According to an Internet post by Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin over the weekend, an American production company with NBC has acquired rights to adapt the series Wild Cards, the first novel of which was published in 1987. The long-running series is set on an alternate post-war Earth where a virus of alien origin has wiped out almost the entire human population, and transformed survivors into either mutant ‘jokers’ or powerfully gifted ‘aces’.
In other book news:
Following the announcement of this year’s Man Booker longlist, the longlist for the Not the Booker Prize 2016 can now be voted on by the public. The Not the Booker list voting deadline is 14 August 2016.
Paula Hawkins, the author of The Girl on the Train, has entered the list of the world’s highest-earning authors, and even entering the list at a higher place than George R. R. Martin. This is the first year that Hawkins has been placed on Forbes’s list, after her popular thriller novel broke sales records upon its release in summer 2015.
The £5,000 Wainwright Prize, which only began three years ago, has been awarded to Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun, a memoir of the author’s return to the remote island of Orkney after a time spent living in London, where she faced struggles including addiction.
Bridget Jones’s Baby, the new film based on Helen Fielding’s popular London-based character, will soon become a book. It has been revealed that Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries will be published in October, after the film’s release in September.