Page to Screen, Oct. 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Addams Family hits screens today, and is followed by comics and Shakespeare. The committee picking the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature did itself no favors yesterday. Ninth House is off to Amazon Studios. Author Zukiswa Wanner offers tourist advice for Nairobi, and a lost chapter of world's first novel has been found in a Japanese storeroom.

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Page to Screen

A beloved family heads back to movies. Comics, horror, and Shakespeare also return to screens.

Oct. 11:

The Addams Family, based on the cartoons and books by Charles Addams. Reviews | Trailer

The King, based on several of the history plays by William Shakespeare. Reviews | Trailer

The Awakenings of Motti Wolkenbruch, based on a book by Thomas Meyer. Reviews | Trailer

La Influencia, based on the Ramsey Campbell book The Influence. Reviews | Trailer

Oct. 15:

Arrow, season 8, based on the DC comics character. No reviews | Trailer

Treadstone, spinning-off from the Jason Bourne universe. Reviews | Trailer

Oct. 16:

Impulse, season 2, based on the novel of the same name by Steven Gould. Reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews Me by Elton John (Henry Holt: Macmillan), “a hairplugs-and-all memoir that pushes the envelope for aging rock star candor.” Also, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by Andrew Marantz (Viking: Penguin) “Hijacking, as Marantz ends up concluding on his long day’s journey into the modern internet, is a mild term for what has gone on ever since a group of innovative tech entrepreneurs started rolling out social media over the last decade.” Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age by Lizabeth Cohen (FSG: Macmillan): “She has not only taken the measure of a complicated man, but also provided an incisive treatment of the entire urban-planning world in America in the last half of the 20th century.”

The Washington Post reviews I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz by Eve Babitz (NYRB Classics: Random House): “she is consistently self-referential yet never myopic, occupying the marginal space between fiction and nonfiction with panache.”

NPR reviews Wham!, George Michael and Me: A Memoir by Andrew Ridgeley (Dutton: Penguin): “A memoir of a friendship as much as it is a look back on pop stardom.”

Nobel Reaction

The committee picking the Nobel Prize in Literature did itself no favors yesterday. Ron Charles of The Washington Post writes in reaction to Peter Handke winning the 2019 prize: “This is no way to demonstrate good judgment or to regain trust. It’s just another tone-deaf stunt by a group of Swedish snobs who command a disproportionate and undeserved wedge of the world’s attention.” PEN America issued a statement. Electric Lit  has thoughts too. Vox and PBS News-Hour dig into the issues. Meanwhile, the books of 2018 winner Olga Tokarczuk are selling very well and The Paris Review is delighted with her win.

Briefly Noted

O: The Oprah Magazine gathers the “20 Best Thanksgiving Books of All Time.”

Mental Floss has a list of “10 of the Best-Selling Authors of All Time.”

CrimeReads creates a guide to Dorothy L. Sayers.

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly reports that K-pop star Jessica Jung has written a YA novel, already on its way to an adaptation. The book is Shine, due out in fall 2020. The NYT writes that the playwright Sarah Ruhl is writing a memoir to be titled Smile. She is also working on a poetry collection. Smile will be published by S. & S. in what Publishers Weekly reports is a "seven figures" deal. Orbit announces that a new Expanse novella is coming from James S.A. Corey, to be titled Auberon.

The NYT showcases Amaryllis Fox, Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA (Knopf).

The New Yorker features Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

Bustle spotlights Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Bustle also has an excerpt of Women: The National Geographic Image Collection by National Geographic (National Geographic), featuring an interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Lastly, An interview with Cleo Wade, Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World (Atria: S. & S.).

People features Bassey Ikpi, I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays (Harper).

Time has an essay by Dan Jones, Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands (Viking: Penguin). Also, a piece on Dad's Maybe Book by Tim O'Brien (HMH) and a consideration of Jokha Alharthi’s Celestial Bodies (Catapult; LJ starred review).

LitHub has an essay by Joe Hill, about Stephen King. Also, “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Paste looks at How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse: Book One of the Thorne Chronicles by K. Eason (DAW: Penguin; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post interviews Shea Serrano, Movies (And Other Things): (And Other Things) (Twelve: Hachette).

The Guardian interviews John le Carré, Agent Running in the Field (Viking: Penguin).

In the NYT, author Zukiswa Wanner shares her favorite spots in Nairobi.

The Guardian reports that a “Lost chapter of world's first novel found in Japanese storeroom.”

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House is heading to Amazon Studios. House Of Salt And Sorrows by Erin A. Craig has sold screen rights. Also, a report on Malorie Blackman’s Noughts + Crosses.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Megan Phelps-Roper, Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church (FSG: Macmillan).

PBS News-Hour interviews James B. Stewart, Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law (Penguin).

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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

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