'Lovecraft Country' Premieres This Weekend | Book Pulse

Lovecraft Country tops a small list of adaptations for the week. Oprah Winfrey, Courtney B. Vance, Angela Bassett, and more join the cast of HBO’s adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer is selling big. Michael Cohen releases the foreword to Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump. Reese Witherspoon has a new book conversation series, “Book Shook.” Mermaid books are trendy again.

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Lovecraft Country tops a small list of adaptations for the week:

Aug. 14:

The Bay of Silence, based on The Bay of Silence by Lisa St Aubin de Terán (Franklin Watts). Virtual theatres. Reviews | Trailer

Octonauts & The Caves of Sac Actun, has associated spin-off book titles. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Aug. 16:

Lovecraft Country, based on Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (Harper). HBO. Reviews | Trailer

Aug. 20:

Random Acts of Violence, based on the comic Random Acts of Violence by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (Image Comics). Shudder. Reviews | Trailer

Authors on Air

Oprah Winfrey, Courtney B. Vance, Angela Bassett, and more join the cast of HBO’s adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me. Variety has the news.

The NYT reviews Lovecraft Country: "a good candidate for binge viewing — its verve and variety would help carry you through the slow spots, and you could hold the kaleidoscopic story in mind.” Also, The L. A. Times has a short orientation to H.P. Lovecraft.

47 Ronin is getting a sequel. It is based upon a famous historical event that is deeply embed in Japanese literature. Deadline reports.

The Devil All The Time gets a trailer. It debuts on Netflix on Sept. 16 and is based on the book by Donald Ray Pollock. Vanity Fair has more coverage.

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Why Visit America: Stories by Matthew Baker (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “conspicuously talented.”

The L. A. Times reviews Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast by Marjoleine Kars (New Press): “riveting.” Also, Becoming Los Angeles: Myth, Memory, and a Sense of Place by D.J. Waldie (Angel City Press: Gibbs Smith): “nails the city in ways big and small.”

Tor.com reviews The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun, translated by Lizzie Buehler (Counterpoint): “Compelling and twisty, provocative and economical.” The Atlantic also has coverage.

Lit Hub names “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.” 

Briefly Noted

HuffPost has some details from Bob Woodward’s forthcoming Rage (S. & S.).

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette) is selling big, a million copies big. Entertainment Weekly has news.

Michael Cohen releases the forward to Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump. The book is now available to preorder. It comes out on Sept. 8 from Skyhorse. USA Today has details.

Fox News reports on Meghan and Harry: The Real Story by Lady Colin Campbell (Pegasus Books:  S. & S.).

Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere by Ree Drummond (William Morrow: Harper) gets a sales boost.

Vulture reports that Bette Midler is publishing a children’s book, The Tale of the Mandarin Duck: A Modern Fable. It will come out from Random House in February 2021.

The Washington Post writes “Mermaid mania is coming around to books again — but this time, the trend has broadened to include nonfiction titles for readers of all ages.”

Amazon gathers some of the “High profile prequels of 2020.”

James Patterson offers summer reads for Amazon.

Popsugar names the summer’s “Blockbuster Books.”

The NYT recommends ten books for the week. “The Shortlist” focuses on books about animals.

CBC picks “13 buzzy books to read before summer ends.”

Shondaland has a fall book preview.

The NYT writes about “The process of publishing an excerpt from the author’s new novel was just as mysterious as the writer herself,” as part of their reporting on The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions).

Entertainment Weekly writes about The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Harper), calling the Booker Prize longlist title “one of the year's buzziest (and best) debut novels.”

The L.A. Times features Lynn Steger Strong, Want (Henry Holt: Macmillan), on “the revolutionary passivity of Rachel Cusk, Ottessa Moshfegh and Sally Rooney  - how we’ve misread them and what comes next.”

Eugenia Cheng, x + y : A Mathematician's Manifesto for Rethinking Gender (Basic Books: Hachette) answers the NYT “By the Book” questions.

The Guardian interviews Tsitsi Dangarembga, This Mournable Body (Graywolf: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The NYT suggests some popular book clubs to join.

People has coverage of Reese Witherspoon new book conversation series, “Book Shook.”

Vanity Fair showcases The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story by Darin Strauss (Random House).

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