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I tend to note here the biggest literary prizes as they cycle through the seasons, but with the Pulitzers, the last major awards for 2018 books, out of the way, and a quiet time here for events and other local things of note, let's look at a couple of lesser-known but interesting awards that have recently announced their contenders and that might lead you to some good books you hadn't heard of before.

Liz first told me about the Gordon Burn Prize, which was founded in 2012 to honor, well, books that "follow in the footsteps of Gordon Burn," a writer in the north of England who is pretty much entirely unknown in the U.S. but is a bit of a cult hero among writers and readers in the U.K. He wrote both fiction (including Alma Cogan, which we have at the store) and nonfiction, and the award nominees include both true and made-up books in what is always among the most eclectic and intriguing lists around. Previous winners have included store favorites Benjamin Myers, Paul Kingsnorth, and David Szalay, and this year's contenders include one of my favorites from last year (Therese Marie Mailhot's Heart Berries), as well as Sarah Moss's Ghost Wall (which Liz liked) and Lanny, the just-released novel by Max Porter that James liked a whole lot. The rest of the list: Will Ashon's Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang Clan in 36 Pieces, Nafissa Thompson-Spires's Heads of the Colored People, Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls, and Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other, as well as five books that are currently unavailable in the U.S., but which we can order for you through our U.K. supplier, novels by David Keenan (For the Good Times), Wendy Erskine (Sweet Home), Eoin McNamee (The Vogue), and Niven Govinden (This Brutal House) and Kerry Hudson's memoir, Lowborn.

Another long list (though not the longlist, which was even longer) comes from the Best Translated Book Award, which I first heard of from some of my bookish colleagues here in Seattle who have been judges for the award, including Caitlin Luce Baker and George Carroll, who are on the jury again this year. (Our own James has been a judge before too.) Their list of ten fiction finalists includes two books that have done well in our store (Sayaka Murata's Convenience Store Woman and Anne Serre's The Governesses), and we have many of the other nominees in stock as well, including Patrick Chamoiseau's Slave Old Man, Dubravka Ugresic's Fox, and Shahriar Mandanipour's Moon Brow. Come in and start exploring.

 
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, and Nancy
Furious Hours
New Book of the Week
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
by Casey Cep
One of the great mysteries of American literature—what was Harper Lee working on for the fifty years after To Kill a Mockingbird?—was left mostly unanswered after her death in 2016, but Casey Cep has unearthed part of the answer. She recounts the story of Lee's life, her reluctant fame after the success of Mockingbird, and her struggles to repeat it, but first, audaciously, she tells the tale that Lee spent much of the '70s and '80s trying to write: the true-crime account of an Alabama reverend who (apparently) murdered five family members for insurance money before being killed himself by a vigilante at his final victim's funeral. I'm still debating with myself (and with anyone else who has read the book) about Cep's structure and approach, but both halves of her tale—especially Lee's—are fascinating and intrepidly reported. For any fan of Mockingbird, or of David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon. —Tom
Old Book of the Week
America Is in the Heart
by Carlos Bulosan
Republished by Penguin this week alongside three other mostly neglected classics of Asian American literature (John Okada's No-No Boy, Younghill Kang's East Goes West, and H.T. Tsiang's The Hanging on Union Square), Bulosan's 1946 book is a tender and bitter memoir of his life of labor and poverty in the Philippines and the western United States, with crucial scenes in Seattle, where Bulosan first arrived in the U.S. and where he later died in 1956 at the age of 42, though most of the action, after his youth in the Philippines, follows the harvests up and down the West Coast, where Bulosan became a labor activist, and where his brutal experiences drove him to become a writer and tell the story of an immigrant's America, "so kind and yet so cruel." —Tom
United Tastes of America
Kids' Book of the Week
United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts and Recipes from Every State!
by Gabrielle Langholtz
There are plenty of cookbooks for kids, and lots of oversized illustrated books of facts too, but I've never seen the two combined, and in such an appealing way. Langholtz has adapted her giant book for grownups, America: The Cookbook, into a bright and approachable guide that includes food facts from each state and recipes (designed for somewhat experienced kid cooks) that sometimes match expectations (Key lime pie for Florida) and sometimes surprise in informative ways (tabbouleh for Michigan's many Arab immigrants). (Age 8 and up) —Tom
Link of the Week
A Hint from Hilary
Literary Twitter went all abuzz this week when a London bookseller tweeted a photo of this cryptic billboard in Leicester Square. Not so cryptic to fans of Hilary Mantel: "So now get up" is the opening line of Wolf Hall, and the Tudor rose is an element from the UK cover, which raised hopes that her UK and US publishers soon confirmed by announcing a March 2020 release date for The Mirror and the Light, the long-awaited finale of Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy. (Spoiler: we know how it ends for poor Mr. C.) Why does this news make me, who has never read Wolf Hall or its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, giddy? Because now I can finally read Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, knowing the ending is actually on its way.
Cover Quiz 145
Cover Crop Quiz #145
A first edition from 1969.
Last Week's Answer
The little airplane in front of the globe (unintentionally) put a few folks off the scent. Lindbergh? Earhart? No, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
New to Our 100 Club

The Soul of an Octopus
by Sy Montgomery
(163 weeks to reach 100)
New to Our 100 Club

A Day at the Market
by Sara Anderson
(702 weeks to reach 100)
The Intuitionist
New to Our 100 Club

The Intuitionist
by Colson Whitehead
(1011 weeks to reach 100)



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New on Our Resist List
(See this week's full list.
20% of sales go to the ACLU.)


Handbook for a Post-Roe America by Robin Marty
Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini
New in the Store


Fiction:
The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
Biloxi by Mary Miller
Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
Cari Mora by Thomas Harris


Nonfiction:
Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters
The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple
Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I by Matthew Stanley
The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years by John Paul Stevens
Vegetables Unleashed by Jose Andres and Matt Goulding


Kids and Teens:
Camp Tiger by Susan Choi and John Rocco
Glitch by Sara Graley
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
To Live on an Island by Emma Bland Smith and Elizabeth Person


Paperback:
Florida by Lauren Groff (one of Kim's 2018 favorites)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown (recommended by Nancy Pearl!)
The Fighters by C.J. Chivers (one of Tom's 2018 favorites)
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
This Week in The Diaries of Nella Last


Saturday, May 17, 1942
(age 52)
"It's curious, though, how I feel about storage food since our bombing.... A curious and hitherto unknown feeling wraps me round and seems to change my outlook entirely. I've not had it long enough to see it clearly but it's an odd mañana feeling, a 'live for today' I've never known in all my well ordered, well planned life. I've always had to dodge and contrive, save and plan, to do the things for my boys I set out to do, always to try and prepare for eventualities, to be able to meet setbacks, to 'have a cake in the tin' so to speak.... Now my little loved home is cracked and battered, my household goods packed for safety, my nice little dining room a bed sitting, and we don't undress properly. Perhaps it's the shock of it all; perhaps really I've been so shaken that all the veneer has peeled off, but I've a queer impatience with things—things I possess. I feel that 'one off and one on' would be the ideal, not cluttered up with things that don't matter at all."
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