It’s been several months since three’s been news about the film adaptation of S.J. Watson’s domestic thriller, Before I Go to Sleep, (Harper, 2011), and making us fear it had disappeared into Production Limbo. Suddenly today, it was announced that it will be released in the U.S. on 9/12/14.
Before I Go to Sleep is about Christine, played by Nicole Kidman, who wakes up every morning, with no memory of the past. Each day, she discovers a diary she’s been keeping and uses it to try to piece together her life.
A trailer appeared online earlier today, but has since been inexplicably taken down. UPDATE: The U.K. trailer, below, became available a few days after we wrote this. In a significant change from the book, Christine keeps a video diary rather than a written one.
Colin Firth co-stars as Kidman’s husband and Mark Strong as her psychiatrist. The movie is produced by Ridley Scott, and directed by Rowan Joffe, (Brighton Rock, The American).
Before I Go to Sleep tie-in: A Novel
S. J. Watson
Harper Paperbacks; September 30, 2014
(with the announcement of the movie release date, the pub date may be moved up)
Paperback / softback
$14.99 USD / $18.50 CAD
If you’re feeling discouraged about the future of books and reading, just look at the kids in the following video.
The story, created for NBC Nightly News, features author Kate DiCamillo talking to a very receptive group of kids about her struggle to become an author. It did not appear on Friday night’s broadcast, but is in the Nightly News Web site.
DiCamillo will accept the Newbery Award tomorrow night at ALA in Las Vegas for Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, (Candlewick Press)
The lead title next week, in terms of holds and library orders is One Plus Oneby Jojo Moyes, (Viking/Pamela Dorman; Recorded Books; Thorndike). British author Moyes published 12 novels in the same number of years, recently breaking onto best seller lists in 2012 with Me Before You, a novel about the relationship between a quadriplegic and his caregiver that also looked at the issue of assisted suicide. It was such a departure for the author that she worried it would be a tough sell, but it was quite the opposite.
To signal that this book was not a traditional romance, it was given a distinctive all-type cover. The book turned out to be so successful that the format is now being applied to all of Moyes’s novels (see above; a before and after of one of her earlier romances and its just-released paperback reincarnation). Me Before You was followed the next year by The Girl You Left Behind (Penguin/Pamela Dorman; Thorndike), a historical romance, which was more familiar territory for Moyes.
One Plus One is a contemporary romance and a LibraryReads pick:
“A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car…it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.” — Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH
Also showing heavy holds are two very different romances, as indicated by their covers, the second book in Jude Deveraux Nantucket Brides trilogy, For all Time (RH/Ballantine; Thorndike) and Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born of Fury (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press; Macmillan Audio)
Dollbaby. Laura Lane McNeal, (Penguin/Pamela Dorman)
“In this coming-of-age story set in the Civil Rights era, Ibby is dropped off at the home of her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her beloved father. Filled with colorful characters, family secrets and lots of New Orleans tidbits, this book will appeal to fans of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt.” — Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
The HarperCollins Library Marketing team are big fans of this debut and buzzed it at ALA Midwinter (listen to the Book Buzz here). About a jazz singer and her young daughter in 1960′s Chicago, it has inspired raptures among the prepub reviewerss. LJ — “Rotert’s musical background informs Naomi’s passion for performance, but it is her heartbreaking portrait of Sophie [her daughter], so wise yet so vulnerable, that readers will remember long after the final page.” It was starred by Booklist and Kirkus left behind the snark to call it a “tale that’s poignant, poetic and heart-wrenching throughout.”
Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty, Elizabeth Mitchell, Atlantic Monthly Press
This patriotic holiday, recommend a book that debunks many of our notions about our most famous monumental sculpture. Originally planned for a spot overlooking the newly constructed Suez Canal, by a French sculptor trying to make a name for himself, it was finally, and reluctantly, accepted by the U.S. There’s even a weird Real Housewives of New York connection. One of the “housewives,” Countess LuAnn de Lesseps gets her title from her marriage to one of the descendants of the builder of the Suez Canal, Ferdinand de Lesseps.
Featured in the New York Times “Fashion & Style” section last week, former Gawker editor Gould has made a living by talking about herself. Her 8,000 word confessional was featured on the cover of the NYT Magazinein 2008. The NYT says, “a case could be made that Ms. Gould’s warts-and-all brand of self-exposure anticipated a wave of confessional writing that paved the way for Girls, Lena Dunham’s quasi-autobiographical hit on HBO.”
Her novel is about young women in New York who are very much like herself (of course). Booklist calls it “a savvy first novel that, in piercing prose, zeroes in on modern ennui and the catalysts that force even the most apathetic out of their complacency.”
Speakng of oversharing — as the publisher’s promo says about this author, “You know what she says out loud. Can you imagine what she writes in her diary?” and goes on to say:
Anais Nin, Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath wrote the world’s most famous diaries. And where are they today? Dead. But the world’s OTHER great diarist, Joan Rivers, is alive and kicking. And complaining.
In the extraordinary tradition of The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor and George Orwell’s Diaries, comes an intimate and enriching glimpse into the mind of the most illuminating woman-of-letters of her generation—the provocative exploration of an age in which she has lived on and on and on and on.
So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska. I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah’s movies, and her ideas about Looking for Alaska are really wonderful, and I am SO VERY EXCITED.
He has good reason to be excited. Polly wrote and directed the moving Away From Her, starring Julie Christie. She adapted it from Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Looking for Alaska, published in 2005, (Penguin/Dutton), was Green’s first novel, and it won the Printz Award.
Both Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska were optioned shortly after they were published, but it took the success of TFIOS to get the projects moving.
She is also being offered another coveted role, to star in The Danish Girl, based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff (Penguin), about one of the first men to have a sex-change operation, and his relationship with his wife. The project has has been in the works for several years, and other actresses having been announced for the role of the wife, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron. At one point, Nicole Kidman was set to play Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, but earlier this year, it was announced that the film would take a different direction, with a male actor, Eddie Redmayne, taking on that role. Filming is expected to begin this fall.
Entertainment Weekly gives a pitch for it being THE 204 Summer Must-Read:
It’s kind of like a Jonathan Tropper novel in that it’s super-readable and funny and a total page-turner, but it also has a lot of smart things to say about relationships and love and big messy families. It’s light but not just empty calories — ideal for the beach!
Several libraries have ordered more copies, but holds continue to outstrip ordering.
Nancy Pearl picks “under-the-radar” titles (e.g., you have a crack at finding copies on the shelf to recommend) for summer reading, on today’s NPR Morning Edition:
Understories, Tim Horvath, (Bellevue Literary Press, 2012) — Nancy calls this her “favorite collection of short stories.” She cracks up host Steve Inskeep by reading from one of them in which a group of people are “trying to teach animals the concept of extinction because they are ‘tired of having to bail out endangered species. It’s high time they learned individual responsibility!’”
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival, Peter Stark, (HarperCollins/Ecco; March, 2014) — about the little-known story of expeditions sent by John Jacob Astor in an effort to establish a colony in the Pacific Northwest. Nancy says it’s great to read because it’s a “a period of history a lot of people are unfamiliar with, but more importantly… it’s really good reading.”
The Selected Works Of T. S. Spivet, Reif Larsen, (Penguin Press, 2009) — Nancy often calls books “fabulous,” but she goes beyond that in describing this novel, calling it a “fabulous, fabulous novel.”
It was not under the radar when it was published in 2009. Reportedly acquired by the publisher for $900,000, it was heavily promoted and was an NPR summer pick that year.
Nancy recommends additional titles on the NPR Web Site, including the Y.A. title, The Glass Sentence, by S. E. Grove (Penguin/Viking Juvenile), saying it is “so wonderful. It has pirates, it has a chocolate-maker, it has a very brave girl, it has an evil woman who might not really be as evil as she seems. This author’s imagination is just amazing.”
You can meet that author next month during our Penguin Young Readers live online chat, moderated by Lisa Von Drasek.
The watchword for next week is “stand-alones” as many brand-name authors publish books that are not part of their well-known series.
Leading in terms of holds is James Patterson’s Invisible, (Hachette/Little, Brown; Hachette Large Print; Hachette Audio), a standalone and his third collaboration with David Ellis, following Guilty Wives and Mistress.
Coming in second, averaging half as many holds, is Karin Slaughter’s stand-alone, Cop Town, (RH/Delacorte).
The prolific Dean Koontz makes his latest appearance in the standalone The City (RH/Bantam; Recorded Books; Thorndike), hard on the heels of Innocence, which came out in December. He has yet another coming this December, the next in his Odd Thomas series, Saint Odd, (RH/Bantam). If you’re wondering what happened to the Odd Thomas movie, after some legal struggles, it was released on demand and DVD in February.
Readers Advisory Tips
Jacqueline Winspear is known for her Maisie Dobbs series, mysteries featuring WWI nurse turned private investigator in London between the wars. The books have arrived in quick succession since the first was published in 2003, and have grown in popularity, hitting best seller lists. Her new book is her first stand-alone, with an intriguing title, The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War (Harper; HarperLuxe; Blackstone Audio). The “lies” are the half-truths people tell each other to help them through difficult times. In this case, a woman tries to keep her husband’s spirits up at the front during WWI, through letters that recount sumptuous meals she imagines preparing for him.
This is a stand-alone that may prove to bring new readers to the author, enticing those who came late to the party and may not have been willing to tackle the entire Maisie series. Fans of Maisie need not worry, however, the author is under contract for two more, with the next one, The White Lady, scheduled for some time in 2015
Debuts don’t often get featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List,” so it’s significant that reading this one is on their list of ten necessary things to do in the upcoming week. The book is described as “a propulsive mystery … an explosive debut.”
Many librarians were introduced to the author through our Penguin Debut Authors program; read our online chat with the author here. It’s about a young girl who goes missing, but don’t let readers be put off by the subject; it’s much more than a “ripped from the headlines” novel, using that event as a way to reveal the family dynamics.
The peer reviews on Edelweiss give clues on how to recommend it; “the reader uncovers the truth one person at a time … as each person moves through the tragedy that has befallen them,” and “The first line draws you in, and the multiple perspectives make it compelling reading, which is well worth the journey.” The author is scheduled to appear on NPR/Weekend All Things Considered on 6/28.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer review clearly made believers, causing holds to rise in local libraries on this second book in a series, after Loyalty, “a craftily plotted page-turner. Identity … is even better … sexy modern noir – and readers [will be] cheering on a new-generation, kick-ass heroine. Grade: A”
A book by a youg media-savvy author (an MTV VJ and contestant on America’s Next Top Model) about how her generation needs to follow her lead and quit social media, which she says has become an “addiction.” Sounds like catnip for the media and in fact, she is scheduled for an appearance on CBS This Morning, June 24 and for coverage in People magazine, among others.
After all those creepy teasers and trailers, the FX series, The Strain, will finally debut on July 17. Harper is releasing Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s entire vampire trilogy as tie-ins:
Will there be more movies based on John Green novels?
Don’t bother answering that.
Now that The Fault in Our Stars is a certified hit, The Hollywood Reporter gives details on the “frenzy of interest” in his other novels.
The one most likely to hit screens first is Paper Towns, (Penguin/Speak), which has Nat Wolff, (Isaac in TFIOS), set to star. Fox 2000 is on the search for a director.
THR also reports on the “ripple effect” for other “grounded” Y.A. adaptations (which have the advantage of not requiring expensive special effects). On the heels of the success of TFIOS, Lionsgate says they are close to hiring a director for an adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, (RH/Knopf)
The movie doesn’t arrive until Valentine’s Day next year, but promo for the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, began last November with an Entertainment Weekly cover, followed by the release of the first poster in January.