Page to Screen, Sept. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

Stephen King dominates adaptations with It: Chapter Two and Mr. Mercedes opening today and next week. Plus, news that Dr. Sleep is on its way to screens, too. Rita Dove wins the Wallace Stevens Award. Whoopi Goldberg's entertaining guide is getting buzz. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is writing a book.

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Two Stephen King books hit screens, large and small this week.

Sept 6:

It: Chapter Two, based on It: A Novel (Media tie-in) by Stephen King (Scribner: S. & S.). Reviews | Trailer

Satanic Panic, written by Horror novelist Grady Hendrix and adapted from one of his stories, co-written with Ted Geoghegan. Reviews | Trailer

Archibald's Next Big Thing, based on Archibald's Next Big Thing by Tony Hale, Tony Biaggne, illustrated by Misty Manley, Victor Huckabee (Boxing Clever Publishing). No reviews | Trailer

Niko and the Sword of Light, based on the animated comic book. No reviews | Trailer

Titans, based on the DC comics characters. Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

Sept. 10:

Mr. Mercedes, based on Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Pocket: S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Samantha Power (Dey Street Books: Harper): ”Power’s apologia is insistent — and absurdly compelling.” Also, The Trouble with Women Artists: Reframing the History of Art by Laure Adler, Camille Viéville (Flammarion: Rizzoli): “Given the power of these works, it is possible to relish the triumphs of these female artists – even if a collection such as this will always feel imperfect and incomplete.” What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading by Leah Price (Basic Books: Hachette): “her ideas on the book’s relevance and reinvention enlighten readers as to the many ways those crowded shelves tell stories of who we are and what drives us forward.” Summertime: George Gershwin's Life in Music by Richard Crawford (W.W. Norton): “Crawford delivers a well-organized and scholarly framing of Gershwin’s life, but none of it is new or particularly insightful.” Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution by Jennifer Block (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “a must-read.” A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman (FSG: Macmillan): “hefty, detailed.” The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb by Sam Kean (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review): “a fast-paced and rollicking ride, even though it goes off the rails factually in a few places.”

NPR reviews Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite (Inkyard Press: Harper): “an epistolary collage of emails, articles, transcripts, letters, postcards, diary entries and more, presented in a way that creates a spellbinding narrative.” Also, essays collections in which “Writers With Disabilities Tell Their Own Stories.”

The NYT reviews Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America by James Poniewozik (Liveright: W.W. Norton): “illuminating.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks “This autumn's must-read books.”

Vulture gathers “The Best and Biggest Books to Read This Fall.”

Town & County also has a list of must-read fall books.

The Indie Next List is out for October. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead: Penguin) tops the picks. The Indies Introduce list for Winter/Spring 2020 is also out.

The Millions selects “Must-Read Poetry” for September.

CrimeReads has “5 New Psychological Thrillers to Read in September.”  

Bustle picks “21 New Celebrity Memoirs & Biographies That Will Leave You Starstruck This Fall.”

The NYT offers “9 New Books We Recommend This Week.” And also, “Dystopian Novels That Thrill and Horrify.”

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

The NYT interviews Margaret Atwood. The Atlantic has a feature.

People interviews Tatiana Schlossberg, Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have (Grand Central: Hachette).

Nylon has an interview with Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult).

The Washington Post features Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller (Viking: Penguin).

In forthcoming book news, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is writing a book. It is currently untitled and will publish next fall from St. Martin’s. The NYT has details. Also, Lindsay Ellis announces her first novel. has details from “The Hugo-nominated critic, documentary film-maker, and YouTuber.” Rachel Mansfield announces her forthcoming Just the Good Stuff: 100+ Guilt-Free Recipes to Satisfy All Your Cravings: A Cookbook (Clarkson Potter: Random House) on Instagram and sales skyrocket. Much nearer to pub. date, The Unqualified Hostess: I do it my way so you can too! by Whoopi Goldberg (Rizzoli) is getting coverage in Better Homes & Gardens. Politico excerpts The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.) Sales are jumping for both.

The NYT runs an adapted excerpt of The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent, with photography by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, and Micaiah Carter (Aperture).

USA Today reports that “Amazon apologizes for a 'technical error' that shipped anticipated Atwood novel early.” The ABA issues a statement as Indie bookstores are furious.

The PBS NewsHour-NYT book club announced their October and November books: We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler (Liveright: W.W. Norton; LJ starred review) and The Overstory by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton).

Rita Dove wins the Wallace Stevens Award. The Washington Post has details.

The NYT writes that a “French Author Accused of Anti-Semitism Is Snubbed for a Top Literary Prize.” The author is Yann Moix and the prize is the Goncourt Prize, France’s top literary award. The short list for the award is here.

The Guardian asks “why do we love novelisations?

The NYT reports that author “Tim Ferriss … is behind a surge in funding for clinical research into psychedelic drugs.”

James Atlas has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The Guardian features Salman Rushdie, (Random House; LJ starred review), on its Books podcast.

PBS NewsHour interviews Jason DeParle, A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review). The Washington Post features the book in its “Book Party” column.

Gizmodo writes about Doctor Sleep, the forthcoming film based on the Stephen King novel.

The Guardian asks if The Goldfinch, the film, can “solve Donna Tartt's most divisive book?

Deadline reports that “Hulu has opted not to proceed with an ambitious two-series drama project based on two John Grisham’s novels.” IFC Films has bought North American rights to True History of the Kelly Gang, which is “inspired by” the Peter Carey novel of the same name. Amazon is looking at financing and distributing an adaptation of Alexis Coe’s book Alice + Freda Forever.

Nancy Drew gets a new trailer.

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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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