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BookExpo and BookCon announce their online schedule. PEN America also launches an all-digital Pen World Voices Festival for 2020. The NYT decides “We’ve hit peak crafting.” Andy Serkis is reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to raise money in support of those suffering through the pandemic. Disney+ is going to create Just Beyond, based on the graphic novel series by R.L. Stine. Author Seth Grahame-Smith will write the script. Wally Lamb and Caitlin Moran see books on screen, and a long-awaited Dickens adaptation finally arrives.

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BookExpo and BookCon announce their online schedule. BookExpo from May 26-29 and BookCon from May 30-31. Both will be free and take place on the Facebook pages of each.

Librarians Day will be on May 26 and will include panels on LibraryReads, on the impact of the pandemic on library service, RA after the pandemic, and how library events drive discovery and sales. The Adult Book & Author Dinner will be on May 27 and the Children’s Book & Author Dinner will be on May 28. May 29 will feature the editor’s buzz panels and showcases. The full calendar is here.

Already announced, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog will take place on May 28. The full program is online here.

PEN America also launches an all-digital Pen World Voices Festival for 2020.

Page to Screen

Wally Lamb and Caitlin Moran see books on screen and a long-awaited Dickens adaptation finally arrives.

May 8:

The Personal History of David Copperfield, based on the novel by Charles Dickens (Vintage: Random House). Limited Theatrical Release. Reviews | Trailer

How to Build a Girl, based on the book of the same name by Caitlin Moran (Harper; LJ starred review). Streaming. Reviews | Trailer

Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt, based on Monkey with a Tool Belt by Chris Monroe (Carolrhoda Books: Lerner). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

May 10:

I Know This Much Is True, based on the novel of the same name by Wally Lamb (Harper). HBO. Reviews | Trailer

JJ Villard's Fairy Tales, based on the Grimm’s fairy tales. Adult Swim. No reviews | Trailer

Reviews

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Book of V. by Anna Solomon (Holt: Macmillan), giving it an A- and writing “she manages a great novelistic trick: blending real history and radical fiction into one enthralling whole.”

USA Today reviews All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Riverhead: Penguin), giving it 3 stars and writing “Straub juggles the weighty topics with a feather-light touch, funny without being flip, with keen insights into how we evolve through every stage of life.”

The NYT reviews A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet (W.W. Norton): “With brilliant restraint, Millet conceives her own low-key “bible” the same way. It’s not a history, not a tract or a jeremiad; the truth it bears is not going to overwrite the future.” Also, Stray by Stephanie Danler (Knopf): “carefully concocted but unfermented.”

The Washington Post reviews Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit (Viking: Penguin): “might be read less as memoir than as manifesto — a voice raised in hope against gender violence.”

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

Briefly Noted

The NYT picks 10 books for the week.

O: The Oprah Magazine features “14 of the Best Books to Read this May.”

Tor.com gathers “All the New Genre Bending Books Arriving in May.” Also, “Jo Walton’s Reading List: April 2020.”

Electric Lit has a reading list from Jordan Farmer, The Poison Flood (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin), about books set in Appalachia.

Ed Roberson wins the Jackson Poetry Prize.

The Washington Post surveys “12 novels that changed the way we live.”

Tor.com interviews Martha Wells, Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel (Tor.com: Macmillan), who also has reading recommendations.

Electric Lit interviews Alexandra Chang, Days of Distraction (Ecco: Harper).

Shondaland interviews Maggie Tokuda-Hall, The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea (Candlewick).

David Sedaris answers the “Books that made me” for The Guardian.

Vox has a new “Ask a Book Critic” column. Also, an appreciation for Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally (Penguin Classics).

USA Today celebrates “Octavia Butler's prescient fiction.”

Entertainment Weekly posts images from Cursed, Netfix’s forthcoming Arthurian film based on the Cursed by Frank Miller, illustrated by Thomas Wheeler (S. & S.).

Guns N’Roses is writing a children’s book with James Patterson. It is to be called Sweet Child O’ Mine and will be illustrated by Jennifer Zivion. It publishes in September. Pitchfork has details.

Book Riot features “13 Pioneering Black American Librarians.”

Gil Schwartz, who wrote as Stanley Bing, has died. The NYT has an obituary.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Entertainment Weekly reports that Andy Serkis is reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, “in one sitting, on live stream to raise money for charities fighting coronavirus.”

The Washington Post reports on the fallout from Emily Giffin's social media attacks on Meghan Markle.

The Bookseller reports on the fears of UK small publishers that they might be forced to close due to the pandemic.

The Guardian features author Mem Fox and her fears about the pandemic.

The NYT decides “We’ve hit peak crafting” and features the out of print Doomsday Knits: Projects for the Apocalypse and After edited by Alex Tinsley (Cooperative Press, 2013).

CrimeReads has quarantine book recommendations. So does Lit Hub.

Vox has a guide to classic books “you can read in quarantine, organized by level of difficulty.”

The Guardian reports on NYPL’s streaming sound album. It has been streamed "around 200,000" times and governor Andrew Cuomo calls it one of his “deep breath moments.”

Authors on Air

The L.A. Times features Nadiya Hussain, the beloved star of The Great British Baking Show, cookbook author, and now, star of a new Netflix show, Nadiya’s Time to Eat.

Disney+ is going to create Just Beyond, based on the graphic novel series by R.L. Stine. Author Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) will write the script. The musical Between the Lines, based on the novel by Jodi Picoult, is pushed back until spring 2021. Deadline reports.

Vanity Fair has a first look at The Old Guard, based on the comic book by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández.

The Today show features Your Blue Flame: Drop the Guilt and Do What Makes You Come Alive by Jennifer Fulwiler (Zondervan: HarperCollins).

Fox News features How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps by Ben Shapiro (Broadside Books: Harper). Also, a feature on What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life by Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue (HarperOne).

Snowpiercer gets a new trailer. The series begins on May 17.

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