Hamilton Heads To The Movies, July 25, 2018 | Book Pulse

Hamilton might be headed to the movies. The comic series Saga is taking at least a one-year break. Sarah Jessica Parker picks three summer reads. Haruki Murakami is censored in Hong Kong.

Notable Adaptations

The Wall Street Journal reports that Hamilton might be headed to the movies, as a filmed version of the Broadway play when it still stared Lin-Manuel Miranda. In further adaptation news, Deadline Hollywood says that Hari Kunzru’s White Tears will become a limited seriesSophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret? is headed to the big screen; and  the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz will become a TV series.


The NYT reviews Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown (FSG: Macmillan): "gloriously truant. Brown ignores all the starchy obligations of biography and adopts a form of his own to trap the past and ensnare the reader." Also Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein (Liveright): a "masterly work." Two debuts get shining praise: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon (Riverhead: Penguin): "radiant" and Early Work by Andrew Martin (FSG: Macmillan): "marvelous."

The Washington Post reviews The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam: Random): "If you love a tricky puzzle ... this is your summer read." Also, On the Fly!: Hobo Literature and Songs, 1879–1941, edited by Iain McIntyre (PM Press): "the best of these classic accounts of 'bumming around' retain all their simmering anger and desperate optimism."

USA Today reviews Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice by Katherine J. Chen (Random), giving it 3.5 stars out of 4 and calling it an "ingenious debut."

NPR reviews Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown: Hachette), calling it "spectacular ... a nuanced and atmospheric story."

Briefly Noted

Calling it an "intermission," Brian K. Vaughan announces that the comic series "Saga" will not publish "for at least the next year."

Haruki Murakami's new novel, Killing Commendatore (Knopf), has been censored in Hong Kong. The Guardian reports "it can only be sold in bookshops with its cover wrapped with a notice warning about its contents, with access restricted to those over the age of 18. The ruling has also seen the novel pulled from booths at the Hong Kong book fair."

Entertainment Weekly calls Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay: Hachette; LJ starred reivew), published last year, "this summer’s literary breakout."

George Saunders recommends a short story by Bobbie Ann Mason on Electric Lit. Also, Leah Franqui, America for Beginners (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review), suggests a "Reading List about Culture Shock."

Vulture features Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan.

The NYT interviews Ibtihaj MuhammadProud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream (Hachette).

Tor.com interviews Peng Shepherd, Malka Older, Tade Thompson, Lauren C. Teffeau, and Mike Chen in a round-table talk about world building.

The Guardian considers two books on "the Reagan-era moment when the USSR thought it was about the be attacked and prepared to retaliate." 

Sarah Jessica Parker picks three summer reads.

The Guardian reports on a record-breaking auction of a book by Ada Lovelace.

Anne Olivier Bell has died. She was 102. The NYT writes she "edited the diaries of Virginia Woolf into five landmark volumes and was a rare surviving link to the Bloomsbury Group."

The children's author Christine Nöstlinger has died. The NYT has a remembrance.

Authors On Air

Sam Wasson's Fosse is becoming a limited series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Camas Davis, Killing It: An Education (Penguin), features on NPR's Fresh Air.

The Guardian podcast considers the Man Booker and interviews Michael Ondaatje, winner of the Golden Booker.


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Neal Wyatt


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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