Entertainment Weekly‘s newest issue rings in the New Year with a listing of what to read, listen to, and watch in 2017, including their picks of “The 23 Most Anticipated Books of 2017.”
Already on many people’s minds is the expected blockbuster of the summer, the second novel by Paula Hawkins, Into the Water (PRH/Riverhead; RH Audio/BOT; May 2, 2017).
EW writes “Hawkins is very good at playing with your perceptions – and she does it again in her new novel.” The “First Look” feature highlights the creation of the cover image. The designer says that the novel is “rich and creepy and suspenseful” and that she wanted to get the “story’s murkiness and beauty to come through.”
Already established as a major short story writer, George Saunders is set to publish his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo (PRH/RH; RH Audio/BOT; Feb. 14). EW says the story, which “unspools during one long night in a graveyard” is “narrated by multiple voices.”
Also releasing his first novel is the publisher of Quirk Books, Jason Rekulak. The Impossible Fortress (S&S; S&S Audio, Feb. 7). Readers should get ready to “Revel” in this novel set in 1987, says EW, “about a teen boy, a coveted copy of Playboy and a computer-nerd girl.”
Many of the featured titles are available for immediate download or to request (sorry, the Paula Hawkins’ title is not available yet). Check our Edelweiss collection.
Three of the titles, set for release this fall, are not yet listed on Edelweiss:
All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler (Bloomsbury, Aug. 29, 2017)
Endurance: My Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly (PRH/Knopf, Nov. 7, 2017)
Heather, The Totality by Matthew Weiner (Little, Brown, Fall 2017)
Featured on the issue’s cover is Blade Runner 2049, a spin off of the original film which was based on Philip K. Dick’s SF classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Also listed are several more direct adaptations, including HBO’s biopic The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with “First Look” photos from the shoot. Screenwriter and director George C. Wolfe notes that the story resonates today, “This woman’s cells helped heal the planet, yet her children were suffering … I found that dichotomy incredibly moving.”
For kids, there’s Captain Underpants starring Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Thomas Middleditch. EW quotes director David Soren, “because the books are known for their irreverent, genre-bending style, the film plays with form in a similar way, switching between traditional CG animation and other media, from hand-drawn 2D comic scenes to sock puppet sequences. (Pilkey’s “Flip-o-Ramas” from the novels even play a role.)”
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda team up in the final book by Kent Haruf, Our Souls At Night. EW points out the pair who played newlyweds in Barefoot in the Park now play aging neighbors who seek solace with each other, only to upset both the town and their families. Fonda says of her relationship with Redford, “We show up for each other…We always have.” EW responds, “We’ll be showing up too.”
Also included are first looks at the following adaptations:
Outlander, Season 3, begins on Starz in February, based on the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s series, Voyager
The Lost City of Z, the movie, coming April 14, is based on the book by David Grann
American Gods, the Starz series begins in April, based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel
It, the movie, based on the novel by Stephen King, opens in theaters on Sept. 8
Our Books to Movies & TV listing has information on many more upcoming adaptations. For tie-ins, check our Edelweiss collection.