Archive for November, 2017

YA/MG GalleyChat, Tues. Nov. 21

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Join us today to find out which YA and Middle Grade galleys fellow librarians are loving – 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern (3:30 for virtual cocktails) — #ewgcya

Follow along below, and add your comments by clicking on the blue button at the bottom (it will enter #ewgcya for you automatically), or use your favorite Twitter dashboard (such as TweetChat).

Adaptations Update:
What Is a Movie?

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Hollywood is grappling with many upheavals, including a fundamental question, what makes a movie a movie. As streaming services grow and develop their own original films, should a “movie” still be defined as having been made for theaters? The Motion Picture Academy has assigned a committee to study whether to change their requirement that a movie opens in at least a limited number of theaters to qualify for Oscar nominations. Meanwhile, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, who announced plans to release 80 movies next year, is campaigning hard to be released from that charade.

Meanwhile, Netflix may win its first feature film Oscar for the adaptation of Hilary Jordan’s Mudbound, which opened, in a limited number of theaters, of course, last week.

It’s been a depressing year at the box office, so Hollywood is particularly hopeful that families will hit the multiplexes this Thanksgiving weekend. The animated Disney feature Coco is expected to be a hit, and may even knock the superhero adaptation Justice League out of first place. The Day of the Dead themed movie is not an adaptation, but there are tie-ins (see our list). The look of the movie draws on the work of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, who is featured in the Sibert-winning book, Funny Bones — Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, (Abrams, 2015).

For a full rundown of upcoming adaptations, link to our Movies & TV Based on Books collection. To browse the most recent updates, download EarlyWord Adaptations-UPDATES 10/19 thru 11/20/17. Among the highlights:

Death on the Nile — following the success of Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh is planning to direct a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic and again star as Hercule Poirot

Adaptations of several other classics have also been announced:

Catch 22 — Joseph Heller’s satire has been optioned for a TV series, directed by and starring George Clooney

If Beale Street Could Talk  — Filming has begun on this adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel

Lord Of The Rings — Optioned for an Amazon series

Invisible Man — Hulu is in the early stages of development of a series based on Ralph Ellison’s ground-breaking 1952 novel

The Painted Bird — Jerzy Kosinski’s 1965 anti-war novel has been optioned for a film

White Fang — Jack London’s 1908 classic is in development as an animated feature

Welcome, BookPulse

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

For those who are  missing EarlyWord‘s daily book news coverage, there’s a new resource in town, Library Journal‘s “Book Pulse” column by Neal Wyatt, with the goal to “help collection development and readers’ advisory librarians navigate the never-ending wave of new books and book news.”

And that it does. Dozens of links each day offer a quick but thoughtful round up of the book coverage that will generate holds lists and give librarians new titles to recommend. Wyatt’s passion for readers advisory work and collection development shine through each day.

If you like what you see, be sure to let LJ know in the comments section and sign up to get “Book Pulse” alerts via email.

National Book Awards
Stream Live TONIGHT

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

UPDATE: NPR’s report on the National Book Awards is here.

Watch the National Book Awards, hosted by Cynthia Nixon, live tonight on the National Book Foundation’s site.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7:20 ET, when Bill Clinton presents the Literarian Award to Dick Robinson, CEO of Scholastic, followed by Anne Hathaway presenting Annie Proulx with the Foundation’s lifetime achievement award. After a break for dinner, the book awards get rolling around 9:20 pm.

To play along, download the ballot here.

GalleyChat Looks to
Spring/Summer Hits

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

 

A glimpse of Spring/Summer 2018 season appeared among the titles mentioned during the November GalleyChat. Several titles carry over from previous chats, particularly A.J. Finn’s domestic thriller, The Woman in the Window, (HarperCollins/Morrow, January 2, 2018; LibraryReads nomination deadline, 11/20/17), It leads the list in terms of “Much Love” designations on Edelweiss, with 132. (Note: read our chat with the author below).

Attesting to the enduring appeal of the genre, another domestic thriller, Peter Swanson’s April title, All the Beautiful Lies, (HarperCollins/Morrow, April 3, 2018; LibraryReads nomination deadline, 2/20/17) already has 76 “Much Love” comments.

Among the titles receiving particular GalleyChat passion is Tara Westover’s debut memoir, Educated, (PRH/Random House, February 20, 2018; LibraryReads nomination deadline, 12/20/17). By a woman who grew up in an abusive home, it is described as the “2018 version of Glass Castle.”

Below is a Storify version of the chat. If it does not load, or you prefer reading it in story form, link here.

For a list of all the titles, check our Edelweiss catalog,

Join us for our next chat, Tues., Dec. 5,  4 to 5 p.m. ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Details here.