Of the ten, eight of the books are by women. The L.A. Times notes this is “the first time since the National Book Foundation started using longlists in 2013 that women have appeared in such a majority.”
This is the culmination of longlist announcements. The longlists for nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature are available on the National Book Foundation’s site.
One of two film adaptations opening today, Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father debuts in just 13 cities, as well as on Netflix. It’s rare that a film appears in theaters as well as on demand. Theater owners generally stick to the 90-day window, refusing to book any movie set to appear on demand within that period, let alone on the same date. Landmark Theaters, however, has a deal with Netflix, which also applies to the upcoming adaptation of Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
While many studio chiefs say they want to support theater owners with the 90-day rule, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch spoke out strongly against the practice this week, claiming it will change in the next year, but not specifying how.
But Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seems to be suffering at least a bit of cable envy. This week, he ordered Amazon studios to bring him a show like HBO’s Game of Thrones. Presumably, he’s not impressed with award-winning series that draw relatively small audiences. Amazon Studio head, Roy Price, tells Variety, “We’ve been looking at the data for some time, and as a team, we’re increasingly focused on the impact of the biggest shows. It’s pretty evident that it takes big shows to move the needle.” Already canceled is the second season of Z, based on Therese Anne Fowler’s novel about Zelda Fitzgerald. It’s predicted that a planned series based on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will suffer a similar fate
The second adaptation opening today fits the traditional model, debuting in 3,100 theaters.American Assassin, based on Vince Flynn’s series, is expected to do well at the box office and launch a new franchise, but not to eclipse Stephen King’s It, which exceeded expectations and gave the movie business a much-needed piece of good news after a dismal summer.
The shortlist for one of the most influential literary awards in the English language, the 2017 Man Booker Prize, was announced in London today. Surprisingly, the novel that has won the most awards to date, including the Pulitzer Prize, Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, did not make it to the shortlist. Several other big names also did not make the cut, Arundhati Roy, Sebastian Barry, and Zadie Smith.The Guardiandeclares the list “daring,” featuring novels that “reject conventional realism and celebrate precarious and unstable narratives,”
The trend for psychological thrillers has had amazing longevity. With so many new titles published in the genre, fans are becoming more and more demanding.
Two titles were mentioned most often during last week’s GalleyChat as the best of the upcoming crop:
The Woman in the Window, (HarperCollins/Morrow, Jan 2, 2018) — please join us for a chat with the author, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4 to 5 pm. ET, Chat window will be posted at 3 pm on EarlyWord.com
Sometimes I Lie, Alice Feeney, (Macmillan/Flatiron, March 13, 2018) — this one is SO twisty, that it lost several readers. The title itself warns readers that this is they’re dealing with the ultimate in unreliable narrators.
Poison, Galt Niederhoffer, (Macmillan/ St. Martin’s, November 21)
The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s, January 9, 2018)
If you’re not a fan of the genre, or just need a palate cleanser, there’s much to tempt you from the nearly 130 titles getting enthusiastic endorsements (see the Edelweiss catalog here).
For those hoping to sniff out the next trend, Marika Zemke of Commerce Twp. (MI) Public Library makes a strong case for medical narratives and survival stories, saying people crave them these days. With hurricanes and fires raging and a chaotic federal government, that seems to make sense. She offers the following as examples:
Some of you may remember an earlier time when medical narratives were all the rage. GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower says they’ve never gone out of style for her. She remembers, “Back in the late 70s I read Elder’s And I Alone Survived, which fueled my obsession with survival stories. My medical obsession started in the early 1970s with James Kerr’s soap opera-ish novel The Clinic and, of course, Hailey’s Diagnosis. About 30 years ago Echo Heron published Intensive Care, about her stint as a nurse, along with Carol Gino’s The Nurse’s Story. Like many library patrons, I couldn’t get enough of these kinds of stories.”
Below is a transcript. If it does not load, or you prefer reading it in story form, link here.
The adaptation of Donna Tartt’s 2013 best seller The Goldfinch (Hachette/Little,Brown) may finally be moving ahead. Variety reports that Warner Bros. is working on a deal with Amazon Studios to co-finance the project.
Production has begun in Atlanta on a movie based on the YA novel Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. In the title role is Australian actress Danielle Macdonald, who is currently getting kudos as the star of Patti Cake$. Jennifer Aniston will join her in the musical comedy, playing her mother.
A director has been hired for a TV series based on Amor Towles’s A Gentleman From Moscow, which is still on the NYT best seller list, at #8 after 28 weeks.
Stars have been announced for a TV series based on Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches.
Octavia Butler’s Dawn, Book One in her Lilith’s Brood trilogy,(1987) is being developed as a TV series.
Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is moving forward as a Netflix series.
Trailers have been released for:
Our Souls at Night, based on Ken Haruf’s 2015 novel.
Molly’s Game based on the memoir, Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker, by Molly Bloom, (HarperCollins/It Books, 2014)
The nomination deadline for October titles is this Sunday, August 20th. But you can also nominate titles with publication dates beyond October. Ideally, the best time to nominate titles is right after finish reading the galley.
For those new to nominating, the video below describes the basics. In addition, LibraryReads Steering Committee members Stephanie Chase (Hillsboro [OR] Public Library) and David Wright (Seattle Public Library) describe how to find galleys (time stamp 38:10) and demystify writing reviews (time stamp 45:26).
The lists have come under scrutiny recently for under-representing authors of color (see the Book Riot ‘s “LibraryReads So White, or Why Librarians Need to Do Better”), for featuring established authors over less-known (see Becky Spratford’s RA for All post), and large publishing houses over indie presses. David Wright makes a strong case in the video above for librarians using the lists to demonstrate their ability as taste makers, rather than followers, (time stamp 4:09).
The lists reflect what librarians are reading and loving, so commit to diversifying your own reading. Check out publisher’s recommendations in the diversity catalogs linked at the right. Get to know indie publishers, sign up for their marketing newsletters (see our list of publisher contacts in the links at the right) and turn to their catalogs when choosing what to read next.
Cuyahoga Public Library hosted Stephanie Powell Watts in a Facebook Live chat on Wednesday. If you missed it, you can watch the video here (be sure to follow Cuyahoga County Public Library on Facebook first).
The best novel winner and nominees for the Hugo Award, announced today, below:
Winner — The Obelisk Gate, N. K. Jemisin, (Hachette/Orbit) — this is the second Hugo in a row for the author. She won for The Fifth Season (Hachette/Orbit) last year. They are the first two titles in a trilogy. The final, The Stone Sky, is set for release next week.
The most intriguing book and TV news doesn’t appear on that list, however, since it’s not an adaptation. It’s PBS’s announcement last week of “The Great American Read” (working title), an eight-part series, with the ambitious goal of getting people to vote for “America’s Best Loved Book,” set to kick off in May, 2018
Below is an edited version of yesterday’s GalleyChat. We’ve reorganized the tweets to make it easier to follow the discussion and added links to each title. UPDATE: If you get the dreaded spinning wheel in the widget below, try this link.
The Booker longlist, announced today, is “thronged with literary titans, whose combined trophy cabinet would include the Pulitzer, the Costa, the Baileys, the Folio, the Impac and the Goldsmiths prizes,” notes the Guardian, but it also manages to squeeze in three debut novels.
Nine of the thirteen titles are available in the US, three are scheduled for release later this year. A fourth, Elmet by Fiona Mozley, does not yet have a US publisher.
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