Last week the winners of the annual Pulitzer awards in the U.S. were announced. Colson Whitehead, author of the acclaimed novel The Underground Railroad, about a young woman named Cora who escapes slavery in the southern U.S. by way of a mysterious and magical train, won the prestigious Pulitzer for fiction. See the full list of winners here.
In other book news:
The American television network TNT has cancelled its proposed adaptation of Let the Right One In, the Swedish literary phenomenon that took the book and film world by storm (in 2004 and 2008 respectively). The show would have been based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel about a young boy who befriends an isolated, mysterious neighbour – a young girl who just so happens to be a vampire.
Willow Smith, daughter of actor Will Smith and a singer/actress herself, has purchased the film rights to a YA trilogy series, of which Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton is the first, published last year. The book features Amani, a seventeen-year-old girl who escapes from a place called Dustwalk to journey across a desert filled with wild beasts.
Finally, the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year now has a longlist of potential winners, including Mark Billingham, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin, as well as less well-known writers. The full longlist can be read here.