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Happy weekend, book lovers! Can you believe we’re already in October? Phew! Time truly flies when you’re having fun. This week’s issue of The Pulse has quite a bit of news for book lovers. We begin with some books-to-screen news, head on over for exciting award news and step into a world of upcoming reads we can’t wait to drop! That’s not all, though. We hope you’re ready for a whirlwind of news in this week’s The Pulse because it’s definitely full of awesome content.


Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson: “A dense, sprawling plot with several storylines swirling around the fictional Soho nightclub owner Nellie Coker, several main characters and a multitude of secondary players that will hold the reader captive.”

Mother Daughter Traitor Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal: “An incredible story of a mother and daughter who tried to make a difference for the people nearest and dearest to them, and the emotional depth of the novel is striking and lasts long after the final page.”

Beware the Darkness You May Uncover: “From fantastical stories of magical organizations to the idea of symbols hidden in artwork and the hallowed halls of universities—these 7 novels encompass all that and more.”


Variety reported that Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai’s production company, Extracurricular, is developing a film based on Elaine Hsieh Chou’s Disorientation. Adam McKay will produce the film.

Nicholas Galitzine (The Craft: Legacy, Cinderella, and Purple Hearts) has joined the cast of The Idea of You, the upcoming Amazon Prime film based on the novel by Robinne Lee, Deadline reported.

Disney+ is developing a series adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz’s 2014 young adult fantasy novel, The Ring and the Crown, according to Deadline.


The finalists for the getAbstract International Book Award 2022 in the category “Business Impact” have been announced!

  • The Business of Building A Better World by David Cooperrider and Audrey Selian, Berrett-Koehler, 2021
  • Cultish by Amanda Montell, Harper Wave, 2021
  • A Decent Meal by Michael Carolan, Redwood Press/Stanford University Press, 2021
  • Electrify by Saul Griffith, MIT Press, 2021
  • Signals by Jeff Desjardins, Wiley, 2021

The award ceremony will take place on October 20, 2022, at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt/Main and will include the 20th-anniversary celebration of the book award.


Grove Press announced that H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald and musician Sin Blaché will release their first novel in 2023. The publisher explained that the book follows two spies — one British, one American — who team up to investigate a mysterious substance that causes people’s memories to be “manifested and weaponized against them.” Sounds like our kind of read!

People Magazine reported that Tom Hanks will return to the world of fiction with a novel that will be published next spring, titled The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.

Hold on to your fascinators, royal watchers! Deadline reported that a slew of books about the royal family is on the way! The titles were apparently held back for fear of offending the popular Queen during the final chapter of her reign. Make sense. However, it seems that it’s a free for all now that the official mourning period is over. Coming October 4 is Katie Nicholl’s The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, which chronicles the contretemps between the Queen and Meghan Markle. Recently released is Angela Levin’s Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort that focuses on the wife of the former Prince Charles, now King Charles III. And then we have Valentine Low’s Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, which promises inside scoops from Buckingham Palace staffers who’ve dubbed themselves the “Sussex Survivors Club”. The latter book comes out next month in the U.K., however readers from the US will have to wait until next June to get it. We can’t wait for all the tea to be spilled and the juicy drama to unfold. Oooh!


The American Writers Museum unveiled its latest special exhibit and education initiative Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice. This immersive exhibit explores racial injustice in America through the work of Black American writers from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement and explores signal movements in Black literature through original artwork, augmented reality and other interactive elements to enliven and enrich the visitor experience.

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