Page to Screen, Jul. 26, 2019 | Book Pulse

Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes is voted The Tonight Show Summer Reads choice. The Millions selects “Ten Writers to Watch in 2019.” The Center for Fiction announces the Frist Novel Prize Longlist. The adaptation of Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is going to Showtime. The Goldfinch gets another trailer.

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Series returns and comics mark this weeks adaptations:

July 26:

The Boys, based on the comic series by Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, and John McCrea. Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

Light as a Feather, season 2, based on Light as a Feather by Zoe Aarsen (Simon Pulse: S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer

Orange Is the New Black, season 7, based on Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman (Spiegel & Grau: Random House). No reviews | Trailer. The NYT has a feature on Kerman.

The Son, based on A Protective Mother by Guillermo Martínez (Editorial Planeta). No reviews | Trailer

The Worst Witch, season 3, based on Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch books (Candlewick). No reviews | Trailer

July 27:

Heaven, based on Heaven by V.C. Andrews (Pocket Books: S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer

Rome in Love, based on Rome in Love by Anita Hughes (St. Martin’s: Macmillan). No reviews | Trailer

July 28:

Pennyworth, based on the DC comics characters. Reviews | Trailer

July 31:

Kengan Ashura, based on the manga series. No reviews | Trailer


Author Adam Sternbergh reviews Empty Hearts by Juli Zeh, translated by John Cullen (Nan A. Talese): “bracing, furious … go dark or go home” for the NYT. Author Lyndsay Faye reviews The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal (Atria/Emily Bestler Books: S. & S.): “When a book refuses to shy away from squalor and brutality while venerating the passionate and beautiful, it is always a memorable experience … haunting … unapologetically lush …will doubtless prove … an obsession for its readers.”

NPR reviews It's Me. (Catwad #1) by Jim Benton (Graphix: Scholastic): “These collections of short comic stories are a bit rude, a lot ridiculous and a little profane … Catwad is not funny, so it's HYSTERICAL. Catwad is every bit the joke book kids would write themselves if grown-ups stopped telling them that their jokes are not jokes.” The book is soaring on Amazon.

Entertainment Weekly gives Richard Russo’s Chances Are . . . (Knopf) a C+, writing it “never quite grips as a throughline.”

The Washington Post reviews The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin): “engaging … a pleasure to read and the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day.”

Time has Jamie Lee Curtis review Careful What You Wish For: A Novel of Suspense by Hallie Ephron (William Morrow: Harper): “not scary–it’s thrilling and suspenseful … I laughed more than I expected to.”

Book Marks has “5 Reviews You Need To Read This Week” and “The Best Reviewed Book of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

The Millions selects “Ten Writers to Watch in 2019.”

The Center for Fiction announces the Frist Novel Prize Longlist. The list is an RA goldmine of notable debut novels.

Shondaland picks “11 Essential Graphic Nonfiction Books of 2019.”

 The Guardian explores "From Black Panther to Tade Thompson: why Afrofuturism is taking over sci-fi."

O: The Oprah Magazine gathers “20 Best True Crime Books That'll Make You Want to Sleep With the Lights On.”

Time selects “5 Unexpected Summer Thrillers.”

CrimeReads picks “July's Best Debut Crime Novels and Thrillers.”

 The Guardian gathers "the five children’s books every adult should read."

Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes (Scribner: S. & S.) is voted The Tonight Show Summer Reads choice. Sales are jumping; check your holds.

Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney, illustrated by Kathryn Durst (Random House Books for Young Readers) features on the Today show, and gets a sales boost. Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real by Mariana Atencio (Thomas Nelson: Harper) was also on the morning show.

Rocco's Healthy & Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life by Rocco DiSpirito (Harper Wave) is getting buzz today thanks to an appearance on The Doctors.

USA Today features A Tale of Magic... by Chris Colfer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette).

Bustle spotlights How Could She by Lauren Mechling (Viking: Penguin) also, a story on poet and author Eileen Myles, Afterglow (a dog memoir) (Grove Press; LJ starred review).

The Guardian showcases Palestine + 100, the SF anthology written by 12 Palestinian authors that won the PEN Translates Award in 2018.

The NYT “Inside the List” focuses on American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta (Harper).

The Washington Post spotlights two books that highlight “The poetry, prose and physics of baseball.”

The buzzy Mary Beth Keane, Ask Again, Yes (Scribner: S. & S.), writes an essay for the NYT about a teacher who helped her realize her potential. Also, Lori Gottlieb, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (HMH), writes an essay titled “Can a Book Cure Mental Illness?

Electric Lit interviews Peg Alford Pursell, A Girl Goes Into the Forest (Dzanc Books).

The NYT Asked 13 Novelists, From Lee Child to Ruth Ware, ‘What’s the Best Murder You Ever Wrote?’

The NYT features Javier Marías, Berta Isla (Knopf; LJ starred review), in its “By the Book” column.

JSTORE Daily highlights Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Harper).

According to the ROAR report, “only 37% of authors whose books were published in Scotland were women (14.5% lower than the general population).” The report tracks “gender equality in Scottish literary culture.”

The Library of Congress begins a new literary series, National Book Festival Presents, Neil Patrick Harris will be the program's first featured author.

The Wall Street Journal writes “Library E-Book Lending Poses Rising Problem for Publishing Industry.”

Macmillan announces a two-month embargo on library ebooks; LJ reports.

The NYT has a feature on Margaret Fulton, the Australian cookbook author who died this week.

Author Mark Kleiman has died. The NYT has obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake (William Morrow: Harper).

Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive is headed to the movies, with Andrew Lincoln and Naomi Watts to star. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep is headed to Disney+. The adaptation of Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is going to Showtime. Molly Yeh gets a multi-platform deal with Food NetworkThe Old Man by Thomas Perry is headed to FX, with Jeff Bridges to star. The crime novels by Nigerian author Leye Adenle are headed to TV. Deadline Hollywood reports.

The Goldfinch gets another trailer.

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