Edwidge Danticat, Chanel Miller Win NBCC Awards | Book Pulse

Edwidge Danticat, Chanel Miller, and Sarah M. Broom are among the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards. The James Beard Media Awards have been pushed back to this summer due to the coronavirus. It is a busy weekend and week ahead for adaptations. My Brilliant Friend returns and Little Fires Everywhere arrives. The Library of America plans an edition of Octavia Butler’s work.

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Awards: NBCC Granted; James Beard Postponed







The National Book Critics Circle Awards are announced.

The James Beard media awards will be postponed until this summer.

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It is a busy weekend and week ahead for adaptations. My Brilliant Friend returns and Little Fires Everywhere arrives. Jerry Spinelli, Agatha Christie, and Philip Roth also make the scene.

March 13:

Bloodshot, based on the Valiant Comics superhero character. Theatrical Release. Reviews | Trailer

The Pale Horse, based on The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie (William Morrow: Harper). Amazon Prime. Reviews | Trailer

Stargirl, based on Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (Knopf Books for Young Readers: Random House). Disney+. Reviews | Trailer

Tokyo Godfathers, loosely based on Three Godfathers by Peter B. Kyne (Wildside Press). Theatrical Release. Reviews | Trailer

Tuscaloosa, based on Tuscaloosa by W. Glasgow Phillips (William Morrow: Harper). Theatrical Release. No reviews | Trailer

The Informer, based on Three Seconds by Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström (SilverOak: Sterling). Theatrical Release. Reviews | Trailer

The Postcard Killings, based on The Postcard Killers by James Patterson, Liza Marklund (Little, Brown: Hachette). Theatrical Release. Reviews | Trailer

Beastars, based on BEASTARS, Vol. 1 by Paru Itagaki (VIX Media). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

March 16:

My Brilliant Friend, based on My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions). HBO. No reviews | Trailer

The Plot Against America, based on The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (HMH). HBO.  Reviews | Trailer

March 18:

Little Fires Everywhere, based on Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Penguin). Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

March 19:

Altered Carbon: Resleeved, spinning off from Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (Del Rey: Random House). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (S. & S.): “The debut novelist proves to be a natural storyteller.”

The NYT reviews We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry (Pantheon: Random House): “quirky, comic and painstakingly detailed.” Also, Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner (Avid Reader: S. & S.): “a withering and encyclopedic indictment of a drug industry … Over 550 densely packed pages, Posner tells a tireless and occasionally tiring tale that reads like a pharmaceutical version of cops and robbers.” A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly (Oneworld: S. & S.): “eminently readable … provides the substance of a feminist narrative that has always existed within Islam.”

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

Briefly Noted

Pandemic reading freaking you out? Entertainment Weekly has “8 fantastic (and soothing) dog books to help you de-stress.” And on a pandemic note, Amazon is “flooded with self-published coronavirus books.” Also related, Lawrence Wright, the author of The End of October (Knopf), has an essay in the NYT about his new pandemic novel: “as I read the papers and watch the news, I have that same unsettled sensation of revisiting scenes that I have already written.” Lastly, Jezebel has a list of “What Books Do You Pack for a Pandemic?

The NYT recommends eleven books for the week.

BuzzFeed collects “24 New Books We Couldn’t Put Down.”

Tor.com offers “Five SFF Books Set in Contemporary African Locales.”

In The Washington Post, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar consider what might have been via SF.

In forthcoming book news, Nisi Shawl announces she will be working on the Library of America edition of Octavia Butler’s work. It will come out in 2021. Gerry Canavan will also be a co-editor. Tor.com has details. Related, LitHub has a piece looking at Octavia Butler’s Pasadena.

The NYT reports on the forthcoming Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings comic from Marvel.

Vulture spotlights Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review).

HuffPost writes about Vanessa Springora’s Consent (out now in France) and the case against Gabriel Matzneff.

Vanity Fair excerpts Natalie Wood: The Complete Biography by Suzanne Finstad (Broadway: Random House).

People features Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet--One Bite at a Time by Dr. Mark Hyman (Little, Brown Spark: Hachette).

The Guardian interviews Kate Elizabeth Russell, My Dark Vanessa (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review).

Bitch Media interviews Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power (Seal Press: Hachette).

Myriam Gurba writes a “First Person” essay for Vox: “I called out American Dirt’s racism. I won’t be silenced.”

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that Girl, Woman, Other has sold screen rights. The Baby-Sitters Club is getting adapted by Netflix. HBO Max is planning a series about Julia Child. Nikita Lalwani’s You People is headed to TV. Mulan and New Mutants are postponed by Disney.

Variety reports that Disney is casting up for a live-action Peter Pan adaptation.

NPR’s All Things Considered features My Name Is Tani . . . and I Believe in Miracles : The Amazing True Story of One Boy’s Journey from Refugee to Chess Champion by Tanitoluwa Adewumi, with Kayode Adewumi and Oluwatoyin Adewumi (Thomas Nelson: Harper).

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl features Paul Yoon, Run Me to Earth (S. & S.).

Martha MacCallum, Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima (Harper), will be on The View today.

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