GOT Gets Its Prequel Show, Oct. 30, 2019 | Book Pulse

The next Game of Thrones adaptation will be the prequel House of the Dragon. It is based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood. Horror and other genres get focused attention, as does André Aciman. The Governor General’s Literary Awards winners are announced.

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The next Game of Thrones series will be the prequel House of the Dragon. It will run on HBO Max and is based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood. It has a 10-episode straight to series order (meaning there will be no testing it with a pilot). The AV Club has the details as does Deadline.

It was a very busy moment for GOT, as news also came, reported by Deadline, that HBO dropped the potential GOT spinoff starting Naomi Watts. At one point there were so many options and ideas they were hard to pin down and George R.R. Martin was trying to keep track himself. In light of this major announcment, there is no news about the status of the remaining spin-off ideas.


The NYT reviews In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press: Macmillan): “It is a book in shards. Each chapter hews to the conventions of a different genre: road trip, romance novel, creature feature, lesbian pulp novel, stoner comedy.” Also, Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Díaz (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review): “This brutally honest coming-of-age story is a painful yet illuminating memoir, a testament to resilience in the face of scarcity, a broken family, substance abuse, sexual assault, mental illness, suicide and violence.” There is also a gathering of four books about microbes, antibiotics, and other drugs.

NPR reviews Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “fascinating … she makes her case soberly and with a historian's scrupulousness.” Also, The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna by Mira Ptacin (Liveright: W. W. Norton): “a deft account that begins as a social history of Spiritualism and moves into memoir so quickly it can take a second to realize you've backfilled something that wasn't quite there.” The Kindness Book byTodd Parr (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette): “Todd Parr KNOWS.” It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo, translated by Elizabeth Bryer (HarperVia; LJ starred review): “a painful, angry book, full of melancholy and rage at the loss of a woman's nation.”

USA Today reviews Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco: Harper), giving it 3.5 stars and writing “It’s a giddily lunatic premise, one that author Kevin Wilson … grounds with humor and deadpan matter-of-factness.” Also, The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate by Tom Brokaw (Random House), giving it 3 stars and writing “It is a breezy, often gossipy and at times surprising memoir that encompasses more than Watergate.”

The Washington Post reviews Find Me by André Aciman (FSG; LJ starred review): “confounds expectations from the start, assuming a different structure to probe the difficulties of going back and the myriad ways in which we seek meaning.” 

Genre Focus

The Washington Post picks the best horror of the year. It does more than share some highlights, it offers a mini tour of the state of the genre. RA librarians wanting to feel a bit more on top of their horror game will be well served. LJ ran its spotlight on horror in July, it too offers context and choice titles of note.

O: The Oprah Magazine offers its readers a far flung, if basic, guide to genres, formats, and nonfiction types, with sample suggestions. showcases “In Search of Afro-Solarpunk, Part 1: Elements of Afrofuturism.”

CrimeReads explores “The State of the Crime Novel: A Roundtable Discussion with Crime Authors.”

Briefly Noted

The Governor General’s Literary Awards winners are announced.

The shortlist is out for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.

LitHub picks “9 Witchy New Books for Halloween.”

In a list that mixes frontlist and backlist, Esquire suggests the best audiobooks. has “All the New Science Fiction Books Coming out in November.”

Vogue writes “Bernardine Evaristo’s Novel Girl, Woman, Other Needs to Be an Anthology Series ASAP.”

It was a feature day for André Aciman, Find Me (FSG; LJ starred review). Esquire has an interview. So does Entertainment Weekly. Refinery29 cuts to the chase in a piece titled “Do Elio & Oliver End Up Together In The Call Me By Your Name Sequel?Vox has something to say about the book as well, calling it “tender, melancholy, and deeply flawed.” Datebook also has coverage.

USA Today features The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly (Harper). So does Vogue, with images and an excerpt.

Elle spotlights Gloria Steinem, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: A Lifetime of Quotes (Random House), in a piece titled “Her New Book, Fox News, and Helping Greta Thunberg Save the Planet.”

Time interviews Jung Chang, Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China (Knopf).

Bitch Media interviews Caitlin Doughty, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death (W.W. Norton).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Astrid Scholte, The Vanishing Deep (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers).

USA Today highlights Ansel Adams' Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints by Ansel Adams, with a forward by Pete Souza (Ansel Adams: Hachette).

The Guardian Australia runs a piece by Helen Garner, Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978–1986 (Text Publishing). The book is forthcoming in 2020. It is part of the paper’s efforts to highlight Australian books.

The Washington Post appreciates Florence Marryat’s The Blood of the Vampire (Valancourt Books), a book published in 1897, the same year as Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

BuzzFeed is asking its readers to help them decide the favorite books of the decade.

LitHub picks the “Best Book Covers of October.”

The Strategist finds out what Jami Attenberg, All This Could Be Yours (HMH; LJ starred review), “Can’t Live Without.”

The NYT offers some tools if you plan to take part in National Novel Writing Month.

Authors on Air

The line up for the new HBO MAX streaming service is out. In addition to the new GOT show, and a host of already announced items (including adaptations), a new DC comics comedy series, DC Super Hero High, is coming and there will be a Green Lantern show. The service begins in May 2020 and will cost $14.99 a month. AV Club has the details on all. Deadline does as well; here is a link to their collective coverage. Also, on Deadline, Juno Dawson’s Hollow Pike is headed to TV. Don Winslow will publish a new, novella-based book and takes control of his adaptation deals. The British Independent Film Awards nominees are out; adaptations make the cut.

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Jaquira Díaz, Ordinary Girls: A Memoir (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review), as well as Matt Saincome and Bill Conway, The Hard Times: The First 40 Years (Mariner:HMH).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here (Ecco: Harper). Also on Fresh Air, an interview with Dan Piepenbring, The Beautiful Ones (Spiegel & Grau: Random House) and there is a conversation about Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan TV show adaptation.

PBS NewsHour features Twyla Tharp, Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life (S. & S.).

The New Yorker writes about Jenny Slate, Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette), and her Netflix special, Stage Fright.

The Today show features The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly (Harper) and The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate by Tom Brokaw (Random House). The latter saw a sales jump.

Fox News features Marlon Bundo's Best Christmas Ever by Charlotte Pence, illustrated by Karen Pence (Regnery Kids: S. & S.) Sales for all the bunny books rise.

Senator Cory Booker, United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good (Ballantine: Penguin), will be on The View today.

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