‘Time Shelter’ by Georgi Gospodinov Wins International Booker Prize | Book Pulse

Georgi Gospodinov wins the International Booker Prize for Time Shelter. Haruki Murakami wins Spain’s Princess of Asturias Award. Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb” has been banned from a Florida K–8 school. LibraryReads and LJ offer read-alikes for Identity by Nora Roberts. Knopf will publish Gabriel García Márquez’s final novel, Until August, in 2024. Plus, summer booklists arrive. 

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Awards, News, & Summer Booklists

Georgi Gospodinov wins the International Booker Prize for Time Shelter, tr. by Angela Rodel (Liveright). NYT, the Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, and NPR all have coverage. 

Haruki Murakami wins the Princess of Asturias Award for literature. LitHub reports. 

Amanda Gorman speaks out after her poem “The Hill We Climb” was banned from a Florida K–8 school. USA Today reports. LA Times also has coverage, as do Time and People

Publishers Weekly reports on a resolution agreement from the U.S. Department of Education that “could help blunt the surge of book bans in schools.”

The Washington Post analyzed data on book challenges and finds that “majority were filed by just 11 people.”

Publishing Perspectives follows the news from Torino’s 35th international book fair.

A hospital uses CT scanning on 16th-century books to uncover hidden mysteriesNYT reports. 

LitHub has 28 must-reads for summer.

USA Today recommends 20 summer books.

The Atlantic offers a summer reading guide

The Washington Post recommends 4 novels for vacation


NYT reviews Genealogy of a Murder: Four Generations, Three Families, One Fateful Night by Lisa Belkin (Norton): “At its best, reading Genealogy of a Murder was, for me, like reading Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell’s novel that collapses hundreds of years of history and connects generations of people”; and Gone to the Wolves by John Wray (Farrar): Gone to the Wolves is an anti-establishment treatise, bildungsroman and extreme love letter to the flame of youth.”

The Washington Post reviews Women We Buried, Women We Burned: A Memoir by Rachel Louise Snyder (Bloomsbury): “This is a superb memoir, a bracing piece of prose, a glittering testimony to endurance and the power of writing to offer a lifeline to the struggling”My Murder by Katie Williams (Riverhead): “Bringing together the futuristic visions of speculative fiction with the familiar tropes of domestic suspense and noir, My Murder shakes up the same-old, same-old conventions of every genre it touches and has a ton of fun doing so”; and Central Park West by James Comey (Mysterious Pr.): “And as this stale dialogue grinds on, I realize that helping to deliver four years of Donald Trump is not the worst thing Comey has ever done.”

The Guardian reviews The Guest by Emma Cline (Random): The Guest does not share the violent historical context of The Girls—the mystique and crimes of the Manson family—and may not receive the same plaudits and coverage. It is a better novel, though, and cements Cline’s place as one of America’s great contemporary stylists.”

LA Times reviews An Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation They Created by Santi Elijah Holley (Mariner): “The greatest triumph…is the way Holley expertly blends archival research—including court documents, congressional transcripts, FBI records and newspaper clippings—with oral history to tell human stories that are at once exceptional and recognizable.”

Vox reviews The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead): The Late Americans is a novel whose ideas and images linger longer in the mind than its characters do.”

Entertainment Weekly grades the 8 best romance novels of spring

Briefly Noted

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for Identity by Nora Roberts (St. Martin's), the top holds title of the week.

LJ’s Barbara Hoffert has new prepub alerts.

Knopf will publish Gabriel García Márquez’s final novel, Until August, in 2024. LitHub reports. 

Open Road Integrated Media is finding new life in republishing and marketing out-of-print books. NYT has the story. 

Ruth E. Carter discusses writing her new book, The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther (Chronicle; LJ starred review), with People.

People highlights Miranda Lambert’s new cookbook,Y’all Eat Yet?: Welcome to the Pretty B*tchin’ Kitchen (Dey Street), and shares a recipe. 

NYT has a feature on Gene Luen Yang and the new series, American Born Chinese, based on his graphic novel. 

Kwame Alexander, Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Recipes, Letters, and Remembrances (Little, Brown), answers 10 questions at Poets & Writers

Victor Luckerson adapts material from his new book, Built from the Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa’s Greenwood District, America’s Black Wall Street (Random), in an essay for Time

Bustle talks with Brittany Snow and Jaspre Guest about their new book, September Letters: Finding Strength and Connection in Sharing Our Stories (Harper). 

The Millions has an interview with Poetry Editor-in-Chief Adrian Matejka about “how his work has changed, his deep love for comics, and the recent changes at the magazine.”

Brandon Taylor, The Late Americans (Riverhead), takes Elle’s Shelf Life literary questionnaire

NYT highlights newly published titles.

CrimeReads lists the best recent nonfiction crime books

PopSugar has “48 New Fantasy Books to Add to Your Magical Reading List,” and highlights new historical fiction

OprahDaily shares “The Perfect Young Adult Books for Every Teenage Girl in Your Life.”

T&C has a list of books about fraternities and sororities

Authors On Air

NPR’s Morning Edition chats with Elise Hu about her new book, Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital (Dutton). 

NPR’s All Things Considered talks with Colin Kaepernick, Change the Game, about his “pivot from baseball to football.”


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