Book Bites: News and Views for November 6

11.22.63 will become the latest Stephen King novel adapted for the (small) screen when it becomes available exclusively on the streaming site Hulu. The miniseries will star James Franco, Chris Cooper and Josh Duhamel, and will be released—fittingly—on President’s Day, 2016.


The Bailey’s Prize marked twenty years of granting prizes to women in literature with a gala celebration in London, and named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the “Best of the Best,” honoring winners from the last decade. Adichie’s fellow contenders incuded Zadie Smith, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Kingsolver and Eimear McBride.


The New York Times came out with their list of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015, featuring ten books for our youngest readers. The list has been printed every year since 1952, and this year features not one, but two picture books about the Eiffel Tower. Incroyable!


J.K. Rowling Robert Galbraith has released the third book in the Cormoran Strike series, Career of Evil. I’m excited for what has been noted as a stronger focus on Robin, Strike’s secretary/secret crush/investigating partner, and her talents as a P.I., and gazillions of fans are just excited for more Rowling.


Andre Alexis has won the acclaimed Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for his book, Fifteen Dogs, published by Coach House Books. This was Alexis’ third nomination for the prize.


This week in book history: 1994 — the first Giller Prize for fiction is awarded. 1930 — Sinclair Lewis wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first American author to receive the honor. 1943 — Sam Shepard is born. 1967 — Rolling Stone magazine launches. 1950 — George Bernard Shaw dies. 1960 — the obscenity trial against Lady Chatterly’s Lover ends with the acquittal of Penguin Books.


    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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