Tony Awards Move Books

Few book awards actually increase sales but this year the two big Tony Awards – Best Musical and Best Play – are having an effect similar to the announcement of Pulitzer Prize in Literature or the Booker winner.

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Fun Home
: A Family Tragicomic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2006) by Alison Bechdel and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (RH/Doubleday; 2003; Recorded Books; OverDrive Sample) by Mark Haddon are both racing up Amazons sales rankings on news that their play adaptions have won the Tonys.

Fun Home won Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won Best Play, Best Leading Actor in a Play, Best Direction of a Play, as well as awards for set design and lighting.

According to a story by NPR, both authors had doubts their books could be changed to other formats. Bechdel thought the idea of a musical “was crazy” and Haddon once called his book “unadaptable.” Sellout theaters have proved them both happily wrong.

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