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Notable Returns

Brian Selznick has created the 20th anniversary covers for the Harry Potter books. They are available starting June 26. USA Today reports “When placed side-by-side chronologically, the seven books create a single image that tells Harry’s story, from his arrival at No. 4 Privet Drive to the final Battle of Hogwarts.” A box set of all the books will issue in September.

A new book by J.R.R. Tolkien will publish in late August. Entertainment Weekly reports that The Fall of Gondolin (HMH), previously unpublished, furthers the stories of Middle Earth. It is edited by Christopher Tolkien and illustrated by Alan Lee. It is currently soaring on Amazon.


The NYT reviews Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich (Twelve: Hachette), writing “The wellness movement, as you might imagine, doesn’t stand a chance. She fillets it with ease and relish.” Also Chelsey Johnson’s Stray City (Custom House: HarperCollins), calling it “a thoughtful and joyous literary experience, one that celebrates its characters and liberally rewards its readers.” In a review that is much a career overview as a single spotlight, the paper considers Thomas McGuane’s Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories (Knopf), writing some of the stories “would be heavily reminiscent of Raymond Carver if they weren’t so vivid in their images and layered in their meanings.”

The Washington Post runs Sarah MacLean’s romance column and the newest audiobook column. The paper also reviews Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin: Workman), writing “It’s a semi-autobiographical tale spiked with angst and anger, but also full of humor and lots of hope.”

USA Today reviews Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara (S. & S.): it “reveals with meticulous detail and matter-of-fact prose Shriver’s relentless drive, nervous energy and lifelong efforts to affirm the dignity and abilities of those with special needs.”

NPR reviews Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean (Grove) writing, “Dean’s literary bash is as stimulating and insightful as its roster of guests. She not only encapsulates their biographies and achievements with remarkable concision, but also connects the dots between them.”

Briefly Noted

Mohsin Hamid wins the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize for Exit West (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

The longlist for the Orwell prize is out.

NPR, the AP, and NYT have more on the deep trouble with the Nobel Prize in literature judges.

Skyhorse Publishing is undergoing a “major reorganization,” reducing its catalog by 25% reports Shelf Awareness.

Katherine Arden, Bear and the Nightingale, is turning to middle-grade fiction, with a horror novel, Small Spaces (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin). Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt.

Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman talk about the genius of Eddie Campbell.

Entertainment Weekly offers a list of “The 15 most powerful memoirs about addiction and recovery.”

Variety interviews Margaret Atwood and Tina Fey (more on both here).

Electric Lit interviews Dan Sheehan, Restless Souls (Ig).

The Guardian interviews Juno Dawson, This Book is Gay (Sourcebooks Fire).

ALA releases the Top Ten Most Challenged Books List for 2017.

Bustle issues their Lit List.

Authors on Air

Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 is headed to TV.

Apple has won rights for the TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.

Anna Day’s forthcoming The Fandom (Chicken House: Scholastic) and Stacey O’Brien’s Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl (Free Pr.) are set for adaptations as well.

The film The Bookshop, based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, will air in the US starting on Aug. 24, reports Deadline Hollywood.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories (Atria/37 INK: S. & S.). Morning Edition interviews Charles FrazierVarina (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review)

In Game of Thrones news, apparently, one battle to air next year in the final season took 55 nights to shoot, which Deadline Hollywood says “must be some sort of record.”

A trailer for You, based on Caroline Kepnes’s novel of the same name is out. It will air on Lifetime.

Also out is a trailer for Meg, based on the books by Steve Alten. It is trending on YouTube.

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