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Hulu is adapting Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends and Normal People will have two more short episodes, set forty years in the future. Poetry and audiobooks are both in the news and the NYT offers “How We Got Here: Writers on Race and Racism in America.”

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Hulu is adapting Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends. It will run for 12 episodes, in partnership with BBC 3, and be helmed by Lenny Abrahamson, who directed Normal People. Deadline reports. On top of that news, Normal People will return with two more episodes set forty years in the future. Town & Country reports, “The shorts will air as part of RTÉ Does Comic Relief on June 26.”

Martha Stewart is getting a new gardening show on HGTV. Town & Country reports.

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal sells film rights. Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love is getting adapted for TV by the BBC. Nullaboo Hullabaloo by Fleur Ferris is getting adapted as an animated film. The inspector Cetin Ikmen novels by Barbara Nadel are headed to TV. Deadline reports.

 The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis is getting adapted by Davis for the movies. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

The Magic School Bus is headed to the movies. It is based on the books by Joanna Cole and will star Elizabeth Banks. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence is set for the movies too. Variety has details.

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Kim Wehle, What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why (Harper).

Page to Screen







June 26:

Beats, based on the play by Kieran Hurley (Oberon Books). Virtual Theatres. Reviews | Trailer

A Regular Woman, based on the German book by Matthias Deiß and Jo Goll. Virtual Theatres. No reviews | Trailer

June 28:

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, based on the book of the same name by Michelle McNamara (Harper). HBO. Reviews | Trailer

The Sommerdahl Murders, based on the Scandinavian crime series by Anna Grue. Acorn. No reviews | Trailer (scroll down)

July 1:

Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt, based on Monkey with a Tool Belt by Chris Monroe (Carolrhoda Books: Lerner). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

July 2:

Warrior Nun, based on the comic series by Ben Dunn. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

The Family Business, based on the book series by Carl Weber. BET+. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin): “unusual, messy, and fascinating.”

The NYT reviews Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (Knopf): “a big novel with big ideas … But where this novel shines brightest is in her patchwork of spot on minutiae, her honest rendering of what happens behind closed doors.”

The Washington Post reviews Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood by Colin Woodard (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review): “an unusual but engaging collective biography.” Also, Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives by Philip N. Howard (Yale): “computational propaganda allows organized political forces to mainline influence directly into voters’ minds, appealing not with reason but through manipulation of their emotions.” The Impostors : How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics by Steve Benen (Morrow: Harper): “the book is a plea for saner heads to rescue the Republican Party from its current morass.” The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times by Anthony DePalma (Viking: Penguin): “delves into the lives of five disparate souls to narrate his everyman tale.” The Arab Winter : A Tragedy by Noah Feldman (Princeton): “important … an argument, in the best sense of that word, couched in political philosophy.”

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

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews “9 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

Electric Lit suggests “8 Poetry Collections on Blackness.”

O: The Oprah Magazine has “16 Books to Read to Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month,” “10 Powerful bell hooks Books on the Intersectionality of Race and Feminism,” and a conversation with George M. Johnson, Darnell Moore, Sesali Bowen, and Michael Arceneaux under the headline “Four LGBTQ+ Authors Are Changing How We View Black Queer Literature.”

The NYT offers “How We Got Here: Writers on Race and Racism in America.” The essay features authors, scholars, poets, critics, and more suggesting works to read.

Prepub Alert stretches into January 2021.

The L. A. Times has a story about Paul Trembly and Survivor Song (Harper), “about a rabies-like pandemic and armed conspiracists who make it worse, before COVID-19 was even a thing.”

A judge has tossed out the Trump family effort to stop Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump (S. & S.). The family plans to appeal. Deadline reports.

Mayim Bialik and DC Comics are making "Flash Facts," a new science series for kids. USA Today reports.

Time interviews Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity (Doubleday: Random House). The Guardian also has an interview.

The Guardian has another of its “cross-generational conversations,” this one with Roger Robinson and Rachel Long. They “discuss the prejudices of the white publishing world and the power of today’s youth.”

Roddy Doyle, Love (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review), answers the NYT’s “By the Book” questions.

The Millions interviews Sam Lansky, Broken People (Hanover Square Press: Harper).

Vanity Fair excerpts Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir by Lacy Crawford (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Lion's Den by Katherine St. John (Grand Central: Hachette). Also, an audio excerpt of Memoirs and Misinformation by Jim Carrey (Knopf), read by Jeff Daniels.

Time features Want by Lynn Steger Strong (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

In forthcoming book news, Vulture reports on Halsey’s I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry (S. & S.).

The Virtual Book Channel has “Poetry Reading on Blackness in America.”

The Guardian writes about diversity in poetry in the UK and Ireland.

Publishing Perspectives has highlights from Bookwire’s ‘All About Audio’ program.

Video programs featuring the Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Printz Award, and the Stonewall youth and adult Book Awards, plus more, will air on June 28 as part of ALA Annual.

The Washington Post has an essay titled: “There’s no replacement for the thrill of browsing in a bookstore.”

Zeev Sternhell has died. The NYT reports.

Elsa Joubert has died. The NYT reports.

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