It may have been a short week, but it’s been a great one! Check out this week’s Bookmarks for international literary news.
1. The National Book Award finalists were announced this week! The award is an American literary prize given to writers by writers and administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization in the States. It has four categories – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young adult literature – and each category has five finalists. Publisher’s Weekly summarizes this years nominees, stating that “among the finalists are five Pulitzer Prize winners, two recipients of MacArthur ‘genius’ grants, one previous National Book Award Winner, three previous National Book Award Finalists, and a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award, one of the Foundation’s two lifetime achievement awards.” Wow! Below we have the finalists for Fiction. For a full list of finalists, click here.
2. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
3. The Round House by Louise Erdrich,
4. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
2. Despite its recent release, Dennis Lehane‘s Live By Night has already gained Hollywood buzz – something that is not surprising considering the rave reviews it’s received, most notably a review in The Washington Post (here) and The New York Times (here). However, the biggest news of the week regarding Live By Night is from Deadline, who reports that Ben Affleck is in talks to write, direct, produce and star in a film adaptation! This is not shocking; in 2007, Affleck made his directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone (also a novel by Lehane). But that’s not all! IndieWire reports that Live By Night is actually a co-production with Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio! Wow! It is sure to be a great picture, but I can’t decide who I’d prefer to star. Thoughts?
3. Whether you love J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series or for her recently published The Casual Vacancy, you’ll love this interview The New York Times posted yesterday. In it, J.K. Rowling discusses what she’s reading now, her favourite books as a child, which literary character she would love to be and more! Our favourite answer? When Ms. Rowling was asked what she plans on reading next, she answered The Vanishing Point by Val McDemid!
4. I highly recommend watching this book trailer for The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo) and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. The Paper Dolls is a beautiful story of a little girl and her five paper dolls who go on a fantastical adventure through the house! If the book is called wonderful, fantastical and beautiful, this book trailer measures up perfectly. Check it out!
5. Okay – @SavvyReader has already tweeted this today. But! It made my day, so I feel like I have to share it more than once so it can make everyone’s day! Flavor Wire put together an awesome list of awesome photos of awesome authors hanging out together (and having awesome times together, presumably). Check it out here. My favourite is Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams. What’s yours? Tell us by tweeting at @SavvyReader.
Have a great weekend!
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