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Bryan Washington wins the 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award for Lot: Stories. The National Book Awards longlists are announced for nonfiction and poetry. The longlist is also announced for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. Lit Hub releases its Fall Preview list. Fantasy author Terry Goodkind has died.

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Bryan Washington wins the 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award from the NYPL for Lot: Stories (Riverhead: Penguin).

The National Book Awards longlists are announced for nonfiction and for poetry.

The longlist is also announced for CBC Nonfiction Prize.

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Sept. 18:

Ratched, spinning off from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, spinning off from the Michael Crichton books. Nexflix. No reviews | Trailer

Lost Girls & Love Hotels, based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Hanrahan. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, based on the fairy tale. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Sept. 23:

Enola Holmes, based on The Enola Holmes mysteries by Nancy Springer. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “feels utterly of the mind, with its anxious inquiries and connections and diversions, not to mention all of Rankine’s brilliance — but for that same reason it can feel incoherent, insulated and disconnected from the world it depicts.” Also, The United States of Cocktails: Recipes, Tales, and Traditions from All 50 States (and the District of Columbia) by Brian Bartels (Abrams): “enumerates, explores and celebrates hundreds of regional bars, drinking traditions, spirits, quaffs and quirks.” The “Graphic Content” column considers “the ‘Violent Ballets’ of Jack Kirby.” “The Shortlist” features “All-American Stories by Walter Mosley, Matthew Baker and Ron Rash.”

The Washington Post reviews Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books: Hachette), addressing the controversy and then writing “[the] central mystery is a strong one, and watching it unfold over the course of a protracted investigation is one of the novel’s great pleasures. But Margot’s story is just one element of a spacious narrative that has more than one story to tell.” Also, Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Letters by Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten (Thames & Hudson: W.W. Norton): “beautifully produced.”

Book Marks picks “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

The Lit Hub 2020 Fall Preview is out.

The NYT suggests 11 books for the week.

John Sargent, the C.E.O. of Macmillan, is leaving the company. The NYT reports the split is due to “disagreements over its direction” and references the “dispute with libraries over its decision to delay the release of new e-books for library lending” as an example of recent “turmoil.” Don Weisberg, the president of Macmillan US trade, will succeed Sargent.

Three deaths in the literary world have been announced. Fantasy author Terry Goodkind has died. He is a key author in the field, writing The Sword of Truth books. has an obituary. Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump, has died. USA Today has an obituary. Publisher Ann Getty has died. The NYT has an obituary.

In forthcoming book news, Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa, of the Talking Sopranos podcast, have a book deal with William Morrow “to write an oral history of the iconic HBO show.” Deadline reports.

Stanley Tucci has a food memoir on the way, Taste: My Life Through Food. It will publish with S. & S. but a release date has not yet been announced. People has some details.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Alice Hoffman, Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic (S. & S.). Also, EW has an interview with David Sedaris, The Best of Me (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Electric Lit interviews Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Parade interviews Ruth Ware, One by One (Gallery/Scout: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The L.A. Times interviews Chris Whipple, The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future (Scribner: Macmillan).

Nina Stibbe, Reasons to Be Cheerful (Little, Brown: Hachette), answers The Guardian’s “Books that made me” questions. Also, Sophie Hannah, The Killings at Kingfisher Hill (William Morrow: Harper), writes “Why I’m addicted to self-help books” for the paper.

People features Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band by Willie Nelson & others (Random House; LJ starred review). There is also a piece on Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series by James Hibberd (Dutton: Penguin).

The HuffPost writes about Troubled Blood, “A controversial character in the author’s new book may be minor, but what the character represents deserves to be called out, challenged and unpacked.”

Authors on Air

Finding You based on There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones gets a US distributorAmazon is adapting My Policeman by Bethan Roberts with Harry Styles and Lily James likely to star. Deadline reports.

Marvel Studios casts the lead for its She-Hulk TV show. Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will play Jennifer Walters. reports.

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