Movies in the News, Aug. 21, 2019 | Book Pulse

Spider-Man, James Bond, and The Matrix are in the news. Saga: Compendium One by Fiona Staples, Brian K Vaughan, Ninja: Get Good: My Ultimate Guide to Gaming by Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, and Thank You for My Service by Mat Best get buzz. There are still more stories to tell in the Star Wars world, as Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson proves.


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Movies in the News

Deadline Hollywood is writing that a failure to make a business deal has resulted in Spider-Man being exiled from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, staying solely with Sony Pictures. Deadline has the business side of the story while has "800 Panicked Questions We Have About Spider-Man No Longer Being in the MCU.” The Hollywood Reporter also has details, and some reflections. Vanity Fair weighs in too.

James Bond 25 gets a title and a due date, No Time to Die, debuting April 2020. Esquire has some thoughts. So does The Hollywood Reporter.

There is going to be a new Matrix movie. Deadline Hollywood has details. There are books and comics as part of the franchise.


NPR reviews Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch (Riverhead: Penguin): “lively and wide-ranging.” Also, Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession by Rachel Monroe (Scribner: S. & S.): “new, necessary and brilliant.” The Outlaw Ocean Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina (Knopf): "[a] magnificent read."

The NYT reviews And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks by Lawrence Weschler (FSG: Macmillan): “an artful biography, as singular as Sacks’s own writing, lies beyond these reverent pages.” Also, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading by Leah Price (Basic Books: Hachette): “an enjoyable tour, full of surprising byways into historical arcana, but … Price can only temper our suspicions that something irreplaceable is dissolving into the digital ether; she doesn’t fully repudiate them.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT offers “8 New Comic Book Series for the End of Summer.”

The Washington Post picks the “best books for kids this month.”

Lit Hub’s "Fall Nonfiction Preview "continues with Politics and Social Science.

Sarah Jessica Parker has a summer reading list.

The NYT has a profile on Petina Gappah, Out of Darkness, Shining Light Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review).

The Atlantic showcases The Plateau: Field Notes from a Place of Refuge in a World Adrift by Maggie Paxson (Riverhead: Penguin). looks ahead at next works by the new Hugo winners.

In buzzy book news, word comes that Saga: Compendium One by Fiona Staples, Brian K Vaughan (Image Comics) is coming out today, months earlier than expected. NewsaRma has details. The book leaped up the Amazon rankings. Also flying is Ninja: Get Good: My Ultimate Guide to Gaming by Tyler "Ninja" Blevins (Clarkson Potter: Random House). Blevins is, as B&N tweets, “one of the leading Fortnite gamers in the world.” Thank You for My Service by Mat Best, Ross Patterson, Nils Parker (Bantam: Random House) gets a push from coverage on Fox News.

O: The Oprah Magazine has a piece by Jill Heinerth, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver (Ecco: Harper).

Paste excerpts The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson (Delacorte Press: Random House).

io9 excerpts Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire (Star Wars) by Delilah S. Dawson (Del Rey: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Make Me a World: Random House; SLJ starred review).

Book Riot has “10 Books Like Girl, Wash Your Face (…But Much Better).”

Publishers Weekly reports that demand for Toni Morrison’s books is so high that Knopf has had to print more books in both hardcover and paperback.

The Guardian asks “Was Simone de Beauvoir as feminist as we thought?

Authors on Air

HBO releases its next “Coming Soon” teaser, with hints at His Dark Materials, My Brilliant Friend, Watchmen, and more. And on that note, Town & Country has a roundup of everything they know about season two of My Brilliant Friend. Switching gears away from HBO, T&C also look into Downton Abbey.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith has been optioned for TV. Kate O’Riordan’s Penance and Susan Hill’s The Small Hand are getting adapted into TV shows in the UK.

The Washington Post writes about the Woman in the Window film adaptation. So does Deadline Hollywood, with news it is now set for May 2020.

PBS NewsHour interviews Common, Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir (Atria: S. & S.). Also, a feature with Celeste Ng about the show’s book club pick, The Woman Warrior.

NPR interviews Jason DeParle, A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review).

NPR’s Fresh Air features Charles King, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century (Doubleday: Random House). It got a big push from the show.

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis (Little, Brown: Hachette) featured on the Today show.

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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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