New Adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Stand' Debuts Next Week | Book Pulse

The Stand, based on the book by Stephen King, will be available next week on CBS All Access. Disney+ plans to release about 10 Marvel series and 10 Star Wars series in the next few years. More best-of 2020 book lists arrive from the L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, and CrimeReads. Current Deputy Director of the National Book Foundation Jordan Smith will serve as its Interim Executive Director. Anthony Veasna So, whose debut short story collection Afterparties is due out Aug. 2021, has died at age 28.

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Dec. 11

Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the series by Norman Bridwell. Prime Video. No reviews | Trailer

Curious George, based on the series by Margret and H. A. Rey. George. Peacock. No reviews | Trailer

The Mess You Leave Behind, based on the book by Carlos Montero. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Small Axe: Alex Wheatle, based on the life of author Alex Wheatle. Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

Where's Waldo?, based on the series by Martin Handford. Peacock. No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 12

A Glenbrooke Christmas, based on the book by Robin Jones Gunn. HMM. No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 13

Pennyworth, based on the comic characters by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Epix. No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 14

Hilda, based on the graphic novel series by Luke Pearson. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Tiny Pretty Things, based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 16

The Expanse, based on the series by James S. A. Corey. Prime Video. No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 17

The Available Wife, based on the series by Carla Pennington. UMC. No reviews | Trailer

The Stand, based on the book by Stephen King. CBS All Access. No reviews | Trailer

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Alicia Garza (One World: Random House; LJ starred review): "...an admirable, endearing and genuinely illuminating book." Also, The Best: How Elite Athletes Are Made by Mark Williams and Tim Wigmore (Nicholas Brealey: Hachette): "The strength of 'The Best' is in its synthesis of hundreds of sports science journals, which Williams and Wigmore condense into clear sections amplified by original interviews with stars such as Steph Curry, Annika Sorenstam and Pete Sampras." We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper (Grand Central: Hachette): "...exhaustive and extraordinary." The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Precarious State by Declan Walsh (W. W. Norton): "'The Nine Lives of Pakistan' feels like a throwback to a waning era of the authoritative journalistic account of an exotic elsewhere."

Book Marks has "The Best Reviewed Books of 2020: Poetry Collections."

Briefly Noted

The L.A. Times chooses "The 10 best books of 2020," plus another 10 that may have been overlooked.

The Wall Street Journal has more best-of-2020 lists: Mysteries | Science Fiction | Children’s Books | Politics

BuzzFeed picks the best YA books of the year.

CrimeReads chooses the year's best crime novels.

Keaton Patterson of Brazos Bookstore in Houston picks "The Top 10 Most Totally Metal Books of 2020" for Lit Hub.

The Chicago Review of Books lists "10 Small Press Story Collections You Might Have Missed."

Book Riot suggests "The Best Books You’ve Never Heard Of: Winter 2020."

The NYT recommends 11 recent releases.

Tor.com lists the YA SFF books out this month.

AARP looks ahead with "Winter Fiction Preview: 20 Novels for 2021."

O: The Oprah Magazine lists "55 of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021."

For Lit Hub, Kelly Conaboy, The Particulars of Peter: Dance Lessons, DNA Tests, and Other Excuses to Hang Out with My Perfect Dog (Grand Central: Hachette), recommends books that will help you realize you're not alone in your peculiarities.

Current Deputy Director of the National Book Foundation, Jordan Smith, will serve as Interim Executive Director. This follows Lisa Lucas' departure from her role as Executive Director at the end of this year to join Knopf as SVP; she will continue to serve NBF as a member of the Board of Directors.

DC Comics reveals the new Batman as Tim Fox. The NYT looks into the ripple effects of superheroes of color.

Huda Fahmy, That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story (Andrews McMeel), talks with Shondaland about using comics to help break down stigmas.

Elle's "Shelf Life" column features Alice Hoffman, Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic (S. & S.).

The Rumpus interviews Rachel Genn, What You Could Have Won (And Other Stories).

The Seattle Times speaks with Johanna Garton about Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff (Mountaineers Books).

After being sold to a group of investors, Colorado's Tattered Cover will be the largest Black-owned independent bookstore in the U.S. Tattered Cover, The Associated Press, Publishers Weekly, and NPR have details.

The NYT looks at what's on some celebrities' bookshelves.

Anthony Veasna So, whose debut short story collection, Afterparties (Ecco: HarperCollins), is due out Aug. 2021, has died at age 28. The Associated Press has an obituary, as does Lambda.

Authors on Air

Disney+ plans to release about 10 Marvel series and 10 Star Wars series in the next few years, and Patty Jenkins will direct one of the first new Star Wars movies, Rogue Squadron. Julia Roberts will star in a limited series produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine based on the forthcoming book The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (S. & S.). Ashton Sanders has picked up the film and TV rights for A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home by Peter Nelson. Deadline reports on all.

Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be adapted for Disney+. Polygon has details.

Lit Hub picks "The 10 Best Literary Adaptations of the Year."

The Quarantine Tapes podcast features poet Jorie Graham, Runaway (Ecco: HarperCollins).

Erica Perl, The Ninth Night of Hanukkah (Sterling Children's Books), discusses traditions and expectations on NPR's All Things Considered.

Michelle Buteau, Survival of the Thickest: Essays (Gallery: S. & S.), is scheduled to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, which should happen if it was previously taped (as DeGeneres announced the show's hiatus following her Covid-19 diagnosis).

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