1. We could not begin this week’s Bookmarks without saying how happy and excited we are for Hilary Mantel, who won The Man Booker Prize on Tuesday for her historical fiction novel Bring Up the Bodies! As mentioned in an earlier edition of Bookmarks, Mantel was one of five shortlisted authors nominated for the prestigious award. Furthermore, Mantel is the first woman and first person from Britain to win the award twice; her first book in the Cromwell series, Wolf Hall, won The Man Booker Prize in 2009. Bring Up the Bodies is the second installment in the Cromwell trilogy, so naturally we have very high expectations for the third! Congrats Hilary! To watch a video of Hilary discussing her success, click here. If you are interested in reading Bring Up the Bodies, you can start reading it now!
2. On Monday, The Ontario Library Association announced the nominees for the 2012 Forest of Reading Program. The purpose of the program is twofold: to celebrate Canadian authors, illustators, publishers and books; but also to encourge and inspire reading among children. Nominees include authors and illustrators with books that range from the Kingergarten reading level to grade six! Check out the nominees here (for interest’s sake, or because this list could really help with upcoming holidays! But we won’t go there, yet…)
3. Divergent movie news! Rumors are circulating that Shailene Woodley is in discussions to play Tris in the upcoming movie adaptation from Summit Entertainment, according to Deadline.com! Though this is very exciting news, author Veronica Roth has requested fans to hold their questions (via twitter, here) because she’s – wait for it – working hard on the third installment of the Divergent trilogy (fan girl scream). What do you think about Shailene Woodley as Tris? Earlier this month, TheDailyQuirk.com ran a poll asking fans to vote for potential actresses to play Tris. Their choices are great, and the results are very interesting. Check it out here.
4. Even more movie news! A new book this season (and a personal favourite of Shannon’s) is currently being adapted for the screen. According to Variety, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has been picked up by Felix Herngren, and is being produced by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Patrick Nebout at Nice FlxPictures, a film studio in Sweden (where the Jonas Jonasson, the author is from, and where the book was first published). Jonas actually makes a cameo in the film (click here to see a picture!) Judging by past movie trends (I’m thinking of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) we can only assume that one day a North American film studio will pick up this magical book as well!
5. A new book trailer was released this week, and though the author thinks it is, frankly, none of your business, we’ve decided to share it with you here.