Orwell Prize Winners | Book Pulse

The winners of the 2022 Orwell Prize and the Whiting Foundation’s Literary Magazine Prize are announced. Also, the Mo Siewcharran Prize longlist is out. Authors Joan Lingard, Susie Steiner, and Ivana Trump have died. Interviews abound in conversation with authors K-Ming Chang, Lara Einzig, Liz Michalski, CJ Hauser, Kamau Bell, Kate Schatz, Ronny Jackson, Tom Perrotta, Ken Auletta, Ada Calhoun, and Chrysta Bilton. There is adaptation news regarding Alexis Hall’s Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake and Huma Adedin’s Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds.

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Awards News & In Memoriam

The 2022 Orwell Prize winners are announced.

The 2022 Mo Siewcharran Prize longlist is announced.

The Whiting Foundation’s 2022 Literary Magazine Prize winners are announced. Lit Hub reports.

Author Joan Lingard has passed away at 90. The Bookseller shares more about her life.

Author and journalist Susie Steiner has passed away at 51, according to The Washington PostCrimeReads returns to her Manon Bradshaw novels.

In memory of Ivana Trump, Fox News shares excerpts from her book Raising Trump: Family Values from America’s First Mother (Gallery).

Page to Screen

July 15:

Where the Crawdads Sing, based on the book by Delia Owens. Sony Pictures. No reviews | Trailer

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, based on the book Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico. Focus Features. Reviews | Trailer

The Deer King, based on a book by Nahoko Uehashi. GKIDS. Reviews | Trailer

The Gray Man, based on a book by Mark Greaney. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Persuasion, based on the book by Jane Austen. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

July 18:

Too Old For Fairy Tales, based on the book by Agnieszka Dabrowska. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

July 20:

Virgin River, based on the book series by Robyn Carr. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

July 21:

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, based on associated titles. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

The Los Angeles Times explores Elizabeth Gabler as the “champion of the book-to-film pipeline.”


NYT reviews The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America by John Wood Sweet (Holt): “excellent and absorbing work of social and cultural history.” Also, three short reviews of historical fiction books including: M: Son of the Century by Antonio Scurati, trans. by Anne Milano Appel (Harper), The Lawless Land by Boyd and Beth Morrison (Head of Zeus), and The Falcon's Eyes by Francesca Stanfill (Harper). 

The Washington Post reviews Zelensky by Serhii Rudenko (Polity: Wiley): “This book, for all its flaws, is a first picture of this person in this place at this time. One hopes that, in the not-too-distant future, the war will be over, the story will continue and there will be other books to join it.” Also, Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence by Ken Auletta (Penguin Pr.): “read “Hollywood Ending” if you’re interested in how power is amassed and exploited in the U.S. film industry, but don’t read it expecting answers about sexual violence or how to stop it. The monster has nothing to teach you.” Plus, The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi: Exploring the Microscopic World in Our Forest, Homes, and Bodies by Keith Seifert (Greystone): “an accessible primer on a much-maligned category of organisms whose lives sustain our own. Without fungi, forests could not grow, agriculture would grind to a halt,carbon could not be recycled. There would quickly be no life at all.” And, The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I by Lindsey Fitzharris (Farrar): “conveys the emotional, physical and psychical effects of having an injured and altered face, directly from those who had to deal with them.” Finally, a few more reviews posted today.

NPR reviews Upgrade by Blake Crouch (Ballantine): “Bloody, grim and occasionally pedantic, but still fun.”

Tor.com reviews The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey (Knopf): “Written partly in a beautiful rhythmic, lilting patois that creates a bold vision, it’s easy to find yourself deeply immersed in Roffey’s world, in a narrative that shows us how magic realism is oftentimes the best, most appropriate genre for post colonial fiction.”

Autostraddle reviews Sirens & Muses by Antonia Angress (Ballantine; LJ starred review): “Angress paints a world suffused with flawed and distinct characters often undone by their own ambition, insecurity, and the capitalist trappings of the art world.”

Datebook reviews The Haunting of Hajji Hotak And Other Stories by Jamil Jan Kochai (Viking; LJ starred review): “better taken as a whole, a brilliant, crazy quilt exploring filial devotion, religious beliefs, family, history and the effects of endless war. It’s also an education of sorts on the history of Afghanistan and the culture of Afghan Americans, although this is no primer for the non-Afghan reader. Kochai peppers his writing liberally with language and references that are up to you to look up if you don’t understand.”

Book Marks has “The Best Reviewed Book of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

Shondaland chats with K-Ming Chang about exploring “the power of the collective, ghosts, and playfulness” in her new book Gods of Want: Stories (One World). Also, Lara Einzig “teaches women how to weather the storm” in her new book Women Making Waves: Trailblazing Surfers in and Out of the Water (Ten Speed). 

Liz Michalski, Darling Girl: A Novel of Peter Pan (Dutton), talks “Peter Pan, motherhood, and the meaning of perpetual youth” with CrimeReads

CJ Hauser chats about “subverting traditional narratives of love and happiness” in her essay memoir collection The Crane Wife (Doubleday) with Electric Lit

Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz discuss how they help people “to be an anti-racist” with their new handbook, Do the Work! An Antiracist Activity Book (Workman) in a conversation with Datebook.

Ronny Jackson, author of Holding the Line: A Lifetime of Defending Democracy and American Values (Post Hill), recalls when he was criticized by Barack Obama to People

Tom Perrotta talks with The Rumpus about revisiting his main character in Tracy Flick Can't Win (Scribner), “female ambition, and the task of showcasing America in decline.” Vox also explores “how the world changed its mind on Tracy Flick.”

Deadline interviews Ken Auletta about his new book Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence (Penguin Pr.), subject, and his upcoming Los Angeles trial

Bustle covers an interview with Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me (Grove; LJ starred review) about why she decided to write about her father instead of her original intent.

Teddy Wayne, The Great Man Theory (Bloomsbury), answers the NYT’s By the Book questionnaire.

NPR editor Tom Huizenga revisits the work of Richard Taruskin and author of The Oxford History of Western Music.

HipLatina features a piece about Ada Limón, the “first Chicana poet to be named U.S. Poet Laureate.”

NYT’s Inside the Best-Seller List looks back on a 1972 beach read, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (Scribner). 

Parade covers the controversy around Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing (Putnam).

Tor.com has an excerpt of Face by Joma West (Tor.com). 

Gizmodo explores how SciFi and Fantasy books “can be used to critique power structures.”

Jo Walton of Tor.com gives a reading list for June 2022.

The Millions shares their 10 ten books for June 2022 and the “Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2022 Book Preview.” 

Ebony provides “5 Must-Read Autobiographies by Black Comedians.”

CrimeReads lists “7 Novels About Wealthy People Behaving Badly.”

Lit Hub takes a dive into recommended books with “6 fictional pools.” Also, lists “7 Great Novels About Young Female Friendships,” and “Five Red-Carpet Worthy Novels About the Perils and Pitfalls of (Fictional) Fame.”

Electric Lit has “7 Historical Fiction Novels Set in the Pacific Northwest.”

Book Riot shares a slew of “new cozy mysteries” and “8 Suburban Horror Novels That Prove Monsters Live Right Next Door.”

CBC lists “12 mystery and crime books to keep you on the edge of your seat this summer.”

NYT recommends 10 new books out this week and “6 New Paperback Titles to Read This Week.”

Authors on Air

Terry Gross talks to Chrysta Bilton, author of Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings (Little, Brown; LJ starred review), about her “sperm donor dad and 35 siblings” for NPR’s Fresh Air.

Alexis Hall’s book Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake (Forever: Grand Central) will be adapted by David Mandel for Paramount Pictures, according to Deadline.

Huma Adedin discusses the adaptation of her best-selling memoir, Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds (Scribner). Fox News reports.

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