Literary Links: Aug. 2 – 8

Happy Friday, ducklings! After a long week, it’s finally time to kick back, relax, and catch up on the week’s bookish news! As always, I’ve got five interesting stories for you.

1. Portlandia co-creator/writer/star Carrie Brownstein has signed on to complete Nora Ephron’s unfinished Lost in Austen script. Based on a UK miniseries of the same name, this movie follows a modern Brooklyn woman who finds herself transported back in time and into the fictional world of Pride and Prejudice. Brownstein is fantastic, and I love the literary bent of this film!

2. This summer’s hit movie adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is getting a Bollywood remake. I haven’t seen the movie, and I’m not very familiar with Bollywood, but this seems pretty cool.

3. As for the cutest bookish news this week, J.K. Rowling reached out to a 15-year-old girl whose story closely parallels Harry Potter’s. Cassidy Stay was the only survivor of a shooting that killed her entire family, and when she spoke at the memorial service, she quoted Albus Dumbledore. When Cassidy’s situation caught Rowling’s attention, the author sent her a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a signed copy of Prisoner of Azkaban, and a condolence letter from ‘Dumbledore,’ handwritten in purple ink.

4. Lots of news on the Amazon/Hachette dispute this week, for those of you who haven’t yet been exhausted by this topic. Barnes & Noble and Google are teaming up against Amazon to provide an alternative source for the fast, cheap delivery of books. Authors have also spoken out against Amazon’s tactics of making select books difficult to buy, claiming this practice hurts both authors and customers; more than 900 authors have signed an open letter to readers, asking them to contact Jeff Bezos and ask Amazon to stop putting authors in the middle of their negotiations.

5. Penguin UK revealed the new cover for the 50th anniversary edition of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s… pretty terrible.

Happy reading, and enjoy the weekend!

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4 thoughts on “Literary Links: Aug. 2 – 8

  1. I find it hilarious that B&N is teaming up to provide fast anything. I ordered a book on June 29th, still haven’t received it. Nor have I received my money back despite calling repeatedly and speaking with several supervisors. >___< Ugh. Do yourselves a favor and just shop independent bookstores if they're available!

    And the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover is just atrocious. Good grief!

  2. LOL I kind of like the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover. Wouldn’t actually buy it, but I like the statement.
    I’m going to finally read TFIOS during Bout of Books this month. A Bollywood version of anything sounds pretty cool, ha!

  3. You cannot but love, admire and let J.K. Rowling remain in the throne she deserves. Because she could not be a better person, writer or woman. I am still in awe at her paying her taxes fully in Britain!

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