Page to Screen, Nov. 27, 2019 | Book Pulse

Page to Screen comes early with the Thanksgiving holiday: DC's Harley Quinn and Jonathan Maberry's V Wars lead the way. In award news, the Costa category shortlists are announced. Also, Edna O’Brien wins the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and Shelf Awareness picks the Best Children’s & Teen Books of the Year.

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Page to Screen

The big holiday viewing is most likely films and shows that hit screens earlier in the month, but viewers have new choices for the weekend as well, from a very adult DC debut to more vampire tales.







Nov. 29:

Harley Quinn, based on the DC character. Reviews | Trailer

La Reina del Sur, based on Queen of the South by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Plume: Penguin). No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 3:

How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming, loosely based on the series by Cressida Cowell. No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 5:

Tell Me a Story, adapting classic fairy tales. No reviews | Trailer

V Wars, based on the Jonathan Maberry books and comics series. No reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews Jean Stafford: Complete Novels: Boston Adventure / The Mountain Lion / The Catherine Wheel by Jean Stafford, edited by Kathryn Davis (Library of America: Penguin): “a new opportunity to ask why work of such originality could ever be forgotten. It is not a case of ordinary neglect.”

Also in the paper, a discussion of how the book team picks their “10 Best” list.

Book Marks picks the “5 Reviews You Need to Read this Week.”

Briefly Noted

The Costa Award category shortlists are announced. The Guardian has a feature, highlighting Candice Carty-Williams and Queenie (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.).

Edna O’Brien wins the David Cohen Prize for Literature. The Bookseller reports.

Shelf Awareness picks the Best Children’s & Teen Books of the Year.

Entertainment Weekly explores “How Gillian Flynn broke barriers with Gone Girl.”

The NYT has a guide for those giving books as gifts.

USA Today has suggestions for books as gifts as well: fiction, nonfiction, biographies and memoirs, history, and children’s.

The Washington Post also has a section of books to give.

Bustle showcases Fleabag: The Scriptures by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Ballantine: Random House).

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (Grove Press, Black Cat).

Vulture interviews Margaret Atwood in one of their “Who Were The 2010s?" columns. Also, #SeeHer Story spotlights Atwood. People has details.

Electric Lit interviews Dexter Palmer, Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen (Pantheon: Random House).

Time has a piece by Lee Child on how his Jack Reacher character “Fits Into a Long History of Folk Heroes.”

USA Today reports on Ronan Farrow’s new podcast, on which he reveals what happened when he started to investigate Harvey Weinstein.

In forthcoming book news, the AP reports that Jill Filipovic will publish the book OK Boomer: Let’s Talk: Dispatches from a Generational Divide in late 2020. It is from S. & S.

Amazon is asking celebrities to pick their “favorite reads of 2019.” Here is Mark Bittman’s list. Scroll to the end for more big names.

Dorothy Seymour Mills has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Howard Cruse has died. LambdaLiterary has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The Hollywood Reporter has details about The Crown, season 4. Also, news that Downton Abbey might get a sequel.

Deadline reports that Marvel’s Helstrom, forthcoming on Hulu, casts up. HBO is adapting The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger. Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North is headed to TV. BET+ orders a second season of First Wives Club. Street Cat Named Bob will get a sequel.

NPR interviews Lynda Barry, Making Comics (Drawn & Quarterly; LJ starred review).

The Atlantic and HBO team up to create a comic about The Massacre of Black Wall Street, as featured in Watchmen.

Gizmodo offers a catch-up for The Expanse, as season four approaches.

Fortune asks “What Does the Future Hold for the DC Film Universe?

PBS NewsHour interviews Karine Jean-Pierre, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America (Hanover Square Press: Harper; LJ starred review).

The Today show featured Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump by Neal Katyal, Sam Koppelman (Mariner Books: HMH).

NPR interviews Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump (Random House).

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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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