Page to Screen, Jun. 21, 2019 | Book Pulse

Toni Morrison shines. Thrillers for the summer. Jennifer Weiner recommends books by women. J.J. Abrams is writing Spider-Man with his son.

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June 21

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. Reviews | Trailer

Bravest Knight, based on The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico, Shiloh Penfield (Schiffer). No reviews | Trailer

June 24

Legion, based on the Marvel comics. Reviews | Trailer

Forest of Piano, based on the magna series. No reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown: Hachette): “the richness of this novel comes in spending time with the kaleidoscope of characters who spin together in the whirlwind ending.” Also, Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (W.W. Norton): “an epic, poignant biography.” The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown by Julia Flynn Siler (Knopf): “Readers who can see past the book’s ideological overlay will find it a solid introduction to an inspiring and, yes, heroic struggle against a barbaric practice.” The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff (FSG: Macmillan): “it proves he’s already an author with a refreshing restlessness, who will try anything to entertain his readers.” The Children of the Ghetto: My Name is Adam by Elias Khoury, translated by Humphrey Davies (Archipelago: Steerforth Press): “powerful … gives us a vivid glimpse of the unspeakable.” The Children’s Books column is on “Teach, Without Preaching.” The Crime column is out. The Shortlist considers deubts. Also, books on “How to Be Good.”

NPR reviews Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Raphael Bob-Waksberg, (Knopf): “a mixed bag, and when the author stumbles, it can be difficult to read. Nonetheless, it's a respectable book with some excellent work in it, and Bob-Waksberg clearly has real potential as a writer of fiction.” Also, The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager): “more than just another reliably strong outing from a veteran writer. It's the work of a major science fiction/fantasy creator going way out in a limb in the effort to wholly redefine himself, all while crystallizing what's made him great.”

The Washington Post reviews This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto by Suketu Mehta (FSG: Macmillan): “a blistering argument that earns its place in this emotional debate.” Also, Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, from Scalia’s Death to Justice Kavanaugh by Carl Hulse (Harper): “an important guide at this crucial time for the stature of America’s judiciary.” The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found by Violet Moller (Doubleday: Random House): “the reader is invited to marvel at how multicultural the ancient world was.” The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record by Jonathan Scott (Bloomsbury Sigma: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “while this is about the production of the record and not the Voyager mission itself, Scott does well mastering the technical details, often with a touch of humor.” Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I by Matthew Stanley (Dutton: Penguin): “Few books about events a century ago carry as relevant a message for today’s world of resurgent nationalism.”

Briefly Noted

The Washington Post suggest 9 Thrillers for the summer.

The NYT recommends 9 books for the week.

Shondaland suggests “7 Books to Read to Kids About Loving Their Natural Hair.”

Jennifer Weiner recommends books by women for Electric Lit.

Book Marks has “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Mental Floss gathers key LGBTQ+ authors.

J.J. Abrams is writing a new Spider-Man comic with his son. Entertainment Weekly reports. The NYT has an interview.

The Wall Street Journal features Toni Morrison via conversations with those who know her best.

The NYT interviews Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleishman Is in Trouble (Random House). Also, a conversation with Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had (Doubleday: Random House).

Electric Lit interviews Ai-Ling Louie, Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China (Philomel Books: Penguin).

The Millions excerpts LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor, illustrated by Tana Ford (Berger Books: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Katherine Tegen Books: Harper).

The Guardian researches representation in UK children’s books – it is not good.

Bustle has “7 Stats About Diversity In Book Publishing that Reveal The Magnitude Of The Problem.” Also, a report on drag queen story hour.

In forthcoming book news, Deadline Hollywood reports that Riverdale actress Asha Bromfield has sold a YA novel, Hurricane Summer (to Wednesday Books: St. Martin’s: Macmillan) look for it in 2021. Also, “superstar gamer and YouTube titan,” Tyler “Ninja” Blevins gets a multi-book deal from Random House.

The Guardian features the publishing house Faber & Faber.

The Washington Post puts “leading literary men” on Tinder.

Authors on Air

The Guardian reports that “More than 20,000 Christians have signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Good Omens.”

Clifford The Big Red Dog is headed to the movies. Deadline Hollywood has the story.

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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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