H is for Hawk, the non-fiction award-winning literary darling, that has entranced ornithologists and general readers alike, is a step closer to becoming a film. In a surprising move, actress Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones) has acquired the film rights for Helen Macdonald’s man vs goshawk tale/bereavement memoir for her production company.
In other news:
The Baileys Women’s Prize has a shortlist now. The six authors that have been narrowed down for the prize are Laline Paull (The Bees), Rachel Cusk (Outline), Anne Tyler (A Spool of Blue Thread), Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests), Kamila Shamsie (A God in Every Stone) and Ali Smith (How to be Both). The winner is announced on 3rd June.
It was the London Book Fair last week, hosted this year at the Olympia. Among author talks, industry seminars and publisher stands, some book deals were brokered and news announced. One announcement was of Laura Bennett’s upcoming book The Versions of Us (to be released in June). The anticipated novel has been optioned for television, which is notable simply because of how unusual it is for a work of fiction to get this sort of deal before the book is even published. The story follows two Cambridge University students who meet unexpectedly in 1958, and the three diverging ways the small matter of their meeting can take – sounds a bit Sliding Doors, but a bit less ’90s and a bit less Paltrow.
In other adaptation news for TV and the big screen, In Cold Blood (Truman Capote’s non-fiction true crime masterpiece) is in the planning stages of being turned into a television series. Even more adaptations are coming to film screens though, as can be seen with this long list of 41 books due to hit cinemas soon.
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, worth 100,000 euros, has revealed its international shortlist. Jim Crace (Harvest), Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah), Andrei Makine (Brief Loves that Live Forever), Hannah Kent (Burial Rites), Colum McCann (Transatlantic), Alice McDermott (Someone) and Roxana Robinson (Sparta) are the contenders for the Award, and the winner will be announced 17th June.