Adaptations of Colin Dexter, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and J. M. Coetzee Arrive | Book Pulse

Bookish shows about a secret garden, a determined detective, and more debut today and through the weekend. More picks for August arrive. Former President George W. Bush is writing a book, Out Of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants. Oprah interviews Ibram X. Kendi, How To Be an Antiracist.

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Aug 7:

The Secret Garden, based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Penguin). VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Waiting for the Barbarians, based on Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee (Penguin). VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Samsam, based on the comic by Serge Bloch. Limited theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

Out Stealing Horses, based on Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, translated by Anne Born (Graywolf Press: Macmillan). Limited theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space, based on the series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

The New Legends of Monkey, based on a Chinese fable. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Aug 9:

Endeavour, based on the characters created by Colin Dexter. PBS. No reviews | Trailer

In more Author on Air news

PBS NewsHour interviews Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Random House; LJ starred review).

USA Today has a report on Oprah’s AppleTV+ conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, How To Be an Antiracist (One World: Random House; LJ starred review).

Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness is headed to TV. Glennon Doyle’s Untamed is too. Megan Abbott’s forthcoming The Turnout is set for the small screen as well. Deadline reports.

A trailer is out for I’m Thinking of Ending Things, which is based the book by Iain Reid and will debut on Netflix on September 4.

The Undoing gets a trailer. It is based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s You Should Have Known and runs on HBO starting Oct. 25.


NPR reivews Tomboyland by Melissa Faliveno (Topple: Little A.): “Faliveno doesn't always definitively answer the questions she asks — and after all, how could she, when existential issues of identity, belonging, language, and the body are rarely if ever static static — but she does manage to get satisfyingly close her essays in emotional or narrative catharsis.”

The NYT has a joint review of “Experiencing War Far From the Battlefield.” Also, a review of four new romance novels. The “Shortlist” considers “Three New Memoirs Offer a Glimpse Into the Writer’s Mind.” 

The L.A. Times reviews The Mystery of Charles Dickens by A.N. Wilson (Harper; LJ starred review): “Wilson has taken a personal, almost memoir-ish approach to a writer who comforted the biographer at key points in his life, especially the gauntlet of British boarding school.”

The Washington Post reviews George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters by Ashley Kahn (Chicago Review Press): “Kahn writes a well-informed introduction to each selection, but a transcribed interview remains a disembodied format. Harrison’s speaking voice and accent, his gestures, laughter, and other telling body language are absent.”

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

Briefly Noted

The NYT picks 9 books for the week.

The Millions has “Must-Read Poetry: August 2020.”

Entertainment Weekly picks the best comics for August.

Entertainment Weekly suggests “4 more books to read after you finish Luster.”

Lois Lowry has summer reads for Amazon.

Vulture lists “Phoebe Bridgers’s 10 Favorite Books.”

Book Riot has “16 Books Like Taylor Swift’s FOLKLORE to Add to Your TBR.”

Electric Lit has “What to Read to Get Ready for the Queer Black Revolution.” Also an article entitled “Lesbian Pulp Novels Made Me Feel Normal.”

The finalists are announced for the Harriet Tubman Prize.

Time "Talks" has “Angie Thomas on How Books Are Transforming the Next Generation.” Also, Time has an essay by Lyz Lenz, Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women (Bold Type Books: Hachette).

Traveler has an essay by Stephanie Danler on “Spain’s Eternal Draw.” Her newest book is Stray (Knopf).

Amazon interviews Charlotte McConaghy, Migrations (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Daisy Johnson, Sisters (Riverhead: Penguin).

The Washington Post interviews Caroline Leavitt, With or Without You (Algonquin: Workman).

Electric Lit interviews Akwaeke Emezi, The Death of Vivek Oji (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

The Guardian asks Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette), to answer its “Books that made me" questions.

Edmund White, A Saint from Texas (Bloomsbury: Macmillan), answers the NYT “By the Book” questions.

In forthcoming book news. Former President George W. Bush is writing a book, Out Of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants. It will be published by Crown on March 2. USA Today has the news.

Also in publishing news, Bombardier Announces a new imprint for BIPOC writers. Publishers Weekly reports.

Library Journal interviews Phoebe Robinson “on Spotlighting Diverse Voices Through Her New Imprint.”

Deadline features A Star Is Bored by Byron Lane (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Time features Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife by Ariel Sabar (Doubleday: Random House), also a feature on Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The NYT has a feature piece on H.P. Lovecraft, his “his racism, his sexism and his profound weirdness” as well as key works and adaptations. excerpts Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (Simon Pulse: S. & S.) and has an excerpt from Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Simon Pulse: S. & S.; SLJ starred review). Also, an interview with Eiko Kadono, Emily Balistrieri, Kiki's Delivery Service (Delacorte Books for Young Readers: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly has details of Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom book tour.

Diana Russell has died. The NYT reports.

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