Page To Screen, Apr. 19, 2019 | Book Pulse

Five book-based films and TV shows debut today and Stephen King has yet another adaptation in the works. There are new reading lists for Beyoncé, baseball, and SFF and new coverage about the printing of the Mueller report.

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There are five book-based works debuting today:

Rafiki, based on the short story "Jambula Tree" by Monica Arac de Nyeko. Reviews | Trailer

Bosch, season five, based on the Michael Connelly series character. Reviews | Trailer

Brené Brown: The Call to Courage, a documentary featuring the popular author. No reviews | Trailer. O Magazine has a list of her books to read after watching.

A Fortunate Man, based on Lucky Per by Nobel Prize winner Henrik Pontoppidan, translated by Naomi Lebowitz (Everyman's Library: Random House). No reviews | Trailer

Selection Day, based on the novel of the same name by Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga. No reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza, translated by Thomas Bunstead (Catapult): "appealing and digressive ... delightfully, like auditing a course." Also, Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Penguin): "an indispensable guide to the making of our times." Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day by Sheri Berman (Oxford): "her long-view approach comes across as appealingly sober." The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father by Janny Scott (Riverhead: Penguin): "It is often very funny, with some moments paced like a drawing room comedy. Yet the duke inherited something more (or other) than money, and what comes to dominate his daughter’s narrative is her sense of wealth’s 'misfortune'.” Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir by T Kira Madden (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "a fearless debut that carries as much tenderness as pain." The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (Grove): "A warm, generous spirit underlies the entire novel." Make Me a City by Jonathan Carr (Henry Holt: Macmillan): "[a] whopper of a debut novel."

NPR reviews Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us by Simon Critchley (Pantheon: Random House): "provocative, revelatory, though sometimes dizzying." Also, The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters (Amulet: Abrams): "a flawed book, but the concept is intriguing. In a genre where brooding boys so often rule the romantic roost, teenage Edgar Allan Poe is kind of an ideal hero for a work of historical fantasy."

The Washington Post reviews Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup by David Browne (Da Capo: Hachette): "for music lovers, but it should also be required reading for students of group dynamics."

Briefly Noted

Scribner, Skyhorse, Sterling, and Melville House are all rushing the Mueller report to press. The NYT rounds up the options.

Bitch Media suggests "Homecoming Homework: 7 Books to Read after Watching Beyoncé’s Epic Documentary."

The NYT Crime column is out.

The Washington Post's SFF column is out as well.

The Verge collects SFF books of late April.

The Washington Post suggests baseball books for 2019.

The NYT gathers books about paying attention. And the paper's "The Shortlist" looks at short stories.

Electric Lit suggests "30 Books By Writers of Color Redefining the Term “All-American.

Book Marks has the "Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official Guide to Seasons Three & Four by Tara Bennett (Delacorte: Random House).

Bustle features Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Dial: Random House).

The roots of the Grateful Dead will be explored in a comic. Entertainment Weekly has details.

O Magazine interviews Sally Rooney.

Bustle interviews Madeline Miller.

Electric Lit interviews Carmen Maria Machado.

After giving her newest book a failing grade, Entertainment Weekly interviews E L James, The Mister (Vintage: Random House). The Atlantic is also far from impressed.

The NYT features Oliver Sacks and "The Healing Power of Gardens."

Simon & Schuster creates a new imprint for nonfiction, Tiller Press.

Authors on Air

The Stephen King short story "Rest Stop" is headed to the big screen. Deadline Hollywood has details.

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