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The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri  wins the Aspen Words Literary Prize. EarlyWord posts its GalleyChat Roundup for April. In Page-to-Screen for the week, Bosch returns for a new season; there is a timely documentary; and just in time, something new to entertain kids. J.J. Abrams is planning a spinoff show based on Stephen King’s The Shining. Bouchercon has been cancelled for 2020. Germany will allow its bookstores to open next week.

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Bosch returns for a new season. A timely documentary. And just in time, something new to entertain kids.






April 17:

Bosch, based on the series by Michael Connelly. Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

The Last Kids on Earth, based on the comics by Max Brallier and Douglas Holgate (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Legacy in the Bones, based on the book of the same name by Dolores Redondo (Harper). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Sergio, based on the book by Samantha Power (Penguin). Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Bad Therapy, based on Judy Small by Nancy Doyne. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

The Quarry, based on the book of the same name by Damon Galgut (Grove Press). VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Martin Eden, based on the novel by Jack London (Penguin). Theatrical release, limited. Reviews | Trailer

April 19:

Marvel’s Spider-Man, based on the Marvel comics. Disney XD. No reviews | No trailer

April 22:

The Willoughbys, based on the book by Lois Lowry (HMH Books for Young Readers). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Jane Goodall: The Hope, based on the work of scientist and author Goodall. National Geographic. No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black (Soho Crime: Random House; LJ starred review): “heart-racing.” Also, How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America by Heather Cox Richardson (Oxford Univ.; LJ starred review): “masterful.” The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency by Daniel W. Drezner (Univ. Chicago): “Americans, and the rest of the world, cannot afford to have a toddler in charge much longer. This must be a one-time mistake, an exception to the pattern of presidential selection begun more than two centuries ago. Above all, Americans must double down on competence, intelligence and maturity in electing leaders.” Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln by Edward Achorn (Atlantic Monthly Press): “Readers unfamiliar with this much-chronicled period of history will probably appreciate his skill in depicting a pivotal city at a pivotal moment. But anyone who has read even one or two of the many, many other good books on Civil War-era Washington might end up skimming through his workmanlike accounts.”

The NYT’s “Graphic Content” column is out. Also, a triple review of books on Donald Trump.

Book Marks has “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (Ballantine: Random House; LJ starred review) wins the Aspen Words Literary Prize. NPR reports.

The NYT recommends 12 books for the week.

CrimeReads offers “The Binge-Read: 10 Iconic Crime Fiction Series of the 1960s.” suggests “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction: March 2020.”

EarlyWord posts its GalleyChat Roundup for April.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts One by One by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press: S. & S.).

Ellen Bass, Indigo (Copper Canyon Press), reads a poem for The Washington Post.

Vox has a new “Ask a Book Critic” column out.

Olivia Taylor Smith writes about “The Rewards of Starting My Own Publishing Company” for Shondaland. announces two forthcoming Solarpunk novels by Becky Chambers, the first coming in May 2021.

Sally Rooney tells The GuardianI want the next thing I do to be the best thing I’ve ever done.”

The Guardian offers “From Stephen King to Anne Lamott: the 10 most inspiring, enjoyable books about how to write.”

In the NYT, cookbook author Michael Ruhlman writes about travel and guides.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

PBS NewsHour has an essay entitled “The Plague perfectly captures the risk in returning to normal.”

Bouchercon has been cancelled for 2020.

Slate features How To Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz (Riverhead: Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly showcases Dolly Parton reading Llama Llama Red Pajama.

BuzzFeed looks at the books for sale at The Bookstore at the End of the World, the store that shares commissions with indies that was started by out of work bookstore staff.

Vanity Fair writes about “Alex Berenson—thriller writer and marijuana alarmist—thinks scientists, politicians, and the media are fueling coronavirus hysteria.”

PopSugar starts a virtual book club. The Herd by Andrea Bartz (Ballantine: Random House) is the first pick.

The Seattle Times has a list of long books “for reading while coronavirus keeps you at home.”

Gizmodo offers “9 Immersive Audiobooks That Will Transport You to Another World.”

LitHub is on round five of its “Personalized Quarantine Book Recommendations.”

The Washington Post writes about “The 10 types of readers you meet during a quarantine.”

PEN American calls for free e-readers and tablets for prisons during the pandemic.

In Time, Margaret Atwood has an essay about making the most of our time right now.

The Bookseller reports that Germany will allow its bookstores to open next week. Italy has already announced its own re-open order.

Author Luis Sepúlveda has died of coronavirus. USA Today reports.

Authors on Air

Rodney Barnes’s and Jason Shawn Alexander’s comic Killadelphia: Sins of the Father has sold film rights for a TV series. Overlook, inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining, is set for HBO Max. It is from J.J. Abrams. Abrams is also working on another show based on Justice League Dark. Author Jon Meacham is working on a five-part audio docuseries, Hope Through History, which will begin on April 21. Chef and author José Andrés will be the subject of a new documentary from National Geographic and Ron Howard. Deadline reports on all.

Maaza Mengiste's Shadow King is headed to the movies. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Cheryl Strayed’s Sugar Calling talks with Pico Iyer for the NYT.

Perry Mason gets a new trailer. It will debut on June 21 on HBO.

Grantchester, season 5 gets a trailer. It premieres on June 21 on PBS.

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