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New Ventures

Nicole Kidman is adapting Meg Wolitzer‘s The Female Persuasion (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Patrick Rothfuss is working on a comic.

Variety reports authors George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane are working with David Simon (The Wire) again, on A Dry Run, set during the Spanish Civil War.

 

Author News

Junot Díaz has a new essay in the New Yorker in which he discusses his rape and the enduring trauma.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography by Julia Van Haaften (Norton), linking to sample photos and saying “The author is better on the trees than the forest…. But Van Haaften has done her research, the real work, and the pages turn themselves.”  Also, To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism by Ross Douthat (S. & S.), writing it is at once “high-minded cultural criticism, concise, rhetorically agile… [and] a simple sour mash.” Of Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution by Priya Satia (Penguin), the paper writes, “Although much of this exploration is fascinating, the detail can be numbing.” In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Howard Blum (Harper) is deemed “a gripping detective thriller. The reader gets into the minds of the two men, accompanying them in the tense but eventually successful effort to uncover a major Soviet network.”

Ron Charles reviews Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) for the Washington Post, calling it an “absorbing” work of “transformative power… [that] hews to the poetic timber of the epic, with a rich, imaginative style commensurate to the realm of immortal beings sparked with mortal sass.”

USA Today reviews The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown by Penny Junor (Harper), calling it “an admiring reassessment” and writing, “If you are already an admirer of Camilla you will find much to validate your views in this book. If you still carry a torch for Princess Diana, probably not.” Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes (Crown) gets a perfect four-star rating: “…there’s a constant sense of revelry with meals, seasonal menu planning, blind wine tastings among friends… that invites the reader to join the journey.”

Entertainment Weekly gives Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren (Gallery: S. & S.) a B+, writing “While the book is slightly more tragic than Lauren’s previous works, all of the hallmarks that have endeared her to fans remain.”

Awards

The Society of Midland Authors announces its award winners, as have the Kitschies.

The Nobel Prize in Literature is grappling with allegations of sexual harassment in its ranks. The Guardian reports that “Three members of the secretive committee… have resigned from the jury in protest at how it has handled the sexual harassment allegations made against a man with close links to the board…. Membership of the Swedish Academy is intended to be for life, so no one has technically left it before.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT writes about the design and appeal of NYRB Classics. And speaking of design, the paper’s Style section features Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell, Please Do Not Touch: And Other Things You Couldn’t Do at Moss the Design Store That Changed Design (Rizzoli).

The Guardian writes about the rise of audiobooks, offering a few suggested listens.

Veronica Roth suggests sci-fi titles.

The Guardian interviews Deborah LevyThe Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography (Bloomsbury).

Slate interviews NYT book reviewer Parul Sehgal.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Nico Tortorella, all of it is you.: poems (Crown Archetype: Random).

Electric Lit interviews Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf: Macmillan).

Vanity Fair features You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession by Piper Weiss (William Morrow: Harper).

Shondaland features poet Nicole Sealey, Ordinary Beast (Ecco: Harper).

Edna O’Brien becomes a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Todd PurdumSomething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution (Holt: Macmillan) and NPR’s It’s Been A Minute interviews Chrissy Metz, This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today (Dey Street: Harper).

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (Harper) is getting adapted into a docuseries reports Deadline Hollywood.

The key art for The Handmaids Tale is out.

Louie Anderson, Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too (Touchstone: S. & S.), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight and Live with Kelly and Ryan today. Madeleine Albright, Fascism: A Warning (Harper), will be on The View today.

A trailer is out for Mercury 13, the Netflix series is based on The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann (Random).

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Neal Wyatt is LJ's reader's advisory columnist. She writes The Reader's Shelf, RA Crossroads, Book Pulse, and Wyatt's World columns. She is currently revising The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2018). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com.

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