Margaret Atwood’s dystopian feminist classic The Handmaid’s Tale is coming to television, and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Top of the Lake) will star as the lead character, Offred, in the Hulu-produced ten-episode adaptation, due to stream in 2017.
In other book news:
Andy Weir, author of the original book from which the hit film The Martian was adapted, has a new book in the works. This new fiction novel will also feature realistic science, as it follows a criminal living in a city on the moon as she plans and executes her illegal activities while trying to evade the police.
The longlisted nominees for the Eisner awards – the biggest comic book prize in the industry, covering thirty categories – have been announced. It is notable that this year’s list contains a record number of women creators and female-led series being nominated. The full published press release of nominees is available here.
Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize-winner of The Sympathizer (which picked up the prestigious prize this April), has now won an Edgar crime writing award for his debut novel. The book, about a Vietnamese-French communist spy in Los Angeles, won Best First Novel by an American author.
A banned book controversy continues to rage in the US state of Kentucky, as John Green’s Looking for Alaska remains a debate-stirring novel in the region’s public schools. One school received complaints from a parent about including the YA book on the curriculum, as it contains vulgar language and ‘pornographic’ scenes of teen sexual activity. Free speech groups and literacy organisations have joined with John Green to contest the proposed ban in the school district.
The 2016 shortlist for the famous British science fiction prize the Arthur C Clarke Award has been revealed. The six titles up for novel of the year are The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Europe at Midnight, The Book of Phoenix, Arcadia, Way Down Dark and Children of Time. The winner has to wait a while to discover whether they’ve won – the ceremony takes place in August.