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Star Picks and Award Finalists

Sarah Jessica Parker features Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: Random House: LJ stars) on her Instagram page, writing “This book. This book. I read it in one day. I hear I’m not alone.” Sales, of course, go soaring. Parker will name her next ALA book club choice on March 13.

The finalists for the Nebula Awards have been announced. The winners will be declared on May 19.

The finalists for the L.A. Times Book Prize are out. The winners will be announced on April 20. John Rechy wins the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua (Penguin), finding it thinly argued: “When changing lanes, check your blind spot first.” The paper also profiles the co-founder of Facebook, Chris Hughes, author of Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn (St. Martin’s: Macmillan). Time has a feature too. Also reviewed is The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford Univ.): a “majestic biography.”

The Washington Post reviews Sunburn (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review), calling it “classic noir” and saying it is “an impressive achievement … enhanced by delightful writing.”

Michael Dirda considers trade journals devoted to “fantastic and supernatural fiction,” including Weird Fiction Review, Wormwood, Faunus, and the Green Book. The magazines have pull; it is the #1 most read story in the paper’s Entertainment section.

USA Today reviews The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone (Dutton: Penguin: LJ star review), introducing it with “When the realization sinks in that avocados, hummus, even Egyptian cotton exist in America because of crafty botanical espionage, one naturally questions who’s responsible.” LitHub has an essay by Stone. The paper also reviews Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Lauren Slater (Little, Brown: Hachette), calling it “ambitious.”

The Guardian reviews Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Jefferson Chase (Other Press: Random House), deciding it is a “lightweight study [focused on the] glitz, glamour and gossip [of] “Hitler’s Olympics.”

NPR reviews Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves (Rick Steves: Hachette): “these are observations of places, pitched to people who wouldn’t dream of going there.”

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at one of the illustrations in Khaled Hosseini’s forthcoming Sea Prayer (Riverhead).

Mitch Albom will publish a sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven (Harper) comes out this fall.

More Black Panther comics are coming.

Bernie Sanders will write a new book, Where We Go from Here (Thomas Dunne: Macmillan), out in mid-November 2018.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Broadway star Jake Shears, Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir (Atria: S. & S.).

The Shape of Water, out soon as a novelization, is caught in a copyright lawsuit.

Author Erin Kelly responds to the “stupid” ebook story yesterday, calling them a “revolution.”

Authors on Air:

Lupita Nyong’o will star in the adaptation of Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Spiegel & Grau: Random House), “playing The Daily Show host’s mother,” reports Entertainment Weekly.

Iain M. Banks’s novel Consider Phlebas (Orbit: Hachette) is headed for the small screen. Amazon Studios is adapting.

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills (Amistad: Harper) may be headed to TV.

The Hollywood Reporter rounds up early reviews for Annihilation, writing it seems the general take “is trippy, scary and above all, well worth watching.” Related, LitHub talks with Jeff VanderMeer about turning his book into a movie.

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