Page to Screen, Feb. 8, 2019 | Book Pulse

Book-based series return to small screens this week and new shows launch. More V.C. Andrews TV adaptations are coming, and the Clinton/Patterson novel, The President is Missing, is headed to Showtime.

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Feb. 8: The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, based on the series by Dav Pilkey. No reviews | Trailer

Lords of Chaos, based on Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition by Michael Moynihan, Didrik Soderlind (Feral House). Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 10: The Walking Dead, based on the comics by Robert Kirkman. No reviews | Trailer

Feb. 12: Miracle Workers, based on What in God's Name by Simon Rich (Back Bay Book: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 14: Alita: Battle Angel, based on the comics by Yukito Kishiro. Reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin (William Morrow: Harper): "An elegantly penned family saga ... with great originality." Also, Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace by Laurence Leamer (Flatiron: Macmillan): "No one comes out looking good in “Mar-a-Lago,” not even the book’s author." The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer (Little, Brown: Hachette): "She joins such novelists as Paula McLain ... in a most worthy enterprise: repopulating male-dominated accounts of the past with the many noteworthy women who deserve the same limelight." Can Science Make Sense of Life? by Sheila Jasanoff (Polity: Wiley): " timely and important ... compact, sweeping." Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation by Steve Luxenberg (W.W. Norton): "the best parts of “Separate” consist of Luxenberg’s vivid account of how the Citizens’ Committee and Tourgée developed their legal strategies and how the case proceeded in the Louisiana courts and in Washington." Figuring by Maria Popova (Pantheon: Random House): " we are thrust into a waltz of exquisitely honed minds — most of them belonging to women, many of them sexually queer."

NPR reviews Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani (Currency: Random House): "encourages women to celebrate failure as a sign of taking a risk." Also, The Pope: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World by Anthony McCarten (Flatiron: Macmillan): "For a church in crisis, any ambiguity in its leadership presents a serious problem, and McCarten tells the story as clearly as it has ever been told." Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review): "Reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf was like being slowly eaten by a bear, one inviting me to feel every pressure of tooth and claw tearing into me, asking me to contemplate the intimacy of violation and occasionally cracking a joke. It was a harrowing, horrible experience I'm not keen to repeat."

The NYT reviews I Am God by Giacomo Sartori, translated by Frederika Randall (Restless Books: S. & S.): "Humor is famously tough to translate, and perhaps “I Am God” is a more successful book in Italian than in this English version. The premise is certainly fun." Also, the Children's book column is out and the paper excerpts its review of Marlon James's first novel.

Briefly Noted

Jill Abramson is interviewed by NPR and addresses allegations against her book. She also responded to The Washington Post.

Time selects "15 New Books to Read This February."

Town and Country picks its "Best Books" for February.

The March Indie Next list is out, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine: Random House) is the #1 pick.

The Washington Post highlights poetry for the month.

O magazine picks "17 of the Best Books by Black Authors You Should Read in Your Lifetime."

Shondaland features Esmé Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays (Graywolf: Macmillan).

Time spotlights American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House).

USA Today interviews Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (Portfolio: Penguin).

Vulture interviews Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style (Random House).

NYT profiles Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive (Knopf).

The NYT has a story about George Orwell, an essay, an apology, and a recipe for orange marmalade. The British Council has published the essay and has more details.

Rosamunde Pilcher has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Illustrator and calligrapher Lili Wronker has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Bill Clinton and James Patterson's The President Is Missing is headed to TVThe Operator by Robert O'Neill might be headed to the movies. Deadline Hollywood has details on both. Deadline also reports that "Lifetime has begun production on four new movies based on V.C. Andrews' Casteel Family book series." There is a trailer for the first, Heaven.

Pet Sematary gets a trailer.

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