Page to Screen, Aug. 16, 2019 | Book Pulse

Where'd You Go Bernadette? leads a handful of adaptations today and through next week. Robert Macfarlane wins the Wainwright Golden Beer book prize and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wins one of the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards. The September LibraryReads list is out, topped by  Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.

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A beloved book and a feel-good film mark the highlights of this week's adaptations.

Aug. 16:

Where'd You Go Bernadette?, based on Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Little, Brown: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

Blinded by the Light, based on Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor. Reviews | Trailer

Mindhunter, based on Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker (Pocket: S. & S.). No Reviews | Trailer

Aug. 17:

Gates of Paradise, based on Gates of Paradise by V.C. Andrews (Pocket: S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer

Aug. 18:

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Very Foul Play, based on the series by Charlaine Harris. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews Inland by Téa Obreht (Random House; LJ starred review): “a classic story, told in a classic way — and yet it feels wholly and unmistakably new.” Also Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Riverhead: Penguin.; LJ starred review): “Tokarczuk is fundamentally a portraitist, a writer with a keen sense for sniffing out the incongruities that make a person.”

Entertainment Weekly also reviews Inland, giving it an A and calling it “the rare novel with a perfect ending.”

The Washington Post reviews The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (Pantheon: Random House): “quietly devastating.”

The NYT reviews Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America by Christopher Leonard (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “superb … ranks among the best books ever written about an American corporation.” Also, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch (Riverhead: Penguin): “builds an argument that the internet isn’t just changing the way we use language, it’s changing the way we think about it.” There is a dual review about books on bugs. The Crime column is out and the “Sketchbook” features “The Israeli Children’s Book Writer Who Became a Witch.”

Briefly Noted

Robert Macfarlane wins the Wainwright Golden Beer book prize for Underland: A Deep Time Journey (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review). The Guardian has details.

The 1944 Retro Hugo Awards are announced. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wins for Best Novella. Locus has the full list.

The Guardian explores the literary history of Dorothy West, who, “alongside Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes … was the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance.”

The NYT offers “9 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

The September LibraryReads list is out, topped by Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead: Penguin).

O: The Oprah Magazine picks “25 Books Every Woman Should Read.”

CrimeReads lists “7 Great Mysteries about Rare Books and Bibliophiles.”

Bustle excerpts A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers (Redhook: Hachette).

Paste spotlights The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press).

USA Today showcases Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real by Mariana Atencio (Thomas Nelson: Harper).

Time features Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Riverhead: Penguin.; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport (Biblioasis; LJ starred review).

Bustle reports on library checkout receipts which “show how much money [patrons] saved by checking books out from the library instead of buying them.”

Local North Carolina news is reporting on the Nicholas Sparks case as he takes the stand in the defamation trial.

Terese Marie Mailhot interviews Alicia Elliott and Arielle Twist in Pacific Standard.

Authors on Air

Deadline Hollywood reports that the Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels are headed to Showtime, headed by “Doctor Who writer Toby Whithouse, Good Omens and American Gods’ Neil Gaiman and A Beautiful Mind’s Akiva Goldsman.” Julian Guthrie’s Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime is set for TV. The Trail by Meika Hashimoto is headed to the movies. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is set for NBC’s streaming service. Love, Simon, based on Becky Albertali’s novel, and then the film, is headed to Disney+ as a TV show. Netflix’s To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, will air on February 12. A third movie is also in the works, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean. All are based on Jenny Han’s YA trilogy. Ewan McGregor might star once again as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Disney+ project.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Hannah Shaw, Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady's Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines (Plume: Penguin). And on another cat note, The Cut has Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy: A Memoir (Riverhead: Penguin), talking about her cat.

USA Today considers “Where'd You Go, Bernadette: The biggest differences between the book and the movie.” HuffPost has a piece as well.

Vanity Fair showcases Legion.

Common, Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir (Atria: S. & S.), features on PBS NewsHour.

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