The Walking Dead and Page to Screen, Jul. 3, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Walking Dead comic is ending today. The Locus Awards are announced. As is the winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager is headed to TV. An adaptaiton of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries Of Harris Burdick is in the works. The Flash might be headed to the movies, in a film created by the director of It.  

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Page to Screen

Three new works come out over the weekend and into next week:

July 5

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, based on the life of the author and musician. Reviews | Trailer

July 10

Harlots, based on The Covent Garden Ladies by Hallie Rubenhold. No reviews | Trailer

July 11

Christmas Camp, based on Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler. No reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark (HMH): “terrific … the story of van Gogh’s posthumous rise to fame bursts from history like a spurt of the artist’s beloved chrome yellow from a tube of paint.”

The Washington Post reviews The Snakes by Sadie Jones (Harper; LJ starred review): “deliciously wicked.” Also, Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian by James Grant (W.W. Norton): “never shies away from pointing out Bagehot’s personal failings.”

NPR reviews Growing Things and Other Stories: And Other Stories by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow: Harper): “And god, these stories. They take you like a bullet just south of the heart, opening something up inside you that feels awful and wrong and full of poison.” Also, We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach (Random House): “a sharp, spellbinding cautionary tale.”


After winning the Nebula Award, The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor: Macmillan) wins the Locus award for SF. The rest of the Locus award winners, for Fantasy, Horror, YA and more are here, with the shortlists.

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Ecco: Harper) wins the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel. Locus has the news and the short list.

Briefly Noted

The Walking Dead comic is ending – right now, with the latest issue out today. Entertainment Weekly reports. The NYT also reports. As does Vanity Fair. EW also has a story on how the comic could have ended.

The Washington Post suggests “The 10 books to read in July.”

Reading Women posts its “Most Anticipated Books of 2019, Part 2.” selects “Five SFF Books by Puerto Rican Authors.”

Entertainment Weekly picks 5 comics to read this month, each “reimagining classic concepts.”

Our Shared Shelf names Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America edited by Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman (Haymarket) and Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini (St. Martin’s Press) as their July/August book picks.

Book Marks rounds-up the “5 Reviews You Need To Read This Week.”

Lois Lane takes center stage in a new comic by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins. The NYT has details.

In further forthcoming book news, Sarah Sanders, the former White House press secretary, is writing a book according to Axios. Walter Isaacscon is working on a book about CRISPR, according to STAT, which also points out it will be a hot topic with at least two more authors also working on books about genome editing.

Paste features E. Jean Carroll, What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan).

Jezebel calls Judith Krantz “The Most Important Writer of the 20th Century.”

Salon interviews William Dameron, The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out (Little A: Brilliance Publishing), also, a conversation with Tomi Lahren, Never Play Dead: How the Truth Makes You Unstoppable (Broadside Books: Harper).

Entertainment Weekly offers an excerpt of All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace (Imprint: Macmillan), which they write is in the running for “next year’s biggest YA fantasy.” Also, an excerpt of Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg (Atria: S. & S.).

NPR features Operation BBQ: 200 Smokin' Recipes from Competition Grand Champions by Cindi Mitchell, Stan Hays, Tim O'Keefe (Page Street: Macmillan) and the work of Operation BBQ Relief.

The Atlantic features The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players by Ben Lindbergh, Travis Sawchik (Basic Books: Hachette).

Microsoft ebooks will stop working this month. Here is the FAQ.

The NYT celebrates Moe’s Books in Berkeley.

Author and iconic car maker, Lee Iacocca, has died. The Washington Post has coverage. 

Authors on Air

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager is headed to TV. Disney/Fox plans a movie based on Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries Of Harris Burdick. The British show Lovejoy, based on the novels by John Grant, under the pen name Jonathan Gash, is getting re-made. Freeman Wills Crofts’s Inspector French novels are getting adapted for TV. Deadline Hollywood reports.

The Hollywood Reporter writes about the new move to feature The Flash comic character in a movie, headed by the director of It. Also, a piece on “Why Horror Directors and Superheroes Mesh Well.”

Author and comic Aziz Ansari is returning to Netflix. Variety has the story.

Vanity Fair features the director and screenwriter of Ophelia.

PBS NewsHour interviews Hanif Abdurraqib, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (Univ. of Texas Press). The show also has a report on Drag Queen Story Hour, created by author Michelle Tea.

BookRiot has a list of “the manga and light novels that inspired the summer 2019 anime season.”

A trailer is out for Netflix’s Frankenstein spoof, Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein.

Happy Fourth of July. Book Pulse will return on Monday, with bestsellers and Run Your Week.

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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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