Book Geek Bulletin: Crime Fiction Lives in Minneapolis

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Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world.

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Local Lit

Yesterday, it was announced that beloved Minneapolis mystery bookstore Once Upon A Crime—which has been for sale for almost eight months—has found new owners: relatively recent Minneapolis transplants and crime-fiction lovers Dennis Abraham and Meg King-Abraham. Outgoing owners Gary Shulze and Pat Frovarp put the store on the market in July 2015 with an eye on retirement. (Our own Mariah Kaercher recently wrote about her experience at Once Upon A Crime as part of her review of Operation Stop Hate.)

The View from the Cheap SeatsMore news for Neil Gaiman, who it feels like I feature in every other column: his nonfiction book The View from the Cheap Seats will be published by Headline in May 2016. (Details at the link.) A special illustrated edition of his novel Neverwhere—the audio-play version of which is currently airing on BBC Radio 4—will also be out in July.

Coffee House Press is now open to submissions for its annual reading period. The small press will only accept submissions for the month of March, and the total will be capped at 300 this year—so if you’re thinking of submitting, get your work in! (Note that CHP is not currently accepting unsolicited poetry or short-story manuscripts.)

Local publisher Buzz & Roar‘s quarterly contest is on, with a deadline of March 31, 2016. The theme is mystery, with a prompt provided on Buzz & Roar’s website, and the winner will receive $25 and a chance for their entry to be recorded as a podcast.

Artbook, which runs the bookstore at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (as well as MoMA PS1 and the Swiss Institute in NYC), is opening a new shop at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles later this month.

Global News

The Winds of Winter book cover

Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away February 19, 2016, and YA author Louise Rennison (Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging) passed away yesterday, February 29.

Author George R. R. Martin revealed in an interview with IGN that The Winds of Winter, the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, will have a twist involving a character killed off on HBO’s Game of Thrones but not in the books. (“That doesn’t narrow it down much, because at this point there are, like 15 characters who are dead in the show who are still alive in the books,” he points out.) Martin recently read a chapter of the forthcoming book at Mysticon in Virginia.

President Obama has nominated Maryland librarian Dr. Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. She would be both the first female and the first African American appointee to the position.

Publisher Simon & Schuster has created Salaam Reads, a new children’s imprint with a Muslim focus. The new colophon “aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.”

A van “filled with $350,000 in rare books” was stolen in California last week.

The BBC’s adaptation of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and its companion edition of the book have made it a bestseller for the first time since the epic novel’s publication in 1869.

And A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by former president Jimmy Carter won the Grammy for best spoken-word album.

Page to Screen

Sunday’s Academy Awards included a number of bookish winners:

  • The Revenant, based partly on the novel by Michael Punke (best actor, cinematography, directing)
  • Room, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue (best actress)
  • The Danish Girl, based on David Ebershoff’s fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe (best supporting actress)
  • Spectre, based on the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming (best original song)
  • The Big Short, based on the nonfiction book by Michael Lewis (best adapted screenplay)

The Revenant book cover Room cover The Danish Girl book cover

After spending, as io9 notes, “what felt like forever in limbo,” the movie based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is officially happening—with Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba starring. (McConaughey was offered the role of Walter Padick in December.) King announced the news with a tweet that was immediate retweeted thousands of times by excited fans.

Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the novel by Ernest Cline, finally has its lead: Tye Sheridan. Fans still have a long wait ahead, since the film won’t be out until on March 30, 2018, but until then you can see Sheridan as Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse starting in May 2016.

blade_runner_xlgThe Blade Runner sequel film has an official release date: January 12, 2018. The original 1982 film was based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick; the sequel is set decades later, but after a number of changes in plans for the film over the years, it’s unclear whether it will be based on any of the official sequel novels by K. W. Jeter. (Check out Garrick Dietze’s Throwback Thursday review of the original film here on TCG.)

The Following‘s Felix Solis has joined the cast of Drew, the CBS’s modernized, aged-up adaptation of the Nancy Drew detective series.

Daniel Craig will star (not as the early-20s protagonist) in an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s September 2015 novel Purity.

Freddie Stroma (UnReal) will star as a young H. G. Wells in Time After Time, an ABC pilot based on the sci-fi novel of the same name by Karl Alexander and the film adaptation created shortly after its 1979 publication. The story speculates what would have happened if Wells had built a real time machine and traveled through time to catch Jack the Ripper.

Saoirse Ronan, who previously played Briony Tallis in the film adaptation of Atonement by Ian McEwan, will star in a film based on McEwan’s 2007 short novel On Chesil Beach. Ronan was up for an Oscar last weekend for her role in another adaptation: Brooklyn, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín.

Amy Adams will star in and executive produce an adaptation of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl. Jean-Marc Vallée will direct.

Signature Reads ran a list of “7 TV Adaptations We Can’t Wait For.”

A trailer is out for The Light Between Oceans, based on the 2012 debut novel by M. L. Stedman.

A clip is out for A Quiet Passion, the Emily Dickinson biopic starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) as the reclusive author. The film was announced in 2012, but there hasn’t been much news on it since.

And an interesting cross-promotion of The Martian and russet potatoes went viral last month.

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