Page to Screen, Mar. 1, 2019 | Book Pulse

Three adaptations open today or later in the week. The Baby-Sitters Club series is heading to Netflix and the NYT considers Captain Marvel.

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Three adaptations open today or later in the week:

March 1

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, based on the book of the same name by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer (William Morrow: Harper). Reviews | Trailer

Transit, based on the novel by Anna Seghers (NYBR Classics). Reviews | Trailer

March 6

Secret City, based on The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis (both from Harper). No Reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews Early Riser by Jasper Fforde (Viking: Penguin): "has all of the elements and sensibility that have earned Fforde a sizable and devoted following: wordplay, allusion, a playful exuberance." SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin): "paints the complexities of coming of age in a household mired in inherited silence and shame." Francine Prose reviews Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina, translated by Lisa C. Hayden (Oneworld Publications): "sprawling, ambitious." Also, the new Crime column is out and "The Shortlist" looks at "Memoirs of Love and Loss."

NPR reviews The Huntress by Kate Quinn (William Morrow: Harper), finding it a bit long but writing that it is "engrossing, suspenseful, and authentic, a book to give you a new perspective on women, war, and the wheels of justice." Also, Dead Men's Trousers by Irvine Welsh (Melville House): "When he's at his best, Welsh spins a story of four men broken by addiction and betrayal; old friends who've shared their youths, somehow lived through them, and just can't quite seem to let go."

LA Times reviews Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen (Little, Brown: Hachette): "a book necessary for anyone in or allied with the queer community."

The Washington Post reviews Cemetery Road by Greg Iles (William Morrow: Harper): "an ambitious stand-alone thriller ... both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption in a small Southern community." Also, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers (Yale): "a brilliant, innovative analysis of American slavery, one that sets a new standard for scholarship on the subject." Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury by Carolyn Burke (Knopf): "[a] sharp-eyed group portrait of two artistic couples ... a task she accomplishes in astute, lucid prose."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly has "20 new books to read in March."

The NYT suggests twelve books to read this March and 11 to look for this week.

CrimeReads suggests "14 Crime Novels To Read This Month."

Entertainment Weekly runs its monthly Romance column.

In the NYT Min Jin Lee appreciates bell hooks.

Liska Jacobs suggest five books by women for Electric Lit.

Time profiles Laurie Halse Anderson, SHOUT (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin; SLJ starred review).

Salon features Wayétu Moore, She Would Be King (Graywolf: Macmillan).

Time spotlights Meg Wolitzer.

Vanity Fair suggests some modern classic novels as pairings to today's buzzy women authors.

The Washington Post features The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America edited by Nikesh Shukla, Chimene Suleyman (Little, Brown: Hachette).

If the Mueller report becomes public, the LA Times details how publishers will be ready. Publishers Weekly reports too.

Time focuses on Pictures with Purpose: Early Photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Double Exposure) by Michèle Gates Moresi, Laura Coyle, Tanya Sheehan (GILES).

Vulture reports that another YA novelist has withdrawn his book prior to publication due to online outrage.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee by Danny Fingeroth (St. Martin's Press: Macmillan).

USA Today writes that there is a new Dr. Seuss book on the way.

LJ offers collection development help on space exploration.

NYT spotlights authors and bunny doodles.

Authors on Air

Netflix is making an adaptation of the Baby-Sitters Club series. Entertainment Weekly has the story.

Marvel has formed a partnership with Serial Box. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Game of Thrones issues twenty character posters for season eight. Syfy is adapting the comic Resident Alien by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. Ballerina and author Misty Copeland will be a the subject of a biopic. Netflix is adapting the forthcoming The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz. Julia Roberts might star in the Amazon adaptation of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza. Deadline Hollywood has all the news.

The NYT writes about Captain Marvel.

Dark Phoenix, the newest X-Men film, gets a trailer.

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Neal Wyatt

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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