Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Feb. 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo leads holds this week. Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman win awards on two continents. Stephen King has more adaptations on the way and EC comics is headed to a screen near you.

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Big Books of the Week

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo (Flatiron: Macmillan) leads holds this week.

Additional titles in demand include:

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde (Viking: Penguin)

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (Ballantine: Random House)

Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose (Berkley: Penguin)

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (William Morrow: Harper)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There is one LibraryReads title publishing this week: Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (Ballantine: Random House)

“In examining the meeting between Judy Garland and Maud Baum, Letts weaves two narratives: Hollywood in 1938-39, and Baum’s childhood and marriage to L. Frank Baum, author of the book that inspired the movie. A fascinating behind-the-scenes story for Oz fans.”— Lauren McLaughlin, Wilton Library Association, Wilton, CT

Four Indie Next List picks also hit the shelves:

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Knopf)

“Really incredible fiction takes you on a journey, and somewhere along the way you realize how much of it reflects your own reality. In Lost Children Archive, Valeria Luiselli’s narrator is highly observant of her inner life and the world around her. She unravels a story that’s about family and how walls between people and nations are built — and what they damage. In reading this book, I felt like I was in the car on the family’s road trip — feeling all the conflicting emotions that Luiselli’s narrator is feeling as a partner, mother, and resident in today’s United States.” —Zoey Cole, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani (Viking: Penguin)

“Make yourself an Aperol Spritz (or an entire pitcher) and find a comfortable chair because you’re going to spend the afternoon reading Leading Men by Christopher Castellani. Tennessee Williams was a genius — charming, brilliant, and powerful — but he was hell to live with and even harder to love, a challenge even for the man who loved him best, Frank Merlo. Castellani’s fourth novel brings to life not only their fraught relationship, but also the gritty glamour of their time. It’s a rich and gorgeous party whose guests include Truman Capote, Luchino Visconti, and you. Fortunately, you have that Aperol Spritz. Salut!” — Michael Barnard, Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA

The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay (Algonquin: Workman)

“For those of you having a rough year, take comfort and inspiration from Ross Gay’s aptly titled The Book of Delights. After going through a bumpy patch himself, Gay tasked himself with a year’s worth of essays, each day focusing on something delightful. What resulted is a warm, thoughtful range of reflections on tomato plants, high fives, and airport security. The Book of Delights is a companion to keep with you, whether on your nightstand, in the bathtub, or on the subway, for a brief moment of emotional respite. Definitely one of my first delights of 2019.” —Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH (on the March list)

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (William Morrow: Harper)

“Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party is a slick, streamlined murder mystery set on a remote Scottish luxury estate. A group of old friends get together for their yearly New Year’s trip, but after over a decade of closeness, some of them may be near the breaking point. Foley uses the multiple-narrator approach to distort the reader’s perspective and challenge their assumptions, but it doesn’t feel excessive. With multiple puzzles that come together to create the bigger picture and a short timeline that adds to the claustrophobic urgency, this novel is a devilishly thrilling winter read.” — Annie Metcalf, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN (on the March list)

These books and others publishing the week of Feb. 11, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In The Media

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer (Little, Brown: Hachette), giving it an A-. Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review) gets an A. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (Celadon: Macmillan) gets a feature, including details of the forthcoming adaptation. EW puts Miracle Workers on "The Must List," along with The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis (Little, Brown: Hachette). Rounding up the list is a comparison between "Doom Patrol + The Umbrella Academy." Both are based on comics. Finally, as a focus of the issue, EW offers a multi-page feature on rom-com films (a few are book based).

People's "Book of the Week" is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (Celadon: Macmillan), along with Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review) and The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib (St. Martin's: Macmillan). Under the heading "Perfect for your Book Club" are More Than Words by Jill Santopolo (G.P. Putnam's Sons), Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land (Hachette), and The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America by Tommy Tomlinson (S. & S.). Advanced Love by Ari Seth Cohen (Abrams) is the Valentine's Day Pick. Finally, People puts Miracle Workers on its "Picks" list.


NPR reviews A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers edited by Victor LaValle, John Joseph Adams (One World: Random House): "not a simple read, nor a comfortable one ... These futures are not easy. But they show us how we too might find ways to live, and live well, no matter what is coming." Also, Enchantée by Gita Trelease (Flatiron: Macmillan; SLJ starred review): "a soaring success." The Spirit of Science Fiction by Roberto Bolaño (Penguin): "not the right place to start reading Bolaño ... [but] It's a joy to watch such a brilliant stylist practice his moves, and to see such a brilliant mind expand on the page." Tonic and Balm by Stephanie Allen (Shade Mountain): "uses this little world to explore larger issues of race, class, and gender." The Made-Up Man by Joseph Scapellato (FSG): "Scapellato's blend of existential noir, absurdist humor, literary fiction, and surreal exploration of performance art merges into something special."

The Washington Post reviews The Coronation: A Fandorin Mystery by Boris Akunin, translated by Andrew Bromfield (Mysterious): "zesty." Also, Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left by Philip K. Howard (W.W. Norton): "Howard has a gift for the turn of phrase, and he leaves neither political party untouched by his critiques."

The NYT circles back to Big Bang by David Bowman (Little, Brown: Hachette): "He was a writer with a tankful of high-octane gas and a less than ideal feel for the brakes. In all of his novels, there’s vitality, humor and imagination that deserve to be remembered." Also, Landfall by Thomas Mallon (Pantheon: Random House): "smart and knowing and absorbing. It is to novels as good studio movies are to movies — extremely well made, satisfying if you have a taste for the genre, occasionally excellent."

Awards and Honors

The Grammy Awards were issued over the weekend. Faith: A Journey For All written and read by Jimmy Carter (S. & S.) won the Best Spoken Word Album. The nominees are here. Also getting awards are Black Panther, for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Rap Performance and BlacKkKlansman, for Best Instrumental Composition.

The BAFTA Awards were also given out. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Black Panther, and BlacKkKlansman won across three categories.

Leave No Trace and A Very English Scandal won the Scripter Awards. Here is the list of nominees.

Kazuo Ishiguro gets knighted by Prince Charles. Vanity Fair has details.

Briefly Noted

Both Bustle and Vulture open the week with reports on literary scandals. Bustle writes they are "Indicative Of Bigger Problems In The World of Publishing."

USA Today picks its books of the week. So does The Washington Post.

NPR runs its Romance column.

The Verge reports on an English language collection for Xia Jia, and a new imprint for SF in translation.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Timbaland is writing a children's book, Nighttime Symphony (Atheneum Books for Young Readers: S. & S.), "a melodious bedtime story which uses nighttime city sounds to create a lively lullaby."

Stranger Things is becoming as much a book publishing industry as a T.V. show. On the heels of last week's news about the Gwenda Bond book, comes Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town: An Official Stranger Things Novel by Adam Christopher (Del Rey).

Salon interviews Erin Hosier, Don't Let Me Down: A Memoir (Atria: S. & S.).

The NYT has a profile, illustrated with photos, of Oliver Jeffers.

The L.A. Times interviews Kate Mascarenhas, The Psychology of Time Travel (Cooked Lane).

The Guardian arranges a conversation among Rutger Bregman, and Winnie Byanyima, and Anand Giridharadas. The paper also interviews Tessa Hadley, Late in the Day (Harper).

The NYT features the bookstore For Keeps, an Atlanta institution "which for decades had been the center of commerce, culture and spirit for this city people call Black Mecca."

The New Yorker showcases Joyce Maynard.

Vanity Fair profiles Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive (Knopf).

Huff Post spotlights Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine: Random House; LJ starred review).

The NYT "Inside the List" asks "Is Everyone in Washington Writing a Political Tell-All?"

Children's book author Jan Wahl has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Patricia Nell Warren has died. LambdaLiterary has an obituary.

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour features Hala Alyan, The Twenty-Ninth Year (Mariner: HMH; LJ starred review).

NPR interviews Yangsze Choo, The Night Tiger (Flatiron: Macmillan). Also, John Kenney, Love Poems for Married People (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin). NPR also features Ben H. Winters, Golden State (Mulholland: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Deadline Hollywood reports on a bevy of new adaptations: The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe is headed to National Geographic. The new series Creepshow will highlight a Stephen King story as well as showcase work by Joe Hill, Josh Malerman, Joe Lansdale, and more. In more news from King, his novella Mile 81 is getting adapted. A Discovery of Witches is getting wider release starting in April. Ophelia, based on the Shakespeare play and starring Daisy Ridley, will release in the U.S. Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes, is headed to TV. The comic The Owners is getting adapted for the movies, to star Maisie Williams. Another GOT star will feature in another comic adaptation; Peter Dinklage is headlining Last Sons of America. Wrapping up comics news, EC Comics is planning a TV series.

New trailers and first looks are out for Doom Patrol, Dumbo, Aladdin, and Hot Zone.

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