April, Spring, and Forthcoming Books, Apr. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

Stephen King is adapting Lisey’s Story for Apple TV. There is plenty of other page to screen news as well. More spring, April, and forthcoming book lists suggest winning titles while ALA announces its list of the most banned ones.

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More April, Spring, and Forthcoming Lists







CrimeReads gathers "April's Best, Biggest Thrillers."

Bustle has "21 New Romance Novels To Make Your Spring Reading Even Dreamier Than You Imagined" and "The Terrifying Books That Scared These 15 Thriller, Horror, And True Crime Authors."

Refinery29 offers a list on "The Best YA Books Written By Black Women That You Haven't Read Yet."

New PrePub Alert posts are up.

The April GalleyChat Roundup is posted.


The NYT reviews Normal People by Sally Rooney (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): "Rooney employs this artery-nicking style while writing about love and lust among damaged and isolated and yearning young people. They’re as lonely as Frank Sinatra on some of his album covers, as lonely as Hank Williams’s whip-poor-will. The effect can be entrancing." Also The River by Peter Heller (Knopf) which has the winning, if awkward to quote line "... the utter joy contained in this book, which is a suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and lyrical flair." River of Fire by Qurratulain Hyder (New Directions: W.W. Norton): "as relevant in 2019 as it was when she first wrote it in 1959, originally in Urdu and then, in 1998, in English ... gushes across more than 2,000 years of subcontinental history, carving narrative mountains and valleys for us to hike across. It floods us with details." Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt: Macmillan): "Book groups, meet your next selection."

The Washington Post reviews Outside Looking In by T.C. Boyle (Harper; LJ starred review), with a video review as wells as the print one, which calls it "a farce laced with tragedy ... superbly paced ... suspenseful and inevitable." Also, The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (HMH): "hard-edged, heartbreaking."

Briefly Noted

ALA announces the Top Ten List of challenged books. There are 11 titles this year.

Shondaland features Candice Carty-Williams, Queenie (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.).

The NYT showcases Hilton Carter, Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants (Ryland Peters & Small: S. & S.).

Essence spotlights Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

USA Today features The Power of Sprinkles: A Cake Book by the Founder of Flour Shop by Amirah Kassem (Abrams).

The Washington Post picks poetry titles addressing "race, gender, and violence."

USA Today reports that Tom Selleck is writing his memoirs.

Tor.com celebrates the Prometheus Award.

Authors on Air

Stephen King is adapting Lisey’s Story for Apple TV, to star Julianne Moore. Entertainment Weekly has details.

PBS News Hour interviews Robert Caro, Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing (Knopf; LJ starred review). Also, a feature on Emily Chang, Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley (Portfolio: Penguin), the author of their book club pick for April.

NPR interviews Nathaniel Rich, Losing Earth: A Recent History (MCD: Macmillan).

Entertainment Weekly reports that Preacher will end with season 4 and that The Waking Dead is spinning off into a third series.

PBS Books has a "Reconstruction Reading List" in the run up to the new Henry Louis Gates, Jr. documentary.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Killing Eve is renewed for a third season. Shazam! will get a sequel. Nick Drnaso’s comic Sabrina is headed to the movies. Camille DeAngelis's Bones & All is as well. Under The Wire by Paul Conroy is set for a Starz "drama-documentary." Also, Lee Child is working to create "a Black Mirror-meets-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri true crime anthology drama series."

Chelsea Handler, Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! (Spiegel & Grau: Random House), will be on Jimmy Fallon and The View today.

Abby Wambach, WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game (Celadon Books: Macmillan), will be on The Daily Show.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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