Friday, July 26, 2013

Favorite Bookish Miscellany of the Week--26 July 2013

The Kennedys' Lifelong Love Affair...With Books

Thurston Clarke (JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President) writes in WSJ Speakeasy blog about "JFK and Jackie's Secret Life Between the Covers." That's the covers of books, and what a fascinating piece--and charming story--it is.

Man Booker Prize 2013--the Longlist

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has just been announced; the headline in the Guardian sums it up perfectly: "Booker prize longlist is daring and experimental," and although it contains titles by known quantities such as Jhumpa Lahiri, whose new book isn't out until September, and Jim Crace, it also contains several debut novels, and one which was published first as an e-book. And among the missing are Kate Atkinson, whose Life After Life has been both a critics' darling and a commercial success. The Guardian also published an awesome slideshow of the covers of all of the nominated titles (many of which, it must be noted, haven't been published this side of the pond yet). And, for those, like me, intrigued by the English propensity to make book on pretty much anything, it's happening, with Jim Crace (as of this date) being the frontrunner at 6 to 1.

Summer Reading Lists From All Kinds of Geeks

Nancy Lambert over at Tor.com (a great place for geekishness of all sorts, not just the bookish kind) wrangled a summer reading list from the Pixar creative team behind The Blue Umbrella, the studio's latest short. And Jason Boog at GalleyCat shared Bill Gates's picks. NPR had lists from authors Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings--loved it!), and Jean Zimmerman (The Orphanmaster).

Vince Flynn's Final, Unfinished Novel Postponed

Vince Flynn, who died last month after a long battle with prostate cancer, left his final novel, to be titled The Survivor, unfinished. Although we were originally told it would be published on schedule in the fall, US News and World Report reported
yesterday that the novel would be postponed indefinitely. 


Bookish Movie News

Finally--the trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (or, as we in the book world know it, Catching Fire):


The trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones...it's not new, but it goes nicely with the above:


No official trailer yet for Divergent--although, apparently, fans at last week's ComicCon got a sneak preview, but Entertainment Weekly had a photo spread a few weeks ago, so we'll throw that link in, too ('cause it fits thematically).

On a more raunchy note, casting continues for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. US Weekly tells us that some actors I've never heard of--because I'm not young and not hip, not because of any real lack of name recognition on their parts--have turned down the role of the naughty billionaire Christian Grey. But they've got a director--hooray!

Do you have a favorite book-related news story to share? Link it up in the comments below!



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