Page To Screen, Apr. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Winter is coming (on Sunday) but more adaptations air today and thorugh the week. Millennial novels get buzzy with a strong focus on Sally Rooney and a newspaper story about the range of millennial books. Tayari Jones wins again and more award news breaks.

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While Game of Thrones is dominating buzz as we head to the season 8 opener, it is not the only adaptation coming out today and through next week:

April 12

After, based on After by Anna Todd (Gallery Books: S & S.) Reviews | Trailer

Hellboy, based on the comics character. Reviews | Trailer

Special, based on I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O'Connell (S. & S.). Reviews | Trailer

April 14

Game of Thrones, based the series by George R.R. Martin. No reviews | Trailer

There are plenty of guides (and here) and USA Today offers takes from fans of the print books.

Les Misérables, based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. Reviews | Trailer

April 17

Breakthrough, based on The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection by Joyce Smith, with Ginger Kolbaba (FaithWords: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

Reviews

The NYT reviews The Altruists by Andrew Ridker (Viking: Penguin): "intelligent, funny and remarkably assured." Also, The Parisian by Isabella Hammad (Grove Press; LJ starred review): "dazzling." The Children's Books column is out. The "Shortlist" gathers poetry books. The NYT "Inside the List" writes about how authors got their starts. Finally, a dual review of two books that "dramatically capture the climate change crisis."

The Washington Post reviews What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young (Ecco: Harper): "his writing is hilarious, as in laughing so hard that you end up in tears or, sometimes, laughing hard enough to stop the tears from flowing." Also, Dateline—Liberated Paris: The Hotel Scribe and the Invasion of the Press by Ronald Weber (Rowman & Littlefield): "immersive." Freedom's Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror by by Charles Lane (Hanover Square Press: Harper): "might underplay the terror that animated the Reconstruction South." Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward by Valerie Jarrett (Viking: Penguin): "Jarrett’s diffidence precludes the self-reve­lation that a reader rightly expects of a memoir." An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz (Nan A. Talese: Random House; LJ starred review): "powerful." American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan by Matt Farwell, Michael Ames (Penguin): "compelling." The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between by Michael Dobbs (Knopf): "a heartbreaking and timely read." The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation by Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly Press): "Bowden tells it with the dexterity of an old pro, bringing coherence to a narrative that in other hands may have seemed merely muddled and infuriating."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger (Knopf) giving it a B- and writing "At its best, the novel permeates a sense of loss."

NPR reviews Freedom's Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror by Charles Lane (Hanover Square Press: Harper): "fascinating ... The best history books are often the most unexpected ones."

USA Today reviews A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell (Viking: Penguin), giving it 3 stars and writing that it "resurrects the compelling saga of a remarkable woman."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly interviews Sally Rooney, Normal People (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review). Vulture has a feature entitled "Sally Rooney's Politics of Millennial Resignation." Time also weighs in.

The Washington Post writes about millennial novels.

The NYT features EL James.

The New Yorker interviews Bret Easton Ellis.

USA Today features Outside Looking In by T.C. Boyle (Harper; LJ starred review).

Jasmine Guillory is writing a romance novel about Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle's mother. It will go on sale Oct. 1 and is called Royal Holiday (Berkley: Penguin). Reese Witherspoon has an excerpt.

io9 excerpts Boundless: A Drizzt Novel by R.A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager).

Bitch Media highlights Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Schocken: Random House; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post reports on the book Julian Assange held while being arrested.

CrimeReads lists the "7 Essential True Crime Books For April."

The NYT recommends 8 books this week, "all but one of which feature group portraits or stories of friendships."

Time gathers "10 Books That Will Help You Solved Your Financial Problems."

Vox digs into The Archive of Our Own and the importance of its Hugo nomination.

The 2019 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists have been named.

The longlist for the Best Translated Book Awards is out.

Authors on Air

NPR airs the Aspen Words Literary Prize ceremony. Tayari Jones won the night.

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart is headed to HBO, with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star and executive produce. Love, Simon the film is getting adapted into a series. Both are based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper is set for TV. Deadline Hollywood has details.

The Verge conversation between Marlon James and George R. R. Martin is now online (click on the "Cocktail" video).

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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 nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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