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Literature Roundup: All The Latest Book News

american-godsIt has been announced, finally, that television production company Starz are officially making American Gods into a television series, with Bryan Fuller (best-known for Hannibal) as the co-creator alongside Michael Green (Heroes).

E L James’s Grey has reached record-breaking sales since its release. The book, Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian Grey’s perspective, was published on Thursday 18 June and has already outsold other previously best-selling adult paperback releases.

The novelist James Salter died on Friday at the age of 90. The American writer and short-story master had been publishing his fiction for over 50 years and received acclaim by winning the PEN/Faulkner Award, but never rose to the ranks of mainstream popularity, instead retaining steady recognition for this work among literary circles.

Poet Simon Armitage, currently a professor at the University of Sheffield, has been appointed the prestigious title of Oxford professor of poetry. He won out over four other elected candidates for this position, believed to be the second most esteemed poetry title after the poet laureate (which is currently held by Carol Ann Duffy).

The new trailer is now out for the Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places, about a woman, Libby (Charlize Theron), returning to her home town where years previously her mother and sister were murdered, and Theron’s character, the only witness, was the one to accuse her own brother of the crimes. After being contacted by a true-crime buff played by Nicholas Hoult, Libby is drawn back into the nightmare that has plagued her into adulthood, in a new attempt to make sense of and solve the heinous events that happened all those years ago.

The comic book series Chew, about a police officer, Tony Chu, with psychic powers, has now added a new actor to its roster for the upcoming animated adaptation. David Tennant will star in the show about the crime-solving ‘cibopath’ – someone who can see visions associated with what he eats, which, in this story, means all sorts of ghastly things. Felicia Day and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) are also signed on to the project.

With the era of television binge-watching that we’ve been enjoying recently, the idea of delving into an epic saga or long-running book series seems like a wonderful idea. Try this list to get you inspired.

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