Page to Screen, Apr. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

Pet Sematary, A Discovery of Witches, and more adaptations open today and through the week. The Dublin Literary Award shortlist is out. The Verge will livestream a conversation about fantasy fiction between Marlon James and George R.R. Martin on April 10.

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Plenty of adaptations hit screens today and through the week, inclucing some highly anticipated titles:

Friday

Pet Sematary, based on Pet Sematary by Stephen King (Pocket: S. & S.). Reviews | Trailer

The Best of Enemies, based on The Best of Enemies, Movie Edition: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson (Univ. North Carolina). Reviews | Trailer

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, based on the comics character. Reviews | Trailer

Shazam!, based on the comics character. Reviews | Trailer

The Public (not book based but set in a public library).  Reviews | Trailer

Storm Boy, based on Storm Boy & Other Stories by Colin Thiele (New Holland). Reviews | Trailer

Quicksand, based on Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles (Other Press). No reviews | Trailer

The Tick, based on the comics character. Reviews | Trailer

Warrior, based on the writings of Bruce Lee. No reviews | Trailer

Saturday

Native Son, based on Native Son by Richard Wright (Harper). Reviews | Trailer

A Discovery of Witches, based on A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Viking: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

Killing Eve, season two, based on the book series by Luke Jennings (Mulholland: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

Fosse/Verdon, based on Fosse by Sam Wasson (Eamon Dolan: HMH). Reviews | Trailer

Wednesday

The Silence, based on The Silence by Tim Lebbon (Titan). No reviews | Trailer

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, based on Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, translated by Edith Grossman (Ecco: Harper). Reviews | Trailer

Reviews

NYT reviews kaddish.com by Nathan Englander (Knopf): "tender, wry and entertaining." Also, Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt: Macmillan): "a perplexing novel." The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Scribner: S. & S.): "thoughtful and empathetic." The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona (Penguin): "a masterpiece." Casting Deep Shade: An Amble by C.D. Wright (Copper Canyon Press): "briskly excluding melancholy even while taking stock of crimes against nature." The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age by Leo Damrosch (Yale): "a terrific feat." The Children's Books column is out. The Crime column is out. Also, a joint review of books addressing American foreign policy.

The Washington Post reviews Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt: Macmillan): "This author never takes you where you thought you were going, but have faith: You won’t be disappointed." Also, Now, Now, Louison by Jean Frémon, translated by Cole Swensen (New Directions: W.W. Norton): "The novel lacks a conventional climax, to be sure, but it hits a high point of another kind, a spiritual affirmation as well as an aesthetic manifesto." Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal by Yuval Taylor (W.W. Norton), after some sharp critiques decides "Otherwise, this a complete pleasure to read."

NPR reviews All Ships Follow Me: A Family Memoir of War Across Three Continents by Mieke Eerkens (Picador: Macmillan): "a well-written, well-paced, meticulously researched book, and it engenders challenging questions about who gets to speak and why. But it's a very difficult book to endorse, or to justify."

Briefly Noted

The Dublin Literary Award shortlist is out.

Entertainment Weekly suggests "5 comics to read this April."

Time has a piece by Nicholas A. Christakis, Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The NYT features Isabella Hammad, The Parisian by (Grove Press; LJ starred review). Also, a feature on Albert Woodfox, Solitary (Grove Press).

Pictorial showcases When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History by Hugh Ryan (St. Martin's: Macmillan).

The Washington Post considers American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley (Harper) also, Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again by Eric Topol (Basic: Hachette).

Time spotlights Robert Caro.

The L.A. Times interviews Dave Barry,  Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog (S. & S.). Also, the paper interviews Chelsea Clinton, Don't Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Gianna Marino (Philomel Books: Penguin).

The Guardian talks with Andrea Lawlor, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (Vintage: Random House).

LitHub excerpts The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) by Margaret Atwood, Renee Nault (Nan A. Talese: Random House).

In forthcoming book news, io9 focuses on Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke (Katherine Tegen Books: Harper).

Time showcases Mother Is a Verb: An Unconventional History by Sarah Knott (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan).

Entertainment Weekly features the original director of Pet Sematary.

Tor.com reports that the status of Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicle book 3 is "moving forward."

Authors on Air

The Verge will live stream a conversation about fantasy fiction between Marlon James and George R.R. Martin on April 10.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the film based on The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir will air in the US. Netflix is adapting Harlan Coben and Jack London as part of its Spanish langauge offerings.

Vulture suggests "13 Stephen King Books That Should Be Adapted Next."

The New Yorker writes about Native Son and the "Cinematic Aspirations of Richard Wright."

NPR interviews Danny Goldberg, Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain (Harper).

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (Penguin), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

A trailer is out for J.T. LeRoy.

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