Page to Screen, Oct. 4, 2019 | Book Pulse

Comics dominate the many adaptations out today and through the week. Bill Gates is writing a book about climate change. Stephen King makes news three times today. The Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists are announced.

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Comics dominate adaptations this week but Stephen King and Joe Hill shine too:

Oct. 4:

Joker, based on the DC comics. Reviews | Trailer

In the Tall Grass, based on a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill. Reviews | Trailer

Raising Dion, based on the comic by Dennis Lu and Jason Piperberg. Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

Oct. 6:

Batwoman, based on the DC comics. Reviews | Trailer

Get Shorty, based on Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard (William Morrow: Harper). No reviews | Trailer

Supergirl, based on the DC comics. No reviews | Trailer

The Walking Dead, based on the comic series by Robert Kirkman. No reviews | Trailer

Star Wars Resistance, based on the multi-branching series. No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 7:

Black Lightning, based on the DC comics. No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 8:

The Flash, based on the DC comics. No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 9:

Nancy Drew, based on the character created by Carolyn Keene. Reviews | Trailer

Riverdale, based on the Archie comics. No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 10:

Ultramarine Magmell, based on the Manga series. No reviews | Trailer (on Netflix site, click through)

Legacies, spinning off from The Vampire Diaries books by L.J. Smith. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer by Ahmet Altan, translated by Yasemin Congar (Other Press: Random House): “remarkable, touching memoir — which Altan wrote entirely from his prison cell and snuck out in notes he gave to his lawyers — is a collection of experiences, thoughts, conversations, internal debates.” Also, The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Jan Stocklassa, translated by Tara F. Chace (Amazon Crossing): “It's rare, I've found, to see true-crime narratives that convincingly and humbly enter the realm of spy thrillers, but Stocklassa's book really, really does.” The Seventh Voyage: Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem, illustrated by Jon J Muth, translated by Michael Kandel (Graphix: Scholastic): “With every turn of the page this small story gains new detail and becomes more tangible. It becomes a place you can stay a while.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith (Penguin), giving it an A- and calling it “some of the best fiction of her career.”

The Washington Post reviews Rachel Maddow’s Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): “Fulminating comes easy to Rachel Maddow. What sets her apart from other serial fulminators is that she does it with facts — and sardonic wit.” Also, Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie (Penguin): “The essays … resume her engagement with the natural world and our place in it, though these latest pieces are fraught with an emerging panic at the destructive effects of climate change.” The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin; LJ starred review): “a celebration of love, but also of reading, of knowledge, of female friendship, of the beauty of our most rural corners and our enduring American grit.”

The NYT runs the Crime column. Also a dual review under the title “Can We Trust Economists?” and a set of reviews about Clarence Thomas books.

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly excerpts If It Bleeds by Stephen King (Scribner: S. & S.). In more forthcoming book news, Bill Gates is writing a book about climate change. It will come out from Doubleday in June. The title is How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. USA Today has details.

The Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists are announced.

Paste excerpts Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (Page Street Kids: Macmillan).

People features Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper (FSG: Macmillan).

Time showcases Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (Random House; LJ starred review). Also, a piece by Isabella Tree, Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm (New York Review of Books: Random House).

Slate considers Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser (Ecco).

The New Yorker spotlights Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays by Leslie Jamison (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Kennedy Ryan (booklist here).

The NYT interviews Todd McFarlane, the creator of the Spawn comics.

Shondaland interviews Jacqueline Woodson, Red at the Bone (Riverhead).

Time interviews Bob Iger, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (Random House).

The Guardian interviews Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (PublicAffairs: Hachette).

And on the topic of interviews, the Bob Woodward interview of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin), did not go over well to some in the audience. The NYT has details. The full interview will is on Book TV.

O: The Oprah Magazine runs an essay by John Glynn, Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer (Grand Central: Hachette).

The Millions picks “Ten Essential Literary Thrillers.”

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Meg Cabot.

Lit Hub ranks the books of Susan Sontag.

Head into the weekend with Book Marks’s “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.” Also, the NYT suggests nine books for the week.

Belletrist’s Why Not YA October pick is When You Ask Me Where I'm Going by Jasmin Kaur (HarperCollins).

Locus reports that “Jesmyn Ward will give this year’s annual Eudora Welty Lecture.”

Sports Illustrated is in upheaval. The Washington Post writes about the major layoffs.

CrimeReads considers Stephen King and his interest in a T.S. Eliot poem.

A National Enquirer editor threatens to sue booksellers if they sell Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (Little, Brown: Hachette). Plus more threats over the book. Lit Hub has details.

The NYT has an essay about the power of book and how they illicit fear in authoritarians.

Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review) is facing controversy. The Guardian writes that the stepson of the figure in the book has called it “appalling and extremely hurtful.”

The Bookseller reports that US tariffs against the EU will include books.

The Washington Post considers “flaws in reading levels.”

Authors on Air

USA Today showcases In the Tall Grass.

The Washington Post writes about “Why Joker became one of the most divisive movies of the year.” Deadline writes about its big box office numbers.

People Now features Neil Lane, Style Your Wedding with Neil Lane (Alpha: Penguin) and Cleo Wade, Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World (Atria: S. & S.).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear, Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration (S. & S.).

Variety reports that A Darker Shade of Magic is headed to the movies. has an update on the screen version of Y: The Last Man TV show.

Deadline has more on the animated Harley Quinn series. Also, more on the new The Walking Dead spinoff.

New trailers are out for His Dark Materials.

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