Ron Howard To Adapt Gaiman Children’s Book?

Written by Jenny Brady on Friday, January 25th, 2013

Ron Howard is reported to be in negotiations to direct a live-action adaptation of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. At one point, a stop-motion project was in development to be directed by Henry Selick, but issues arose that put a halt to that project.

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Gillian Anderson Backs Dickens Statue

Written by Jenny Brady on Friday, January 25th, 2013

One of Charles Dickens‘ final wishes was to not have a statue erected of him, but it appears that his wish will be ignored when all is said and done. X-Files star Gillian Anderson, who has appeared in adaptations of Great Expectations and Bleak House, has joined the Dickens Fellowship – a non-profit organization dedicated […]

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Binchy Reigns Supreme Among Irish Authors

Written by Jenny Brady on Saturday, January 5th, 2013

The final novel of Maeve Binchy has made her the highest earning Irish author of 2013. A Week in Winter sold 36,582 copies and earned €525,925.65 between September and the end of the year. Binchy’s books sold a total of 40,000,000 copies in 37 different languages over the course of her lifetime.

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Elmore Leonard Plans To Keep Writing

Written by Jenny Brady on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Elmore Leonard had thought that after 47 novels, he had retired. However, after winning the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in November, he appears to have had a change of heart. Leonard, 87, says that he plans to write at least two more books. “I don’t have any reason to […]

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Find Dennis Lehane’s Dog, Get Character Named After You

Written by Jenny Brady on Friday, December 28th, 2012

Lots of characters go missing in Dennis Lehane novels, but in this case, Lehane’s dog has gone missing in real life. His beagle Tessa went missing in the Boston neighbourhood of Allston on Monday, last seen around 4:30. The reward for finding her is quite an interesting one – a character named after you in […]

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New Books from Michael Connelly, Jim Butcher & More

Written by Jenny Brady on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

First out this week is Cold Days by Jim Butcher. After being murdered by an unknown assailant, Harry Dresden realizes that death wasn’t so bad after all. Cold Days is the 14th book in The Dresden Files and is available in hardcover, eBook and audiobook formats. In the paranormal romance genre, Drive Me Wild (15th […]

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Chris Columbus to Adapt Two New Books to Film

Written by Jenny Brady on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures has signed a five-year deal with Rise Entertainment, which will provide financial backing for several new projects, including a film adaptation of Christ the Lord by Anne Rice. The bestseller is about a 7 year-old Jesus Christ. The story is described as “a sweeping tale of faith and fear, danger and […]

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1978 U.S. Copyright Law to Shake Up Publishers’ Backlists

Written by Jenny Brady on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

A U.S. copyright law that allows authors to break publishing contracts author 35 years have elapsed will take effect in January. Publishers will lose part of their backlists as authors use the Copyright Act to reclaim work that’s been locked up for years.

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Bill Bryson Opens 11m GBP Library Wing

Written by Jenny Brady on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Former Durham University chancellor and non-fiction author Bill Bryson returned to the university in order to open an £11 million extension to its library. The library has now been renamed after the author, who left his post as chancellor in 2011, which the author says is a “great honour.”

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Simon & Schuster to Launch New Self-Publishing Service

Written by Jenny Brady on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Simon & Schuster has announced that it will start charging fees for authors to release, distribute and publicize their own self-published books in print and eBook formats. In turn, Archway Publishing (the name of the new service) will pay out a large share of the proceeds for the self-published titles. This is the latest sign […]

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