'The One and Only Ivan' Takes to the Screen | Book Pulse

The One and Only Ivan, based on the book by Katherine Applegate, leads adaptations for the week. The This Is Horror Awards winners are announced. The English PEN Ackerley Prize is announced as well and the longlist is out for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Outlander will put on a four-part “End of Summer Series.” There is plenty of Batman news. Sarah Cooper is working on a series based on her How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings.

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Aug. 21:

The One and Only Ivan, based on The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Harper). Disney+. Reviews | Trailer

Words on Bathroom Walls, based on Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton (Random House Books for Young Readers). Limited theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

Chemical Hearts, based on Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin). Amazon. Reviews | Trailer

The Burnt Orange Heresy, based on The Burnt Orange Heresy by Charles Willeford (Abrams). Limited theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

Class of ’83, based on The Class of 83: The Punishers of Mumbai Police by S. Hussain Zaidi (Penguin). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the characters created by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic). Amazon. No reviews | Trailer

Lucifer, based on the DC comics. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Aug 23:

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, based on the DC comics. VOD. No reviews | Trailer

Aug 25:

Trinkets, based on Trinkets by Kirsten Smith (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Aug. 27:

Pure, based on Pure by Rose Bretécher (Unbound). HBO Max. Reviews | Trailer


Time reviews The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions): “Although set in the early 1990s, the novel does not feel contemporary … But it has a timeless quality—the turmoil, judgment and bewildering choices that girls face as their bodies morph and their minds begin to explore independent thought are eternal. It’s a coming-of-age novel, yes, but not for those who are coming of age.”

The NYT reviews We Germans by Alexander Starritt (Little, Brown: Hachette): “Starritt’s prose is riveting. It unspools like a roll of film — raw, visceral and propulsive, rich with sensory detail and unsparing in its depictions of cruelty.”

The Washington Post reviews Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 edited by Jennifer Haupt (Central Avenue): “Thank heaven, these short accounts do comfort. They’re compulsively readable, too, even when painful — first, because they do what good writing always does, giving us the sharp relief of recognition. But they also inform, with dramatic power. Several manage some humor. All help us feel less lonely as we negotiate each new (Groundhog) day.” Also, Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway by Despina Stratigakos (Princeton): “gracefully juxtaposes the oppressor’s dream with Norway’s brutal reality as she examines the country’s occupation and the labor force that worked on building the Nazi fantasy state that never was.” AOC : The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez edited by Lynda Lopez (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan): “smart, briskly written and often inspiring essays.” The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media--from the Founding Fathers to Fake News by Harold Holzer (Dutton: Penguin): “a lively, deeply researched history of the roller-coaster relationships between presidents and journalists, from George Washington to Donald Trump.” Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal by Melissa Korn, Jennifer Levitz (Portfolio: Penguin): “compelling.” Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You (Ecco: Harper) by Capricia Penavic Marshall (Ecco: Harper): “a combination of an insider’s memoir, a woman’s road map to professional success and a Miss Manners-meets-Martha Stewart guide to home entertaining.” Trump on Trial: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath by Kevin Sullivan, Mary Jordan (Scribner: S. & S.): “forces us to consider the efficacy of the impeachment process and the integrity of its outcome.” To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq by Robert Draper (Penguin; LJ starred review): “detailed, nuanced, gripping account.”

Lit Hub picks “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today suggests “100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read, from Abi Daré to Zora Neale Hurston.”

Amazon has “10 great listens by Black authors in mystery & thriller.”

Tor.com has “Celebrating the Humorous SF of Latinx Authors.”

The NYT suggests eleven new books for the week.

The This Is Horror Awards winners are announced.

The English PEN Ackerley Prize is announced.

The longlist is out for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly reports on Ayana Gray's Beasts of Prey trilogy which will arrive in spring 2022 from Putnam Books for Young Readers.

Several forthcoming books get sales bumps, including In Love & Pajamas: A Collection of Comics about Being Yourself Together by Catana Chetwynd (Andrews McMeel: S. & S.), Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness by Houston Kraft (Tiller Press: S. & S.), Ocean Prey by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin), and Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth by Brian Stelter (Atria/One Signal: S. & S.).

William Jackson Harper will narrate Black Panther: Sins of the King for Serial Box. Tor.com reports.

The NYT writes “Reading Elena Ferrante in English? You’re Also Reading Ann Goldstein.”

Words Without Borders suggests “9 Translated Books by Black Women Writers to Read This #WITMonth.” (That is Women in Translation Month).

Hyperallergic writes about Alicia Yin Cheng’s This Is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot (Princeton Architectural).

Electric Lit features Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald (Harvard).

Texas Monthly writes “Vivian Stephens Helped Turn Romance Writing Into a Billion-Dollar Industry. Then She Got Pushed Out.”

The Guardian interviews Jeremiah Emmanuel, Dreaming in a Nightmare: Finding a Way Forward in a World That’s Holding You Back (Merky Books).

Lilly Dancyger interviews Alisson Wood, Being Lolita: A Memoir (Flatiron Books: Macmillan), for Electric Lit.

The Guardian interviews Helen Macdonald, Vesper Flights (Grove).

Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King by (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review), answers The Guardian’s “Books that made me” questions.

Medium has a brief interview with Lisa Lucas.

Tor.com excerpts Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin).

The L. A. Times writes about Little Free Libraries in the era of Covid.

Amazon looks at birds on book covers, spotting a trend.

O: The Oprah Magazine plans on at least four print issues for 2021.      

The New Publishing Standard has “Spotify’s move into audiobooks is a seismic shift in the publishing landscape, but the ripples will take time to be felt.”

Authors on Air

Outlander will put on a four-part “End of Summer Series” on Facebook staring on August 23. Deadline reports.

There is plenty of Batman news. Ben Affleck will return in the role in the forthcoming Flash film. In the same film, the Michael Keaton Batman will also have a role. Also, new footage from the Zack Snyder director’s cut trailer for Justice League is out. The full trailer will debut during DC FanDome. Lastly, The Batman film starring Robert Pattinson has a teaser poster and logo. It debuts on Oct. 1, 2021.

USA Today has a feature on The One and Only Ivan (Harper) and Katherine Applegate as the film adaptation of her book heads to Disney+.

Entertainment Weekly has a piece with Krystal Sutherland, as the adaptation of her Our Chemical Hearts (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin) heads to Amazon.

Sarah Cooper is working on a CBS comedy series based on her How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women (Andrews McMeel: S. & S.). People has the details.

Olivia Wilde is set to direct a “secret Marvel Movie (That’s Probably Spider-Woman).” Tor.com has details.

A film is in the works about Dan Mallory, the author of The Woman in the Window. Vulture reports.

The Crown gets a teaser trailer. Season four begins on Nov. 15.

Enola Holmes gets a trailer. It debuts on Sept. 23 and is based on The Enola Holmes mysteries by Nancy Springer.

Let Him Go gets a trailer. It is based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson. It debuts on Nov. 6.

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