'The Marriage Portrait' by Maggie O'Farrell Tops Library Reads List | Book Pulse

September's LibraryReads list is out, including top pick The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell. The Aurora Awards, Splatterpunk Awards, and Sir Julius Vogel Awards winners are announced. NEH announces new grants. Librarian Lynn Lobash is quoted in a NYT article ”Choose Your Own Literary Adventure.”  In adaptation news, Jenna Bush Hager and her company will adapt Jamie Ford's The Many Daughters of Afong Moy as a series and Constance Wu will produce a series adaptation of Ling Ling Huang’s forthcoming novel Natural Beauty, due out in April 2023. 

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The 2022 Aurora Awards winners are announced.

The 2022 Splatterpunk Awards winners are announced.

The 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards winners are announced.

The National Endowment for the Humanities announces new grants. NYT reports.

The September LibraryReads list is out, including top pick, The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell (Knopf).

NYT writes ”Choose Your Own Literary Adventure” featuring reader flow charts for recommending books. NYPL Associate Director, Reader Services Lynn Lobash is quoted for the story.

"Penguin Random House’s C.E.O. Defends Bid to Buy Simon & Schuster,” reports NYT.

Rushdie's Legacy of Freedom of Expression

The Washington Post wrties about Salman Rushdie and the freedom of expression, and recounts how he went in to hiding in 1992

The Guardian reports that Rushdie's "grave fears for Indian democracy" will be published in new PEN anthology.

PBS Canvas explores the author's lifelong fight for free speech

NPR’s All Things Considered examines the legacy of Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses.


NYT reviews All the Living and the Dead: From Embalmers to Executioners, an Exploration of the People Who Have Made Death Their Life's Work by Hayley Campbell (St. Martin’s): “Campbell’s thesis holds true as rising death tolls fade into normalcy and the living forge on with a new numbness: ‘Death is everywhere, but it’s veiled, or it’s fiction’.” And, A Woman's Battles and Transformations by Édouard Louis, trans. by Tash Aw (Farrar; LJ starred review): "Readers of Louis, who is 29 — he has published five best-selling novels in France, this his fourth — know his mix of tenderness and rage, sentiment and intellection, and above all formal ingenuity."  Also, Witches by Brenda Lozano, trans. byHeather Cleary (Catapult): “Though the book chronicles violence against women and those who present as women, it highlights, in both rural and urban communities, an atmosphere of freedom and mobility that is a pleasure to read about.”  There are paired reviews of the memoirs All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire by Rebecca Woolf (HarperOne), and This Story Will Change: After the Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Crane (Counterpoint): “Two new memoirs excavate the denouements of two different relationships in which former wives have one thing in common: relief.” Plus, there are short reviews of three debuts.

Briefly Noted

The Rumpus has a conversation with Megan Giddings about her new book, The Women Could Fly (Amistad: HarperCollins), and “ways fiction can give us insight into our reality.”

Shondaland speaks with Elizabeth Crane about her memoir, This Story Will Change: After the Happily Ever After (Counterpoint), “writing a memoir of grief in real time, the healing power of friendship, and the idea of beginnings.” Also, a there is an interview with Hollywood publicist Ramon Hervey II about his new book, The Fame Game: An Insider’s Playbook for Earning Your 15 Minutes (Amistad).

NPR’s Goats and Soda Newsletter talks with philosopher William MacAskill about his new book, What We Owe the Future (Basic Books), and his plan "help humans thrive trillions of years from now.”

Michelle Tea discusses “how straight and white and middle class the whole baby world is” in her new memoir, Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In)Fertility (Dey Street), with ElectricLit.

Jennette McCurdy talks to The Hollywood Reporter about the response to her memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died (S. & S.), “revisiting trauma and her new Hollywood goals.”

FoxNews talks with TV personality Mike Rowe and his mom Peggy Rowe about her new “salacious book”, Vacuuming in the Nude: And Other Ways to Get Attention (Forefront).

Sally A. Hoedel, Elvis: Destined to Die (Elvis Author) reflects on Elvis’s deteroriating health prior to his death in an interview with FoxNews.

The BBC makes a case for Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time as the best novel of the 20th century.

Tordotcom has a cover-reveal for Ada Hoffmann’s forthcoming book, The Infinite, (Angry Robot), due out in January.

The Millions shares notable new releases for the week.

Bustle lists 10 must-read books of the week.

Tordotcom has "Five SFF Stories About Hermits, Recluses, and Loners.”

NYT recommends audiobooks and podcasts.

ElectricLit shares “7 Books About Multiracial Experience by Biracial Asian Writers.”

BookRiot has 11 books with sad endings, standalone graphic novels, and 10 best philosophy books from the past decade.

"Cecile Pineda, wide-ranging Latina author, dies at 89." The Washington Post has an obituary. 

Authors On Air

NPR’s Morning Edition talks with Nuar Alsadir about her new book, Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation (Graywolf Pr.), going to clown school, and how laughter can “bring out our most authentic selves."

People has a first-look at the film Shantaram, based on the book by Gregory David Roberts. The movie will premiere on AppleTV+ on October 14th.

Jenna Bush Hager and her company will adapt The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford (Atria; LJ starred review) as a series. Ford's novel is Bush Hager’s Read with Jenna pick for August. Deadline has the story.

Constance Wu will produce a series adaptation of writer and violinist Ling Ling Huang’s forthcoming novel Natural Beauty, due out in April 2023 from Dutton. Deadline reports.

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