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Dan Brown is writing a children’s book. The Nebula Award finalists are announced. Emma, zombies, and clones come to screens today and through the week ahead. Little Fires Everywhere and My Brilliant Friend get new trailers.

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Emma, Zombies, and Clones take to screens today and through the week ahead.







Feb. 21:

Emma, based on the book by Jane Austen (Penguin). Theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

The Call of the Wild, based on the book by Jack London (Penguin). Theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

Jinpa, based on two short stories, "The Slayer" by Tsering Norbu and "I Ran Over a Sheep" by Pema Tseden. Theatrical release. Reviews | Trailer

The Last Thing He Wanted, based on Joan Didion’s novel of the same name (Vintage). Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, based on the ongoing media series. Disney+. No reviews | Trailer

Feb. 23: 

The Walking Dead, based on the comic series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard (Image Comics). AMC. No reviews | Trailer

Riddled With Deceit: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery, based on the mystery series by Philip R. Craig (Harper). Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. No reviews | Trailer

Feb. 26: 

I Am Not Okay With This, based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel of the same name. (Fantagraphics: W.W. Norton). Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 27:

Altered Carbon, based on the Richard K. Morgan novel of the same name (Del Rey: Penguin). Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

Note: Bloodshot, based on Valiant comics characters, has been moved from today to March 13.


NPR reviews The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson (Crown: Random House): “a sprawling, gripping account of Winston Churchill's first year as prime minister of the United Kingdom, and it's nearly impossible to put down.”

The Washington Post reviews Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann (Pantheon: Random House): “entertaining us like a jester on a tightrope and reminding us of the danger of a fall.” Also, The Escape Artist by Helen Fremont (Gallery: S. & S.): “Fremont takes the reader along with her on the risky moon shot that is family memoir. With this eloquent guide, it is a difficult tour worth taking.” Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America by Stephanie Gorton (Ecco: Harper): “smart and illuminating.” The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America by Charlotte Alter (Viking: Penguin): “takes millennials seriously — and likewise takes seriously older generations’ responsibility for millennial woes, such as economic insecurity.” Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East by Kim Ghattas  (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “an ambitious retelling of the past four decades in the greater Middle East.” The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite by Michael Lind (Portfolio: Penguin): “Lind’s book will surely resonate with those who are already persuaded, but it will do little to enlighten those who are not. This is a shame.” There is also a dual look at book about Silicon Valley.

The NYT reviews The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade: Random House; SLJ starred review): “rich and unflinching … Books like this one change the game, giving young readers a story to dive into, to wrestle with, quite possibly to shout at in fury. And that’s a beautiful thing.” Also, Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights by Karen Blumenthal (Roaring Brook: Macmillan): “timely — and ever more necessary — insight … Blumenthal has done her job well: presenting the history, and leaving readers to wrestle with what the future may hold for families facing unwanted pregnancies.” The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes (Knopf): “succeeds brilliantly.” The paper also recommends 11 books for the week, the Crime column is back, and the “Shortlist” looks at “Poisoned Sake and Mutilated Teddy Bears.”

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

Briefly Noted

Dan Brown is writing a picture book, titled Wild Symphony (Rodale Kids: Random House) coming out Sept. 1. Rodale says the book’s main character is “the playful Maestro Mouse, trusty baton in hand, [who] brings readers along as he visits a variety of animal friends, from cheetahs and kangaroos to elephants and blue whales." It is illustrated by Susan Batori and also marks the release of Brown's own children's classical music. USA Today has a report, as does the NYT.

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is writing another book: Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World (Harper). It will publish on April 28. The Associated Press has details.

The Nebula Award finalists are announced.

Popsugar offers “25 of the Best New Books to Add to Your Reading List This Spring.”

The NYT has artist Sophie von Hellermann illustrate scenes from spring’s most anticipated new books.

O: The Oprah Magazine suggests “22 of the Best Book Club Picks to Spark Conversation at Your Next Meeting.”

Autostraddle has “Eight Black LGBTQ Poets.”

PW offers its picks for next week.

The L.A. Times features Susan Fowler, Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber (Viking: Penguin). There is also a piece on Teddy Wayne, Apartment (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

Slate features The Bear by Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press; LJ starred review).

Electric Lit interviews Tola Rotimi Abraham, Black Sunday (Catapult). Also, a piece on Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener (MCD: Macmillan) and one on Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House Press).

NPR excerpts The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson (Crown: Random House).

Time has an adapted excerpt of Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case, Angus Deaton (Princeton). Also, a feature on Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene (Knopf: Random House) and a review of Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Elle excerpts Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays by R. Eric Thomas (Ballantine: Random House; LJ starred review).

The NYT prints the poem “Prayer” by Eliza Griswold.

The Washington Post has a piece by Douglas Tallamy, the newly bestselling author of Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard (Timber Press: Workman).

NPR appreciates the Jake the Fake books by Craig Robinson.

Random House is creating separate imprints for the powerhouse women who head Schwartz & Wade. PW reports.

Flatiron Books announces a new imprint with iHeart Radio named Stuff You Should Read: An iHeartBook. The imprint will focus on the podcast material from iHeart Radio. US News has details.

From Voltaire to Al Capone,” the NYT reports on “L’Affaire Aristophil … arguably the Frenchiest of all financial scandals” involving rare books and manuscripts.

The U.S. has halved its tariffs on books made in China. The Bookseller has details.

The James Beard Foundation starts its months long award season with the America’s Classics Awards for restaurants but the media awards, which include cookbooks, are not announced until April 24.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Jeff Sharlet, This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review).

BBC is making a series based on the Artful Dodger character created by Charles Dickens. Deadline reports.

Pete Buttigieg, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future (Liveright: W.W. Norton), will be on Ellen today.

Little Fires Everywhere gets another trailer. It premieres on March 18.

My Brilliant Friend, season two, gets a trailer. It debuts on March 16.

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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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