Authors Form 'DisneyMustPay' Task Force For Money Owed on Adaptations | Book Pulse

Authors Neil Gaiman, Chuck Wendig, Tess Gerritsen, and Mary Robinette Kowal form "DisneyMustPay" task force to pay for outstanding money owed from adaptations done with their work. The 2021 Edgar Award winners and the 2021 ReLit Awards shortlist are announced. Interviews abound with Casey Wilson of The Wreckage of My Presence, Hayley Mills of Forever Young, Maggie Shipstead of Great Circle, Kate Summerscale of The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story, Vivian Gornick of Taking a Long Look: Essays on Culture, Literature, and Feminism in Our Time, Darryl Cunningham of Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful, Cassandra Lane of We Are Bridges, Mary Alice Monroe of The Summer of Lost and Found, Jenny Lee of Anna K Away, and Imbolo Mbue of How Beautiful We Were.

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Awards & News

Authors Neil Gaiman, Chuck Wendig, Tess Gerritsen, and Mary Robinette Kowal have formed the "DisneyMustPay" task force to pay for outstanding money owed from adaptations done with their work. The Guardian reports.

The 2021 Edgar Award winners are announced.

The 2021 ReLit Awards shortlist is announced.

Corinna Chong wins the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize.

C.L. Polk’s book The Midnight Bargain (Erewhon: Workman; LJ starred review) has been nominated for Ignyte Award for best novel.

Michelle T. Boone is named the President of Poetry FoundationNYT reports.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will be a hybrid of physical and digital froms and held from May 23-29.

The International Booker and Edinburgh Book Festival announce the Royal Shakespeare Company Program. Publishing Perspectives reports.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation opens “Survive to Thrive” applications with the help of We Need Diverse Books and authors and illustrators such as Michael Chabon and Anthony Doerr among many others.

Former Grove Press Editor and Pantheon Publisher, Fred Jordan passes away at 95. Publishers Weekly reports. 

Author of Red Sparrow thrillers, Jason Matthews passes away at 69. Seattle Times reports.

Page to Screen

April 30:

Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on the book by Alfred Döblin. VOD. Reviews| Trailer

Eat Wheaties!, based on The Locklear Letters by Michael Kun. VOD. No reviews | Trailer

The Mosquito Coast, based on the book by Paul Theroux. Apple TV+. Reviews| Trailer

Without Remorse, based on the book by Tom Clancy with associated titles. Prime Video. No reviews | Trailer

Four Good Days, based on the Washington Post article “How’s Amanda? A Story of Truth, Lies and American Addiction” by Eli Saslow. VOD. Reviews| Trailer

May 2:

Batwoman, based on associated titles. CW. Reviews| Trailer

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, based on associated titles. CW. Reviews| Trailer

May 4:

Star Wars: The Bad Batch, based on associated titles. Disney+. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny (Knopf; LJ starred review): “Heiny writes in a simple droll style about ordinary people who are often being less than their best selves.” Also, Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber (Counterpoint): “The humor in award-winning writer Joan Silber's new novel, Secrets of Happiness, is more subdued; it's rueful rather than charming.” Plus, Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf: LJ starred review): “Whereabouts offers a muted portrait of urban solitude marked by an undercurrent of longing.” Lastly, White Magic by Elissa Washuta (Tin House): “Washuta's writing makes reading her a superb experience, but this is the type of book that runs toward darkness.”

The Washington Post reviews Chris Bohjalian's Hour of the Witch (Doubleday): "Bohjalian is not only a talented storyteller; he understands women, and it shows in the insightful and empathetic way in which he tells their stories." Also,  Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? by Jesse McCarthy (Liverlight: Norton): "McCarthy’s special talent lies not in policy prescriptions. Indeed, he seems less interested in the details of public policy than in the challenge of wrestling with complex ideas. In doing so, his arrestingly original mind draws connections and conclusions that are not necessarily apparent." And many more reviews posted today.

Locus Magazine reviews Honeycomb by Joanne M. Harris (Gallery/Saga Press: S. & S.): “Over the course of this dark, adult fantasy novel/collection (it’s truly a hybrid of the two), Harris offers us an astoundingly wide array of parables and tales that cover themes of power, love, empathy, self-sacrifice, and truth.”

Datebook reviews Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown Spark: Hachette): “No matter how rooted we individually become, we inhabit a planet gravely threatened by climate change, habitat loss and social and racial injustice. It is easy to feel paralyzed. In response, Haupt says each of us needs to turn inward to discover our own unique gifts, then outward again to offer those gifts to the broken world.”

BookMarks has "The Best Reviewed Books the Week."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly features a “Summer Books Special cover shoot with Casey Wilson,” author of The Wreckage of My Presence (Harper) and an interview about her career, family, and “tales of excess.”

People features an interview with Hayley Mills, author of Forever Young (Grand Central Publishing: Hachette), about her time in Hollywood as a child actress and beyond.

Los Angeles Times interviews Maggie Shipstead, author of Great Circle (Knopf) on becoming a female adventurer

Shondaland interviews Kate Summerscale, author of The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story (Penguin) about true ghost stories that inspire her writing. Also, an interview with Vivian Gornick, author of Taking a Long Look: Essays on Culture, Literature, and Feminism in Our Time (Verso) about her education in the second-wave feminist movement and how it influenced her work. Lastly, an interview with Darryl Cunningham, author of Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan) about how wealth inequality affects the future.

Bustle interviews Amy Tan about her new PBS American Masters series.

Electric Lit interviews Cassandra Lane, author of We Are Bridges (The Feminist Press at CUNY) about the cost of slavery and lynchings in America.

Parade interviews Mary Alice Monroe, author of The Summer of Lost and Found (Gallery) about lessons she learned during 2020. Also, Jenny Lee, author of Anna K Away (Flatiron: Macmillan) about other books that have influenced her writing

The New York Review has an interview with author and filmmaker John Waters on his goal to become the filthiest person alive

Fox News introduces Matt Palumbo’s book Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasic Ruined New York (Post Hill Press: S. & S.) with an interview with the author

Oprah Daily editor at large Gayle King interviews Oprah and co-author psychiatrist Bruce Perry on the second virtual book tour stop for What Happened to You (Flatiron Books: Macmillan) about overcoming childhood trauma and supporting others who need help.

Popsugar profiles Morgan Harper Nicols, author of How Far You Have Come (Zondervan: HarperCollins Christian). 

BBC Culture spotlights psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, his role in the sexual revolution, and his influence on popular culture.

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt of Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump (Harper). provides an excerpt from The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood (HarperVoyager: HarperCollins). Also, a rundown of C.J. Cherryh’s fifth trilogy.

Bustle publishes an excerpt of Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez (Flatiron), set for an early 2022 release. 

LitHub shares an excerpt of a biography written by Ann McCutchan titled The Life She Wished To Live (W.W. Norton) of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling (Scribner: S. & S.).

CrimeReads posts “The Revenge Novel and the Art of Getting Even.” Also, a feature by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties (Berkeley) about how her Indonesian family’s antics inspired her latest book. Plus, W A. Winter, author of The Secret Lives of Dentists (Seventh Street Books: Prometheus) reveals a dark side of Minneapolis’ history.

The Walrus publishes a piece about how Bridgerton has changed the face of the romance genre.

Elle’s Shelf Life features Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls (Riverhead: Penguin).

Vox weighs in on the allegations against Blake Bailey and implications for the publishing industry. offers a list “Beyond Shadow and Bone: Your Guide to Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse.”

Los Angeles Times features a new generation of Black comic book artists reinventing the genre and provides “5 Black comic book creators, 5 views of this superhero age.” Ebony lists “Kuro Style: 5 Anima Series With Black Characters That You Need to Watch.”

CrimeReads gives "The Best Reviewed Crime Books of the Month: April 2021."

Gizmodo adds “42 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Consider for Your May Reading List.”

HipLatina lists “10 Poetry Books Out this Year by WOC.” 

Electric Lit publishes “8 Books for Lesbian Day of Visibility,” “Stories Based on Jewish Folklore and Magic,” and “Books That Imagine a World Without Men.”

Book Riot provides “5 Recent and Upcoming SFF Books by Trans and Nonbinary Authors,” “Post-Pandemic Entertaining: 13 Books to Inspire You,” “20 Must-Read Contemporary Sapphic Novels,” and many more recommendations

AARP recommends “3 New Books About Memory - and Keeping It Sharp.”

NYT lists "9 New Books We Recommend This Week."

NYPL gives “30 Stellar Spring Reads from Diverse Authors and Creators,” “Great Graphic Novels to Add to Your Classroom Library,” and “Recent Books That Reflect Diverse Womens’ Experiences for Kids, Teens, and Adults.”

Datebook has “Bay Area authors share book recommendations to celebrate APA Heritage Month.”

Bustle lists “The 40 Best New Books To Read This May.”

Bitch Media posts “7 Extremely Online Books for the Twitter-Weary.”

LitHub's Astrology Book Club recommends "What to Read This Month, Based on You Sign."

NYT offers audio cookbooks

Authors on Air

On NPR’s Throughline, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lesson for Our Own (Crown: Random House) talks about Baldwin’s legacy and modern meanings.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Imbolo Mbue, author of How Beautiful We Were (Random House) about how the oil industry affected his life and writing.

CrimeReads gives “The 10 Greatest Movies Adapted from Crime Novels.”

Bustle shares spoilers for Nicole Kidman’s TV project based on the book Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (Flatiron: Macmillan).

PBS provides a full transcript for an interview with Susan Page, author of Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (Twelve). gives a preview of Netflix’s adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth comic series and reviews Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the book by Margaret Atwood. Shondaland also addresses the use of trauma in the storytelling of this series

Lit Hub’s WMFA podcast interviews Elissa Washuta, author of White Magic (Tin House) about her creative process and what has inspired her writing.

Amazon Studios now has the screen rights to You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (Atria: S. & S.). Deadline reports.

Julia Roberts and Resse Witherspoon team up with Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me (S.&S.) to adapt her book into a series for Apple TV+. Popsugar reports.

The CW is launching summer premieres for many comic book adaptations; Dexter, based on the books by Jeff Lindsay, will get a new Showtime revival; and The Irregulars, associated with Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series is overshadowing The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, according to Nielson’s weekly streaming chart. Deadline reports.

Ebony lists “Black Sci-Fi Movies That Appeal to Gamers, Blerds and Basically Everyone Celebrating National Superhero Day.”

George W. Bush, author of Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants (Crown) will appear on the Jimmy Kimmel show tonight.

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