Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hunger Games: Peeta and Gale revealed!

It's been months since the casting was announced. In May, we got a glimpse of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in full costume. Now the new Entertainment Weekly has revealed the men of Hunger Games, Peeta and Gale.

Some fans had expressed concern that neither Josh Hutcherson (Peeta, right) nor Liam Hemsworth (Gale, left) could pull off their role, at least visually. What's the verdict now? Are you convinced?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

The longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced today. The list includes 4 first-time novelists (Yvvette Edwards, A.D. Miller, Patrick McGuinness, and Stephen Kelman), as well as a previous winner (Alan Hollinghurst, 2004), two authors previously shortlisted (Julian Barnes and Sebastian Barry), and one author (Carol Birch) longlisted in 2003.
The list also includes books not currently available in the U.S. These titles are noted on our list with an asterick (*).

Comic Industry Awards and Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

This weekend's Comic-Con celebrated winners of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Joe Hill was awarded Best Writer for Lock and Key (IDW). Best Writer/Artist went to Darwyn Cook and Richard Star for Parker: The Outfit (IDW). Best Comic-Related Book was awarded to 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking by Paul Levitz (Taschen).

What is the worst sentence of 2011? The winner (or loser?) has been chosen!

Updates in Book into Movie News

Check out our Book into Movie News for updates, including a new Stephen King miniseries, a new musical from Anthony Burgess, and Fat Kid Rules the World.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bridget Jones, No Dark Tower, and the Silver Gavel Award

Helen Fielding's bestseller Bridget Jones's Diary has already become a popular film. Now it's about to hit the stage. A musical version of the book is expected to open in London's West End some time in 2012. British singer/songwriter Lily Allen is reportedly penning a dozen songs for the venture.

Hunger Games Poster revealed!

Casting is complete, filming is underway, and the first official poster for the highly anticipated Hunger Games film has been released! Click here to see the moving version of the poster--great computer effects!

And the official poster...

Thoughts? Anyone else counting down to the Games?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Looking for Alaska

Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
ISBN: 9780142402511

Miles Halter doesn’t have a lot of friends. Strike that. Miles Halter has no friends. Bored by the loneliness and monotony of public school life, Miles convinces his parents that he’d like to leave Florida and follow in his father’s footsteps and start his junior year of high school at a boarding school in Alabama. What Miles really seeks is not just friendship, but the Great Perhaps. Adventure. Experience. Life.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Book World Updates

Lots of news in the book world this week...

*Check out our Book into Movie News for the latest on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Sarah's Key, Invention of Hugo Cabret, The Paperboy, and Moby-Dick

*Fans waited for years and George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons has finally released. The release was so huge that it now holds the record for Highest First Day Sales of a Fiction novel this year. In the first day of its release, Martin's book sold 298,000 titles. This includes 170,000 hardcover books, 110,000 e-books, and 18,000 audio books.

*Yet another beloved series is coming to an end. Charlaine Harris has announced that the yet-untitled Book 13 of her Southern Vampire (a.k.a. Sookie Stackhouse) series will be the last. Harris made the announcement and said, "I think it'll be total closure. I don't go back to things once I've finished with them." Dead Reckoning, the 11th book of the series, released earlier this year. Harris is still working on Book 12. The popular television series True Blood, based on the series, has just started a new season.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
ISBN: 9781595143976
Price: $17.99
(Paperback edition releases November 29, 2011; email us to pre-order yours!)

Amy has agreed to be cryogenically frozen for 300 years. Her parents were chosen to be leaders on a new planet, Centauri-Earth; Amy was allowed as a frozen passenger as well. Now Amy's chamber has been unplugged fifty years ahead of schedule and Amy finds herself on board the ship Godspeed. The passengers on board, descendants of those who helped Amy and her parents board, have developed their own society of order and regulation, where anything that stands out or anything different is seen as a threat to the well-being of all those on board.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

National Book Award Winners

Earlier this week, we offered a list of the Man Booker Prize winners. Today we're taking a peek at the past winners of the National Book Award for Fiction. This award is given every November by the Association of American Publishers. Years not listed indicate years where no award was given.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Man Booker Prize

Last week, we offered a list of Nobel Prize winners. This week, let's take a look at Man Booker Prize Winners. This prize is awarded every October for the best English-language novel by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, Ireland, Pakistan, or South Africa.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
ISBN: 9780061726828
Price: $17.99

What if we've been wrong about Love? What if love is not, as the Beatles sang, "all you need"? What if Love, in fact, is the one thing you don't need. Lauren Oliver's Delirium presents readers with a futuristic world very different from our own. At the start of the book, readers are told "It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected the cure."