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Pennie Picks KISS CARLO

Costco’s influential book buyer Pennie Clark Ianniciello, selects as her July “Buyers Pick” Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani (HarperCollins/Harper; HarperLuxe; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), a love story and family tale set in the world of the theater.

Ianniciello gives it her personal endorsement, writing “I look forward to every new book by Adriana Trigiani … her books are a joy to read.”

In an interview in the Costco Connection, Trigiani says “The plot sets the stage for a Shakespearean conflict, for it’s a story of love, loyalty and creativity that is filled with everything we all struggle with as humans.”

It lands on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list #7, her highest-ranking debut to date.

Trigiani is featured on Today in a segment headlined “Need a juicy summer read?” Chatting with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb over a breakfast of pasta and red wine, she claims this book is her “favorite of everything I’ve written.”

High Tide for BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT

Mary Alice Monroe hits a career high with Beach House for Rent (S&S/Gallery Books; S&S Audio; OverDrive Sample), debuting on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list at #12 [UPDATE: The “eco-minded” author is featured in the NYT‘s “Inside the List” column].

Beach House for Rent is book four in the Isle of Palms series begun in 2002. Each of the four books are spaced roughly five years apart: The Beach House (2002), Swimming Lessons (2007), Beach House Memories (2012), Beach House for Rent (2017). In their starred review LJ writes this newest can stand alone.

The series has been on the path to an adaptation for the Hallmark channel, announced in 2015.  Star Andie McDowell confirmed that via a video, but there has been no news since on the status. The rerelease of the first book in the series last December may indicate there is movement.

To TV: VANITY FAIR

A new adaptation of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair is heading to TV, streaming on Amazon and airing on Britain’s ITV reports Variety.

It will star Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) as the wily Becky Sharp, a woman trying to rise through society against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. James Strong (Broadchurch) directs.

The novel, a classic of British literature, has been adapted many times, on TV and in the movies. Most recently, in the form of a film staring Reese Witherspoon an directed by Mira Nair, It was “a box-office disappointment” according to Variety. This new production hopes to revive interest. An ITV executive said the seven episode series will “bring the novel to life in a way that will really connect with a modern audience.”

The series is being produced by Amazon Studios and Mammoth Screen. Mammoth, an arm of ITV, produced the popular Victoria series which played on PBS in the United States. ITV is most famous in the US for creating Downton Abbey.

The historical drama is expected to debut in 2018. The book has been published in a number of editions and is also available as a full-cast audio featuring narrators Emma Fielding and Stephen Fry (BBC Books).

The Telegraph offers a primer on the story and the importance of the novel.

Reading for the Fourth, on TODAY

The Today Show rounded up their regular group of book recommenders, BuzzFeed Books Editor Issac Fitzgerald , author and recent book store owner, Emma Straub and thriller writer Brad Thor, to suggest books to read over the holiday.

Click here for the full list of picks.

Books In The City

Sarah Jessica Parker has picked the first novel for her new imprint SJP for Hogarth, a debut by Fatima Farheen Mirza tentatively titled A Place for Us.

According to the NYT it “follows an Indian-American family that is reunited on the eve of the eldest daughter, Hadia’s, wedding. It tackles issues of belonging and tradition, delving into the complex experience of an immigrant family in the United States.”

In a press release Mirza said “After working on the novel for eight years, I could not be happier with the home it has found … I’m confident in their vision for the novel and grateful that it will be brought into the world by SJP for Hogarth.”

Vogue writes that Parker “called being ‘taken hostage by Fatima Mirza’s heartrending and timely story’ a ‘gutting pleasure,’ and praised Mirza’s ability to afford her reader a better understanding of ‘what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith.'”

The novel will publish in 2019. Parker will be involved in all aspects of the book’s publication and design and tells the NYT she’s a bit nervous about the editing process, fearing that “a writer might be ‘allergic’ to her feedback.”

It’s been quite  the literary week for Parker. On Monday she announced her pick for ALA’s new BookClub Central. Parker serves as honorary chair of the initiative.

A Different Kind of Author Tour

Bestselling author JD Vance and AOL co-founder Steve Case will travel together this fall reports USA Today, on the next wave of the Rise of the Rest program, a “campaign to drum up interest in tech start-ups not based in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Seattle and other coastal tech hubs.”

This is the fourth year of the project dreamed up by Case, although it is the first for Vance. After a whirlwind visit and a series of pitch meetings, Case invests $100,000 in one local start-up. Thus far he has visited 26 cities.

“The data is the data and last year the (National Venture Capital Association) said that 75% of venture capital went to just three states: California, New York and Massachusetts,” Case told the paper. His venture capital firm started the Rise of the Rest program to help correct that by identifying and supporting start-ups across the Rust Belt and Midwest.

Vance’s bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Harper; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample) is currently #7 on the NYT Hardback Nonfiction list after 47 straight weeks. Film rights have been acquired as well. The memoir arrived as the presidential campaign was heating up. The media embraced Vance’s sympathetic portrait of life in the Rust Belt as an explanation for the deep divides that drove the election.

FOUNDATION To TV

Isaac Asimov’s science fiction Foundation Trilogy may be headed to TV reports Deadline Hollywood. Skydance Television, the production company behind the new Star Trek films and World War Z, is helming a possible project.

This is not the first attempt to translate the books to screen. Den of Geek writes that as recently as 2014 HBO took a crack at it and Deadline adds “the guys who greenlit The Lord Of The Rings films [as well as] Independence Day director Roland Emmerich” have tried as well.

This time the team includes showrunners and screenwriters who have worked on the Dark Knight trilogy and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

According to Deadline the main reasons no one has been able to adapt the series yet is their sprawling nature, involving many characters and plots and because George Lucas drew on them so heavily for Star Wars “the challenge is to not appear to be ripping off one of Hollywood’s most successful film franchises, even though Asimov wrote his books 75 years ago.”

The Foundation Trilogyan iconic piece of science fiction, won the 1966 Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series, beating out Lord of the Rings, even though, as io9 reports, many thought the category was invented specifically to honor that title.

io9 posted a guide to the books back when they thought HBO would make the series. Their primer is still useful for anyone who needs to get up to speed on the story. Both trade paperback and mass market editions are still in print (PRH/Spectra).

PADDINGTON BEAR Creator Dies

His bear traveled from “darkest Peru” to London, from the 1958 chapter book A Bear Called Paddington to a series of 13 more novels, multiple picture books and the big screen. Creator Michael Bond died at 91 on Tuesday.

In a 2007 interview in the Telegraph, Bond sai the little bear helped him deal with dark times.

The most recent in the chapter book series, Paddington’s Finest Hour (HarperCollins) will be published in the US on September 13th.

The second Paddington movie is expected arrive in theaters later this year.

Green’s TURTLES

As promised, John Green devoted yesterday’s vlogbrothers video to his forthcoming book, Turtles All the Way Down (PRH/Dutton YR; Oct 10; cover art to come), his first novel since 2012’s The Fault in Our Stars.

He doesn’t reveal anything about the book’s content, talking instead about the special ISBN for signed copies, causing pre-orders for that edition to spike. Along the way, he explains what ISBN’s are, knowledge he gained while working at Booklist.

Westward Ho With a Fresh Air Bump

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis (Norton/Liveright; OverDrive Sample) is moving up the Amazon charts, currently at #62 from #9,956, thanks to a feature on NPR’s Fresh Air.

The struggling Donner Party is known for restoring to cannibalism to survive, but Wallis says “there’s so much more. That’s why I wanted to tell the back story.”

Wallis details the hardships of the journey and how they broke the members of the party down, both physically and psychologically. Sadly, many of their problems came from their own errors, such as packing too much, taking the wrong route, misjudging the weather, and assuming too much while knowing too little.

On what can be learned from their story, Wallis says “I think it tells us not only about the American West but really about the whole nation … Those of us who do not learn our history are doomed to repeat it … The words that ring out to me continually are two words that combined can be very fatal, then as now, and those words are: ignorance and arrogance.”

True West reviews the book in an illustrated account, writing it “will be considered for many years the primary volume for students and scholars seeking a detailed and well-annotated history of the tragic tale of emigration on the Overland Trail to California.”

PW stars it, writing Wallis “reclaims the horrific story of the infamously ill-fated wagon train from the annals of sensationalism.”

More Martin

In addition to the GOT spinoffs, another George R.R. Martin adaptation is in the works. The Syfy channel just greenlighted a pilot based on his supernatural 1980 novella Nightflyers.

A team is “setting up a writers room to generate backup scripts in preparation for a potential series pickup,” reports Deadline Hollywood. The pilot script is being written by Jeff Buhler, known for the horror films The Midnight Meat Train and the upcoming remake of Jacob’s Ladder.

Variety describes the story as following “eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.”

The Nerdist adds “After all, if the night is dark and full of terrors, just imagine what untold horrors lie in the inky blackness of space.”

On his blog, Martin says it is “one of my SF/ horror hybrids … a favorite of mine (especially the longer version that I did for BINARY STARS), and I think the show could have a lot of potential… especially if you like a little horror in your SF.”

The novella was adapted into what Den of Geek calls “a schlocky, limited-releasefilm in 1987. The novella itself is collected in Martin’s 1985 Nightflyers, now out of print.

Martin, who has an exclusive contract with HBO, is not involved with this new project.

Gold Rush

James Ledbetter, author of One Nation Under Gold: How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination for Four Centuries (Norton/Liveright; HighBridge Audio; OverDrive Sample), spoke on NPR’s Fresh Air about the ways gold has been perceived through American history.

The discussion covers the history of money in the US and the many different currencies that were used in the early days, including those issued by states and banks issued and even from other countries. The conversation also covers the role of the Gold Rush in monetary policy, the creation of Fort Knox, and the period of time when citizens had to turn in their gold to the government. In more recent times, there was even a 20th century alchemy quest to create more gold, called Operation Goldfinger.

NPR’s Dave Davies, filling in for host Terry Gross, says the book further details how gold became “a symbol of permanence and quality and most of all a store of value.”

Dunkirk Set to Storm Theaters

The WWII movie Dunkirk opens on July 21. Directed by Christopher Nolan, known for creating major blockbusters, including his Batman trilogy, it stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “one of the most anticipated movies of summer.”

IndieWire has a rundown of elements to watch for and things to note, including Nolan’s telling the Associated Press that “Dunkirk is not a war film. It’s a survival story and first and foremost a suspense film.”

    

Although not based on a specific book, several tie-ins are being published including the lead title, Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine (HarperCollins/Morrow Paperbacks; HarperAudio; also in Mass Market; OverDrive Sample), followed by Dunkirk, the screenplay by Christopher Nolan (IPG/Faber & Faber) and the coffee table book, The Making of Dunkirk by James Mottram, with a forward by the director (S&S/Insight Editions).

Coincidentally, Michael Korda’s upcoming book is also about the battle,  Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory (Norton/Liveright, forthcoming Sept. 19).

More on ORIGIN

Announced last October, some details emerged today about Dan Brown’s upcoming book, Origin (PRH/Doubleday; Random House Large Print; Random House/BOT Audio; 10/3/17), the fifth in his Robert Langdon series.

The cover has been revealed, along with a trailer. The few hints about that the book is set in four cities in Spain has brought speculation. The LA Times writes, “Bilbao is home to a Guggenheim Museum, which seems certain to play a role in the novel — [Brown’s] Langdon character is a Harvard professor of symbology, and previous books have taken him to the Louvre (The Da Vinci Code) and the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio (Inferno).” Cue the hordes of tourists.

Entertainment Weekly adds that this book will offer a new twist on Brown’s usual mix of codes, religion and art. This time the art “will be modern, and the science will focus on cutting-edge technology.”

ALA BookClub Launch

Celebrity power makes for a successful start of the new ALA BookClub Central program.

Actress and book lover Sarah Jessica Parker announced the first title, No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins/Ecco; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), on ABC’s Good Morning America, saying “there is much to praise about this very special book.” Parker also promoted the program and her role as honorary chair of the initiative on her Instagram page.

The debut novel is rising on Amazon, moving from #451 to #16 [UPDATE: as of 2 pm, ET, it’s moved to #9], within range of the just-announced Oprah pick, Behold the Dreamers, which is at #2.

Holds are building in several libraries.

Bustle also reports on the news, writing “the first book selection needs to be at the top of your summer TBR list.” Parade also writes about it.

In a press release Parker says “No One is Coming to Save Us marks the arrival of a wonderfully gifted new American writer. JJ, Ava, and Sylvia are easy characters to fall in love with, and Stephanie Powell Watts brings them to life with warmth and generosity. I can’t wait to share their story, their search for fulfillment and attempts to better understand their past and shape their future, with readers everywhere, and I’m jealous of all who will open to page one for the first time.”

The book got attention when it first published, making a number of most anticipated lists and getting reviewed by the NYT, The Washington Post, and USA Today, and being featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Parker is also launching a new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, in 2018, a project, reports Parade, that grew from her overwhelming reaction to Anthony Mara’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.