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Richard Peck

Richard Peck has died. He won the Newbery Medal and the Margaret A. Edwards Award and was an icon in children’s literature. Horn Book has a collection of pieces to remember him by.


The NYT has its newest crime column by Marilyn Stasio. get ready for David Sedaris’s Calypso (Little, Brown). Alan Cumming has a review.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs. Westaway (Scout: Gallery; LJ starred review) for The Washington Post and Lisa Scottoline reviews When Life Gives You Lululemons (S. & S.).

NPR reviews 84K by Claire North (Orbit: Hachette): “North is walking a well-trod dystopian path, but seeing it through eyes round with newness and terror, bringing a kind of slinking, resentful humanity to every street corner and slum. There are no heroes here. No glorious moments of blood and fire. Just a man, his past, his daughter, and a slow-burning revolution that sparks across 450-some pages and leaves near every Fool broken and buried in its path.”

Briefly Noted

Michelle Obama reveals the cover of her forthcoming memoir, Becoming (Crown: Random). It will publish Nov. 13. Mrs. Obama will read the audio edition. In a press release, she writes: “Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience. It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can’t wait to share my story.”

The Michael Cohen book on Trump is cancelled, according to the Daily Beast.

The shortlist for the Golden Booker will come out on Saturday. This is the award that is given, sort of Hunger Games style, to one of the past winners of the Booker. The Guardian speculates on the possible winner.

Bustle has summer reading picks.

Mary Gordon picks her “10 Favorite Books.”

Electric Lit offers a brief guide to seven literary attractions.

Signature offers a desktop display idea: “10 Famous Authors With Second Novels That Are As Good As Their First.” Book Riot posted a list of 100 choices a few years ago.

ScienceDaily shines a light on why readers are not emotionally attached to e-books.

The state of school library funding has made it to national news. Forbes reports that “U.S. Public Schools Have Lost Nearly 20% Of Their Librarians Since 2000.” Forbes is basing their report, in part, on SLJ‘s Sate of the Union story from March. Signature picked up the story too.

Authors on Air

Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits is heading to Hulu.

Joan Didion’s The Last Thing He Wanted, is being adapted. It will be directed by Dee Rees and star Anne Hathaway.

A Boba Fett movie is in the works as yet another expansion of the Star Wars franchise.

The new James Bond film will debut on Nov. 8, 2019. It will be the 25th Bond film. Danny Boyle is directing and Daniel Craig will return in his fifth take at the titular hero.

There is a lot of fan anxiety about HBO’s adaptation of Watchmen. Esquire reviews what is known so far about the show and reports on a letter the producer wrote to those fans. has a story too.

Adaptations and Book Related Films Opening Today

How To Talk To Girls at Parties. The NYT writes “There’s something endearingly childlike about How To Talk to Girls at Parties that goes a long way toward compensating for its inarguable daftness.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Consequence of Sound says it is “the most entertaining Star Wars film since the Reagan era.”

Mary Shelley (opening in limited release). The NYT is mostly positive and writes the creators “sharpen the sense of Shelley’s modernity. It helps enormously that she is played with alert sensitivity and acute intelligence by Elle Fanning.”

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