The Atlantic Will Publish More Fiction; LitHub's 2020 Picks, Jan. 15, 2020 | Book Pulse

The Atlantic plans to publish more fiction, more frequently, starting with “Birdie,” a new story by Lauren Groff. LitHub offers its list of the “Most Anticipated Books of 2020.” There is a bevy of adaptation news, and lists of forthcoming adaptations. Anthony Bourdain was working on a travel guide when he died; it will be published in October.

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The Atlantic plans to publish more fiction, more frequently, starting with “Birdie,” a new story by Lauren Groff. There is a conversation with Groff and here is the link to the story.

LitHub offers its list of the “Most Anticipated Books of 2020.”

Book Marks has “11 of the Most Anticipated Books by Indigenous Authors For the First Half of 2020.”

BuzzFeed has a list of 32 adaptations coming in 2020.

CBC has a list of 18 coming out in the first half of the year.

The NYPL focuses on books headed to TV.

As a reminder, LJ has a Page-to-Screen feature too, see here as well for newly announced debut dates (scroll down to the Authors on Air section).


NPR reviews American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “nails what it's like to live in this age of anxiety, where it feels like anything can happen, at any moment.” Also, How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith (Swoon Reads: Macmillan): “The enemies-to-lovers story is a classic, and How to Speak Boy honors that tradition with charm and humor.” Lastly, NPR runs its romance column, about enemies-to-lovers books.

USA Today reviews Followers by Megan Angelo (Graydon House: Harper), giving it three stars and calling it "an engaging confection wrapped around a thoughtful critique of how we live our lives online, and how we value others based on their curated personas.”

Entertainment Weekly features a short review of Cleanness by Garth Greenwell (FSG: Macmillan) which gets a B+ and the line, "It’s those rules of engagement that seem to intrigue Greenwell most; the intoxicating and almost painful honesty of his unflinching gaze on desire." Also a short review of Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey (Knopf), which gets an A- and the comment it is a "lean, bracingly unsentimental debut."

The NYT reviews Serious Noticing: Selected Essays, 1997-2019 by James Wood (FSG: Macmillan): “The reviews and essays settle into a rolling rhythm, pleasing counterpoints.” Also, Race of Aces: WWII's Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Master of the Sky by John R Bruning (Hachette; LJ starred review): “celebrates a handful of larger-than-life World War II fighter pilots and brings them to our attention once again.” The children’s books column, by Jon Scieszka, focuses on “Getting 21st-Century Kids to Read More Books.”

Briefly Noted

The Guardian writes “LGBTQ fantasy comes of age.”

Electric Lit has “6 Anthologies Written By, For, and About Disabled People.”

Bon Appétit has a list of the “7 Best Vegetarian Cookbooks of All Time.”

Sibylle Berg wins Swiss Grand Prix Literature. has details.

The Washington Post writes about The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (Knopf).

Paste excerpts Apple: (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth (Levine Querido).

People has a first look at the travel guide Anthony Bourdain was working on when he died. It is titled World Travel: An Irreverent Guide (Ecco: Harper) and will publish on Oct. 13, 2020. Grub Street has a bit more on the work.

USA Today reports on a forthcoming memoir by Bachelor contestant Colton Underwood. It will be called The First Time (Gallery Books) due March 31.

The Atlantic interviews Anna Wiener, Uncanny Valley: A Memoir (MCD: Macmillan).

Entertainment Weekly posts the Cassandra Clare tour schedule, in support of Chain of Gold (Margaret K. McElderry Books: S. & S.) coming out March 3, 2020.

Edith Wharton’s copy of The Age of Innocence (the sixth printing she revised) has been donated to the Mount, in Lenox, Mass. The NYT reports.

Verso Books is starting a fiction imprint, Verso Fiction. The Bookseller has details.

PW reports that Steve Rubin is leaving Holt after heading Macmillan’s Henry Holt division for a decade. Also in PW, news that Audible and publishers have settled the captions lawsuit, but no details beyond that.

Stephen King is facing backlash for his comments about diversity and the Oscars. The Guardian has details.

Gladys Bourdain has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that Amazon Studios is “optimistic” about The Wheel of Time, but still no air date. However, their Lord of the Rings cast is now set and they have a cast for the adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s The Power. Also, Amazon has ordered a Jack Reacher series based on the books by Lee Child. Netflix renews You for season three. CW orders the Superman & Lois series. Corey Hawkins has been cast in HBO Max's Americanah, based on the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Melissa de la Cruz will write two Hallmark Channel Christmas movies for 2020. Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz, written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Emma Chichester is getting adapted into an animated musical.

The Hollywood Reporter has more on the Lord of the Rings news also, that Hulu is adapting Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, who will co-write the script.

PBS NewsHour offers a tour of Louisa May Alcott’s home.

Belletrist posts its first Studio Sessions episode, featuring Cecilia Ruiz, The Book of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives (Blue Rider Press: Penguin).

Esquire writes about “How Star Trek: Picard Fits Into The Fractured Franchise Timeline.”

The Today show features The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice—Crossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O'Brady (Scribner: S. & S.), Smoothie Project: The 28-Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age by Catherine McCord (Abrams), and The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are by Alicia Menendez (Harper Business).

Andrew Yang, The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future (Hachette), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland (Univ. of Minnesota), will be on with Seth Meyers. Michael Bloomberg, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan), will be on The View.

Verotika gets a “rather extreme” trailer. Entertainment Weekly has further details on the cult horror film based on Glenn Danzig’s mature comic books.

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