RWA's President Resigns Plus Page to Screen, Jan. 10, 2020 | Book Pulse

The president and the executive director of the RWA have resigned. The NAACP Image Award nominations are out. Stephen King and Jane Austen return to the small screen this week. Plus Nancy Drew is on the case and Just Mercy opens in wide release.

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Stephen King and Jane Austen return to the small screen this week. Plus Nancy Drew is on the case and Just Mercy opens in wide release.







Jan. 10:

Just Mercy, opens in wide release, based on Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition): A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau: Random House). Reviews | Trailer

The Informer, based on Three Seconds by Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström (SilverOak: Sterling). Reviews | Trailer

Three Christs, based on The Three Christs of Ypsilanti by Milton Rokeach (NYRB Classics: Random House). Reviews | Trailer

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, based on the series by Jeffery Deaver. Reviews | Trailer

Jan. 12:

The Outsider, based on the book by Stephen King (Gallery: S. & S.). Reviews | Trailer

Sanditon, based on the book by Jane Austen (Grand Central: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

Jan. 14:

Arrow, as part four of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” (Jan. 21 for the rest of the season). Based on the DC comic character. Reviews | Trailer

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, season five, based on DC comics characters. No reviews | Trailer

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, based on the webcomic by Radford Sechrist. Reviews | Trailer

Jan. 15:

The Magicians, based on the book by Lev Grossman (Penguin). No reviews | Trailer

Nancy Drew, based on the character created by Edward Stratemeyer. Reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews Creatures by Crissy Van Meter (Algonquin: Workman): “Van Meter is a wonderful writer, and her novel is so beautifully written, it's somewhat surprising that it's a debut. Creatures is a gift of a book, an intelligent and empathetic look at how it feels to love and to suffer.”

The NYT reviews Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn (Knopf; LJ starred review): “[its] greatest strength is its exaltation of the common person’s voice, bearing expert witness to troubles that selfish power has wrought.”

Book Marks lists the best reviewed books of the week.


The NAACP Image Award nominations are out. There are categories for literature, motion pictures, TV, and more. In the literature category there are nominees in Fiction, Nonfiction, Debut Author, Biography/Autobiography, Instructional, Poetry, Children, and Youth/Teens. Some of the nominees include Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead; LJ starred review), The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World; LJ starred review), The Yellow House by Sarah Broom (Grove Press), American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House), Felon: Poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts (W.W. Norton), and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin; LJ starred review). In film and TV, the adaptations of Just Mercy, Watchmen, and Queen Sugar get nods.

The Story Prize announces its finalists. The winner is announced on Feb. 26.

Stephen King will be honored for Lifetime Achievement at the 2020 Audie Awards. Also, authors Emma Straub and Adam Silvera will be among the judges for the Audiobook of the Year award. Awards.

John le Carré wins the Olof Palme prize, worth $100,000. He plans to give the money to Médecins Sans Frontières. The Guardian has details.

Briefly Noted

The Millions posts its “Great First-Half of 2020 Book Preview.” looks at this season of YA SFF.

Paste names its best books of January.

CrimeReads picks the best debuts of January.

Salon picks seven “must-reads” to start the year.

USA Today lists its 100 bestselling books of 2019.

The NYT suggests 11 books for the week.

Electric Lit has “10 Collections By Latinx Poets You Might Have Missed in 2019.”

The NYT writes about the new Robert Kirkman graphic novel, Fire Power: Prelude (Skybound: Image Comics), out in April, which acts as a prequel to the forthcoming new comic. The Hollywood Reporter also has details.

In more forthcoming book news, USA Today reports on Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein by Bradley J. Edwards, with Brittany Henderson (Gallery: S. & S.). Edwards is the lawyer for a number of those seeking to bring Epstein to justice.

People features Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son by Magdalena Newman (HMH) and Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey by Magdalena Newman, Nathaniel Newman, illustrated by Neil Swaab (HMH for Young Readers). They come out next week.

The Guardian interviews Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House: A Memoir (Graywolf Press: Macmillan).

The NYT prints the poem “Practice” by Susan Barba, as selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

The Washington Post runs a piece about why you should read. It includes this: “fiction is a kind of Schrödinger’s box — a way of simultaneously being in the world and not being in the world.”

Booklist will focus its 2020 year on the celebration of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

The NYT reports that the president and the executive director of the RWA have resigned. “Damon Suede, its president, has stepped down, 'effective immediately,' and Carol Ritter, its executive director, has also resigned, though she will remain in the position for the coming months to assist with the leadership transition.”

The Guardian reports on the success of some indie bookstores.

Mike Resnick has died. has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Paste has a guide to the broader “The Witcher Universe: Books, Games, and More.”

The NYT digs into The Outsider.

Ronan Farrow offers a “Brief But Spectacular” piece for PBS NewsHour.

Birds of Prey gets a trailer. It debuts Feb. 4, 2020.

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