Page to Screen, Aug. 2, 2019 | Book Pulse

An American master comes to the screen today. Comics and series domintate the week in adapations. In dueling book club picks Jenna Bush Hager names Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn as her next choice while Reese Witherspoon selects The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda. Edward Snowden has written a memoir. The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis is headed back to the screen while Stephen King is writing new material for the new The Stand adaptation.

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An American master comes to the screen today as comics, series, and more fills the weekend and beyond.

August 2

Otherhood, based on Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury USA). No reviews | Trailer

Piranhas, based on Piranhas: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano, translated by Antony Shugaar (Picador: Macmillan). Reviews | Trailer

American Masters: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. No reviews | Trailer

August 3

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

August 4

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Game of Cat and Mouse, based on the series by Charlaine Harris. No reviews | Trailer

Preacher, season 4, based on the comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Reviews | Trailer

August 8

The Naked Director, based on the book Zenra Kantoku Muranishi Toru Den by Nobuhiro Motohashi. No reviews | Trailer

For a longer look out and more detail see EarlyWord ’s Upcoming schedule.


The NYT reviews Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon by Tucker Malarkey (Spiegel & Grau: Random House): “finely observed.” Also, Hunter's Moon: A Novel in Stories by Philip Caputo (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “enjoy Caputo’s masterly telling.”

NPR reviews Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America by Jennifer E. Cobbina (NYU Press): “tightly focused and morally important.”

The Washington Post reviews Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell (Grove Press): “Bushnell’s voice is as knowing and sharp as ever.” The NYT asks how she “Spends Her Sundays.” Also, Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come by Richard Preston (Random House): “harrowing, horrifying.” Empire of Democracy: The Remaking of the West Since the Cold War, 1971–2017 by Simon Reid-Henry (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “elegance and gusto.” Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O'Neill, with Dan Piepenbring (Little, Brown: Hachette): “a worthwhile addition to the canon of Manson literature.” The Best People: Trump's Cabinet and the Siege on Washington by Alexander Nazaryan (Hachette): “Trump is not a break with the Republican Party’s drift toward anti-government extremism; he is a funhouse mirror reflection of it.”

Briefly Noted

Jenna Bush Hager picks Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Liveright: W.W. Norton; LJ starred review) as the next book in her buzyy Today show book club, Read With Jenna. Entertainment Weekly reports. It is soaring on Amazon; check your holds.

In dueling club picks, Reese Witherspoon selects The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda (S. & S.) for her August title. It too is climbing Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list. USA Today has a list of each of Witherspoon's past picks.

Edward Snowden has written a memoir. It will release on Sept. 17, 2019. The title is Permanent Record (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan: ISBN 9781250237231). He announced it on Twitter. Entertainment Weekly as well as the NYT, USA Today, The Guardian, and the L.A. Times have details. It is soaring on Amazon.

Mary Robinette Kowal announces The Relentless Moon, Book 3 in the Lady Astronaut series is finished. It will come out in 2020 from Tor Books.

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

The Verge has “10 new science fiction and fantasy novels to check out this August.” Gizmodo also has a list of SF, as well as Fantasy, titles for August.

LitHub picks “Five Great Audiobooks For That Summer Road Trip.”

BuzzFeed shares “4 Books We Couldn't Put Down Last Month.”

CrimeReads writes “Towards A New Canon Of Technothrillers.”

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (University of Queensland Press) wins the 2019 Miles Franklin award, “Australia’s most prestigious prize for fiction” reports The Guardian.

The Goldsboro Glass Bell Award shortlist is out. The award recognizes “compelling storytelling with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realized." The Bookseller has details.

The European Science Fiction Society Hall of Fame Awards as well as the Achievement and Chrysalis Award nominees are announced. Locus has details.

Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award has been announced.

The Children’s Book column is out in the NYT, focused on “Picture Books to Perk Up Any Kid’s Summer.” Also, the Crime column considers “Damsels in Distress – or Causing It.”

Electric Lit has “31 Poets Recommend 31 Poetry Books to Read Every Day in August.”

Paste features Marilou Is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith (Riverhead: Penguin).

The Atlantic spotlights two novels "that attempt to unearth the pasts of forgetful family members, weighing the benefits of storytelling for older and younger generations.”

Elle showcases Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession by Rachel Monroe (Scribner: S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Anna K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee (Flatiron: Macmillan), a book already set for a TV adaptation.

O: The Oprah Magazine has an essay by R.O. Kwon, The Incendiaries (Riverhead: Penguin) on “why she decided to come out as bisexual on Twitter last year.”

The Washington Post has an essay by Charles King, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century (Doubleday: Random House).

The Guardian interviews Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Friday Black (Mariner: HMH).

The NYT interviews Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion (Random House; LJ starred review) for its “By The Book” column.

Fox News interviews Angela Levin, Harry: A Biography of a Prince (Pegasus: W.W. Norton).

Herman Melville is turning 200. LitHub has some thoughts on Moby-Dick (here too).

The new tariffs on China proposed by Donald Trump include those on books. The Bookseller has details.

VOX ’s “recode” looks at the move to digital textbooks.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the Fox Research Library is closing. It will be folded into the Disney’s archives.

Vivian Gussin Paley has died. Martin Mayer has died. The NYT has obituaries.

Authors on Air

I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By by Hoda Kotb (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) gets a big boost from the Today show. Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself by William W Li (Grand Central: Hachette) gets a push from the Rachel Ray show. So does Power of Sprinkles: A Cake Book by the Founder of Flour Shop by Amirah Kassem (Abrams).

Blake J. Harris’s book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation is set for CBS All Access. So is The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis. The Stand by Stephen King is going to CBS All Access too. Further, King is going to write a “continuation” to the book for the series adaptation. The streamer also gets past seasons of the CW’s Nancy Drew. Doctor Who is headed to HBO Max. The short story “Tardy Man” by Thomas Pierce is caught in a bidding war for a project headed by Reese Witherspoon. The Patricia Highsmith's novel Deep Water is set for the moives, starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. Netflix is adapting a Sherryl Woods series, Sweet Magnolias. Catherynne M. Valente’s Space Opera is one step closer to the screen, with a screenwriter picked to pen what is “planned to be a music-themed film.” 13 Reasons Why gets a fourth and final season with Netflix. Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham is headed to TV. In China, there is a theme park that is based on The Hunger Games, Twilight, and the Divergent series (plus others). The film Feast of the Seven Fishes, based on Robert Tinnell’s graphic novel and Italian cookbook of the same name, is coming to the US. Deadline Hollywood has all the details.

The Hollywood Report has news that Star Trek: Picard is set to spin-off into a prequel novel and comics.

Essence details the new series by author Tyler Perry is airing on BET, Sistas.

CrimeReads offers “Your Guide to the Essential Crime TV of August 2019.”

A teaser trailer is out for The Irishman. There is a tie-in edition of the book, The Irishman (Movie Tie-In): Frank Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt (Steerforth).

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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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