Avengers: Page to Screen, Apr. 26, 2019 | Book Pulse

Avengers: Endgame is selling out, winning gushing praise, and breaking box office records. The Edgar Awards are announced. In addition to the bounty of the Edgars, there are some RA-friendly guides to mysteries and to Ian McEwan. In poetry, Joy Harjo wins the 2019 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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Page to Screen

The biggest draw this weekend is Avengers: Endgame, which is earning glowing reviews and is on track to smash box office records. Also of some notable interest, this Sunday Game of Thrones gets ready to set the living against the dead in the longed-for showdown between Jon Snow and company and the Night King.

Friday, April 25

Avengers: Endgame, based on the Marvel comics. Reviews | Trailer

JT LeRoy, based on Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy by Savannah Knoop (Seven Stories). Reviews | Trailer

The White Crow, based on Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh (Vintage: Random House). Reviews | Trailer

The Protector, based on Karakalem ve Bir Delikanlının Tuhaf Hikayesi by N. İpek Gökdel (Sayfa 6). No reviews | Trailer

Monday, April 29

Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries, a spin-off of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series. No reviews | Trailer

Tuesday, April 30

The 100, based on The 100 by Kass Morgan (Little, Brown: Hachette). No reviews | Trailer

Baki, based on the manga series by Keisuke Itagaki. No reviews | Trailer

Thursday, May 2

iZombie, based on the comics by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred. No reviews | Trailer

Edgars and Mystery Guides

The Edgar Awards are announced:

Down the River unto the Sea: Detective, Heal Thyself by Walter Mosley (Mullholland Books: Hachette) wins best novel.

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (Ecco) wins best debut.

The full list of nominees is here.

CrimeReads explores a new subgenre, "the hipster mystery, or hipstery."

CrimeReads also has a starters guide to locked-room mysteries.


The NYT reviews Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD (Viking: Penguin): "unexpectedly poignant overview of the research on cognitive biases and stereotypes, especially racial bias in criminal justice." Also, American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation by Adam Morris (Liveright: W.W. Norton): "gripping." Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers (Scribner: S. & S.): "taut and incisive debut novel." A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian (Algonquin: Workman): "a strong debut." The paper features a dual review of "Two Novels for and About Lost Millennial Women." The Children's Books column highlights "Y.A. Novels That Let Teenage Boys Be Vulnerable." Also, the paper spotlights Uncertain Manifesto: Unsure Manifesto I by Frédéric Pajak, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith (New York Review Books: Random House), gathers poetry collections that "Confront Despair With Wonder," and highlights some new paperbacks. Lastly, a look at diet books, silly and profound.

The Washington Post reviews The Question Authority by Rachel Cline (Red Hen Press): "its affecting portrait of a lonely woman who must grapple with childhood trauma."

Briefly Noted

Town & Country picks "The Best Books to Read in 2019."

Book Marks lists the best reviewed books of the week.

Electric Lit has another in its series of "5 Books That Aren't By Men."

Entertainment Weekly reports that Stan Lee was working on a new superhero universe, which will debut on Audible in Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light.

Joy Harjo wins the 2019 Jackson Poetry Prize.

Elle interviews Angie Kim, Miracle Creek (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Molly Ringwald about books that have influenced her. Her most recent work is a translation, Lie With Me by Philippe Besson, translated by Molly Ringwald (Scribner: S. & S.).

Electric Lit interviews Melissa Rivero, The Affairs of the Falcóns (Ecco: Harper).

NPR interviews Sunita Puri, That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Inua Ellams.

Paste features William Shakespeare's Get Thee Back to the Future! by Ian Doescher (Quirk Books: Random House).

The Hollywood Reporter excerpts The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont by Shawn Levy (Doubleday: Random House).

Book Marks offers a reading guide to Ian McEwan. The L.A. Times has an interview.

Author John L’Heureux has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The NYT offers a catch-up for Avengers: Endgame.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are adapting Mary Gabriel's Ninth Street Women for Amazon.

William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley is headed to the movies, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Guillermo del Toro invovled as likely star and certain director. Variety has details.

Still no title for the next Bond film, but Variety has a few news-y notes.

NPR interviews Myla Goldberg , Feast Your Eyes (Scribner: S. & S.).

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