Reunited, Bill Clinton & James Patterson Team on New Thriller; Amazon to Adapt Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache | Book Pulse

Bill Clinton and James Patterson are writing another thriller, The President’s Daughter. Amazon will adapt Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache books, to be called Three Pines. Kobe Bryant’s newest, Geese Are Never Swans, will release on July 21. The Romance Writers of America retires the RITA Awards. They plan a new award called The Vivian. More ideas come out about the post-pandemic book world. School Library Journal begins the “Virtual Events Calendar.”

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Marvel dominates screens this week, but adaptations also include Annie Proulx's Barkskins and several international offerings.

May 22:

The Last Vermeer, based on The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez (HMH). Limited, theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

Mysteries of Lisbon, based on the 19th century novel of the same name by Camilo Castelo Branco. Virtual Theatres. Reviews | Trailer

Marvel’s Future Avengers, based on the comic characters. Disney+. No reviews | Trailer

May 25:

Barkskins, based on the novel of the same name by Annie Proulx (Scribner: S. & S.). National Geographic. Reviews | Trailer

May 26:

The Man Standing Next, based on Directors of Namsan by Kim Choong-sik. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

May 27:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on the comics characters. ABC. No reviews | Trailer

May 28:

Dorohedoro, based on Dorohedoro by Q Hayashida (VIZ Media: S. & S.). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Intuition (La corazonada), based on the novel La virgen en tus ojos by Florencia Etcheves (PLANETA GRUPO EDITORIAL S.A.I.). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


Slate reviews The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic): “Balzac compared with the adventure yarn and romance of The Hunger Games. Its psychological realism will surely disappoint many fans of the earlier trilogy.”

The NYT has a set of nonfiction reviews “Looking at War Across 2,5000 Years.”

The Washington Post reviews The Poster: A Visual History edited by Gill Saunders and Margaret Timmers (Thames & Hudson: W. W. Norton): “a beautiful and entertaining account of the history of the medium.”

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

Briefly Noted

Bill Clinton and James Patterson are writing another thriller, The President’s Daughter. It will release in June, 2021 and be published by both Little, Brown and Knopf. USA Today has details.

Kobe Bryant’s forthcoming book, Geese Are Never Swans, written with psychologist Eva Clark, will be released on July 21 through Bryant’s Granity Studios company. People has details.

The Romance Writers of America retire the RITA Awards. They plan a new award called The Vivian, named after their founder Vivian Stephens.

The NYT picks “Five Art Books to Read This Summer.” Also, “8 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

BuzzFeed selects “15 Young Adult Books We're Loving This Spring.”

Book Riot suggests “35 Must-Read Books About Racism.”

The NYPL “asked 125 people to tell us about a book they love or a book that inspired them” as part of the library’s celebration of its 125th anniversary.

The NYT features Patrik Svensson, The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review).

Celeste Ng answers The Guardian’s “Books that made me” questions.

The L.A. Times features Michael Connelly, Fair Warning (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Bitch Media interviews Lindsay Sproul, We Were Promised Spotlights (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin).

Bustle excerpts No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America by Symone D Sanders (Harper).

Gizmodo excerpts The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick (Orbit: Hachette).

The L.A. Times picks The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland by Walter Thompson-Hernandez (William Morrow: Harper) as its June book club title.

Moira’s Seattle Times Book Club selects Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (Doubleday: Random House) for its next read-along.

Parade suggests Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House) for a book club pick and interviews Sittenfeld. Vox also has a take on the novel.

HuffPost examines Above the Law: The Inside Story of How the Justice Department Tried to Subvert President Trump by Matthew Whitaker (Regnery Publishing: S. & S.).

The Alaska school board that wanted to ban The Great Gatsby and more, has rescinded its vote to do so after the national backlash. CNN reports.

Book Riot has a remembrance of author Karen Blumenthal.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

The Strategist asks “17 Authors … Their 18 Favorite (Soothing) Audiobooks to Listen To.”

Lit Hub is up to round nine of their “Quarantine Book Recommendations.”

Chris Bohjalian wonders what post-pandemic fiction will look like, for The Washington Post.

HuffPost has a detailed consideration of “How The Publishing World Is Staying Afloat During The Pandemic.”

The L.A. Times looks at booksellers in L.A. as they start to reopen.

Mitch Albom has a new work, the serialized novel and audiobook Human Touch, to raise money for a coronavirus testing center. New chapters come out each Friday on his website. People reports.

School Library Journal begins the “Virtual Events Calendar,” writing, “We hope to give you, your students, and your families daily stops on the quarantine route, and possibly establish new routines to replace the old ‘normal’.”

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka reads poetry at his coronavirus press briefings. People has details.

Authors on Air

Amazon plans a series based on Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache books, to be called Three Pines. Armored, based on the audio original by Mark Greaney, is headed to the movies. A new film, Emily, based on the life of Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë, is casting up. Netflix has a premiere date for The Kissing Booth 2, based on the Beth Reekles’s YA books. It will debut on July 24. Deadline has details on all.

Vulture picks “The 20 Best and Biggest Shows to Watch This Summer.” A number are adaptations. We have covered most, but a new one is the documentary I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, based on Michelle McNamara’s book. There is a trailer. There is also “60 Movies We’re Excited to See This Summer If Movies Still Exist Then.” Some are also based on books.

David E. Kelley is adapting Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan for Netflix. Entertainment Weekly has the news.

Variety reports that there is a “Secret Marvel Movie From Sony in the Works With Director S.J. Clarkson.”

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Brigid Schulte, Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time (Picador: Macmillan).

Fox News features Better Angels: You Can Change the World. You Are Not Alone by Sadie Keller (Gavia Books).

The Old Guard gets a trailer. It debuts July 10 on Netflix and is based on the comic series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez.

The Outpost gets a trailer. It debuts on July 3 as VOD and in some theaters. It is based on the book by Jake Tapper.

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness get a season 2 trailer. It debuts on TNT on July 26 and is based on Caleb Carr’s novel The Angel of Darkness.

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