JUNE BOOK CLUB PICKS

Hello, Book Lovers! It’s time for another installment of The Pulse and boy do we have some gush-worthy items to share. From unnecessary, yet totally unsurprising drama in the book world to some fabulous book-to-film announcements that readers are absolutely going to love. We have some inspiring news coming from across the pond, too. Heck, there’s even a surprise for Harry Potter fans! So, grab a refreshment and get comfortable as BookTrib spills the tea.

STANDOUT READS BOOKTRIB’S DISCUSSING

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby van Pelt: “Brilliant storytelling that evokes emotion — from tears to laughter. This was a Read With Jenna pick and I highly recommend it, as well! My new favorite recommendation!”

May’s Top 10 Audiobooks: “This month, listeners visit a small island in the Gulf of Finland, banter with book lovers, meet the man Jane Goodall dubbed the “chimp whisperer” and much, much more. So, grab your earbuds and queue ’em up!”

West Side Love Story by Priscilla Oliveras: “It has all the romantic yearning and simmering chemistry of Shakespeare’s original but with a hard-won and happy ending that left me with a big, deeply satisfied smile on my face.”

NEWS FROM THE BOOK WORLD

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) acted swiftly and decisively when they announced the removal of this year’s SFWA Grand Master, Mercedes Lackey, from the virtual conference on May 22, 2022, after she used a racial slur during the “Romancing Sci-Fi & Fantasy” panel.

The Hunger Games’ prequel The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes cast its lead actress this week, and it’s none other than West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler who will play the role of Lucy Gray Baird in this highly anticipated book-to-screen adaptation. In other film adaptation news, Taylor Zakhar Perez (The Kissing Booth 2 & 3) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella) have been tapped to lead Prime Video’s romantic comedy Red, White & Royal Blue, based on Casey McQuiston’s bestselling novel of the same name. Deadline reported that Charmaine Wilkerson’s Black Cake is headed to the small screen, with Adrienne Warren set to star.

For podcast listeners, it’s being reported that a podcast series based on Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Jane Anonymous is in the works, with actors Mina Sundwall and Michael Cimino cast in leading roles.

Some great news worthy of celebration comes from the UK! Penguin Random House UK donated its entire audio back catalogue to Calibre Audio, a charity providing a free-for-life audiobook service to anyone who has a disability that makes reading print difficult. Bravo!

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES WORTHY OF NOTE

Audiofile announced the recipients of the 2022 Golden Voices Audiobook Lifetime Achievement honors: Adjoa Andoh, Rupert Degas and Juliet Stevenson. Sui Annukka has won the Women’s Prize Trust’s Discoveries Writing Award for her “original, intriguing” coming-of-age novel in progress. IndieReader announced the 2022 Discovery Award winners this past week. Ghost Forest author Pik-Shuen Fung wins the 2022 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. BookTrib would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all the winners!

MORE BOOKS THE MEDIA’S BUZZING ABOUT

Tom Felton, better known to millennials and Harry Potter fans as Draco Malfoy, has announced his upcoming memoir, titled Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, which is set to release this fall.

Kathleen Buhle, the ex-wife of Hunter Biden, recently spoke about her upcoming memoir — titled If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing — and her fraught marriage with President Joe Biden’s younger son in an interview with People magazine.

Barnes & Noble selected Leesa Cross-Smith’s Half-Blown Rose as the latest pick for its book club.

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