Ta-Nehisi Coates's 'Between the World and Me' Coming to TV | Book Pulse

HBO is turning the stage play of Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me into a TV special. Apple greenlights a series adaptation of Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. It will star Elisabeth Moss. BET is planning a tribute to John Lewis for Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Essence lists “The 50 Most Impactful Black Books Of The Last 50 Years.” Michael Cohen is ordered released from prison after a judge finds his imprisonment “retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book.” The Center for Fiction releases its longlist for the First Novel Prize.

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HBO is turning the stage play of Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me into a special. It “will combine elements of the stage production, including readings from the book, as well as documentary footage from the actors' home life, archival footage, and animation.” Amazon greenlights the Paper Girls comics adaptation. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Apple greenlights a series adaptation of Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. It will star Elisabeth Moss who will also executive produce. It will also be “executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.” HBO Max is adapting The Wild by Owen Laukkanen. Rights have sold for Greer Macallister’s Woman 99. Nickelodeon is creating a CG-animated Star Trek series, Star Trek: Prodigy.Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, starring Michael B. Jordan, is likely moving to Amazon Studios. Deadline reports on all.

The BBC and HBO are set for season two of His Dark Materials, to be based on The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. Here is the trailer.

BET is planning a tribute to John Lewis. It will air Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Shadow and Act reports.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Mary Trump, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (S. & S.).

Star Trek: Lower Decks gets a first look. It begins on Aug. 6 on CBS All Access.

As for this week's adaptations:

July 24:

Radioactive, based on Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (It Books). Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

Kissing Booth 2, based on The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance by Beth Reekles (Ember: Random House). Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing, based on the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Offering to the Storm, based on Offering to the Storm by Dolores Redondo (Harper). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

July 26:

Love in Harmony Valley, based on Dandelion Wishes by Melinda Curtis (Harlequin). UP. No reviews | Trailer

Wynonna Earp, season four, based on the comics by Beau Smith. Syfy. No reviews | Trailer

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford (Grove Press): “Ford’s connection to her characters shines through the writing, infusing these voices with a sweet, sidelong zing.”

NPR reviews Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Tor Books: Macmillan): “Put together by a masterful wordsmith, Trouble the Saints gives us a tale of how agency doesn't always equal freedom, and solutions don't always lead to success, with characters you desperately hope make the right choice — even when that choice doesn't exist.”

USA Today reviews Pew by Catherine Lacey (FSG: Macmillan), giving it 3 stars and writing “Lacey is a gifted writer, on par with the best of horror writers at ratcheting up tension.”

The NYT reviews True Story Kate Reed Petty (Viking: Penguin): “spellbinding … full of horror and isolation, unsent messages and stifled expression, manipulation and erasure.” Stephen King reviews Afterland by Lauren Beukes, (Muholland Books: Hachette) calling it: “a smartly written thriller that opens with a satisfying bang.” Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall (FSG: Macmillan): “[a] surprising book … [that] feels like poetic justice.” His & Hers by Alice Feeney (Flatiron Books: Macmillan): “Sympathetic characters are thin on the ground in a twisty tale that tests the limits of plausibility even as it entertains.”

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

Briefly Noted

Time features Isabel Wilkerson and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Random House; LJ starred review).

The NYT features Edmund White, A Saint from Texas (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

The Center for Fiction releases its long list for the First Novel Prize.

Essence lists “The 50 Most Impactful Black Books Of The Last 50 Years.”

Book Riot gathers “Literal #OwnVoices: 30 Audiobooks Written and Read by Black Authors.”

CrimeReads offers “Five International Crime Novels You Should Read This July.”

Vanity Fair picks “21 Best Books of 2020: The Books Getting Us Through This Wild Year (So Far).”

Amazon highlights forthcoming celebrity memoirs.

BBC has a piece about some of the “Eerily prescient 2020 plague novels.”

BuzzFeed has “18 Feel-Good Summer Novels That'll Help If You Need A Break From The Real World.”

The NYT suggests “8 Things to Do This Weekend.” Also, the paper has “10 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

Electric Lit offers “9 Books About Being Homesick for A Place That Doesn’t Exist Anymore.”

Jonathan Kellerman has summer reads for Amazon.

The Washington Post has more on the Harper’s letter. And in The Guardian Pankaj Mishra and Viet Thanh Nguyen “discuss Black Lives Matter, the Harper’s letter and where we go from here.”

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Black Canary: Breaking Silence: DC Icons Black Canary Novel by Alexandra Monir (Random House Books for Young Readers). Also, a very short piece on Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series by James Hibberd (Dutton: Penguin).

Tor.com excerpts Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms (Sourcebooks Landmark). Also, an excerpt of Hall of Smoke by Hannah M. Long (Titan Books: Random House).

The NYT excepts Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers, The Staff of The New York Times (Versify: HMH).

Refinery29 has an audio excerpt of Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne (Crown Books for Young Readers: Random House).

The Guardian interviews Brandon Sanderson, his newest Rhythm of War comes out in November from Tor: Macmillan.

The Millions interviews Christopher Beha, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts (Tin House; LJ starred review).

The Guardian asks Emma Donoghue, The Pull of the Stars (Little, Brown: Hachette), to answer the “Books that made me” column.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Mary H. K. Choi, her newest is Yolk (S. & S. Books for Young Readers) is forthcoming March 2021.

Michael Cohen is ordered released from prison after a judge finds his imprisonment “retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book.” The Washington Post reports.

Behrouz Boochani, “a Kurdish-Iranian refugee and writer who documented abuses under Australia’s tough immigration policies during his yearslong detention on a remote Pacific island, has been granted asylum in New Zealand.”

In the NYT’s “The Literati” feature, “Edward Sorel illustrates the epic battle for control of the Fabian Society, an elite group of socialists, at the turn of the last century.” H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw are involved.

Juan Marsé has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Gerald Williams has died of Covid. The NYT has an obituary.

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