Page to Screen, Dec. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

A new Apple TV adaptation arrives this week, as does a blast from the book-controversy past. Barnes & Noble names The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) as its Book of the Year. Bernardine Evaristo recommends her "Top 5 Reads of 2019.” Random House will publish the impeachment report.

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Page to Screen

A new Apple TV adaptation arrives this week, as does a blast from the book-controversy past.

Dec. 6

Truth Be Told, based on Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (Gallery Books: S. & S.). Reviews | Trailer

A Million Little Pieces, based on A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (Knopf). Reviews | Trailer. Bustle has two stories about the show.

Daniel Isn’t Real, based on In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw (S. & S.). Reviews | Trailer

Virgin River, based on Virgin River by Robyn Carr (MIRA: Harper). No reviews | Trailer

Teasing Master Takagi-san, based on Teasing Master Takagi-san, Vol. 1 by Soichiro Yamamoto (Yen Press: Hachette). No reviews | No trailer

Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the characters created by Norman Bridwell. No reviews | Trailer

Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas, there is an ongoing series of books. No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 7

The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!, not based on a book but there are related titles. No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews Jay-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “paints the rapper as the ultimate hustler in a nation built by hustlers and strivers.” Also, Great Society: A New History by Amity Shlaes (Harper): “a thesis in pursuit of a past … rife with assertions that she doesn’t seriously try to defend.”

NPR reviews 1973: Rock at the Crossroads: Rock at the Crossroads by Andrew Grant Jackson (Thomas Dunne Books: Macmillan): “paints a vivid portrait of the year through the lens of popular music — mostly rock, but also country and hip-hop.”

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

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly selects “The 10 best books of 2019.” Also, there is a list of “The Next 10” within the same story.

GQ pick’s “The Best Books of 2019.”

Barnes & Noble names The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) as its Book of the Year. Check your holds; sales are soaring.

The NYT art critics pick their “Top Art Books of 2019.”

Stylist names “The decade’s 15 best books by remarkable women authors.”

The NYT has “11 New Books We Recommend This Week.” Also, the NYT’s Children’s Books column considers “Stories Behind American Heroes, Made Accessible to Kids.”

Waterstones bookstore asks Bernardine Evaristo to recommend her "Top 5 Reads of 2019.”

Electric Lit suggests “9 Unmissable Translated Novels First Published in English This Year.”

As a reminder, largehearted boy is compiling a list of every best-of list and posting weekly (often daily) updates. Also as a reminder, The Millions is running its “A Year in Reading” features. New updates are here.

Paste offers “10 Gifts That Comic Book Readers Will Love in 2019.”

Author Emily Nussbaum, I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution (Random House), has her 2019 “Top Ten” in The New Yorker.

salt slow by Julia Armfield (Flatiron: Macmillan) is the Belletrist December book pick.

Duncan Hamilton wins the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, it is a record making event, making him the only person to get the award three times. His winning book, The Great Romantic (Hodder & Stoughton), is not out in the US. Here is the shortlist.

The Bookseller reports that Tom Palmer wins the Ruth Rendell Award.

YALSA releases the short list for the Morris Award (scroll down the page).

O: The Oprah Magazine previews “31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020.”

Random House will publish the impeachment report (the one just released by the House Intelligence Committee) with a forward by Jon Meacham. Expect it as an audio download on Dec. 10, an ebook on Dec. 13, and as a paperback on Dec. 17.

Time has an adapted excerpt of Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos by Peter Bergen (Penguin).

People reaches back to 2018 and features Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You by Julie Morgenstern (Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post showcases Joni Mitchel's Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings (HMH).

Electric Lit interviews Kacen Callender, Queen of the Conquered (Orbit: Hachette).

The Guardian interviews Lisa Taddeo, Three Women (Avid Reader: S. & S)  Also, Thomas Keneally, The Book of Science and Antiquities (Atria: S. & S.), answers the “Books that made me” questions.

The Academy of American Poets announce its guest editors for 2020. These are the people who curate the Poem-a-Day program.

More Nobel waves: Peter Englund, former permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy and current member, is boycotting the Peter Handke award ceremony. The Guardian reports.

The NYT has a story on author Rachel Kushner’s art collection.

Electric Lit has an essay entitled “Shopping For a Boy? Give Him a Book About a Girl.”

James Patterson hands out bookseller holiday bonuses.

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that Eloise sells rights for film, TV, and stage. Robin Maugham’s The Wrong People is headed to the movies. Sony’s forthcoming musical adaptation of Cinderella finds its prince.

The Today show featured Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman (Clarkson Potter: Random House).

io9 offers a guide to “the medieval folklore that inspired The Witcher saga.”

David Sedaris is offering a MasterClass. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Mulan gets a trailer.

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