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Reese Witherspoon Books It

Reese Witherspoon has a new book club pick, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (William Morrow: Harper). In related news, she is adapting Ruth Ware’s In a Dark Dark Wood and will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.


The Lambda Literary Awards announces its finalists.

The PEN/Faulkner finalists are out.

The Windham-Campbell prizes are announced today. The prize comes with $165,000 dollars reports The Guardian, and is designed to give authors “the freedom to write, liberated from money worries.”

John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life (Doubleday: Random House: LJ starred review) wins the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize.

Briefly Noted

Author Julie Buntin reviews Brass by Xhenet Aliu (Random: LJ starred review) for the NYT, calling it “perceptive” and writing “I left this book with the sure sense that the characters were alive beyond its pages.” Jesse Ball’s Census (Ecco: HarperCollins) also gets reviewed: “the beautiful varieties of perception, of experience — made without sentimentality, burns at the core of the book.”

The Washington Post reviews Chicago by David Mamet (Custom House: HarperCollins), writing “anyone hoping for a hard-hitting thriller will Always Be Closing this book disappointed.” He also has a video review.

USA Today reviews The Hunger by Alma Katsu (Putnam: Penguin: LJ starred review): “infuses every page with dread. And that’s before Katsu adds in a supernatural twist.” Salon considers the book as well, along with Gun Love by Jennifer Clement (Hogarth: Random House). USA Today also reviews The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss (Viking: Penguin), pleased overall but noting “much of the drama seeps out of the book, due to too many unnecessary details and chapters that bounce between themes and timelines.” NPR likes it more, calling it “stirring, definitive, and engrossing.” The paper counts down the dirt in Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy Kaufman (Dutton: Penguin: LJ starred review), as does Vanity Fair.

The Guardian features Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu, saying it “already feels like a classic, one to be loved by every girl who reads it from now until the end of time.”

Slate has an excerpt from Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman (FSG Originals: Macmillan) and remembers the “so comforting, so affirmative, so smart and good and cool and funny” writing of Cynthia Heimel.

George R.R. Martin is taking a break from blogging, citing too many projects in the works. has a list of fantasy novels to watch for this month.

Little Women will be adapted as a modern graphic novel.

BuzzFeed has a map of the most popular book in each state.

Bitchmedia interviews Sarah McBride, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, And The Fight For Trans Equality (Crown Archetype: Random House: LJ starred review).

Refinery29 has a feature on Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Authors on Air:

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Witold Szablowski, Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Penguin), sending it soaring.

Kristen Roupenian, who wrote the story “Cat Person” for The New Yorker, has sold a horror script to the same company that made Lady Bird.

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott (MIRA: Harper) is heading to the movies.

Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries: A Memoir (Counterpoint), will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah tonight.

A teaser trailer is out for Christopher Robin, it is trending on YouTube:

Luke Cage gets a teaser for season 2:

Killing Eve has a trailer, based on the Luke Jennings’s Villanelle novellas, there is a tie-in:

The Seagull gets a trailer, it is based on the play by Anton Chekhov:

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