Bookmarks: July 25

Savvy readers out there know that some weeks, you just can’t get all of the news your bookish heart desires—that’s why we have Bookmarks! This weekly feature gives you the most important (deemed as such by the powers-that-be) articles, photos and links from the mighty inter-webs. See below for what’s new and exciting in the world of books!

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Us1. The 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist was announced!

The release of the Man Booker Prize longlist on July 23rd marks the first year that the Man Booker Prize is going global, and we are pumped! In her post earlier this week, Kaiti gives insight on some of the amazing authors and novels, including US by David Nicholls (author of the amazing One Day).

 Through one family’s trip across Europe, Us explores the familial roles individuals play: as husbands and wives; as parents and children; as one “me” in a group of “we”. A difficult topic, but Nicholls reveals the complexities of marriage and family in a tender and compassionatealbeit at times, funnyway. It is a must-read.

Find out more about the 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist here.

2. 50 Shades of Grey trailer release

I’m not going to lie, when the trailer began, I thought that Universal Pictures decided to turn E.L James’ erotica into a horror flick a- la American Psycho. However, my suspicions were alleviated when the familiar Beyoncé-rific lyrics began and the protagonists, played by Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, started viciously making out in an elevator. Marvel at the ridiculous amounts of sexual tension (and startling similarities to Twilight) below.

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The 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist

This morning, the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist was announced. This is a big year for the prestigious award, which celebrates “the finest in fiction,” as it is the first time that authors across the globe can be nominated. In previous years, the award was exclusively for novels written by citizens of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be chaired by AC Grayling, who says of the longlist:

“There’s a lot of perceptiveness and wisdom in these books, some of them are quite moving and all of them are very difficult to put down once you get into them – a feature of just how richly textured they are and what great stories they tell.”

It is an exceptional selection of books, but I am most excited to see Us by David Nicholls, author of the 2009  hit One Day, featured. I was lucky enough to read the manuscript of Us earlier in the summer and highly recommend picking it up in October, when it will finally be available in Canada. Through one family’s trip across Europe, Us explores the familial roles individuals play: as husbands and wives; as parents and children; as one “me” in a group of “we”. A difficult topic, but Nicholls reveals the complexities of marriage and family in a tender and compassionatealbeit at times, funnyway. It is a must-read.

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The Strain: How Scary Is Too Scary?

This week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read is The Strain, the first book in an apocalyptic vampire trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. But trust us, these aren’t your average vampires! These two talented artists and authors have  joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel with this brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable series.

The TV adaptation, which premiered on Sunday night on FX Canada, stays true to the nightmarish thriller, as does the TV Tie-In edition of the book, which displays a worm (yes, worm) coming out of an eye (yes, eyeball). Unfortunately for the creative directors at FX, the same image was used as their marketing artwork on transit advertising and billboards across North America and was met with some backlash. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the public was offended of the artwork, complaining to company execs via email, letters and Twitter. FX has since promised to take it down.

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