Page to Screen, May 17, 2019 | Book Pulse

Eight adaptations debut today and through the week. Marlon James and Daniel José Older discuss the politics of genre. First look trailers are out for Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Katy Keene. Guy Gunaratne wins the Dylan Thomas Prize.

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A few long-awaited adaptations hit screens this week, as well as a second adaptation of a book that captured readers decades ago.

May 17:

Catch-22, based on the novel by Joseph Heller. Reviews | Trailer

A Dog's Journey, based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. Reviews | Trailer

The Sun is Also a Star, based on the novel by Nicola Yoon. Reviews | Trailer

The Meanest Man in Texas, based on the book by Don Umphrey. Reviews | Trailer

Asako I & II based on the novel by Tomoka Shibasaki (no US edition). Reviews | Trailer

Aniara, based on the poem by Harry Martinson. Reviews | Trailer

Trial by Fire, based on the article by David Grann. Reviews | Trailer

May 23:

The Name of the Rose, based on the novel by Umberto Eco. No Reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews The Ash Family by Molly Dektar (S. & S.): "somber ... draws on literary conventions about extremist religious cults, but replaces the fear of eternal damnation with an ecological fear of a hell on earth." Also, Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell (Knopf): "Russell excels at a kind of creeping, low-level horror." The Body Papers by Grace Talusan (Restless Books: S. & S.): "what renders the book memorable — perhaps what earned it the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing — is the author’s unstinting self-portrait." Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art by Michael Shnayerson (PublicAffairs: Hachette): "There’s a dark, sour suspicion at the heart of this history: that, for all the talk of the fabulous and the sublime, this world spins on spin." Also, the Crime column is out, the Children's column looks at fairy tales, and The Shortlist considers family memoirs.

The L.A. Times reviews Lent by Jo Walton (Tor Books: Macmillan): "the idea of a life lived and lived again takes on a new, rich ambiguity."

NPR reviews Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane (Penguin; LJ starred review): "has too many fun, hilarious, and extremely touching twists and turns to detail further."

The Washington Post reviews The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): "multilayered ... immediately captivat[ing]." Also, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court by Simon Tam (Troublemaker Press): "nuanced." No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "compulsively readable ... as gripping as good fiction, as intimate as memoir and deeply informed." Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear by Bryce Andrews (HMH): "The two sides of Bryce Andrews — enlightened rancher and sensitive writer — appear to make a smooth fit " The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father by Janny Scott (Riverhead: Penguin): "[a] fine book ... a sad and cautionary tale." The paper also has two books on air pollution.

Briefly Noted

Guy Gunaratne wins the Dylan Thomas Prize for In Our Mad and Furious City (MDC x FSG: Macmillan). The Guardian has details.

The NYT recommends 10 books this week.

BookMarks selects the "Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

The Guardian picks "50 great thrillers by women."

Paste suggests "Five Must Read Short Story Collections" for SFF fans.

The Washington Post reflects on George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, "one of the best epic fantasies ever." On that note, The Folio Society is reprinting the Song of Ice and Fire series in new editions with new covers and illustrations. They cost $195 each. Entertainment Weekly offers a look.

Time features Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir by Jayson Greene (Knopf; LJ starred review). The Atlantic has an interview with Greene.

Bustle features We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (FSG: Macmillan) as well as Little Darlings by Melanie Golding (Crooked Lane Books).

The NYT reports on book clubs.

Entertainment Weekly explores how Graeme Simsion and Helen Hoang confront the "power and challenges of autistic representation in literature."

The NYT "Inside the List" leads with Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf).

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Katherine Eban, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom (Ecco: Harper).

Bret Easton Ellis features on The Guardian Books podcast.

The Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast features Marlon James and Daniel José Older talking about "the politics of literary categories." Link via LitHub.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Panic by Lauren Oliver is headed to Amazon. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is set for the movies.

A hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet is headed to Netflix. Variety has details.

First Look trailers are out for Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Katy Keene.

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