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Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Others will take part in reading the entire book on video and audio. Sally Quinn says that a character in her 1991 novel Happy Endings was inspired by Dr. Anthony Fauci. The Terminal List by Jack Carr is set for Amazon with Chris Pratt to star. Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club is headed to Netflix as the YA thriller gets adapted by the team behind The Haunting of Bly Manor. Amazon is starting a Wheel of Time book club on Twitter.

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COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the Wizarding World website. Entertainment Weekly reports on the others who will help out reading the whole book.

Sally Quinn says that a character in her 1991 novel Happy Endings was inspired by Dr. Anthony Fauci. Washingtonian has details.

The NYT has “Coronavirus Notebook: Finding Solace, and Connection, in Classic Books.” Also, an essay about the literary aspects of breakfast.

The Atlantic considers the rise of comfort cooking, largely on TV/streaming, but with books too.

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review): “it’s deliciously fun: frothy entertainment with surprising depth.” Also, Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “a richly layered novel based on a lifetime of reflection on friendship and storytelling.” All I Ever Wanted: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir by Kathy Valentine (Univ. Texas): “vibrant.”

The NYT reviews Figure It Out: Essays by Wayne Koestenbaum (Soft Skull Press): “There is a feeling of watching a writer so allergic to cliché now interrogating his own moves, annotating his own clichés with diligent, affectionate exasperation.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews Warhol by Blake Gopnik (Ecco: Harper), giving it a B+ and writing that the artist “comes off maybe as wholly, maddeningly human as he ever has.” All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Riverhead: Penguin) get a B+ as well. EW writes it is “a kind of thinking-person's beach read that's maybe all the better for arriving in these strange, landlocked times.”

The L.A. Times reviews Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead: Penguin): “Schweblin proves herself a master at conjuring portraits in miniature, each storyline illuminating some new aspect of the human ability to extract meaning and debasement from technology.”

NPR reviews The End of October by Lawrence Wright (Knopf): “a fast-paced thriller with big, sweeping, made-for-the-adapted-screenplay action sequences, but populated by one-dimensional walking resumes who speak in paragraph-long expository chunks.”

Book Marks names the “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”

Briefly Noted

Salon picks “The best and boldest new must-read books for May.”

Tor.com offers “All the New Science Fiction Books Arriving in May” and has “A.K. Larkwood Recommends Escapist Adventure Fantasy Books.”

The New York Society Library announces the winners of the 2019-2020 New York City Book Awards.

The L.A. Times features Lydia Millet, A Children's Bible (W.W. Norton).

USA Today writes about Kristin Hannah’s next book, The Four Winds (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan, February 9, 2021). Also, the paper features What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life by Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue (HarperOne).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Shadow of Kyoshi (The Kyoshi Novels Book 2) by F. C. Yee (Amulet Books: ABRAMS). Also, a print and audio excerpt of Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. &S.; LJ starred review).

Jezebel has “The Haunting of Shirley Jackson.”

Essence highlights Welcome to the Party by Gabrielle Union, illustrated by Ashley Evans (HarperCollins).

Entertainment Weekly features Nikki Bella, Incomparable (Gallery Books: S. & S.), who reveals she has been the victim of sexual assault.

Samanta Schweblin, Little Eyes (Riverhead: Penguin), answers the Lit Hub Questionnaire.

Bitch Media interviews Beth Newell and Jackie Ann Ruiz, There's No Manual: Honest and Gory Wisdom About Having a Baby (Avery: Penguin).

The newest Panorama Picks are released.

Beat poet Michael McClure has died. Datebook has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The Terminal List by Jack Carr is set for Amazon with Chris Pratt to star in an ongoing series. Deadline reports.

Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club is headed to Netflix as the YA thriller gets adapted by the team behind The Haunting of Bly Manor. Variety reports.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews John Moe, The Hilarious World of Depression (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

PBS News-Hour has discussion questions for The Street by Ann Petry (Mariner Books: HMH). Also, an interview with Paolo Giordano, How Contagion Works Science, Awareness, and Community in Times of Global Crises (PRH).

Amazon is starting a Wheel of Time book club on Twitter to promote its new series. Tor.com has details.

Fox News features The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch (Flatiron: Macmillan) and How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps by Ben Shapiro (Broadside Books: Harper).

Gabrielle Union, Welcome to the Party (HarperCollins), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

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