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Going Big on Summer Reading

The New York Public Library launches a summer reading partnership with HBO, highlighting reading and screen versions of favorite books. #ReadingIsLit. Reese Witherspoon does a promo.

Reviews

Marilyn Stasio issues her crime column for the NYT and author Katherine Heiny runs the Shortlist with books about mothers. The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey (HMH) gets a highly engaged review: “Nixey writes up a storm. Each sentence is rich, textured, evocative, felt.” The paper also offers a brief, and less than revealing, Q&A on how their best-seller lists works. There are more reviews as well.

The Washington Post offers its picks for the “Best new books for children and young adults” and calls Fiona Sampson’s In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein (Pegasus: Norton; LJ starred review) “brilliant.” Also reviewed is The Man Who Climbs Trees by James Aldred (HMH): “a vertiginous, white-knuckled adventure through some of the most spectacular forests in the world.”

Briefly Noted

Anthony Bourdain, memoir and cookbook author and an appreciator of books about food with his own imprint with Harper, has died. The story is developing; CNN reports Mr. Bourdain died of suicide in France.

The NYT has stories on poet Yrsa Daley-Ward (one of the people drawing in more and more readers to poetry) and Madison A. Moore.

Entertainment Weekly previews the new Buffy universe book, Slayer by Kiersten White (Simon Pulse: S. & S.) and the new book by Karen McManus, Two Can Keep a Secret (Delacorte). Judith McNaught returns to print, after 12 years. She teases a new modern Westmoreland book with Entertainment Weekly and announces her new title, The Sweetest Thing (Gallery: S. & S., forthcoming Oct, 2018).

The July Indie Next List is out. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin) is the #1 pick of the month.

Authors on Air

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is headed to Apple for a TV series.

Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X books are headed to TV.

NPR bookish interviews include Lauren Groff, Florida: Stories (Riverhead); Ben Rhodes, The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House (Random); and Tommy Orange, There There (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Sharp Objects gets some background reading and viewing, and a stellar review from Variety, calling it “dazzlingly itself … a show in thrall to the horror of its premise but one that finds nuance within unremitting darkness.”

James McAvoy and Clarke Peters will star in the forthcoming 8-part BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, reports Deadline Hollywood. They will feature alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Bee is cast in Where’d You Go Bernadette. Deadline reports “Emma Nelson was plucked out of 500 other young women who auditioned for the role and makes her feature film debut.” She will star alongside Cate Blanchett who takes the role of Bernadette.

Are You Sleeping, based on the book by the same name by Kathleen Barber (Gallery: S. & S.), fills in its cast with Lizzy Caplan starring with Octavia Spencer.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind gets its trailer. It is not based on a book, but Robin by Dave Itzkoff (Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review) makes its own kind of tie-in.

Mortal Engines gets a second trailer; it is based on the novel of the same name by by Philip Reeve.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web gets its trailer.

Book-related shows opening today and over the weekend include:

Another C.B. Strike episode on Cinemax (critics are still not overly impressed).

Strange Angel. Variety thinks its a bit long-winded, writing “It might be more true to life, but as long as the show is trying to mine that life for drama, it might as well cut to the chase.”

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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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