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Patricia Cornwell inks a deal with Amazon Publishing. The 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature might not be awarded. Stephen King and Liane Moriarty tease new books.

Deal, and Maybe No Deal

Patricia Cornwell inks a deal with Amazon Publishing's Thomas & Mercer imprint for a two-book deal. The first will be Quantum, publishing in 2019. A second will follow the next year. According to the press release, "Quantum weaves military action, espionage, and space age technology into the story of a young NASA test pilot and aerospace engineer, Captain Calli Chase, whose quest to uncover the secrets behind her fighter pilot twin sister’s murder takes her to the highest echelons of power: from NASA’s Langley Research Center to the White House to Scotland Yard to Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France." After cancelling the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, the 2019 prize might not be granted either. The NYT has the story, reporting it all depends if some level of trust can be re-established with the public.


The NYT reviews Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler (Liveright: Norton; LJ starred review) and Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions by David Attenborough (Quercus: Hachette). The paper circles back to Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon by Catherine Hewitt (St. Martin's: Macmillan; LJ starred review). USA Today reviews See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un’s North Korea by Travis Jeppesen (Hachette), giving it 3 out of 4 stars. The Washington Post reviews There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf; LJ starred review), calling it a "complex knot of a novel." NPR reviews Some Trick: Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt (New Directions: Norton): "seems less like a story collection and more like a series of notes from some vast, alien intelligence, not quite human itself, but capable of picking apart human habits with startling precision."

Briefly Noted

Liane Moriarty teases her next book, Nine Perfect Strangers (Flatiron: Macmillan) in Entertainment Weekly, revealing the cover and allowing EW to ask this question: “Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever?” Stephen King's next book will be the novella Elevation (Scribner), set in Castle Rock. Entertainment Weekly says it "tells a story that’s joyful, uplifting, and tinged with sadness." Entertainment Weekly profiles Judy Blundell, The High Season (Random; LJ starred review), calling the novel "this summer's hottest (and smartest) beach read." The NYT profiles Gaël Faye, Small Country (Hogarth: Random). The Washington Post prints a lecture by Tracy K. Smith about "how poetry can defend us from the distractions and degradations of our technological culture." Entertainment Weekly runs an excerpt of the debut thriller Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (Doubleday) and one for Michael Connelly’s forthcoming Dark Sacred Night (Little, Brown, Oct. 2018). Lawrence Wright and Amy Bloom feature in The Guardian books podcast. Vanity Fair offers some "Post-Wedding Royals" books. Bustle has "5 Sci-Fi Novels Like Solo." For RA librarians looking for a display idea or help with a sure bet list, Paste runs down "The 30 Best Dystopian Books of All Time." Vulture has a story on the new Chip Kidd cover of Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore (Knopf).

Authors on Air

David Sedaris, Calypso (Little, Brown), features on NPR's Fresh Air. Jamie Foxx will star in the new Spawn movie. c| has more on the film and character. The Hollywood Reporter has a story on Solo and Star Wars comics. has an explainer for George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers. Netflix might pick up Joe Hill's Locke & Key, after Hulu passed, reports Deadline Hollywood. Eugene McCabe’s Death and Nightingales (Bloomsbury USA) is being adapted by the BBC. Town & Country reports on Picnic at Hanging Rock, calling it "the Highbrow Summer Thriller You've Been Waiting For." David Duchovny, Miss Subways (FSG), will be on The Talk today.

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