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The Crown returns. The 2018 VIDA Count is out. The longlist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize is announced. The winner of The Cundill History Prize is announced. Vogue picks the Best Novels of 2019. The EarlyWord GalleyChat Roundup for November is posted.

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The Crown retruns, two more Hallmark Christmas adaptations arrive, and Mirren and McKellen team up.







Nov. 15

The Good Liar, based on The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle (Harper). Reviews | Trailer

All Rise, based on Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad: Harper). Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

Earthquake Bird, based on The Earthquake Bird by Susanna Jones (Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

I Lost My Body, based on the French novel Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant (SEUIL edition). Reviews | Trailer

Llama Llama, season two, based on the children’s books by Anna Dewdney (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

The Man in the High Castle, season four, based on The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (HMH). Reviews | Trailer

A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love, based on The Godwink Effect : 7 Secrets to God's Signs, Wonders, and Answered Prayers by Squire Rushnell, Louise DuArt (Howard Books: S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer

Nov. 16:

Christmas Under the Stars, based on the unpublished novel The Christmas Tree Lot by Rikk Dunlap. No reviews | Trailer

Note: both A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love and Christmas Under the Stars are part of the Hallmark Christmas movie run. There will be nearly a dozen Hallmark films this season based on books. International Business Times has a very useful list with air dates and the titles getting adapted.

Nov. 17:

The Crown, season three, there are associated books. Reviews | Trailer


USA Today reviews The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton, Daniel H. Wilson (Harper), giving it three stars and writing “it is an infectious evolution of the Michael Crichton literary legacy.”

The NYT reviews Christmas in Austin by Benjamin Markovits (Faber & Faber Social): “what is family, after all, but a conversation that never ends?” Also, Novel Houses : Twenty Famous Fictional Dwellings by Christina Hardyment (Bodleian Library: Oxford: Univ. Chicago): “wonderfully suggestive arguments about the uncommon ability of houses to haunt our fiction-making minds.” Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir by Deirdre Bair (Nan A. Talese: Random House): “gripping account.” Also, the Crime column is out.

The Washington Post reviews They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears by Johannes Anyuru, translated by Saskia Vogel (Two Lines Press): “I came away thinking of the book as an attempt to forge a more humane means of expression, one that could surmount all our fears and failures.” Also, I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer (Other Press: Random House): “Open your walls to this book, watch it light up your life — and maybe show you how to keep your freedom.” Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan): “engrossing, gracefully written, occasionally hagiographic.”

Briefly Noted

The longlist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize is announced.

The winner of The Cundill History Prize is announced.

The National Outdoor Book Awards are announced.

Voting for the Goodreads Choice Awards semifinal round ends in two days.

Vogue picks the Best Novels of 2019.

The EarlyWord GalleyChat Roundup for November is posted.

LitHub has “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

The NYT picks "9 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

Vogue names “25 Celebrity Memoirs That Are Actually Worth Reading.”

The 2018 VIDA Count is out.

Author and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani, is now free in New Zealand, after more than six years in an offshore detention facility. He is the award-winning author of No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Anansi International; LJ starred review) and has been given permission to travel to a literary festival. He has vowed not to return to the detention facility. NPR has the story. So does the NYT.

British Indian author Aatish Taseer has been stripped of his overseas citizenship of India, after writing a cover story for Time. “Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk and Margaret Atwood are among more than 250 authors calling on India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to review the decision.” The Guardian reports.

Margaret Atwood features on BookTube’s book club. People has a first look. The episode debuts on Nov. 21.

The L.A. Times picks Barking to the Choir : The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle (S. & S.) for their book club read. Also, a piece on The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

The Atlantic showcases The Movie Musical! by Jeanine Basinger (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Bitch Media features In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press: Macmillan).

Entertainment Weekly has a preview of The Green Lantern comic, season two.

Slate has a conversation between Jenny Slate and her editor Jean Garnett. Slate's new book is Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The NYT interviews Randall Munroe, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems (Riverhead: Penguin), in their “By The Book” feature.

The Guardian interviews Mary Gaitskill, This Is Pleasure : A Story (Pantheon: Random House). Also, an interview with Caryl Phillips, Caryl Phillips: Plays One : Strange Fruit / Where There is Darkness / The Shelter (Oberon Books).

Vulture has Sara Quin’s “10 Favorite Books.” Quin is the co-author of High School (S. & S.).

A new, largely unknown, extra verse of Baudelaire’s The Jewels has been discovered. The Guardian reports.

Lifehacker has a piece about what readers can do to help support a book, with some valuable insider tidbits.

The cherished 'waterproof' bookshop in Venice has flooded. The Local has details.

LitHub writes “What Does it Mean to Be Designated a City of Literature?” And on the topic of literary tourism, Forbes picks “The Best Bookshops In America For Bibliophiles.”

The American Chemical Society writes “The smell of old books could help preserve them." Martha picks up the story.

The Intercept writes that “Peter Handke Won the Nobel Prize After Two Jurors Fell for a Conspiracy Theory About the Bosnia War.”

James I. Robertson Jr. has died. Noel Ignatiev has died. The NYT has obituaries.

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour interviews Joel Stein, In Defense of Elitism : Why I'm Better Than You and You're Better Than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book (Grand Central: Hachette).

Deadline reports that Black Adam will premiere on Dec. 22, 2021. It is based on the DC Comics and stars Dwayne Johnson.

Andy Weir, author of The Martian, has teamed up with Universal for a new film.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Reese Witherspoon, currently starring in The Morning Show.

Dare Me gets a trailer. The SpongeBob Movie gets a trailer. It is not based on a book but there are associated titles.

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