Malcolm X Manuscripts Found, July 27, 2018 | Book Pulse

Lost material from Malcolm X has been bought by the Schomburg Center at the NYPL. Get ready for another Trump book, this one from Omarosa Manigault-Newman. Worldcon, the SFF convention where the Hugo awards are selected, is facing a backlash from attendees and authors. Ushering in the weekend, there are several adaptations.

Page to Screen

Adaptations premiering over the weekend and into next week include Rest in Power (BET), which airs on Monday. Paste calls it "perhaps the definitive treatment of an American tragedy." There is a tie-inHere is the trailer.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Warner Bros.) opens today. It is based on the DC comics. The Observer calls it "Deadpool for kids." See the trailer here

The Sinner, season two (USA) debuts on Aug. 1. It is based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr (there is a tie-in). Watch the trailer here

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Greenwich Entertainment) debuts today. It is based on the book Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Live of the Stars by Scotty Bowers, with Lionel Friedberg (Grove Press). Slate calls it "the Most Dishy Documentary in Ages." Here is the trailer

Based on the books by Jill MurphyThe Worst Witch, season two (Netflix) starts today. Here is the trailer

There is another Aurora Teagarden Mystery on Hallmark, this time The Disappearing Game, based on the series by Charlaine Harris. It airs on the 29th. 


The NYT reviews Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg (One World: Random): "The climb may be steep, but the view from the top is grand." The Storm by Arif Anwar (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review): "a fascinating, ambitious work, stretching across decades and countries and capturing troubled moments in each." Also two books about "Living and Loving Between China and America." A preview of Michael Lewis's forthcoming bookThe Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy(Norton), a part of which is coming out early as an Audible original. The Shortlist considers fashion books, the paper enthuses about Elizabeth Hardwick, and looks at some new comics.

The Washington Post features Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb (Chelsea Green): "Goldfarb has built a masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world." Also, Author Louis Bayard reviews The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, edited by Owen Hill, et al. (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard: Random): "fascinating and essential."

NPR reviews Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Lawrence Osborne (Hogarth: Random): "you can see the impersonation, and that's the problem."

Briefly Noted

Unexpectedly, lost material from work of Malcolm X has been auctioned. The NYT explains the history of the manuscripts. They have been bought by the Schomburg Center at NYPL.

Get ready for another Trump book. Omarosa Manigault-Newman plans to publish Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House (Gallery: S. & S.) on August 14. USA Today says the publisher promises it will be an “explosive, jaw-dropping account.”  

Entertainment Weekly previews "2020 presidential players with books on the way."

Reese Witherspoon does a cover reveal, for When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (Berkley: Penguin), the sequel to her current book club pick.

In cookbook news (and perhaps book-of-the-future-news-too), the NYT lets readers make customizable cookbooks, pulling from their online archive of recipes. Here is the paper's press release and a contextual story by Eater.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Michael Arceneaux, I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé (Atria/37 Ink: S. & S.). 

PBS NewsHour interviews Tommy Orange.

The Guardian interviews Margaret Stohl, the author of the Captain Marvel comics.

Vogue features Jeanne McCullochAll Happy Families: A Memoir (Harper Wave) and Parker PoseyYou're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir (Blue Rider: Penguin).

The shortlist for the Polari First Book Prize is out.

Worldcon, the SFF convention where the Hugo awards are selected, is facing a backlash from attendees and authorsThe Verge has a report.

Authors on Air

The Hollywood Reporter says that Crazy Rich Asians is set to have "one of the better showings for a romantic comedy in recent times." It does not open until Aug. 15, but sales estimates look like it might win its weekend.

Chef and author Vivian Howard, who wrote the award-winning cookbook Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South (Little, Brown: Hachette), is working on a new show with PBS, after A Chef's Lifeconcludes with a special episode this October. Eater has the story.

Monica Owusu-Breen, the showrunner behind the Buffy the Vampire revival, makes her plans a bit more clearDeadline Hollywood has more.

The comic series The Old Guard by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández is heading to the movies. Variety has the story.

In other adaptation news, Deadline Hollywood reports that the graphic novel Daybreak by Brian Ralph (Drawn and Quarterly) is headed to Netflix, as is Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (S. & S.). The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America's Rush to War by David Willman (Bantam) has been optioned by Fox.

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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

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