- Because it's Monday and we all need this, Bill Murray Reads Emily Dickinson To Construction Workers:
- Naked Movie: David Sedaris may finally be getting a big-screen adaptation. And no, surprisingly, it isn't "The Santaland Diaries."
Though it's one of the lesser-known essays in Naked, "C.O.G." may also be easier to adapt to film because it's not about the Sedaris family or even particularly focused around the author. David Sedaris's work often only succeeds because of his particular writing style, and stories like "Naked" or "Ashes" would be pretty unimaginable in movie form. "C.O.G." is more like a weird slice-of-life that could have happened to anyone...
The project is still very early in development, so don't place any bets on when it will hit theaters.
Book News Round-up:
- On NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon spoke with Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster author Jonathan Eig about the Chicago mobster's enduring appeal.
- If you're directing the film of Breaking Dawn, the conclusion of the Twilight series, it's not a bad idea to reach out to fans on Facebook.
- The San Francisco Chronicle hails Jane Smiley's new novel Private Life as "rich in setting and scope."
- The Los Angeles Times digs The Red Pyramid, the first book in Rick Riordan's new, post-Percy Jackson series: "Riordan masterfully meshes modern life with mythology and history, reinvigorating dusty artifacts such as the Rosetta stone and revitalizing ancient Egyptian story lines."
- On Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan reviews Alan Brinkley's The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century, calling it "a largely sympathetic and terrifically engrossing biography of Luce, the tycoon who — through his magazines and newsreels — helped change the way Americans in the 20th century got their news."
- Publishers Weekly has a website redesign that's worth a look.
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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.
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