The BookBrowse Review

Published June 22, 2022

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Literary Fiction

  • Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (rated 4/5)

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Extras
  • Blog:
    6 Novels for Book Clubs That Reflect on Reproductive Rights
  • Wordplay:
    T O Thing W H T F I F I
  • Book Giveaway:
    Win a signed copy of Where the Crawdads Sing

News Roundup

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LGBTQ Fiction Sales Surge in the U.S.
(Jun 16 2022)

According to a new report from NPD BookScan, print book sales of LGBTQ fiction are surging in the U.S. across the adult, children's, and YA categories. In 2021, sales of LGBTQ fiction reached 5 million units, doubling 2020 sales. Strong growth has continued in 2022, with LGBTQ fiction sales up by 39% from January through May 28, compared to the same period in 2021.




George Lamming obituary
(Jun 16 2022)

The six novels and the collections of essays by George Lamming, who has died aged 94, did much to shape Caribbean literary culture. He also contributed to it as an educator and activist intellectual, mentoring a host of young writers and scholars in the Caribbean and beyond.

His first and most famous novel, In the Castle of My Skin (1953), drawing on his upbringing in Barbados, was published in Britain after he had gone there from Trinidad in 1950.

It is an autobiographical novel that recreates the author’s life between the ages of nine and 16 against the backdrop of major labour unrest in June 1937 that presaged the movement toward independence from colonial rule.

Source: The Guardian




Ruth Ozeki wins Women's Prize for Fiction
(Jun 16 2022)

Ruth Ozeki’s fourth novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The novelist, film-maker and Zen Buddhist priest takes the £30,000 award for a book that “stood out for its sparkling writing, warmth, intelligence, humour and poignancy”, according to the chair of judges, Mary Ann Sieghart.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange and then the Baileys prize, launched in 1996 and is awarded to “the best full-length novel of the year by a woman” written in English and published in the UK.

Source: The Guardian




Future Library opens secret archive of unseen texts in Oslo
(Jun 15 2022)

Last Sunday the Future Library, a project dreamed up by the Scottish artist Katie Paterson, was opened to the public in Oslo. After eight years, manuscripts penned by some of the world’s most famous living authors were delivered to “The silent room” on the top floor of the Deichman library, where they will remain for the next 92 years.

Four of the Future Library’s eight authors travelled to personally slide their manuscripts into one of the 100 glass drawers in the room constructed from 100 layers of undulating carved wood. These works will not be read or published until 2114, when the Future Library will open its drawers to the world, and the books will be printed using paper from 1,000 trees that have been planted in a nearby forest as part of the project.

Until that day, only small groups of visitors may sit shoeless and in silent contemplation of the growing family tree of authors surrounding them, trying to imagine what Elif Shafak or Margaret Atwood might have written for their future readers. In 2014, Atwood became the first author to take part in the project, which asks authors to write a text of any length or genre, but not to reveal anything about it except the title. The eight works that have now been written have fabulously tantalising titles, from Scribbler Moon (Atwood) to The Last Taboo (Shafak). The other authors who have contributed works so far are David Mitchell, Sjón, Han Kang, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Karl Ove Knausgård, and Ocean Vuong.

Atwood compared the project with Sleeping Beauty, remarking “how strange it is to think of my own voice – silent by then for a long time – suddenly being awakened after 100 years”.

Source: The Guardian




A.B. Yehoshua, Israeli literary giant and ardent humanist, dies aged 85
(Jun 14 2022)

A.B. Yehoshua, a fiery humanist, towering author, and staunch advocate of Zionism as the sole answer for the Jewish condition, died Tuesday. He was 85 years old.

A writer, essayist, and playwright, Yehoshua was the recipient of Israel’s top cultural award, the Israel Prize, in 1995, along with dozens of other awards, including the Bialik Prize and the Jewish National Book Award, and his work was translated into 28 languages.




Costa Book Awards scrapped suddenly after 50 years
(Jun 13 2022)

The Costa Book Awards have been abruptly scrapped. The coffee shop chain has said the 2021 awards, which were announced in February this year, were the last.

1971 marked the first year of the awards, which were sponsored by the Whitbread company (a brewery and owner of restaurant chains). and known as the Whitbread Book Awards. In 2006, the sponsorship moved to Costa Coffee, a subsidiary of the Whitbread company and were rebranded as the Costa Book Awards. Coca-Cola bought Costa Coffee in 2018.

In a statement from the company, Costa’s CEO Jill McDonald said: “After 50 years of celebrating some of the most enjoyable books written by hugely talented authors from across the UK and Ireland, Costa Coffee has taken the difficult decision to end the book awards.” ...

... Costa – which according to reports of parent company Coca-Cola earlier this year has been enjoying strong sales – said that there are no plans for the awards to be taken over by anyone else. The company has not yet given a reason for closing them.

Source: The Guardian

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