The upcoming David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel as Foster Wallace, is being criticised by the dismayed family of the late author. The tour of the titles was a 1996 publicity circuit for Infinite Jest where the writer was joined by a Rolling Stone journalist. So think Almost Famous without the rooftop pool-diving and near plane crashes. Maybe. The family of Foster Wallace as well as his Literary Trust have stated publicly that they are not endorsing the film in any way.
J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy will be a miniseries jointly produced by the BBC and HBO. Despite its mixed critical reception, the book was undoubtedly a bestseller – like anything with Rowling’s name attached to, just whispering that she has penned something new is enough for most readers (hardcore or not) to race to the bookshelves. Must be magic. It’s therefore likely this TV show will follow suit in the success department.
The Crimefest Awards now have some names attached. John Le Carre, Ben Aaronovitch, Robert Galbraith (…we all know who that is really) and Val McDermid are some of the contenders for the prizes that are up for grabs. The former will be in the running for best audiobook for A Delicate Truth, competing against Galbraith/Rowling for the Robert Glenister-read The Cuckoo’s Calling.
World Book Night took place on 23 April (Shakespeare’s birthday for you bard-o-philes), with more than 10,000 participants handing out free books from the event’s shortlisted titles. Authors chosen for 2014’s UK night included Agatha Christie, John Boyne, John Grisham, Matt Haig, Roald Dahl, Andy McNab, Nora Roberts and Ben Aaronovitch. The complete list of twenty books for this year’s event caused some consternation with its reduced female author representation. From this standpoint it looks like the U.S. version was a bit more successful.
All of Ernest Hemingway’s collected works will soon appear in ebook format. The ‘Hemingway Collection’ will be ready for readers in digital form in the UK at the end of May. If you’ve ever fancied catching up on one of America’s finest twentieth-century authors but have never had the shelfspace or the cash to spare or a decently stocked library nearby, now’s your time!
The diaries of Pope John Paul II are to be published by HarperCollins. The collected entries will be titled Very Much in God’s Hands and will begin in 1962, when he was Bishop of Krakow, and end with his diary entries from 2001, two years before his death. Doubtful this will be the next Da Vinci Code, but there may be some juicy details in these diaries – his eating habits or bedtime reading perhaps…
Joyce Carol Oates novel about Marilyn Monroe, Blonde (published in 2000), has been optioned as a film to star Jessica Chastain. The novel centred on the actress’s famous relationships, romantic and otherwise, so should make for some entertaining film-going. Chastain’s involvement certainly makes this one interesting.