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Netflix is releasing a documentary about Michelle Obama’s Becoming book tour. Faithful adaptations of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books are in the works. Meghan and Harry are working with two journalists on a biography due out in August. Newly released fiction from Simone de Beauvoir is forthcoming. ALA plans a virtual program to replace the cancelled Annual conference. The James Beard Awards will be announced on May 4. Poet Eavan Boland has died.

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Netflix is releasing a documentary about Michelle Obama’s Becoming book tour. It will run for one hour and 29 minutes. Here is the tag line: "Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with Becoming." The documentary debuts on May 6. The L.A. Times has a report, as does the NYT. There is a trailer.

Terry Pratchett’s production company will create “truly authentic … prestige adaptations that remain absolutely faithful to [his] original, unique genius” of his works. It is early days for the project, The Guardian reports.


The NYT reviews The End of October by Lawrence Wright (Knopf): “The sweeping, authoritative and genuinely intelligent thriller — the sort of novel in which the author employs a bulldozer and a scalpel at the same time — is a rare specimen. [This] is one of these. The fact that it’s about the world in shock and ruin be.” Also, Camino Winds by John Grisham (Doubleday: Random House): “This is a Camino book with elements of a more traditional Grisham thriller thrown in.” Little Family by Ishmael Beah (Riverhead: Penguin): “This strong, moving ending is a testament to Beah’s confidence as a writer and a remarkable storyteller.” The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World by Barry Gewen (W.W. Norton): “a timely and acute defense of the great realist’s actions, values and beliefs.” Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men's Epic Duel to Rule the World by Alexander Rose (Random House): “important history and a true narrative — a definitive tale of an incredible time when mere mortals learned to fly.” Our Riches by Kaouther Adimi, translated by Chris Andrews (New Directions: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review): “Yet the truly potent effect of the book is that by taking on literary history from the underbelly of the French nation … Adimi confronts us with episodes that are simply never spoken of in France.” This Is All I Got: A New Mother's Search for Home by Lauren Sandler (Random House): “testament to the bigness of the small story, to the power of intimate narratives to speak to something much larger.” No-Signal Area by Robert Perisic, translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac (Seven Stories Press): “In Perisic’s poignant telling, the erasure of Yugoslavia and its socialist experiment continues to haunt its people, exes now adrift in a postwar vacancy.” The Celestial Hunter by Roberto Calasso, translated by Richard Dixon (FSG: Macmillan): “Calasso is especially good at describing the characters of myth and legend with a novelist’s omniscient authority — and the occasional zinger.” Lastly, the paper prints its “New & Noteworthy” column.

USA Today reviews Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar (MCD: Macmillan), giving it 3 stars and writing “Not actually a murder-mystery, or a suspense thriller … a low-intensity psychological drama – a reading experience like peeling an onion layer by layer.”

Briefly Noted

Vulture rounds-up “25 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks.”

Tor.com has “Seanan McGuire’s Personal Top 10 Urban Fantasy Books for Adults.”

The James Beard Awards will be announced on May 4 in a live-stream event.

Barnes & Noble picks The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) as a bonus May book for its YA Book Club. The actual May pick is They Went Left by Monica Hesse (Little, Brown: Hachette; SLJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly previews Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends: Macmillan).

Vanity Fair reports that Meghan and Harry are working with two journalists on a biography due out in August. It is currently set to be titled Thoroughly Modern Royals: The Real World Of Harry And Meghan by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. The Bookseller writes that Dey Street: Harper is the US publisher.

The NYT writes about newly released fiction from Simone de Beauvoir. The Inseparables will come out in France in the fall and in the US next year.

The Hollywood Reporter has news that Charlie Parker’s story is coming out as a graphic novel, Charlie Parker - Chasin' The Bird (Z2 Comics). Also, a report on the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin (IDW Publishing).

USA Today considers what we have learned thus far this year from celebrity memoirs.

People features Hope, Grace & Faith by Leah Messer (Post Hill Press: S. & S.).

Slate showcases The End of October by Lawrence Wright (Knopf).

Electric Lit spotlights Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin (Celadon Books: Macmillan). Also, the site also has the short story "Pending Transaction" by Chance Dibben.

Tor.com runs the short story “Of Roses and Kings” by Melissa Marr. Also, an excerpt of Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson (Philomel Books: Penguin).

BitchMedia writes about Layoverland by Gabby Noone (Razorbill: Penguin) and How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences by Sue William Silverman (Univ. of Nebraska Press).

The Amazon Book Review interviews John Scalzi, The Last Emperox (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Here is ALA's State of America’s Libraries Report 2020.

Poet Eavan Boland has died. RTÉ reports.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

The L.A. Times has Stephanie Danler’s pandemic diary. Her newest is Stray (Knopf).

The NYT interviews some cartoonists who are making work about the virus.

PopSugar suggests “The 10 Best Book Series to Reread When You Need Something Familiar.”

The Seattle Times lists “Solve stay-home lockdown boredom with these 3 new crime novels.”

ALA plans a virtual program to replace the cancelled Annual conference.

Belletrist has another virtual book tour, this one for Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui (Algonquin: Workman).

The NYT has a story about community cookbooks. Also, a piece, informed by designers, about how to live with your book collection.

Library Journal continues its focus on “Organizing Your Home Library” with a piece on weeding. If you are just catching up, here are parts one, two, and three.

Authors on Air

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will air on Disney+ two months early. Love, Victor, the follow-up to Love, Simon, will air on Hulu on June 19. There is a trailer. Netflix will air the "75th anniversary episode of Mattel’s classic children’s show Thomas & Friends, which will be introduced by Prince Harry and feature the British royal family." Deadline has details on all.

Camilla Grebe’s The Ice Beneath Her is set for the movies, to star Daisy Ridley. Author Patrick Ness is working on the Lord of the Flies adaptation. Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) will direct. The Hollywood Reporter has both stories.

Via a press release, news breaks that Jackson Ford's The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind has been optioned by CBS.

Stephen King, If It Bleeds (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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