Page to Screen, Sept. 20, 2019 | Book Pulse

The National Book Awards longlist for Nonfiction is out. Fiction will be announced later today. Downton Abbey and a Stephen King story hit screens today and through the week. Michael B. Jordan is adapting Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is set for TV.

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Page to Screen

A beloved PBS show, a Stephen King story, a Korean comic, and another Fredrik Backman book hit the screens.

Sept. 20:

Downton Abbey: while it is not an adaptation, there are plenty of connected books. Reviews | Trailer

Britt-Marie Was Here, based on Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review). Reviews | Trailer

Zeroville, based on Zeroville by Steve Erickson (Europa Editions). Reviews | Trailer

Tazza: One Eyed Jack, based on the Korean comic by on Huh Young-man and Kim Se-yeong. No reviews | Trailer

The Zoya Factor, based on The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan (HarperCollins). No reviews | Trailer

Sept. 25:

Stumptown, based on Stumptown Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth (Oni Press: S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer

Sept. 26:

Creepshow, the opening show adapts the Stephen King story “Gray Matter.” Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer


The NYT reviews Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “But the sheer lyric intensity with which it brings its variously warped and ruined souls into being will be more than enough for most readers.”

USA Today reviews A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier (Viking), giving it 3.5 stars and writing it “offers a welcome respite in her gentle new book of stitchery and manners.”

The Washington Post reviews Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead): “The multi-point-of-view, time-hopping saga traces the effects of race, religion, sexuality and class through three generations of a black family in Brooklyn.“ Also, Lampedusa by Steven Price (FSG: Macmillan): “brooding, beautiful.” The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper): “Subtle mystery, psychological page-turner, Patchett’s latest is a thriller.” Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds by Gina Rippon (Pantheon: Random House): “a reminder that gender messaging is never a nonissue. It helps sell products, supports power structures and, for better and worse, tells boys and girls what the human tribe expects of them.” The Economists' Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society by Binyamin Appelbaum (Little, Brown: Hachette): “provides a novel perspective on the conservative revolution that dominated the past half-century of American political history.”

Briefly Noted

The National Book Awards longlist for Nonfiction is out. Fiction will be announced later today.

The Cundill History Prize names its shortlist.

Town and Country picks “The Best Books to Read in 2019.”

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

PBS NewsHour selects “9 books about dance that will change how you see the art form.”

Off the Shelf has a reading list for the Emmys.

The NYT features Ady Barkan, Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance by (Atria: S. & S.). The paper also has a feature on Patti Smith, Year of the Monkey (Knopf; LJ starred review). Variety has more on Smith as well.

Time features Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead), writing “A treasure awaits readers.” Also getting coverage, The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Paste showcases Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty, illustrated by Dianné Ruz (W.W. Norton).

The NYT asks “artist Katja Seib illustrates what happens inside fall’s novels (and one poetry collection).”

Josh Gondelman Recommends 5 Hilarious Books By Women for Electric Lit.

Slate focuses on Chris Ware, Rusty Brown (Pantheon: Random House; LJ starred review). Also, on Rachel Cusk, Coventry: Essays (FSG), and on Rachael Denhollander’s new book, What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics (Tyndale Momentum; LJ starred review).

BuzzFeed profiles Lauren Duca How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics (S. & S.).

People features When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan (Grand Central: Hachette). Also, a feature on Ady Barkan, Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance (Atria: S. & S.). Lastly, coverage of Demi Moore, Inside Out: A Memoir (Harper) and here too.

Maggie Paxson, The Plateau: Field Notes from a Place of Refuge in a World Adrift (Riverhead: Penguin) has an essay in Time. Also on Time, an essay by Arthur Kleinman, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor (Viking: Penguin).

Vanity Fair excerpts The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger (Random House).

The Washington Post writes about shopping malls as reading spaces.

The NYT has more on the newly discovered Milton’s copy of Shakespeare. The paper also writes about this week’s defintion news: “they” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and how the Oxford dictionary is getting criticism for its entry under “woman.”

The Atlantic explores “Why Some People Become Lifelong Readers.”

Neil Gaiman writes about the folktales of Norway for Lit Hub.

In global book news, a “lost” novel by Francoise Sagan is making waves, reports France 24. Kamila Shamsie has been stripped of the Nelly Sachs Prize due to her support of the pro-Palestine movement. has details. The NYT reports on how Israel stops books from entering the country, based on where they are published, not allowing works from “Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi publishers, among others.”

According to Gothamist, NYPL “has cancelled an upcoming forum organized by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s personal foundation, following public pressure from human rights advocates.”

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Edward Snowden, Permanent Record (Metropolitan Books).

PBS NewsHour interviews Joy Harjo, An American Sunrise: Poems (W.W. Norton).

Deadline reports that Michael B. Jordan has plans to adapt Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is heading to Freeform. Toys, based on the James Patterson book, is headed for TV. James Herbert’s horror novel Shrine is headed to the movies.

Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World by June Diane Raphael, Kate Black (Workman) featured on the Today show.

Margaret Atwood, The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (Nan A. Talese; LJ starred review), is scheduled to be on The View and Chelsea Handler, Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! (Spiegel & Grau: Random House), is set for Jimmy Kimmel.

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