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Book Bits: ‘Go Set a Watchman’ cover, Kazuo Ishiguro, T.C. Boyle

BookBitsIn 4 ways to avoid screenplayizing your novel, Nathan Bransford reminds us of a problem many writers have: they’ve seen so many movies and TV shows, they often write short story and novel scenes the way the story would look on the screen. It’s been said before: the book and the movie are not the same. Bransford’s advice centers around the fact that movies are exterior (things happening in a physical world), while novels are interior (characters’ inner lives). I love the advice in this post even though that doesn’t mean I don’t hope Hollywood will call me one day offer me big bucks for my books.

Today’s Books and Authors Links

  1. watchmanNews: Harper Lee’s New Cover Revealed – “People magazine today revealed the cover of Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman…Publisher HarperCollins, planning for a hit, will print two million copies for the book’s July 14 publication date, a spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.”  January Magazine
  2. News: Publishing House Receives Grant to Digitize Older Works. – “Detroit-based publisher Broadside Press—the oldest African-American publishing house in the country—has received a grant from the Knight Foundation to digitize its vast archive of African-American poetry. Broadside’s collection includes work from Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, Etheridge Knight, Sonia Sanchez, Margaret Walker, Dudley Randall, and others.” – Poets & Writers
  3. Bestsellers (Hardcover fiction) – “The Girl on the Train,” Paula Hawkins; “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr; “Last One Home,” by Debbie Macomber;  “Prodigal Son, by Danielle Steel; “The Assassin,” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott – Publishers Weekly
  4. Commentary: Are Publishers Ready for Google’s ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Rankings? by Ricardo Bilton – “Google’s “mobilegeddon” is coming, and not all publishers are going to be prepared.”  Editor & Publisher
  5. News: HarperCollins Inks Content Deal with Playster, by Calvin Reid – “HarperCollins has signed a content agreement with Playster, a recently-launched media subscription platform, making more than 14,000 of its backlist titles available to Playster subscribers. ”  Publishers Weekly
  6. lostboysReview: ‘Lost Boys Symphony’ Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness, by Jason Sheehan – “Not YA, not New Adult, not anything of the sort, despite the fact that it is primarily about teenagers, their love lives and the sticky, weird and thrilling moment of leaving home and growing up, just a little, for the very first time.”  NPR
  7. Feature: The Man Who Brought Eloise to Life: Hilary Knight’s Fairytale of New York, by Emily Shire – “The new documentary It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise is Lena Dunham’s loving ode to Eloise, the celebrated children’s books about a girl living in New York’s Plaza Hotel.”  The Daily Beast
  8. How To: It Ain’t Over Till the Full Story Sings, by Beth Hill – “You ever notice how some movies with believable stories, decent acting, and no obvious visual errors still don’t fascinate, still fail to satisfy? I’m sure you know the movies I’m talking about. The genre is one you love, the plot looks good in a movie review, but the execution falls short, even when you can’t point out anything that’s obviously wrong. Well, the very same problem can beset novels and other long fiction.”  The Editor’s Blog
  9. ishiguroInterview: Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Buried Giant’), with Gregory McNamee – “An epic journey, a mysterious quest. The land is shrouded in mist. The people’s memories are similarly clouded, as if by design. There are ogres in the woods and dragons in the mountains—and enemies everywhere. In lesser hands, that scenario might have become another Tolkien knockoff. But as told by the eminently practiced, genre-jumping storyteller Kazuo Ishiguro, it’s a grand allegory of human history. And more plainly than all that, Ishiguro says from his home in London, it’s ‘a Western of a kind.'”  Kirkus Reviews
  10. Feature: 7 Reasons You Have More Writing Clips Than You Think, by Carol Tice – “Here’s a common lament I hear from freelance writers: ‘I don’t have any writing samples! What should I do to get clips for my portfolio?’ Well, wait just a minute there.”  Make A Living Writing
  11. harderReview: T.C. Boyle’s new novel takes us to America’s far-right edge, by Ron Charles – “Every punch and thrust and gasp in the opening of T.C. Boyle’s new novel demonstrates why he’s one of the greatest storytellers in the country. Despite his prestigious awards and his university job, he still writes like a man with no presumptions on our attention. He fights for it.”  The Washington PostNews: Facebook to Help Mobile Apps Auction Off Their Ads Using Facebook Data, by Tim Peterson – “Publishers Can Use Facebook’s Demographic Data to Aim Ads at the Right Audiences”  Advertising Age
  12. handmaidEssay: The Forgotten Handmaid’s Tale, by Sophie Gilbert – “Twenty-five years after its release, the movie adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel has been largely disremembered. Is the book still too radical for film? ”  The Atlantic
  13. Feature: How a Publishing Podcast Can Change a Book’s Life, by Edward Nawotka – ” publishing podcast is about creating intimacy with the reader. It’s not a bullet point or marketing strategy, says Anshuman Iddamsetty of PRH Canada.”  Publishing Perspectives
  14. Looking Back: “On this day in 1892 Walt Whitman died. The high and controversial emotions which surrounded Whitman in life attended his death: in the same issue that carried his obituary, the New York Times declared that he could not be called ‘a great poet unless we deny poetry to be an art.'” Today in Literature


Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Conjure Woman’s Cat”





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