Ursula K. Le Guin, the incredibly successful author of fantasy, genre and feminist fiction, has received a great American honour. The 86-year-old author has been inducted into the Library of America, one of the few living writers to have been bestowed with such an honour (the Library celebrates American writers of distinction, but usually those of the country’s literary past – Le Guin joins Saul Bellow, Eudora Welty and Philip Roth on the short list of author’s to have been acknowledged while still alive).
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In exciting news for literature lovers and theatre fans, Paul Auster’s City of Glass – the first of his New York trilogy – is coming to the British stage with a new production in 2017. The 1985 detective novel follows a writer who becomes involved in a noirish mystery.
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling have now joined the Ava DuVernay adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The actresses will play the supernatural entities Mrs Whatsit and Mrs Who, characters who help the book’s protagonist in her fantastical journey.
Ben Affleck has returned to cinema screens again for another dual-roled (in fact, quadruple-roled) turn as writer/co-producer/director/lead actor of the film adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night (2012), about the rise of a gangster and organised crime operations in 1930s Florida. Lehane’s novels Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island and Mystic River have also been adapted in recent years, all to critical acclaim. The trailer is available online.
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, was in the news this past week after revealing personal information about her love life to fans online. She confirmed to followers that she was in a same-sex relationship with best friend and fellow writer Rayya Elias, who was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancers shortly before the pair became a couple. Gilbert also stated that it was this relationship which contributed to her divorce from husband Jose Nunes (who features in two of her books).
If you want some new book recommendations to help feed your addiction to YA literature, look no further than Buzzfeed. The writers there have put together a list of 28 YA books that everyone should take the opportunity to read.
Pulitzer-winning poet Sharon Olds has won the Wallace Stevens award for her masterful writing. The prize, awarded by the Academy of American Poets, is worth $100,000.