2022.”

CBC has “27 Canadian books we can’t wait to read in September.”

Bustle shares “10 Must-Read New Books Out This Week.”

NYT recommends 10 new books and 5 new paperbacks.

Authors on Air

Bustle explores the differences between Carola Lovering’s book Tell Me Lies (Atria) and its screen adaptation.

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