"Hamilton" Movie Will Air This July; Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of S. & S., Has Died | Book Pulse

Not waiting for the big screen, Hamilton, the movie, will now debut on Disney+ this July 3. Netflix and Fandango are adapting the forthcoming Elena Ferrante novel, The Lying Life of Adults. Reese Witherspoon will star in an adaptation of Sarah Haywood’s The Cactus. Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of S. & S., has died. Daniel Mason wins the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Emma Donoghue has new fiction in The Atlantic. The NYT writes, “For Bookstore Owners, Reopening Holds Promise and Peril.”

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Adaptations in the News

Hamilton, the movie, will now debut on Disney+ this July 3. The NYT reports.

Netflix and Fandango are adapting the forthcoming Elena Ferrante novel, The Lying Life of Adults. Here is the teaser announcement. Entertainment Weekly has a few details.

Sofia Coppola is adapting Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country for Apple TV. The Hollywood Reporter has early details.

Reese Witherspoon will star in an adaptation of Sarah Haywood’s The Cactus for Netflix. Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) will star in the film The Switch, based on the novel of the same name by Beth O’Leary. Universal TV options Peter Lefcourt’s The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story. Deadline has details on all.

Robert Downey Jr. is adapting the Sweet Tooth comics by Jeff Lemire for Netflix. CBC reports.

The Spanish Princess gets eight more episodes on Starz. Town & Country reports.

In overseas news, which might promise eventual U.S. viewing, Amazon Prime Video buys UK rights to an Alex Rider spy thriller, based on the Anthony Horowitz Point Blanc novel and HRF Keating’s Inspector Ghote series will be adapted by Endemol Shine India. Variety has both stories.


The Washington Post reviews A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet (W.W. Norton): “Millet addresses the existential crisis of climate change with a technical understanding of the science and a humane understanding of the heart. She’s also ferociously witty.” Also, The Last Trial by Scott Turow (Grand Central: Hachette): “Scott Turow at his best and most ambitious. He has elevated the genre once again.” The paper closes coverage with a piece that looks at books on reproductive rights.

NPR reviews Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency by Olivia Laing (W.W. Norton): “These essays showcase Laing as an imaginative and empathetic critic of the arts. She gets at texture, technique, feeling, and politics all at once.”

USA Today reviews Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt by Steven Johnson (Riverhead: Penguin), giving it 3.5 stars, calling it “the perfect book to cozy up to during a pandemic.”

The NYT has a dual review of books that explore “How Walking Changes Us.” Also, the New & Noteworthy column is out.

Entertainment Weekly posts online its recent print issue reviews for Stray by Stephanie Danler (Knopf), giving it a B+, and writing it “can feel both piecemeal and blinkered by its own privilege (private schools, last-minute trips to Spain), but it’s powerful, too: a raw, often lyrical portrait of pain, loss, and learning to let go.” Also, for Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls: A Memoir of Women, Addiction, and Love by Nina Renata Aron (Crown: Random House), earning an A- and the line, “told in a rich, intense, hard package - a gritty tribute to the women who stick around too long.”

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly has an audio excerpt of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins, read by Santino Fontana (Scholastic Audio Books).

The NYT features audiobook narrator Edoardo Ballerini, calling him “a master in his increasingly influential field.”

BookPage suggests “27 Asian and Pacific American authors to read this May.” And on the same note, Book Riot has “5 Great Books for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.”

CrimeReads names “5 Psychological Thrillers You Should Read This May.”

The NYT suggests “Let Books Create Your Summer” and offers some paths for doing so, with backlist gems.

Under the headline, “4 Writers to Watch This Summer,” Brit Bennett, Megha Majumdar, Roddy Doyle and Marie-Helene Bertino talk with the NYT about their new books.

Electric Lit interviews Lydia Millet, A Children's Bible (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review).

The Atlantic interviews Emma Donoghue, The Pull of the Stars (Little, Brown: Hachette) and also has new fiction from Donoghue, “The Blood Tax.”

Entertainment Weekly interviews Gene Luen Yang about Superman Smashes the Klan (DC Comics: Random House). There are also visual excerpts. EW also interviews Loryn Brantz, Blanket: Journey to Extreme Coziness (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette).

Salon interviews Claire Bidwell Smith, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss (Hachette Go).

Bitch Media interviews Porochista Khakpour, Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review).

The L.A. Times features Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham (Random House) and also Stephanie Danler, Stray (Knopf).

In forthcoming book news, Chasten Buttigieg is writing a memoir to be titled I Have Something to Tell You (Atria: S. & S.). People reports. Also, a piece on the forthcoming The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (Random House Books for Young Readers).

Electric Lit has an essay by Myriam Gurba, “It’s Time to Take California Back from Joan Didion.”

Tor.com offers “A Guide to Condor Heroes: The Martial Arts Epic That Influenced All Your Faves.”

Samantha Harvey, The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping (Grove), has a piece in Time about what she has learned from insomnia.

The NYT has Amandla Stenberg’s list of “My Ten,” which includes several authors.

Refinery29 features That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life: Creative Gatherings and Self-Care with the Cheese By Numbers Method by Marissa Mullen, illustrated by Sara Gilanchi (The Dial Press: Random House; LJ starred review).

Daniel Mason wins the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, his newest is A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Cartoonist Studio Prizes are announced.

Carolyn Reidy, president and chief executive of Simon & Schuster, has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Political author Richard Fenno has died. The NYT has an obituary.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Vogue suggests “10 Absorbing Book-to-Screen Adaptations That Are Perfectly Suited to Quarantine.”

USA Today offers “10 fascinating celebrity memoirs to dig into while quarantining.”

The NYT writes “For Bookstore Owners, Reopening Holds Promise and Peril.”

Lit Hub reports on the soothing aspects of tiny books on YouTube.

The NYT has a video report on the bookshelf backgrounds of the pandemic.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Michael Arceneaux, I Don't Want to Die Poor: Essays (Atria: S. & S.).

The Today show features Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments by Kate Biberdorf (Philomel Books: Penguin), When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan (Grand Central: Hachette), and Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Good Lord Bird gets a trailer. It debuts on Showtime on August 9 and is based on James McBride’s National Book Award-winning novel.

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