Page to Screen, Nov. 1, 2019 | Book Pulse

November sees best book lists and a host of new book-based shows and films, including  works based on the novels of Jonathan Lethem and Philip Pullman. Get a first look at the Normal People adaptation. Books of Blood, based on Clive Barker’s horror anthology, is headed to Hulu.


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The start of November sees a host of new book-based shows and films arrive, including Apple+ and works based on the novels of Jonathan Lethem and Philip Pullman.

Nov. 1

Motherless Brooklyn, based on Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem (Vintage: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

The Irishman, based on I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt (Streeforth Press). Reviews | Trailer (Limited today, wide release on Netflix on Nov. 27)

The Morning Show, based on Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV by Brian Stelter (Grand Central: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. Reviews | Trailer (the series, scheduled to launch today, actually aired last night as a Halloween "treat" to subscribers)

The King, based on several of William Shakespeare’s plays. Reviews | Trailer

The Deep, based on the comic by Tom Taylor. No reviews | No trailer 

Dickinson, spinning off of the life of Emily Dickinson. Reviews | Trailer

Hello Ninja, based on Hello, Ninja by N. D. Wilson, Forrest Dickison (Harper). No reviews | Trailer

Oprah’s Book Club, featuring The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World; LJ starred review). No reviews | No trailer, but here is a first look

Snoopy in Space, based on the Charles M. Schulz characters. No reviews | Trailer

We are the Wave, loosely based on The Wave by Todd Strasser (Laurel Leaf: Random House). No reviews | Trailer

Nov. 4

His Dark Materials, based on the Philip Pullman series of the same name. Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

Nov. 5

The End of the F***ing World, based on The End Of The Fxxxing World by Charles Forsman (Fantagraphics). No reviews | Trailer

The Little Mermaid Live!, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.  No reviews | Trailer

Nov. 7

A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas, based on A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay. No reviews | Trailer  (Note, there will be nearly a dozen Hallmark Christmas movies based on books. International Business Times has a list.)


The Washington Post reviews The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review): “Foner asks how we ought to interpret the compromises enshrined in the text of the new amendments, given their grave democratic deficits. Best of all, the book offers a subtle and ingenious answer.” Also, Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death by Michael Korda (Liveright: W. W. Norton): “Anyone who has ever cared for a loved one at the end of life will identify with Korda’s escalating feelings of despair and uselessness.” Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann (FSG; LJ starred review): “he chronicles the changing role of Big Business to explain the rise of inequality and the decline of social and political institutions that together now threaten the American Dream.” Thomas Jefferson's Education by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton): "The overarching purpose of his book is instead to demonstrate how U-Va. was from its very conception shaped and distorted by slavery."

The NYT reviews Allies by Alan Gratz (Scholastic; SLJ starred review): “a rousing and humane tribute to D-Day troops.” Also, Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick): “may be her finest yet.” The Crime column is out.

Best Books Lists for November







Amazon | BookBrowse | Bustle | Cosmopolitan (UK) | CrimeReads| Entertainment Weekly | Epic Reads (YA) | LitHub | Refinery29 | (Genre-Bending) | The Washington Post

Briefly Noted

The NYT has “10 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

Bitch media has “8 Books to Read in Honor of Filipino American Heritage Month.”

Vulture offers “A Guide to the Best Stephen King Audiobooks.”

Book Marks gathers “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Costco Connection features Elton John, Me (Henry Holt: Macmillan). Also in Costco Connection, influential book buyer Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks Elizabeth McCracken's Bowlaway (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review). The buyers pick is Edison by Edmund Morris (Random House; LJ starred review).

The NYT interviews Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (Grove Press, Black Cat).

Vanity Fair interviews André Aciman, Find Me (FSG; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post interviews Kyle Carpenter, You Are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting For (William Morrow: Harper).

Bitch media interviews Anna Borges, The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care (The Experiment: Workman).

Newsweek interviews John O'Connell, Bowie's Bookshelf: The Hundred Books that Changed David Bowie's Life (Gallery Books: S. & S.).

The NYT asks Jill Heinerth, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver (Ecco: Harper), to talk about “5 Things About Your Book.”

Time showcases The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review).

People features Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice edited by Mary Guibert and David Browne (Da Capo Press: Hachette).

Vulture digs into Prince’s The Beautiful Ones (Spiegel & Grau: Random House), here too.

In forthcoming books, Alyssa Wong will write the new Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic. has details.

Elif Batuman has an essay in the NYT about Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.

The Guardian writes about why readers love Lyra, Philip Pullman’s heroine.

Jami Attenberg contributes to The Atlantic’s ongoing “By Heart” series, with a poem about solitude.

Time has an essay by Caitlin Zaloom, Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost (Princeton). And one by Alicia Menendez, The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are (HarperBusiness).

Here are more stops for literary tourists: UNESCO names its Creative Cities Network, with a number devoted to literature and The American Book Center in Amsterdam, which has a list of SFF picks. has more on the store.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Philip Roth left more than two million dollars to his hometown library.

LJ reports on Summer Scares Reading Program, a partnership between the Horror Writers Association (HWA), Library Journal and School Library Journal, United for Libraries, and Book Riot.

In The Washington Post, Ron Charles writes of his disapproval of the kid’s version of the kindle: “highlights the mind-numbing screen-based future awaiting our children — and the way this new Kindle trains them for it. It’s the literary equivalent of near beer.”

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly has first images from the forthcoming adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Also, Esquire takes a look.

The Washington Post writes about Dickinson. Vanity Fair writes about it as well.

NPR interviews producer Jane Tranter of His Dark Materials. writes about the forthcoming Star Trek: Picard series and Michael Chabon. Also, news that Alex Bledsoe’s The Tufa Series has been optioned for TV.

Deadline reports that Books of Blood, based on Clive Barker’s horror anthology, is headed to Hulu, due in the fall of 2020. NBC plans a series inspired by H.G. Wells, to be called Wellsville. Amazon is adapting Bone White, the book by Ronald Malfi. Also, forthcoming from Amazon, an adaptation based on The Power by Naomi Alderman.

Variety writes that Julie K. Brown’s upcoming book about Jeffery Epstein is getting adapted into a limited series.

Nylon has a list of all the new titles on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime, Disney+, And Apple TV+ In November.

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