Writers’ Trust of Canada Announces New Weston International Award | Book Pulse

There is an annoucement for the Writers’ Trust of Canada new nonfiction prize: the Weston International Award. Books debuting on the best-seller lists this week are I Will Find You by Harlan Coben, Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano, Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission To Make It Home by Benjamin Hall, Paris: The Memoir by Paris Hilton, and The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike’s Elite Running Team by Kara Goucher, written with Mary Pilon. Audio interviews feature conversations with authors such as Ari Shapiro, Darren Walker, Madelaine Lucas, Kerry Howley, Natalie Koch, and John Parker.

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The Writers’ Trust of Canada announces new nonfiction prize, the Weston International Award, as a companion to the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

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New Title Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books


I Will Find You by Harlan Coben (Grand Central) hits No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers list.

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano (Dial) greets No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers list.

So Shall You Reap by Donna Leon (Atlantic Monthly) acquires No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best-Sellers list.


Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission To Make It Home by Benjamin Hall (Harper) arrives at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers list.

Paris: The Memoir by Paris Hilton (Dey Street) debuts at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers list.

The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike’s Elite Running Team by Kara Goucher, written with Mary Pilon (Gallery), starts at No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers list.

Belonging: A Daughter’s Search for Identity Through Loss and Love by Michelle Miller, written with Rosemarie Robotham (Harper), begins at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers list.

The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality by Karen Fine (Anchor; LJ starred review) pounces on No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers list.

Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time’s Journey Through Rock & Roll History by Bill Janovitz (Hachette) shines at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Sellers list.


The Washington Post reviews Flux by Jinwoo Chong (Melville House): “An imaginative exploration of how cultural memory and grief interact. Chong makes a strong case for hope that the way out of our infinite loops resides within”; Picasso the Foreigner: An Artist in France, 1900–1973 by Annie Cohen-Solal, tr. by Sam Taylor (Farrar): “Part dogged investigation, part extended polemic, Picasso the Foreigner is organized around a provocative claim: Because of his immigrant background, Picasso was continually rejected and marginalized by the French establishment"; Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls (Scribner): “Walls has spun another rich story that spotlights, as she said in a recent interview, “people with dreams and vulnerabilities, tough folk in rough situations.” Also, it’s a lot of fun to read”; and The Long Reckoning: A Story of War, Peace, and Redemption by George Black (Knopf): “This volume proves a useful addition to the canon by documenting how that conflict continues to cloud our national consciousness, 50 years after the Paris Peace Accords officially ended the fighting.”

NYT reviews Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs: A Journey Through the Deep State by Kerry Howley (Knopf): “Riveting and darkly funny and, in all senses of the word, unclassifiable. Howley writes about privacy and its absence; about hiding and leaking and secrets and betrayal. But she also writes about the strange experience of living, and how it gets flattened and codified into data that can be turned into portraits of static, permanent beings—creatures who would be unrecognizable to ourselves”; All the Knowledge in the World: The Extraordinary History of the Encyclopedia by Simon Garfield (Morrow): “Garfield’s deep dive into encyclopedia-making would merely involve summarizing scholars’ studies on the subject, which he acknowledges often and with reverence, if it did not also spotlight some of the wonderful, eccentric personalities that animate this history. However bookish knowledge can be, Garfield counters this tendency with a light and personable touch”; and The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty (Harper Voyager): “The sense of place Chakraborty has conjured is one of the novel’s signal achievements. Her research on the politics of the Indian Ocean in the 12th century is evident throughout, and there is plenty of adroit commentary on class conflict, piety, warfare and gender politics, particularly how these things are perpetuated through myth and storytelling. But there is also the fulfilled promise of a good time.”

NPR reviews Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry (Viking; LJ starred review): “A relentlessly bleak, stunning novel about how the effects of violence and abuse can reverberate for years and across generations.”

Locus Magazine reviews Nightwatch Over Windscar by K. Eason (DAW): “Magic and technology, a multi-species alli­ance, a threat from another dimension (and from within theirs as well), superiors who just don’t understand what’s going on: I’m not going to claim that this is brilliantly original, but it sure is a lot of fun.”

Book Marks selects “5 Books Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”

Briefly Noted

Catherine Lacey, Biography of X (Farrar; LJ starred review), answers the Lit Hub questionnaire.

Dani Shapiro, author of Signal Fires (Knopf), responds to The Oldster Magazine questionnaire.

USA Today shares revelations from Paris: The Memoir by Paris Hilton (Dey Street) on her abortion and run-in with Harvey Weinstein.

Romance writer Karina May will come out with new book, Duck á l’Orange for Breakfast, later this month from Pan Macmillan Australia. Lit Hub reports.

Dolly Parton to release new book on fashion, Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones, to come out from Ten Speed Press this fall, according to USA Today

The Millions delves into the work of the Janet Malcolm, including her new posthumous memoir, Still Pictures: On Photography and Memory (Farrar).

Vietnamese author Thanhhà Lai explores how “the aftershocks of war followed her family to Alabama.”

Cecile Pin, author of Wandering Souls (Henry Holt), recommends “a reading list of displacement, diaspora, and diversity” based in London.

Tor.com shares “Five Vintage SF Stories From the Asteroid Belt.”

The Washington Posts Eric Nguyen provides a list of books he read “to understand the Vietnam war.”

Authors on Air

Ari Shapiro talks to NPR colleague Terry Gross about his new memoir, The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening (HarperOne; LJ starred review), and his varied life on NPR’s Fresh Air.

PBS News Hour chats with Darren Walker about “the focus of giving” as detailed in his new book, From Generosity to Justice: A New Gospel of Wealth (Disruption).

Madelaine Lucas discusses how her book, Thirst for Salt (Tin House), adds “nuance to the May-December cliché” in an interview on the Otherppl podcast.

There are many author interviews on the Keen On podcast: Natalie Koch “untangles the weirdly connected environmental fates” of two places on opposite ends of the earth as detailed in her book, Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia (Verso); Kerry Howley, author of Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs: A Journey Through the Deep State (Knopf), has a conversation about the “America of violence, paranoia, and surveillance”; John Parker, Great Kingdoms of Africa (Univ. of California), “liberates African history from the colonial narrative of oppression, suffering, and powerlessness”; Chris Wiggins on the subject of his bookHow Data Happened: A History from the Age of Reason to the Age of Algorithms (Norton); and Ren DeStefano, How I’ll Kill You (Berkley; LJ starred review), on “female serial killers and why she suspects everyone might have a murder in them.”

Catherine Lacey explains why she “rewrote history” for her new novel, Biography of X (Farrar; LJ starred review), in an interview on The Maris Review podcast.

NYT shares an exploration of Alice Oseman’s “bringing her viral webcomic ‘Heartstopper’ to life” in the adapted Netflix series.

Lit Hub lists “13 Adaptations Better Than the Books They’re Based On.”

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