Mia Bay and Mae Ngai Win Bancroft Prizes | Book Pulse

Mia Bay and Mae Ngai win the Bancroft Prizes. Finalists for the 2022 LAMBDA Literary Awards and the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism are announced. The 2022 Jhalak Prize longlist is announced. American Libraries has a “Reading Ukraine” booklist. Elena Ferrante's new book, In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing, gets reviews. LibraryReads and LJ share read-alikes for Harlan Coben's buzzy book, The Match. Interviews arrive with Reyna Grande, Eloghosa Osunde, Véronique Hyland, Alex Segura, Melissa Febos, Melissa Fu, and Marie Yovanovitch. Plus DC Comics plans new Poison Ivy series for Pride Month. 

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Awards & Lists

Mia Bay and Mae Ngai win Bancroft Prizes for their works, Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance (Belknap Pr.), and The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (Norton). NYT reports.

LAMBDA Literary announces the 2022 Lammy finalists. USA Today has coverage.

NYPL announces the finalists for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The 2022 Jhalak Prize longlist is announced.

International Booker Prize chair Frank Wynne calls for more generous rewards for translators, including royaltiesThe Bookseller has the story.

Saudi IPA Prix Voltaire Laureate Raif Badawi is released from prison, but cannot leave Saudi kingdomPublishing Perspectives has details.

ALA’s American Libraries offers a “Reading Ukraine” booklist.


The Guardian reviews In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing by Elena Ferrante, trans. by Ann Goldstein (Europa): “In her apparently uncoded words, and in the traditional form that they take, we feel a writer chasing authenticity.”  NYT also reviews: “As much as In the Margins is a philosophical monograph on the nature of writing, it is also a practical manual. Ferrante furnishes tips. She doesn’t present them as such — there’s no prescription, only an outline of what she’s learned and how it’s helped her (and by implication, how it might help anyone else).” The Washington Post also weighs in: "Are you taking notes? There’s a whiff of the graduate school seminar room, especially about the first three lectures here."

NYT reviews Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse (Flatiron; LJ starred review): “This is literary nonfiction at a high level. Fans of true crime might be disappointed in the eccentricities of the writer, who regularly finds reason to detail, say, drought conditions in Colorado, instead of giving a straightforward accounting of crimes and cover-ups.” 

NPR reviews Customs: Poems by Solmaz Sharif (Grove; LJ starred review): Customs is rooted in un-rootedness; migration, borders, and displacement are constants in Sharif's poems."

The Washington Post reviews Fencing with the King by Diana Abu-Jaber (Norton; LJ starred review): “The writing is propulsive — but silkily so, wending on limber paragraphs that allow Abu-Jaber to move with ease across a wide-ranging story that probes conflicted identities."

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for The Match by Harlan Coben (Grand Central; LJ starred review), the buzziest book of the week. 

Reyna Grande talks to LA Times about how she did research for her new novel, A Ballad of Love and Glory (Washington Square Press), and her hopes for readers.

Elle has a Q&A with Eloghosa Osunde about her debut novel, Vagabonds! (Riverhead).

Shondaland talks with Véronique Hyland about her new book, Dress Code: Unlocking Fashion from the New Look to Millennial Pink (Harper Perennial; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Alex Segura, author of the hardboiled noir, Secret Identity (Flatiron), and artist Sandy Jarrell, who illustrated Lynx comic pages, interspersed throughout the novel. EW also highlights plans for Pride Month from DC Comics, including a new Poison Ivy series. 

Melissa Febos, Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative (Catapult; LJ starred review), talks with Vulture about the impact Eileen Myles’s Inferno: A Poet's Novel (OR Books), has had on her.

People shares exclusive details from American Idol alum Mandisa’s new memoir, Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God's Joy, written with Suzanne Gosselin (K-LOVE: Dexterity).

The Atlantic explores “the pleasures that lurk in the back of the book,” in Dennis Duncan’s Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age (Norton; LJ starred review).

PopSugar discusses Eloise and Penelope's friendship in the Bridgerton book series.

T&C asks: “Where Is Anna Delvey Now?”

NYT highlights newly published titles for the week.

USA Today has 20 must-read books for spring.

Bustle has 10 must-read books for the week.

CrimeReads has a classic mystery author horoscope

“Maureen Howard, 91, Novelist Who Traced Women’s Challenges, Dies.” NYT has an obituary.

Authors On Air

NPR’s All Things Considered talks with Melissa Fu about her multigenerational novel, Peach Blossom Spring (Little, Brown & Co.), which is out now.

NPR’s Fresh Air talks with Marie Yovanovitch about her memoir, Lessons From The Edge: A Memoir (Mariner), the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and what may happen next.

NPR’s Planet Money has a feature on Bill Gross, who is the subject of a new book, The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All by Mary Childs (Flatiron).

Vox explores the literary layers in the film Drive My Car, based on the story by Haruki Murikami.

Bustle rounds up the latest news on The Time Traveler’s Wife adaptation, based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger. Watch the new trailer here.


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