Page to Screen, Jan. 24, 2020 | Book Pulse

Reagan Arthur has been named executive vice-president and publisher at Knopf. The week ahead in adaptations is filled with the unnerving and the funny. The Portico Prize for Literature is announced, as is the longlist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Author and news anchor Jim Lehrer has died. Captain Marvel is getting a sequel. Shōgun is back on track.

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The week ahead in adaptations is filled with the unnerving and the funny.







Jan. 24:

The Turning, based on The Turning (Movie Tie-In): The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories by Henry James (Penguin). No reviews | Trailer

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, based on the comics character created by George Gladir and Dan DeCarlo. No reviews | Trailer

Shrill, based on Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West (Hachette). No reviews | Trailer

Color Out of Space (limited release), based on The Color Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft, found in The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft (Chartwell Books: Quarto Group). Reviews | Trailer

Jan. 28:

Miracle Workers, based on What in God’s Name by Simon Rich. No reviews | Trailer

Jan. 30:

The Stranger, based on The Stranger (Movie Tie-In) by Harlan Coben (Dutton: Penguin). No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews A Beautiful Crime by Christopher Bollen (Harper): “a skilled purveyor of suspense.” Also, A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (Ballantine: Random House): “a draft of the book it could have been.” I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know by W. Lee Warren, M.D. (WaterBrook: Random House): “Warren’s writing is fluid and evocative. He asks with delicate finesse, again and again, the question of how to give someone hope when, as a physician, he knows there is none.” 

The NYT reviews “Four High-Octane New Thrillers” as well as two novels and a nonfiction collection that capture contemporary Brazil.

Book Marks considers the best reviewed books of the week.

Briefly Noted

The NYT recommends 12 books for the week. Also, paperbacks for the week.

The L.A. Times has a report on American Dirt, and the publisher’s response to the firestorm. NPR has more news as well, including an interview with author Jeanine Cummins.

Jessica Andrews, Saltwater (FSG: Macmillan), wins the Portico Prize for Literature. The Bookseller has details. This is the prize that is called “The Booker of the North.”

The longlist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize is announced

Reagan Arthur has been named executive vice-president and publisher at Knopf. The NYT reports she was the late Sonny Mehta’s first choice to replace him. She had been at Little, Brown, where she published Ronan Farrow and Rachel Cusk. She begins on Feb. 11. Also making news, Maya Mavjee has been named the president and publisher for the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. She begins work on March 2. The Bookseller has those details.

People has more about Jessica Simpson and her new memoir. Also, what Justin Bieber reads to “Keep His Marriage Strong and 'Affair-Proof'.” Vulture has more on Simpson.

Entertainment Weekly features Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown (Pantheon: Random House).

Ann Napolitano, Dear Edward (The Dial Press: Random House), writes an essay for the NYT, about writing letters to her future self.

Time excerpts Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases edited by Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman (Avid Reader: S. & S.; LJ starred review), the selection is an essay by Marlon James. Also in Time, an interview with William Gibson, Agency (Berkley: Penguin), a spotlight on Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon (S. & S.), and one on Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch (Riverhead: Penguin).

The NYT reports that the TV show The Boys, which is based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, will get a new run at comics with the mini-series The Boys: Dear Becky starting in April. It will be drawn by Russ Braun, with stories by Ennis and covers by Robertson. Also in comics news, The Hollywood Reporter has a piece on novelist Myke Cole’s new comic, Hundred Wolves.

The Guardian interviews Eimear McBride, Strange Hotel (FSG: Macmillan).

CrimeReads gathers five true crime works for January.

Slate suggests reading The Queen and I by Sue Townsend (Soho).

Vox has a background reading, listening, and watching guide for the Harvey Weinstein trial.

Marlon James is starting a literary podcast, with his editor Jake Morrissey. The NYT has details.

Here are some FAQs about the Reese Witherspoon librarian job.

Author and news anchor Jim Lehrer has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Charles Sprawson has died. The Guardian has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews David Rohde, In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State" (W.W. Norton).

NPR interviews Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan, Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review).

The Hollywood Reporter considers the math for Neflix’s ratings.

Deadline reports that Captain Marvel is getting a sequel. Shōgun is back on track at FX. Mean Girls is headed to Broadway. One of the buzzy books of spring, Gill Hornby’s Miss Austen, gets optioned for TV. Gordon Corera’s Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories And The Hunt for Putin’s Spies gets optioned for a TV series. The Obi-Wan Kenobi revival for Disney+ has been put on hold as they search for a new creative team. My Salinger Year will open the 70th Berlin Film Festival. It is based on the book by Joanna Rakoff.

Vanity Fair suggests book adaptations to watch on streaming services right now.

The Last Thing He Wanted gets a trailer. It is showing at Sundance right now.

Stargirl gets a trailer and Popsugar has a catchup to the book. The show premieres on March 13.

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