This past weekend has been an important one for television adaptations of books and comics. Well, not quite television, but online entertainment, namely Netflix and Amazon. The long-anticipated shows, Jessica Jones and The Man in the High Castle, respectively, have each been receiving fantastic reviews.
A new film has been announced based on the high-concept YA novel Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The book itself only appeared on shelves in October but has now been selected by Brad Pitt and Warner Bros. to become a film. Illuminae follows a hacker and her ex-boyfriend who stumble upon a conspiracy involving aliens, AI and a dangerous virus, and the book consists of numerous ‘found’ documents, such as phone messages and highly secretive, classified files.
The journalist and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has won the United States’s National Book Award for his non-fiction work Between the World and Me, a critically acclaimed study of the race problem currently afflicting America. The Fiction Prize was won by Adam Johnson for Fortune Smiles; Don DeLillo was awarded in recognition of his contribution to American literature; and James Patterson was honoured for his on-going support of the American literary community.
Following the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris two weekends ago, the chronicle of twentieth-century author Ernest Hemingway’s time spent there, A Moveable Feast, has risen to the top spot of the French book charts. His memoir of life in 1920s Paris, of which the French title literally translates as ‘Paris is a Celebration’, is number one for France’s Amazon book sales and its publisher has been selling out of copies.
In the UK, due to the popularity of Sainsbury’s new 2015 Christmas advert, Judith Kerr’s book featuring her famous cat creation – Mog’s Christmas Calamity – has topped the book charts. The book is being sold exclusive to Sainsbury’s, who initially got in contact with the author about the Christmas plan, but all profits are going to the charity Save the Children to support their literacy campaign. At 92 years old, Kerr is now the oldest writer to have topped the UK charts.
It’s the time of year for the shortlist of the bad sex in fiction award, the prize that has been run ever since the Literary Review appointed its first winner 23 years ago. Erica Jong and Lauren Groff are among the eight authors that have been picked for the prize, which will be awarded 1 December.
Finally, in October 2016, Egmont Publishing will release a new collection of four Winnie the Pooh tales, titled The Best Bear in all the World. This publication will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the character’s first appearance.