Book Geek Bulletin: Wins for Minnesota Lit

Book Geek Bulletin header: Wins for Minnesota Lit
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

The Argonauts coverThe Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, published by Graywolf Press, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Read Star Tribune books writer Laurie Hertzel’s coverage of the awards ceremony here.

St. Paul’s Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings) is among the 10 writers with “beautiful voices, brilliant minds, critical insights and strong opinions” chosen as critics-at-large for the L.A. Times.

Five Minnesota writers—Anders Carlson-Wee, David Mura, Khary Jackson, Kristin Naca, and Constance Van Hoven—are among the winners of the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowships.

The schedule is out for 2016’s Teen Lit Con 2016, which takes place May 7 at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights.

More casting news for American Gods: the actors have been announced for Laura Moon as well as for Mad Sweeney, Bilquis, and Technical Boy. In other Neil Gaiman news, illustrator Chris Riddell made the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal for his work on Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle.

And a Minnesota school bus driver returned a book to the University of Dayton Library that was almost 50 years overdue. The library is waiving the fine.

Global News

Cover for The Lost Years, book 1 of the Merlin Saga series

Merlin: The Lost Years, the first book in T. A. Barron’s Merlin Saga

Shelf Awareness reports that the Boulder Book Store, the Boulder Public Library, and author T. A. Barron are joining forces for “Merlin Camp, a summer camp based on the Merlin Saga series that will offer two week-long sessions for children ages 9–12 this June.” The series is currently in film development, with Lord of the Rings screenwriter Philippa Boyens scripting the adaptation.

Crime author James Patterson is launching BookShots, “a new line of short novels that cost less than $5 and can be read in a single sitting.”

Director and screenwriter Michael Mann—known for such films as Last of the Mohicans, Heat, and The Aviator—is launching Michael Mann Books, an imprint that will publish books being simultaneously developed for screen.

As announced last fallWorld of Warcraft is rolling out a series of tie-in fiction books with Del Rey, part of Penguin Random House—the first book, originally planned for March of this year, will be out later this month. However, they’re apparently also partnering with Scholastic for a separate middle-grade trilogy to launch in November 2016. Publishers Weekly has more.

R. L. Stine, creator of the Goosebumps series, has won the 2016 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award, which “honor an author’s achievements in children’s literature and celebrate the power of well-written prose.”

And Marilynne Robinson, author of the Pulitzer-winning Gilead, has won the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Page to Screen

Ready Player One coverSimon Pegg may join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, based on the novel by Ernest Cline. The release date for the film was most recently pushed back to March 2018.

Netflix will distribute The Little Prince, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “after Paramount Pictures unexpectedly dropped the film from its schedule only days before its planned theatrical release.”

Neil Cross, creator of Luther, has signed on to write the series based on Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels. Deadline notes that “the project has been in development at Endemol Shine Studios for the past year.” The Talented Mr. Ripley, the first novel featuring the character, was published in 1955 and made into a 1999 film starring Matt Damon and Jude Law.

The first trailer is out for Genius, starring Jude Law and Colin Firth as novelist Thomas Wolfe and legendary book editor Maxwell Perkins. The film opens June 10, 2016.

A new teaser-trailer is out for Game of Thrones season 6, which premiers April 24, 2016.

And Disney has released a clip from The Jungle Book, featuring Baloo, Bagheera, and Mowgli. The live-action film is out April 15, 2016.

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