Publishers Cornerstone have now revealed the cover for Harper Lee’s hugely anticipated Go Set a Watchman and we love it. View the cover below:
The Man Booker International Prize finalists – the winner of which receives £60,000 – have now been named. The ten authors in the running are Hoda Barakat, Maryse Condé, Mia Couto, César Aira, Amitav Ghosh, Alain Mabanckou, Marlene van Niekerk, Ibrahim al-Koni, Fanny Howe and László Krasznahorkai. This prize is truly international in scope, with authors nominated ranging, for example, from the Republic of Congo (Mabanckou) to the Lebanon (Barakat). This prize takes place every two years and was last won by American writer Lydia Davis in 2013. The award ceremony takes place on the 19 May.
The Folio prize was awarded last week to Akhil Sharma for his Family Life, a novel that took Sharma thirteen years to write and is loosely based on his own life, about a family from India who move to the U.S. in the 1970s and are forced to face the new culture they have to live and survive in, and then face the tragedy of an accident that leaves the eldest son brain damaged.
The Girl with All the Gifts, the best-selling title by M R Carey, is going to be a movie. What’s more, it has a stonking good cast lined up. Glenn Close, Paddy Considine and Gemma Arterton are all on board to star in this dystopian thriller about a mysterious young girl with a genius IQ living in a ‘zombie’ infected land. For some reason though, the producers have decided to rename it She Who Brings Gifts, which sounds, personally, rather lame.
The Bookseller now has a list of contenders for this year’s Book of the Year. The winner (or winners, since uniquely both author and publisher will jointly share the prize) will be announced on 11 May. The shortlist includes Helen Macdonald for the best-selling and critical darling H is for Hawk, Jessie Burton for The Miniaturist, Paul Kingsnorth for The Wake, Thomas Piketty’s surprising best-seller Capital in the Twenty-first Century, the cookbook Persiana, Egmont publishers for the Minecraft official handbook, Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online, Alfie Deyes’s The Pointless Book, the children’s book Macavity: The Mystery Cat and David Walliams for his Awful Auntie. Rather a mixed bag! These books all represent, to The Bookseller, successful creations in publishing in 2014.
Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro has written Trollhunters, an upcoming children’s book about a boy living in California who believes that trolls exist in his hometown. It will be published in the UK in June. Del Toro is no newcomer to the book industry, as his dark, gruesome vampire series The Strain was a hit when published, and was adapted into a recent TV series.
Steven Spielberg is reported to be the confirmed director for the adaptation of Ernie Cline’s novel Ready Player One, about virtual reality gaming in the future of 2044. This is definitely one adaptation to look out for.