The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, which won the Man Booker prize in 2013, is headed to television. The 800-plus-page novel, a mystery set in Victorian-era New Zealand during that country’s gold rush, received praise from critics and readers and catapulted Catton to literary fame upon becoming the youngest ever winner of the famous prize. (The novel itself was also the longest to ever win.) The adapted show will be six episodes, each one hour long, to be aired on BBC Two. Filming begins next year.
In other book news:
One of this year’s most talked-about books, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, is also now optioned for TV. The New York-set epic novel will become a miniseries, although negotiations are still in early stages.
In more adaptation news, the American classic Anne of Green Gables, the beloved series set in 1890 about thirteen-year-old Anne, is to again be adapted for television, this time for eight episodes produced in part by Netflix.
Seth Grahame-Smith has been facing legal challenges recently from his publisher Hachette. The author became successful in recent years for his genre-bending take on the classic Austen novel Pride and Prejudice (by adding zombies). Hachette are now suing him for breach of contract over his next novel. In 2010, Grahame-Smith was contracted for two books with a $1 million advance, but during the production process for the second of the two expected novels he received a number of extensions on his deadline (originally it was due back in 2013). According to Hachette, the manuscript that has now been delivered is, in basic terms, not good enough: ‘in large part an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain work’.
‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ author Seth Grahame-Smith sued by Publisher https://t.co/osq5az6jkJ
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Marilynne Robinson, author of the Gilead trilogy, won the Richard C. Holbrooke distinguished achievement award last week. The prize rewards works concerned with forgiveness and ‘the sacredness of the human creature’. Former winners include Elie Wiesel, Gloria Steinem and Louise Erdrich.