James Patterson Donates Half a Million to Indie Bookstores; Nicole Kidman To Star in Janelle Brown's PRETTY THINGS | Book Pulse

James Patterson is donating half a million dollars to indie bookstores to help them through the pandemic. LeVar Burton is starting a live-streaming reading series on Twitter. More book suggestions arrive, along with LJ’s list of starred reviews for April. Dav Pilkey announces Cat Kid Comic Club, coming December 1. Amazon will adapt Janelle Brown’s Pretty Things with Nicole Kidman to star and produce. Snowpiercer gets pushed forward, to May 17; there is a new trailer for it, too. NOS4A2 season two will premiere on June 1. A new Obi-Wan Kenobi series is set for Disney+.

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As stay-at-home orders keep theatres closed, here is what is new in adaptations this week:

April 3:

Harley Quinn, based on the DC comics character. DC Universe. Reviews | Trailer

Invisible Life, based on The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao by Martha Batalha, translated by Eric M. B. Becker (Oneworld: S. & S.). Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy, based the ongoing series of books. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

April 8:

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin. A film about the author and journalist. Theatrical Release; Limited. Reviews | Trailer

Reviews

The L.A. Times reviews Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen (Arcade: Skyhorse): “a mixed bag of rich memories, harsh defenses and tone-deaf reveries.”

The NYT reviews Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “the terrifying story of a family swallowed whole by schizophrenia.” Also, a gathering of three more books that “Explore the Machinery of the Mind.” When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed (text) & illus. by Victoria Jamieson (Dial: Penguin; SLJ starred review): “Jamieson’s lively, charismatic art and Mohamed’s remarkable life story will make young readers care about Omar and Hassan — and perhaps do something to help the millions of other refugees still languishing in camps around the world.”

The Washington Post reviews We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance by Linda Sarsour (S. & S.): “a tribute to the tenacity and fearlessness needed to stand against injustice.” Also, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump by David Plouffe (Viking: Penguin): “his game plan could provide essential guidance for an army of Democratic social media warriors who can still post online and work the phones from home.”

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

Briefly Noted

The NYT suggests 10 books for the week.

Bustle picks 18 books for April. Shondaland has 5.

The Millions Most Anticipated list is out for April.

Tor.com gathers all the genre blending books of April.

Entertainment Weekly releases its Hot Stuff romance column for April.

LJ offers its round-up of starred reviews for April.

The Washington Post suggest “New and upcoming mysteries and thrillers.” Also, American novels that would be perfect for the Masterpiece treatment.

Entertainment Weekly manages to find 3 comics to read this month.

The NYT suggest books to read after watching Tiger King. Also suggested novels about the theater.

Vox suggests books by mood and interest.

The L.A. Times features Julia Alvarez, Afterlife (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review). Also, the paper spotlights Kathy Valentine, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir (Univ. Texas).

HuffPost interviews Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You: Essays (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review).

People features Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review).

Tor.com excerpts The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (Tor Books: Macmillan).

BuzzFeed excerpts Attention: A Love Story by Casey Schwartz (Pantheon: Random House).

Refinery29 excerpts Girl Crushed by Katie Heaney (Knopf Books for Young Adults: Random House).

The Guardian celebrates House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (Pantheon: Random House).

CrimeReads offers a guide to Don Winslow.

Book Riot offers “6 Books To Read After In The Dream House.”        

In forthcoming book news, Dav Pilkey announces Cat Kid Comic Club (Graphix: Scholastic), coming December 1. Publishers Weekly has a report. Also, Tracy Tutor, of the Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles show, will have a book out in July, Fear Is Just a Four-Letter Word: How to Develop the Unstoppable Confidence to Own Any Room (Portfolio: Penguin). People reports.

USA Today reports on Bookshop.org, the online storefront for Indie bookstores.

Coronavirus Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

People picks “The Best Books to Read During The Coronavirus Pandemic.”

Jezebel suggests re-reading during the pandemic.

BuzzFeed gathers “27 Immersive Audiobooks That’ll Take Your Mind Off Things For A While.”

LitHub offers reading suggestions while in quarantine.

Belletrist's Virtual Book Tour #10 is out, for Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang (Ecco: Harper).

The Washington Post writes about The Plague by Albert Camus (Vintage: Random House), calling it “It is a redemptive book, one that wills the reader to believe, even in a time of despair.”

The L.A. Times has a quarantine diary from Rigoberto González.

The L.A. Times reports that James Patterson is donating half a million dollars to indie bookstores to help them through the pandemic.

LeVar Burton is starting a live-streaming reading series on Twitter. His first reading is tonight at 9 PM ET and features a selection of short stories by Neil Gaiman. He will read three days a week, for kids on Mondays at 12 PM, for teens on Wednesdays at 6 PM, and for adults on Friday nights. Tor.com reports.

Julie Andrews announces her Julie’s Library series of storytime podcasts, with her daughter, the children’s author Emma Walton Hamilton.

Copper Canyon Press is also providing livestreamed book readings for new titles. LitHub has a report.

The NYT has a story on “How to Get Books When Bookstores and Libraries Are Closed.” It leads with borrowing downloadable editions from the library.

Looking for help creating book videos? Author Amy Stewart has guides on YouTube. Shelf Awareness has details.

LJ reports on how libraries are fighting misinformation on coronavirus.

Authors on Air

Amazon will adapt Janelle Brown’s Pretty Things with Nicole Kidman to star and produce. Hulu will air The Sister, an adaptation of Neil Cross’s Burial. The American Duchess: The Real Wallis Simpson by Anna Pasternak is headed to the movies. Snowpiercer gets pushed forward, to May 17. There is a new trailer for it too. NOS4A2 season two will premiere on June 1. A new Obi-Wan Kenobi series is set for Disney+. Deadline reports all.

The Television Academy Honors go to Watchmen and Queen Sugar. Deadline reports.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Lizzie Skurnick, Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine Women (Seal Press: Hachette; LJ starred review).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews David Nott, War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line (Abrams).

PBS NewsHour interviews Jonathan Karl, Front Row at the Trump Show (Dutton: Penguin).

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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