7/16/20 — Literary News Roundup

7/16/20 — Literary News Roundup

The biggest “literary” news of the week is, of course, Mary Trump’s publishing of her tell-all book Too Much and Never Enough. Alex Shephard’s review in New Republic is worth the read if you’re less than invested in book-form accounts of Trump’s personal psychoses, as is Jennifer Szalai’s in the New York Times . All in all, the fallout seems to be the same as it’s been for many of these would-be scandalous books concerning the president: a shrug of the shoulder.

Advanced readers copies of Ali Smith’s Summer appear to have been sent out, and early reviews can be found on Goodreads. It’s the final installment of her seasons quartet, slated to be released August 25th. Now may be a good time to reread the previous three as a refresher.

Colson Whitehead has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

The 2019 winners for the Shirley Jackson prize for “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic” have been announced. Additionally, Josephine Decker’s biographical drama about Jackson, entitled Shirley, is now streaming.