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James Cameron is hosting a documentary series on sf. Jacqueline Carey is retelling Kushiel’s Dart through the eyes of the character Joscelin Verreuil. LitHub interviews book critic Ron Charles (who sounds like a librarian) while librarian Nancy Pearl interviews Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels

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James Cameron is hosting a documentary series on sf. Tor.com reports thatAnnalee Newitz (Autonomous), Ken Liu (translator of The Three-Body Problem Trilogy and Invisible Planets), and Nnedi Okorafor (Binti) will all appear.”

Electric Lit surveys Irish women crime writers.

NYT Match Book suggests “Genre Fiction by Black Writers, About Black Characters.”

The longlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year is out.

Reviews

The NYT reviews The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison (Little, Brown) deciding “The writing itself seems tipsy.” Of The Emissary by Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani (New Directions: W.W. Norton): “as bleak a portrait of contemporary Japan as you could imagine.” Also The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser (Catapult; LJ starred review), writing it is “a novel concerned with dislocation.” To close, the paper profiles Harvey Karp, of the baby advice books.

The Washington Post rounds up books on the “wired life” and reviews Gregory Pardlo’s Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf), writing “Pardlo shares these reflections in prose that seems powerful and effortless.” Of The Poet’s Calling by Mark Eisner (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review): “not as satisfying as one might have hoped. Still, Neruda’s life remains a source of fascination, and his work remains vital. Any book that is likely to help bring new generations of readers to it is to be valued for that reason alone.”

USA Today reviews My Patients and Other Animals by Suzy Fincham-Gray (Spiegel & Grau), calling it “engrossing, visceral.”

NPR reviews Meaghan O’Connell’s And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready (Little, Brown), calling it “wry, brutal.” Of The Only Story by Julian Barnes (Knopf): “one of the saddest books I’ve read in some time. Beautifully done, but heartrending.” Also, How To Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee (Mariner: HMH; LJ starred review): “Chee’s writing has a mesmerizing quality; his sentences are rife with profound truths without lapsing into the didactic.”

Briefly Noted

Jacqueline Carey is retelling Kushiel’s Dart through the eyes of the character Joscelin Verreuil in her new book Cassiel’s Servant (no word yet on pub. date or ordering details).

John Scalzi, Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Tor: Macmillan), interviews the two different narrators of his book for Entertainment Weekly. In return, Salon interviews Scalzi.

LitHub interviews Ron Charles, the editor of Book World at The Washington Post. He describes his job and it sounds a lot like an RA librarian:its purpose is primarily not to tell the world what you happen to think about a particular book; it’s to engage your subscribers and to help them determine if they would like this book.”

Entertainment Weekly interviews Kevin Young, Brown: Poems (Knopf). The magazine also previews She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy by Jill Soloway (Crown Archetype) and excerpts An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris (Saga: S. & S.).

Shondaland features Christina Lauren, Love and Other Words (Gallery: S. & S.).

Elle features Jana Casale, The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky (Knopf).

Emma Watson shares the books on her bedside table.

The producer of the Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird is suing the estate of Harper Lee.

Entertainment Weekly has a report about AI storytelling. One of the people involved says “We’re doing for the Brothers Grimm what Jurassic Park did for dinosaurs.”

The Guardian’s podcast reports on the London Book Fair and places bets on the Man Booker International prize.

Nancy Pearl interviews Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels (Little, Brown).

The NYT considers Superman at 80.

The Guardian looks at Action Comics, picking “the 10 most important issues from 80 years of Superman.”

The papers of Benjamin Franklin are online at The Library of Congress.

Barbara Bush, author and First Lady, has died. Her books are rising on Amazon.

Bill Nack, an author known for his writing about famous horses, has died.

Authors on Air

After previously announcing she would adapt Meg Wolitzer‘s The Female Persuasion (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review), Nicole Kidman decides she will star in the film too.

James Comey, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership (Flatiron: Macmillan), will be on The View today. NPR continues its coverage with a segment on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He will make the rounds on CNN and MSNBC tomorrow.

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Ronan Farrow, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (W.W. Norton).

Steven Spielberg will adapt DC’s Blackhawk comic. Here is more on the character.

The DC comics Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan, who, reports Deadline Hollywood, will be “the second female filmmaker to join the DC club after Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins, and the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film.” More here on the comic.

In related news, Deadline Hollywood also reports Victoria Mahoney will be “the first black woman to direct a Star Wars film.”

Amanda Seyfried will co-star in the film adaptation of The Art of Racing In The Rain, based on the book by Garth Stein.

Variety reports that William Gibson’s The Peripheral is heading to Amazon.

Chelsea Clinton, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History (Philomel: Penguin), will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Mercury 13 begins this Friday. It is based on The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann (Random).

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