Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind smash Broadway hit Hamilton, has announced his plans to bring the Kingkiller Chronicles to the big and small screens. Miranda will produce the adaptations of Patrick Rothfuss’s novels, which tells of the character Kvothe, a musician and magic-user.
In other book news:
Most people (okay, everyone) will agree that 2016 has been a terrible, no-good year. So what better way to acknowledge that than a humour book aptly titled F**k You, 2016. This book will be published next week, 6 December, with chapters that analyse the year’s political shambles, one that compares it to other awful years in history, and, because it’s not all doom and gloom, a concluding chapter that considers all the bad things that could have happened but didn’t!
The historical fiction novel The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry has been named book of the year by Waterstones. The book retailer now plans to re-release an exclusive edition of the novel, with a blue cover and embossed design.
Netflix has added another show to its ever increasing line-up: an adaptation of the YA novel The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles, who wrote the story at the age of seventeen on Wattpad.
Erri De Luca’s The Day Before Happiness has won 2016’s Bad Sex in Fiction award. The award was announced on 30 November at a ceremony presented by the actor Jason Isaacs.
There are plenty of ‘Best Of’ lists doing the rounds this past week to celebrate the literary world’s greatest contributions of 2016. From the New York Times annual selection of notable books, to The Guardian (on food, thriller novels, graphic novels, ideas for bookish stocking fillers and more), Buzzfeed and Mother Jones, you’ll find heaps of lists to help provide some festive shopping ideas. And lastly, the Bookseller’s ‘Got it Covered’ annual quiz is back! Head here to try and guess all fifty book covers.