United Talent Agency Has Acquired Fletcher & Company Literary Agency | Book Pulse

News sources report on the acquisition of Fletcher & Company by United Talent Agency and announcements regarding the 2023 Silvers-Dudley Prize winners. Authors Maia Kobabe, Shahan Mufti, Chris Belcher, and V.V. Ganeshananthan discuss their books in interviews. There is adaptation news for Jessica Simpson’s memoir Open Book and for the essay “How To Murder Your Husband” by indie romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, who was recently convicted of killing her husband.

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News, Awards & New Year Reads

United Talent Agency has acquired the Fletcher & Company literary agency. NYT announces.

The 2023 Silvers-Dudley Prize winners are announced.

USA Today shares “20 winter books we can’t wait to read.”

Lit Hub provides “21 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books To Look Forward to in 2023” and makes recommendations on “what to read next based on your New Year’s resolutions.”

CrimeReads lists “10 Crime Novels You Should Read This January.”

The Guardian releases information on a fight between brothers detailed in Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare (Random). NYT also covers this news.

Oprah Daily gives suggestions on how to start and maintain a “thriving book club.”

Fox News reports on parents fighting “inappropriate books” in a Maine school district.

Romance author Susan Meachen has come back from the dead, according to USA Today.

Novelist and dramatist Fay Weldon has passed away at 91. NYT has more on her life; the Los Angeles Times also covers this news, and USA Today has an announcement.

Science-fiction writer Suzy McKee Charnas has died at 83, Locus Magazine reports.

New Title Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers


There are no new books selected for the fiction best seller lists.


There are no new books selected for the nonfiction best seller lists.


Lit Hub has “5 Book Reviews You Need To Read This Week.”

Briefly Noted

Maia Kobabe writes for NPR about how eir frequently challenged book, Gender Queer: A Memoir (Oni: S. & S.), helps readers have open conversations with their loved ones.

Leigh Bardugo, Hell Bent (Flatiron; LJ starred review), answers NYT’s “By the Book” questionnaire.

The New York Times Magazine revisits The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (Dover), as an example of magical fantasy writing.

NYT’s “Inside the Best-Seller List” interviews Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library (Penguin Pr.), about his novels and his “midlife Autism diagnosis.” 

Parini Shroff, The Bandit Queens (Ballantine; LJ starred review), shares a reading list with Lit Hub’s “Annotated Nightstand. ”

Lit Hub also has book recommendations for reluctant adult readers.

Tor.com lists “Five Works of SFF That Draw on Greek Mythology.”

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air features an interview with Shahan Mufti, author of American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC (Farrar), which revisits “one of the most dramatic hostage crises in U.S. history.”

On Lit Hub’s First Draft podcast, Chris Belcher talks about her memoir Pretty Baby (Avid Reader Pr.: S. & S.), which explores “sex work and academia” .

On Lit Hub’s Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, guest co-host Curtis Sittenfeld joins Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan to chat about Ganeshananthan’s recent novel Brotherless Night (Random) and identifying with her Sri Lankan characters.

Gillian Vigman is set to star with Katelyn Tarver in the Amazon Freevee pilot episode of a scripted series based on Jessica Simpson’s memoir Open Book (Dey Street), according to Deadline.

Lifetime will adapt the essay “How to Murder Your Husband” by indie romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, who was recently convicted of killing her own husband; the film’s stars will be Cybill Shepherd and Steve GuttenbergLit Hub reports.

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