Page to Screen, Oct. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

Watchmen, Castle Rock, and Looking for Alaska lead a lengthy list of adaptations this week. The candidates for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award are announced, Ismail Kadare wins the 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and Ali Wong continues to get buzz.

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Watchmen, Castle Rock, and Looking for Alaska lead a sizeable list of adaptations this week:

October 18:

Looking for Alaska, based on the novel by John Green (Dutton Books for Young Readers: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Reviews | Trailer

Jojo Rabbit, based on Caging Skies by Christine Leunens (The Overlook Press: Abrams). Reviews | Trailer

The Laundromat, based on Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein (Henry Holt: Macmillan). Reviews | Trailer

Modern Love, based on the NYT column of the same name, some of which have been collected in Modern Love, Revised and Updated: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption edited by Daniel Jones (Broadway Books: Random House). Reviews | Trailer

Tell Me Who I Am, based on Tell Me Who I Am: Sometimes it's Safer Not to Know by Alex and Marcus Lewis (Coronet). Reviews | Trailer

Wounds, based on The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud (Gallery/Saga Press). Reviews | Trailer

Cyrano, My Love, about the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Reviews | Trailer

Oct. 20:

Watchmen, based on Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons (DC Comics). Reviews | Trailer

Oct. 23:

Castle Rock, season two, based on the Stephen King stories. Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

The Cry, based on The Cry by Helen FitzGerald (Faber & Faber). Reviews | Trailer

Oct. 24:

Daybreak, based on the comic Daybreak by Brian Ralph (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan). No reviews | Trailer

While they are not adaptations, author Tyler Perry has two shows starting this week: The Oval and Sistas.


NPR reviews Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur (HMH; LJ starred review): “reads very much like a novel with a first-person narrator, bringing readers closely into scenes with vivid sensual detail that paints the atmosphere with the adoring eyes of the enthralled daughter the author once was.”

The Washington Post reviews Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré (Viking: Penguin): “so topical it arrives with the beeping urgency of a news alert.” Also, Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones by Daniel Mendelsohn (New York Review Books: Random House): “a master class in criticism, a rangy, perspicacious, occasionally spiky excursion into cultures both ancient and contemporary.”

The NYT reviews Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee’s Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis by Eric Lichtblau (HMH): “The book doesn’t distinguish itself from others in the genre — it’s an epic poem rendered in workmanlike prose — but the details are astonishing nonetheless.” Also, It Would Be Night in Caracas Karina Sainz Borgo, translated by Elizabeth Bryer (HarperVia): “Though in that mysterious meaning-making machine that is a novel, she accidentally finds a better way to ask the question: After we bury our dead, are we ever the same?

Briefly Noted

The candidates for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award are announced. There are 237 of them, across 68 countries. The US group includes 11 candidates, among them Kate DiCamillo, Jerry Pinkney, and Eric Carle. The list, the longest of any award, is organized by country and includes links to author websites. The prize is the richest in children’s literature and offers an important "state of the field" each year.

Ismail Kadare wins the 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

The selection for The Best Asian Short Stories 2019 is set, Kitaab has the list plus the four winners of the Editor’s Award.

The L.A. Times has “The 20 essential L.A. crime books” as well as an article on why L.A. is “the perpetual dark heart of crime writing.”

Vogue has “11 Fall Cookbooks for Every Type of Foodie.”

The NYT recommends 12 books from the week.

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

LitHub offers “Global Stories That Have Expanded the “Great American” Literary Canon.” Also, “The Role of Librarians in a Historical Age of Obsession.”

The Guardian considers the appeal of the Jack Reacher books, “Fearless, free and feminist.”

Entertainment Weekly has a look at The Beautiful Ones by Prince (Spiegel & Grau: Random House). Also, an excerpt of Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao (Delacorte Press: Random House), the YA novel that was condemned by some on social media, causing the author to postpone publication.

Vulture excerpts Ali Wong's Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life (Random House). excerpts The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 edited by John Joseph Adams and Carmen Maria Machado (Mariner Books: HMH).

io9 excerpts Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte Press: Random House).

The Millions interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Alexis Daria, You Had Me at Hola (Avon: Harper).

The NYT asks Elton John, Me (Henry Holt: Macmillan), to answer the “By the Book” questions.

Vogue highlights Mary Steenburgen Reading Strega Nona, part of the Storyline Online videos from the SAG/AFTRA Foundation.

Paste features Amaryllis Fox’s Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA (Knopf).

Salon spotlights Ali Wong, Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life (Random House).

Elle showcases The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity by Axton Betz-Hamilton (Grand Central: Hachette).

Vox features The End of the World by Don Hertzfeldt (Random House; LJ starred review). Also, The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business by David T. Courtwright (Belknap Press: Harvard).

Stephen King’s home in Maine is going to become an archive while the house next door will become a writer’s retreat. The Associated Press has details.

Sara Danius, the first woman to lead the Nobel Literature Committee, has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Author Ginny NiCarthy has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Netflix lists Stranger Things, Bird Box, The Umbrella Academy (all either with book ties or outright adaptations) as its most popular shows. Vanity Fair has details.

O: The Oprah Magazine offers “Every John Green Book You Need to Read After Bingeing Looking for Alaska.”

Vulture interviews Damon Lindelof, the force behind the new Watchmen series.

Variety reports that Paul Dano will play The Riddler in the new Batman movie. Also, an anthology series based on the mysteries of Mary Higgins Clark is in the works.

Deadline reports that Ben Affleck will star in the adaptation of Falling to Earth by Kate Southwood. Neve Campbell will star in the adaptation of Laura Sobiech’s Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way. Greg Kinnear has joined the cast of the Stephen King's The Stand. Clueless is getting rebooted. The original was based on Emma by Jane Austen.

Fox News features Long Way Home by Cameron Douglas (Knopf). The Today show had Take the Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your Life by Sara Bliss (Gallery Books: S. & S.), Butcher and Beast: Mastering the Art of Meat: A Cookbook by Angie Mar (Clarkson Potter: Random House), The Magical Land of Birthdays by Amirah Kassem (Harry N. Abrams), and The Best 384 Colleges, 2019 Edition: In-Depth Profiles & Ranking Lists to Help Find the Right College For You by The Princeton Review, Robert Franek (Princeton Review: Random House).

Julie Andrews, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (Hachette; LJ starred review), will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan.

The Outsider gets a trailer. It is based on the Stephen King novel and debuts on HBO on January 12.

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