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Daniel Kraus will finish George A. Romero’s (Night of the Living Dead) incomplete novel, reports Entertainment Weekly (which also posts a synopsis). Kraus says of the manuscript “It’s huge. It’s a massively scaled story, a real epic, the kind no one ever gave him the budget for in film. In a book, of course, there is no budget, and in his pages you can feel his joy of being able, at last, to do every single thing he wanted.” Tor will publish The Living Dead in Fall 2019. Much sooner than that, Kraus will publish the novelization of The Shape of Water co-written with director Guillermo del Toro (Feiwel & Friends: Macmillan). It hits shelves March 6.

Margot Singer wins the 2017 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Underground Fugue (Melville House).

Netflix will air a Marie Kondo series.

Ibi Zoboi is re-mixing Pride and Prejudice. Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt of the forthcoming Pride (Balzer + Bray: Harper).

Briefly Noted

Author Min Jin Lee considers In Black and White by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, translated by Phyllis I. Lyons (Columbia Univ.), calling it “highly plotted and self-consciously clever” but saying “the story lacks the pathos and bathos that great comic fiction requires.” Also reviewed: Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion by Katie Watson (Oxford Univ.), writing, “As a guide to the various ways of thinking about abortion [it] is readable and respectful—and therefore, in its own quiet way, revolutionary.” The paper also offers three Olympic titles.

Author Ann Hood reviews Only Child by Rhiannon Navin (Knopf; LJ stars) for The Washington Post, calling it “breathtaking.”

The NYT profiles Tommy Pico, Junk (Tin House; LJ stars).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette).

Shondaland interviews Maya Rodale, It’s Hard Out Here for a Duke (Avon: Harper).

The longlist for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is out. The finalists are announced March 18 with the winner declared on April 26.

A round-up of Trump book news: the most buzz today is for The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple (Broadway: Random) which has been updated to include former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Vanity Fair has an adapted excerpt from the forthcoming paperback edition. Entertainment Weekly surveys books that address the Trump presidency, The Daily Beast reports that Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer is shopping a book, and The Guardian writes that Fox host Jeanine Pirro is denying her forthcoming book is a rebuttal to Fire and Fury.

Authors on Air:

Terry Gross interviewed Finn Murphy, The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road (W.W. Norton) on Fresh Air yesterday, helping sales soar.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed Steve CollDirectorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Penguin), giving it strong boost and to Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Penguin) as well.

NPR interviews William Stixrud, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson (Viking), adding a strong bump to sales. Scientific American has the story too.

A biopic of Dr. Seuss is in the works, to be directed Stephen Chbosky (Wonder).

Dev Patel will star in The Personal History of David Copperfield, based on the Charles Dickens novel.

Picnic at Hanging Rock, an Australian TV drama that adapts Joan Lindsay’s novel of the same name, opens this year’s Berlinale Series, reports Variety. It stars Natalie Dormer, who says the series will take “the audience on a surreal ride.” Amazon has picked it up for US distribution.

Graham Greene’s England Made Me (Penguin) is being adapted for the movies.

Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography by (Freeway Studios) is being adapted for TV.

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