Page to Screen, Feb. 22, 2019 | Book Pulse

Big box office is expected for one of the Page to Screen films opening today. There is much forthcoming book news, including a children's book deal by Will Smith. "The Turn of the Screw" is headed to TV, and the NYT offers whole collection readers' advisory service.

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Page to Screen

Five new book related films and T.V. shows open today and through the week:

Feb. 22

How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World, based on the book series by Cressida Cowell. Reviews | Trailer. The box office is big, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Iron Orchard, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Pendleton. Reviews | Trailer

The Changeover, based on the book by Margaret Mahy. Reviews | Trailer

Suburra, based on the novel of the same name by Carlo Bonini and Giancarlo de Cataldo. No reviews | Trailer

Feb. 25.

Shadowhunters, based on the series by Cassandra Clare. No reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How It Might Be Saved by Michael Tomasky (Liveright: W.W. Norton): "sweeping, rollicking, sometimes breezy political and cultural back story to our current moment." Also, Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman (Grand Central: Hachette): "a muddled first effort in which drama and melodrama are hard to distinguish." Notes on a Shipwreck: A Story of Refugees, Borders, and Hope by Davide Enia, translated by Antony Shugaar (Other: Random House): "quiet yet urgent." Finally, the paper offers a dual review focused on two books featuring "Two Young Men Come of Age Amid Violence and Pathos Overseas."

USA Today reviews The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray (Berkley: Penguin), giving it 3.5 stars and calling it "a gripping and sharp story about what it takes to hold a family together when everything is falling apart."

The Washington Post reviews The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells (Tim Duggan: Random House): "does a valiant job of giving a plain person’s guide to the scary scenarios and inevitable truths of climate change." Also, We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom by Joel Simon (Columbia Global Reports): "expertly explains ... there is no consensus about how to respond to an ancient practice that has made a terrible resurgence in the post-9/11 era." How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency by Akiko Busch (Penguin): "Her slim volume lacks a general argument. Instead, the author shares her enthusiasms for the natural world and for how one can position oneself to catch a glimpse of those things that shine through the obscurity around them." Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse by Timothy P. Carney (Harper): "his gumshoe reporting, working-class sympathies and ability to engage with complex social challenges are tailor-made for the populist zeitgeist." The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang (Graywolf: Macmillan): "Her elegant essays are strongest at their most personal."

Briefly Noted

The NYT has "A Literary Guide to the Oscars" with whole collection RA suggestions for books to pair with films.

Mitch Albom is writing a new book, Chika, A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family (Harper Collins), for November. USA Today has a few details.

Will Smith is creating a book series based on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The first of the expected three-book deal with HarperCollins will be titled Fresh Princess and will be written by Denene Millner. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Paste excerpts Augusten Burroughs's Toil & Trouble (St. Martin's: Macmillan).

Sasha Sagan, Carl Sagan's daughter, is writing a book, For Small Creatures Such as We (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin). USA Today has details.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher (Berkley: Penguin).

HuffPost lists "50 Amazing Books By Black Authors From The Past 5 Years."

The L.A. Times reports on a conversation between Roxane Gay and Marlon James.

Bustle interviews Jasmine Guillory and Nicola Yoon on why it is "So Important To See Black Women In Romance Novels."

Salon interviews Lindsay Stern and Andrew Ridker about middle-aged men in crisis novels.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Lauren Wilkinson, American Spy (Random House).

Time interviews Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review).

Audible launches Audible Latino with Harry Potter y La Piedra Filosofal. Paste has details, as does Remezcla.

Time features Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead: Penguin).

Paste spotlights Hanif Abdurraqib and Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (Univ. of Texas).

The NYT has an essay by Meg Wolitzer on "What Happens When a Book's Character Comes to Life."

Charles Finch writes an essay for USA Today on what Shakespeare looks like as it pertains to his newest novel, The Vanishing Man: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series (Minotaur: Macmillan).

Bitch Media features feminist book collector A.N. Devers.

The Arizona Republic, via USA Today, calls Don Winslow's The Border (William Marrow: Harper) "the most important crime saga in modern literature."

The NYT "Shortlist" features historical novels. The paper's newest "Otherworldly" column is out, as is the new "Children's Books" column.

The L.A. Times gathers new titles about "displaced aliens, giant walls and political intrigue in a fantasy palace."

Authors on Air

Paste reports that season two of The Haunting of Hill House will be based on Henry James's "Turn of the Screw."

Vulture surveys "19 Book-to-Film Adaptations Coming in 2019."

Deadline Hollywood says to expect more Riverdale spinoffs. Also making news, The Old Guard comic by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández is headed to Netflix. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is set for the movies. Cristin Terrill’s Here Lies Daniel Tate has been optioned for the big screen.

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