Apple TV+ 2024 Lineup is Packed with Literary Adaptations

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And the Nominees Are…

Award season rolls on with the recently revealed . The ten nominees range from commercial hits (Emma Cline’s ) to critical darlings (Catherine Lacey’s ) to the unicorn that manages to be both exceedingly popular and exceedingly good (James McBride’s ). I’d love to see McBride take home the trophy—and the $15,000 prize money—and continue his run of overdue recognition. I’d also like to know what the National Book Foundation thinks of PEN’s claim that this is “the most prestigious annual peer-juried literary prize in America.”

It’s an Adaptation Nation, and We’re All Living in It

A includes more than a few page-to-screen projects.

Among the adaptations featured are: 

  • Masters of the Air, airing now, based on 
  • Manhunt, a 7-episode limited series about the search for Lincoln’s killer, based on the , out March 15.
  • Franklin, starring Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin, based on Stacy Schiff’s Coming April 12.
  • , season 2, coming April 24. Based on .
  • Dark Matter, based on . Coming May 8 with what sounds like some pretty significant changes.
  • Land of Women, helmed by Eva Longoria, based on  by Sandra Barneda. Coming this summer, date TBA.
  • Lady of the Lake, a Natalie Portman vehicle based on Laura Lippman’s novel , date TBA.

The Kids Are All Right

TikTok may be melting their brains, but it’s also driving Gen-Z to read A LOT, and when they do, . They’re reaching for “hot girl books.” They’re reaching for “sad girl books.” They’re continuing the time-honored tradition of trying to brand reading as sexy. And you know what? When a 22-year-old supermodel launches her book club by selecting , I can’t be mad about any of it.

Why Do We Even Read?

In the final installment of a series of six pieces about how the public perceives libraries, Kelly Jensen explores the connections between algorithms and book banning.

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