Release Dates Shift as Publishers Face Printing Challenges | Book Pulse

Publication dates are shifting again. The New Mutants finally makes it to screen and The Personal History of David Copperfield charms. Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is getting strong attention, as are Yaa Gyasi and her new novel Transcendent Kingdom. There are plenty of new booklists, and The Poetry Foundation and The National Book Awards have announcements.

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Pub Dates Shift

Expect more publication dates to shift. The NYT reports that publishers are now facing problems getting all the fall titles, including those moved from spring, printed in a shorter window and with capacity and financial issues engulfing the largest printing companies in the U.S. The result is new delays, shifted publication dates, and shortened print runs. The paper lists some of the affected titles, including Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World by Joby Warrick (Doubleday: Random House) and Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

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Aug. 28:

The New Mutants, based on the Marvel comic characters. Theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

The Personal History of David Copperfield, based on the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. Limited theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer  Note: The NYT reviews and calls it “an exuberant, heartfelt delight” and has more here.

All Together Now, based on Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette). Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Unknown Origins, based on the novel of the same name by David Galán Galindo. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Sept. 1:

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. Marley Dias hosts this show focused on Black authors. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Children of the Sea, based on Children of the Sea, Vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi (VIZ Media). VOD.  Reviews | Trailer

Widow's Point, based on Widow's Point by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar (Cemetery Dance). VOD.  No reviews | Trailer

Sept. 3:

Young Wallander, based on the characters created by Henning Mankell. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers by Eric Weiner (Avid Reader: S. & S.): “A smart, funny, engaging book full of valuable lessons.”

Vox reviews The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions): “It’s terrific.” Also, Beowulf: A New Translation: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley (MCD x FSG: Macmillan): “lively and vigorous … I’ve never read a Beowulf that felt so immediate and so alive.”

The NYT reviews Hitler: Downfall: 1939-1945 by Volker Ullrich, translated by Jefferson Chase (Knopf): “Ullrich attentively scans the crowd because it was the crowd that legitimated the leader. Until the very end, astonishing numbers of Germans retained faith in Hitler.” Also, The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit by Ian Buruma (Penguin): “Buruma maintains that London’s ongoing attachment to the special relationship has thwarted Britain from pursuing what he sees as its “proper” international role.” Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 by Ian W. Toll (W.W. Norton): “superb.” The Great Secret: The Classified World War II Disaster that Launched the War on Cancer by Jennet Conant (W.W. Norton): “readers are apt to find more reward in her previous books.”

The Washington Post reviews His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham (Random House): “an unembarrassed hagiography ... loving and instructive.” Also, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy by Larry Tye (HMH): “a frustrating, fascinating book. Tye is an inelegant writer and a great reporter.” Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act by Nicholson Baker (Penguin): “Baker uncovers enough factoids — and reminds the reader of enough past U.S. military horrors — that it’s clear his hunger for clarity comes from a sensibly righteous place.” Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 by Rick Perlstein (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “authoritative and engaging.” The Sound of Hope: Music As Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II by Kellie D. Brown (McFarland): “shows how for persecuted and imprisoned Jews, music became a way to preserve their humanity and at times even their lives.”

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

Briefly Noted

People, the Intelligencer and The Guardian have excerpts of Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (Gallery: S. & S.). USA Today also has a report.

The NYT picks eleven books for the week and offers “15 Books to Watch For in September.”

Parade picks books for the fall.

Autostraddle suggests “65 Queer and Feminist Books Coming Your Way in Fall 2020.”

CrimeReads offers “Six True Crime Books You Should Read This Month.”

Book Riot suggests “19 Black Feminist Books You Need In Your Library.”

Electric Lit suggests “9 Books About Living in Parallel Realities.”

Datebook has “3 novels imagine postapocalyptic motherhood.”

In forthcoming book news, John Green announces The Anthropocene Reviewed (Dutton: Penguin, ISBN 9780525555216, May 18, 2021). It is a book of essays. IndyStar reports.

The Poetry Foundation announces that Marilyn Chin wins the 2020 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Saskia Hamilton wins the 2020 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism, and Naomi Shihab Nye’s tenure as Young People’s Poet Laureate is extended.

The National Book Awards announces its 2020 calendar. The longlists will be announced starting Sept. 16. Finalists will be announced on Oct. 6 and the winners will be announced on Nov. 18. The 5 Under 35 will be announced on Sept. 22.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf; LJ starred review). The L. A. Times has a feature.

Maisy Card, These Ghosts Are Family (S. & S.) interviews Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half (Riverhead: Penguin) for Glamour.

The L. A. Times interviews Jean Guerrero, Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda (William Morrow: Harper).

The Guardian interviews Emma Cline, Daddy: Stories (Random House).

Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays (Mariner: HMH; LJ starred review), writes a “Beyond the World War II We Know” article for the NYT.

Bitch Media features Luster by Raven Leilani (FSG: Macmillan).

The Atlantic spotlights The Last Great Road Bum by Héctor Tobar (MCD: Macmillan).

Vulture showcases Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art edited by Antwaun Sargent (D.A.P.).

People features Erin Brockovich, Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It (Pantheon: Random House). Also, a piece on David Chang, Eat a Peach: A Memoir (Clarkson Potter: Random House).

The Guardian interviews Richard Osman, The Thursday Murder Club (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin).

Electric Lit has an essay entitled “Karl Ove Knausgaard and Kim Kardashian Are More Similar Than You Think.”

The Washington Post has a feature on book jacket art trends.

Bon Appétit hires Dawn Davis, the vice-president and publisher of Simon & Schuster’s imprint 37 Ink, as its new editor-in-chief. The NYT reports.

O: The Oprah Magazine spotlights “117 Black-Owned Bookstores in America That Amplify the Best in Literature.” Also, the magazine asked twelve authors to share their favorite Black-owned bookstore. The New Yorker has “Linking Allies to Action in the Heart of the Black-Bookstore Boom.”

The University of Glasgow announces the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic. To mark the opening, there is to be a free, but ticketed, Zoom webinar on Sept. 16 featuring author Ellen Kushner, The Privilege of the Sword (Small Beer Press).

Esquire has a piece by Emma Copley Eisenberg, The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia (Hachette), about fact-checking nonfiction.

The Guardian reports on a remarkable 17th century book, and the remarkable library that has sought it for 400 years.

Vox writes about Alexandre Dumas on the 136th anniversary of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Lit Hub selects “The 13 Best Book Covers of August.”

JK Rowling returns her Ripple of Hope award “after its president … criticised her views on transgender issues.” The Guardian reports.

The co-creator of Scooby Doo, Joe Ruby, has died. Deadline has an obituary.

Authors on Air

HBO is adapting Sphere by Michael Crichton. Resident Evil is headed to Netflix. While starting as a video game, there are books too. Deadline reports.

Shadow and Act has a report about whitewashing in The New Mutants.

NPR’s Code Switch interviews Vicky Osterweil, In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action (Bold Type Books: Hachette). Huff Post also has an interview.

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