Zadie Smith will be adapting her newly released novel Swing Time for television, and Smith herself will be writing the series, to be produced by the company behind the Judi Dench film Philomena. Swing Time has received great praise from critics, and it follows two friends of multiracial backgrounds from the same North London council estate who grow close through their shared love of dance, but drift apart in later years as their lives take difference courses.
In other book news:
Sunny Singh, the chair of the £1,000 Jhalak prize in the UK, has come out strongly against publishers because of the lack of submissions for this year’s award. To date, just over fifty submissions have been received for the prize, which celebrates diversity in literary publishing by recognising black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers. The ‘pathetic’ number of entries, as Singh calls it, reflects badly on the publishing industry in this country, and shows the dearth of minority writers being published. The closing date for the prize is end of November, but chair Singh believes only a few dozen more entries, if that, are to be expected.
Alex Wheatle has been awarded the 2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, for his novel Crongton Knights, about a fictional inner-city rife with crime. This book is the second in a proposed trilogy, which began with the Carnegie medal nominee Liccle Bit, featuring a character who lives on a tower block estate.
Philippe Sands has won the £30,000 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction. The favourite for the prestigious prize was Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, but Sands won out with his East West Street, a history of crimes against humanity. Upon accepting the prize, Sands revealed that he planned to share the money with fellow nominee Hisham Matar and both would donate the entirety to charity.
Michael Chabon’s new book, Moonglow, is due out soon in the US and January in the UK, but you can read an extract now at Buzzfeed.