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Authors in Conversation

The Guardian profiles Richard Morgan, Altered Carbon (Del Rey: Random House) and Steven PinkerEnlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress  (Viking: Penguin).

Nylon interviews Akwaeke EmeziFreshwater (Grove Press: LJ stars).

EW interviews Jill Santopolo, The Light We Lost (G.P. Putnam: Penguin).

Briefly Noted

In the NYT Marilyn Stasio issues her newest crime column, appreciating Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Mulholland Books: Hachette) and more. The paper also considers poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti via Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, edited by Nancy Peters (New Directions) and reviews both Going for a Beer: Selected Short Fictions by Robert Coover (W.W. Norton), writing “His lesser stories have the gravitas of a magazine subscription blow-in card. But when they work, oh my,” and The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World by Bart D. Ehrman (S. & S.) calling Ehrman “a humane, thoughtful and intelligent historian.” In other publishing stories the paper picks up the James Bond news and reports that songwriter Lucinda Williams is writing a memoir, due out in 2020.

USA Today reviews White Houses by Amy Bloom (Random House: LJ stars) writing the “irresistibly audacious” novel gives the historical fiction genre “a swift kick in the knickers.”

The Washington Post reviews The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick (Pantheon: Random House), calling it “elegant, eerie” and features Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman (Pegasus Books: W.W. Norton).

Entertainment Weekly has some romance suggestions.

Looking for books on Kehinde Wiley? The Brooklyn Museum of Art published a catalog of his work, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic edited by Eugenie Tsai (Prestel: Penguin). Amy Sherald does not feature a catalog on her website but does highlight a number of articles. If the unveiling of the Obama portraits highlighted a lack in your art collection Culture Type creates an annual list of books to consider.

A new exhibit on Tennessee Williams is at The Morgan Library & Museum. The website offers images and a short video.

LitHub has a story on the design of a jacket cover.

Spinning out from a story in SLJ, Entertainment Weekly reports that author Jay Asher “was quietly expelled from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators last year after the organization determined that the Thirteen Reasons Why author violated its harassment code.”

Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo receive the 2018 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award.

Authors on Air:

NPR’s All Things Considered discusses the Newbery and Caldecott medals and interviews Kevin Allocca, Videocracy: How YouTube Is Changing the World . . . with Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, and Other Trends We Can’t Stop Watching (Bloomsbury USA: Macmillan).

Fresh Air features Kate Bowler, Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved (Random House), giving it a boost.

The Today show gives a push to The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs (S. & S.: LJ stars) as Jenna Bush Hager picks it as one of her favorite things.

Keira Knightley and Matt Smith will star in The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell (Polipoint Press).

Mary J. Blige is now part of the cast of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, an adaptation based on the comics by Gerard Way.

Alicia Vikander will star in the adaptation of Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter (Putnam: Penguin).

The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal (Riverhead: Penguin) heads to TV.

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden is heading back to Broadway in a revival of the original Tony Award–winning musical adaptation, which first opened in 1991.

The director of Paddington is looking at Willy Wonka.

EW has first look photos of The Terror.

Season 2 of A Series Of Unfortunate Events gets a teaser.

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