Dog-Eared and Dispatched: February 14, 2016
Book lovers across the country are professing their undying adoration of reading and writing in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Electric Literature offers some irreverent love notes from your writing. The Guardian has compiled a list of the ten best books for the lovelorn. New York Public Library created a map that highlights the locations that appear in romantic scenes in literature. Book Riot reflected on the important lessons on love that can be found in the great canonized texts. Their list includes this take away from The Great Gatsby: “Even true love can’t survive a paroxysm of alcohol, fast cars, savage machismo, and jazz music.” Wattpad designed two infographics that offer insights about regional search results and reading habits around Valentine’s Day. We are looking at you, Indiana. In any case, there is more than enough Valentine’s Day reading to get us through the loneliness of today and into the discounted chocolate of tomorrow. Ready? Set? Read!
Scott Rudin has acquired the stage rights for To Kill a Mockingbird. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will adapt the story, and Bartlett Sher will direct. The Broadway debut is scheduled for the 2017-18 season. According to archives of correspondence, Harper Lee told her Agent that she didn’t want a play adaptation of her novel. These developments add another layer of complexity to the controversial publication of Go Set a Watchman, and the treatment of Lee and her work.
The script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, a stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by Thorne, J.K Rowling, and John Tiffany is being published as a hardback. The story picks up nineteen years after the epilogue of the final Harry Potter book, but Rowling made it clear on Twitter that this publication is #NotANovel and #NotAPrequel. Stephen Colbert used the announcement to poke fun at the premise of the work’s plot:
“I love that we’re gonna get something else about that whole world but let’s admit that Harry Potter’s life peaked when he was 17. Captain of the Quidditch team, big Chosen One on campus, now he’s just some guy. Who are his enemies even gonna be? Phil from accounting? A slowing metabolism? A vague, restless feeling when he looks at travel posters?”
- The PubWest 2016 conference concluded with a keynote speech by Mira Jacob after a weekend of intensive sessions, roundtables, and speakers centered on the theme of “A Passion for Books.”
- Studies suggest that bookstore sales are recovering after an eight year slump.
- Harlequin TEEN and Seventeen Magazine are working together to launch an imprint called Seventeen Fiction that will include novels, lifestyle manuals, advice books, and nonfiction digital books.
- Simon & Schuster created a literature community website called Riveted for young adult readers to engage early with upcoming titles through lists, articles, quizzes, videos, giveaways, and updates.