Colson Whitehead Is America’s Storyteller, plus Page to Screen, June 28, 2019 | Book Pulse

Time features Colson Whitehead on its cover, calling him “America’s Storyteller.” Page to Screen features Spider-Man and Stranger Things. A wave of new adaptations are announced, along with the cancellation of Mouse Guard.

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America's Storyteller







Time features Colson Whitehead on its cover, calling him “America’s Storyteller.” The coverage includes “How America’s Racist History Lives On” and how he “Finds Inspiration for His Books.”

Page to Screen

The newest Spider-Man film opens as does a look at Fox News, plus the return of Stranger Things.

June 28:

Ophelia, based on Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Reviews | Trailer

7SEEDS, based on the manga series by Yumi Tamura. No reviews | Trailer

The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith, based on In the Eye of the Storm by John H. Groberg (Bookcraft). Reviews | Trailer

June 29:

Family Pictures, based on the novel of the same name by Jane Green (St. Martin’s: Macmillan). No reviews | See site for video clips

June 30:

The Rook, based on the novel of the same name by Daniel O’Malley (Little, Brown: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

The Loudest Voice, based on The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman (Random House). Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

July 2:

Spider-Man: Far From Home, based on the Marvel comics. Reviews | Trailer

Young Justice, based on the DC comics. No reviews | Trailer

July 4:

Stranger Things (the TV show has spun off into a range of tie-in books). No reviews | Trailer



NPR reviews Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West by David Wolman, Julian Smith (William Morrow: Harper): “a gripping primer.” Also, a collected review of "3 Memoirs That Explore the Many Facets of Mental Illness."

The Washington Post reviews What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal by E. Jean Carroll (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan): “a stylish writer and often funny; her book is full of zingers … her narrative bounces along like a huge spray of champagne bubbles.”

Briefly Noted gathers “All the New Young Adult SFF Books Coming in July.”

Wired suggests “8 Essential Books in the Queer Comics Canon.”

Entertainment Weekly considers “Beach reads done right [via] 3 smart, breezy new novels.”

DateBook asks “Where is the Jordan Peele of horror literature?” and HuffPost wonders “Where Are All The Black BookTubers?

The Washington Post reports that Sandra Boynton is "redraw[ing] some of her early board books.” She tells the paper, “Not to change them … The new technology, and the slow steady evolution of my own skills, mean that I’m finally at a point where I can manage all the details of how I want a book to move and look.”

The L.A Time’s next book club title will be The Other Americans by Laila Lalami (Pantheon: Random House).

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Back Bay Books: Hachette) will be the next PBS NewsHour/NYT book club title.

Entertainment Weekly explores how Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (William Morrow: Harper) “became this summer’s book club sensation.”

Two NYT Children’s Books columns are out. One on "Stories of Family Trips and Summertime Capers" and the other addressing “Summer of Love, Where Have You Gone?The Shortlist gathers “Books That Will Crawl Under Your Skin – in a Good Way!.” The paper also suggests 12 new books for the week.

Book Riot has a “Reading Pathway” for Nikki Giovanni.

Salon interviews Valerie Jarrett, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward (Viking: Penguin).

The Guardian interviews Guy Gunaratne, In Our Mad and Furious City (MCDxFSG: Macmillan).

NYT profiles Judith Gurewich, the publisher of Other Press. The paper also features the Flatiron Building, a structure with literary chops.

Peter Hessler, The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution (Penguin) writes an essay for Time, entitled “The Case for Embracing Linguistic Identities.”

Vanity Fair features author Lore Segal, The Journal I Did Not Keep (Melville House).

Time features Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader Press/S. & S.).

Jennifer Weiner remembers Judith Krantz for Time.

Bestselling author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love, A Year of Miracles) debated last night during the Democratic Debate.

Brenda Maddox has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour interviews N. K. Jemisin.

NPR interviews Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore, BTTM FDRS (Fantagraphics: W.W. Norton).

Entertainment Weekly reports that the adaptation of Mouse Guard has been canceled. writes that Ken Liu’s short story “The Message” has been optioned.

Deadline Hollywood reports:

Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries novel series is headed to the movies, with Henry Cavill attached.

S.K. Vaughn’s Across the Void is also going to the big screen, in a deal announced just before the book hits shelves.

Michael Chabon has been named the showrunner of Star Trek: Picard.

Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder is set for TV and so is Masters of Doom, based on David Kushner’s nonfiction book.

All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriot is getting a new TV adaptation.

In Search of Captain Zero by Allan Weisbecker is set for the movies.

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