Oprah Picks Olive and A Warning Arrives, also Page to Screen, Nov. 8, 2019 | Book Pulse

Oprah's new book club pic is Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. WaPo has an early look at A Warning, the anonymous insider book about the Trump administration. Steven King and John Green's works come to big screens today, and a new Star Wars saga begins.

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Oprah Book Club

Oprah Winfrey has a new book club pick, Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (Random House; LJ starred review).

The announcement came on CBS This Morning but there is much coverage on the O: The Orpah Magazine site, including a review of the book by Joyce Carol Oates and a summary of the first Olive novel, Olive Kitteridge: Fiction (Random House).

Much of the book club activity will take place on Apple, with Oprah's new book club show on Apple TV and the Apple Books app. IndieWire has a report on the partnership, writing that it is "the future of branded entertainment."

A Warning 

Details about A Warning by Anonymous (Twelve Books: Hachette) made print and TV news last night. The Washington Post got an early copy and provided a look inside, opening with the headline “describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation.” Once quotes were released, cable news anchors started reading them on air.

The NYT posted a review shortly after 1 a.m., cutting the author no slack but also writing “Anonymous is passing the baton to 'voters and their elected representatives' — only now the baton is a flaming stick of dynamite. A Warning, then, is just that: a warning, for those who need it, that electing Mr. Trump to a second term would be courting disaster.” There is also a story about the state of play around the book and its publication history.

Coverage is making the front page of both papers this morning. The book comes out Nov. 19.

Page to Screen

Stephen King and John Green come back to screens today. A new Star Wars saga begins.







Nov. 8:

Doctor Sleep, based on Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review). Reviews | Trailer

Let it Snow, based on Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson (Speak: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

Better Days, based on the Chinese novel Young & Beautiful by Jiu Yuexi. Reviews | Trailer

Green Eggs and Ham, based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Reviews | Trailer

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, there are spin-off books. Reviews | Trailer

Nov. 9:

Picture a Perfect Christmas, based on A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed (Howard Books: S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer

Nov. 10:

Dublin Murders, based on the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French. Reviews | Trailer

The Mistletoe Secret, based on The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans (S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer

Nov. 12:

The Mandalorian, continuing the Star Wars story. No reviews | Trailer

Harvey Girls Forever!, based on the comics characters. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World's First Desktop Computer by Meryle Secrest (Knopf): “One must read it skeptically, but it's exciting to watch someone try to put the pieces together, even if a large percentage are missing.”

The NYT focuses on Children’s Books with a number of reviews. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez (Kokila: Penguin; SLJ starred review): “With its lively, sometimes lyrical prose … respects its readers’ intelligence and sophistication.” Also, White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers: Random House): “The adult reader feels grateful that Palacio has chosen to draw her massive audience’s attention to a subject under attack from both time and denial. But I was less sure what someone in the intended age group — 8 to 12 — would make of the book.” Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia by Marc Favreau (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette): “[this] terse Y.A. account of the silent war of Soviet-American espionage, does an excellent job of introducing that story of danger, sacrifice and ingenuity to a new generation of readers.” Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow Books: Harper): “Lalani’s tale is a lyrical lullaby, a homage to Filipino folklore, and a skillfully made story that reminds us that even the ordinary can do extraordinary things.” Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy (Balzer + Bray: Harper; SLJ starred review): “young readers will find her good company, full of sensible advice for weathering the day-to-day trials of middle school.” Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (Balzer + Bray: Harper; SLJ starred review): "this novel deserves to be read by a wide audience of teenagers and adults. It is haunting and hopeful in equal measure." As well as collected reviews on “American Artists, Inspiring and Enchanting” and “Fables to Live By Today.” There is also a focus on the French comics series, Asterix, as news comes it will rollout in the US in 2020 in new editions and in translation. Finally, a look at memoirs on audio.

Briefly Noted        

The NYT recommends 12 books for the week.

The December Indie Next list is out. Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung by Nina MacLaughlin (FSG Originals: Macmillan) leads the picks.

Paste picks “The 25 Best Memoirs of the 2010s.” If you are losing track of the lists, here are all they have done thus far, for books and other media.

CrimeReads offers "5 Psychological Thrillers to Read in November."

Allison Adair wins the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize.

The Blue Peter Book Awards announces its shortlist. The Bookseller reports.

Egyptian author Muhammad Abdelnabi wins the 2019 Arab Literature Prize for In the Spider's Room (Hoopoe). Also, The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Announces its shortlist. Publishing Perspectives reports on both awards.

Author Ramona Ausubel has an introduction to magical realism in O: The Oprah Magazine.

People has more on Robyn Crawford’s memoir, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston (Dutton: Penguin). Essence also has coverage. As does Fox (here too).

USA Today features Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law by Jeffrey Rosen (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Bustle highlights Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance: Pick Your Plot, Meet Your Man, and Create the Holiday Love Story of a Lifetime by Riane Konc (Ulysses Press).

The Washington Post spotlights the new Library of American edition of Joan Didion’s work, Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s (LOA #325): Run River / Slouching Towards Bethlehem / Play It As It Lays / A Book of Common Prayer / The White Album (Library of America: Penguin),writing it “reminds us that she is her most memorable character.”

Vox appreciates Diana Wynne Jones as a new Folio edition of Howl’s Moving Castle comes out.

Refinery29 writes that “The Gilded Ones Author Namina Forna Could Be The Toni Morrison Of YA Fantasy.”

Salon interviews Walter Mosley.

PEN America interviews Daniel José Older.

Time interviews Stephen King, features The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Grand Central: Hachette; LJ starred review), and has an adapted excerpt from Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History by Andrew Roberts (Viking: Penguin).   

The Washington Post features Jenny Slate, Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette).

O: The Oprah Magazine excerpts Do You Mind If I Cancel?: (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti ( Flatiron Books: Macmillan).

The Guardian writes about Mary Shelley and how her letters reveal her bisexuality, and about the book In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson (Pegasus: W.W. Books; LJ starred review).

The paper also explores the history of women authors writing in the UK, focused on Women, Writing and Religion in England and Beyond, 650–1100 by Diane Watt (Bloomsbury Academic).

LitHub has "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

PW has more on the Macmillan e-book embargo.

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour has discussion questions for The Overstory by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton).

Donald Trump Jr.’s book tour stop on The View is making news. Entertainment Weekly reports.

The Today show features The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown (Atria: S. & S.).

Neil Gaiman announces there will be a season two for Netflix’s The Sandman adaptation. Season one, as Tor.com reminds, is still a long way off.

Deadline reports that there is casting news for the BBC adaptation of Ian McGuire’s North Water. Also, cast news for the reimagined version of Gossip Girl. Netflix will adapt The Unsound graphic novel by Cullen Bunn. Netflix is also planning a romantic comedy series based on Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and From Scratch, adapting the memoir by Tembi Locke. The Booksellers documentary sells US rights. Comedy Central is planning a documentary based on D.L. Hughley’s How Not to Get Shot and Other Advice from White People. There is also news about Joanna Gaines, with a new cookbook and a new TV projects.

The Hollywood Reporter considers the “Mutants and the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

The Invisible Man gets a trailer.

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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 nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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