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Book News for Friday, August 7, 2009

  • In Memoriam: Screenwriter Budd Schulberg, who wrote the legendary Hollywood novel What Makes Sammy Run?, died on Wednesday at the age of 95.
  • Roll Them Bones: The trailer for Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones has found its way onto the Internet.

    That's the one about the little dead girl that was all the rage in 2002. Now it's been filmed by the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    For those who don't remember what a huge splash the book made, no less a critic than Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times called it "a keenly observed portrait of familial love....[A] deeply affecting meditation on the ways in which terrible pain and loss can be redeemed through love and acceptance."

    Fortunately, the trailer saves us all the anxiety of walking into the theater and not knowing every single thing that's going to happen in the entire movie. Whew! I sure can't wait to see the three seconds they didn't show us.

    Meanwhile, here is Dave's interview with Sebold from 2002.

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Lovely Bones: Deluxe Edition
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  2. What Makes Sammy Run?
    Used Trade Paper $6.95

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