The Story Prize Finalists Are Announced | Book Pulse

The Story Prize finalists are announced, including Lily King, J. Robert Lennon, and Brandon Taylor. The 94th annual Academy Award nominations are announced, featuring several adaptations. The 2021 Chesley Awards winners are announced. Plus, interviews arrive with Scott Meslow, Sara Gran, Chiquis Rivera, Phil Stamper, Phil Robertson, and Neda Toloui-Semnani.

Want to get the latest book news delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our daily Book Pulse newsletter.


The Story Prize finalists are announced and include Lily King for Five Tuesdays in Winter (Grove; LJ starred review), J. Robert Lennon for Let Me Think: Stories (Graywolf Pr.), and Brandon Taylor for Filthy Animals (Riverhead). The winner will be announced on April 13th.

The 94th annual Academy Awards nominations are announced. Several adaptations earned nods, including The Lost Daughter, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante, The Power of the Dog, based on the book by Thomas Savage, Nightmare Alley, based on the book by William Lindsay Gresham, and Drive My Car, based on the story by Haruki Murikami.  

The 2021 Chesley Awards winners are announced.


NYT reviews Pure Colour by Sheila Heti (FSG): Pure Colour is not helplessly, organically, healingly funny, as were some of Heti’s earlier novels. But there are moments. There is a fed-up sense that the world has simply become, for lack of a better word, gross.” And, How to Be a Revolutionary by C.A. Davids (Verso Fiction): “The effect is kaleidoscopic, sometimes verging on confusing, though as the story gathers pace and the voices become familiar, the writing is absorbing enough for moments of disorientation to feel like part of the ride.” Also, The Color Of Abolition: How a Printer, a Prophet, and a Contessa Moved a Nation by Linda Hirshman (Minotaur): “Hirshman’s incisive analysis clarifies how the long confrontation over federal law fortified abolitionists’ resolve.” And, Wildcat by Amelia Morris (Flatiron): “The thing I was prepared to like least about Amelia Morris’s funny and engrossing debut novel — new motherhood and all the requisite growing pains — ultimately became the thing I admired about it most.” And, Home/Land: A Memoir of Departure and Return by Rebecca Mead (Knopf): “Reading a book driven by the sort of personal fortuity that propels Home/Land is like listening to someone recount a dream whose urgency is available only to the dreamer.” Plus, Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas by Jennifer Raff (Twelve; LJ starred review): “[Raff] is at the forefront of a culture change in our science. And now she has written the book anyone interested in the peopling of the Americas must read.”

NPR reviews The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb (Anchor): “Slocumb imbues his character's life with so much authenticity in the details, details that anyone who has played a stringed instrument, or played in a professional ensemble, will recognize.”

LA Times reviews Love in the Time of Contagion: A Diagnosis by Laura Kipnis (Pantheon): “It’s Kipnis’ questions about monogamy, and in particular heterosexuality, that seem worth asking. They existed before the pandemic — and during. Here’s hoping that by the end of all this, we’re not too exhausted to keep asking them.”

Briefly Noted

Shondaland chats with by Scott Meslow about his new book, From Hollywood with Love: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Romantic Comedy (Dey St).

LA Times discusses “the perfect book” with Sara Gran, whose new novel, The Book of the Most Precious Substance (Dreamland), releases today.

Chiquis Rivera reflects on her mother’s death, divorce and her new memoir, Unstoppable: How I Found My Strength Through Love and Loss (Atria) at USA Today.

Entertainment Weekly has a Q&A with Phil Stamper about his new book, Golden Boys (Bloomsbury YA). 

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson talks to FoxNews about his new book, Uncanceled: Finding Meaning and Peace in a Culture of Accusations, Shame, and Condemnation (Thomas Nelson), which releases today.

Neda Toloui-Semnani discusses her new memoir, They Said They Wanted Revolution: A Memoir of My Parents (Little A: Amazon Publishing), and being the daughter of revolutionaries, with ElectricLit.

Tor has an excerpt from V. E. Schwab’s forthcoming fantasy, Gallant (Greenwillow Books), due out March 1st.

The Millions previews new releases for the week.

The Washington Post recommends the best audiobooks of the month.

Buzzfeed has "15 Books With Noteworthy Disabled Leads.”

BookRiot shares tips for “How To Find Out About Trending Books.” Plus: “8 New Romance Novels You’ll Fall In Love With In 2022," and 9 Dark Humor Books.

Argentinian science fiction author Angélica Gorodischer dies at 93Locus has an obituary.

Authors On Air

NPR’s Short Wave features The Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged): Adventures in Math and Science by Adam Rutherford, Hannah Fry (Norton).

Pierre Boulle’s The Virtues Of Hell And Planet Of The Men will be adapted for big and small screens. Deadline reports. 

Adrienne Cheatham, Sunday Best: Cooking Up the Weekend Spirit Every Day, written with Sarah Zorn (Clarkson Potter) will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan tomorrow. 

Charles Oakley, The Last Enforcer: Outrageous Stories From the Life and Times of One of the NBA's Fiercest Competitors, written with Frank Isola (Gallery Books) will be on Tamron Hall.

Simu Liu, We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story (Morrow) will guest host the Kelly Clarkson Show tomorrow.  

Want to get the latest book news delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our daily Book Pulse newsletter.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing