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Book News for Tuesday, September 19, 2006

  • The next Hannibal Lecter novel will be published on December 5, according to the New York Times. Titled Hannibal Rising, the book will serve as a prequel documenting the early years of the serial killer whom author Thomas Harris previously immortalized in the worldwide bestsellers Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal.

    Harris also wrote the screenplay for Young Hannibal: Behind the Mask, the film version of the new novel, which should hit theaters in February of next year. No, Anthony Hopkins will not play the teenaged Lecter — that "honor" goes to Gaspard Ulliel of A Very Long Engagement.

    Expect a cartoon series to follow, documenting the wacky misadventures of Li'l Hannibal and his playground pals "Normy" Bates, "Teddy" Bundy, and BTK (stands for Bacon, Tomato, and Ketchup, his favorite sandwich).

  • Remember the Book News item waaaaaaaaay back on August 22nd (of course you do), when I mentioned the Harry Crews profile in the New York Times (you've gotta pay to read it now) and noted that we didn't have any copies of his new novel, An American Family?

    Well, guess what: now we have some.

    Publishers Weekly says, "Fans of Southern gothic at its most gruesome will be pleased," which is as fine a recommendation as I can imagine.

    (In the interest of fairness, the rest of that sentence reads, "but mainstream crime readers are unlikely to be satisfied." See how easy it is to manipulate a blurb to make a mixed review turn gushy? Beware the lies of advertising!)

  • A couple of book-to-film bits worth noting:
    • Production Weekly notes that John Krasinski (Jim in the U.S. version of The Office) will write and direct an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's short story collection, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

      And while you wrap your mind around the logistical difficulties of filming so many footnotes...

    • ... consider this news, from the very same source:

      Production is scheduled this January on be directed by Steve Jacobs from a script by his partner, the actor Anna-Maria Monticelli. It is based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by South African [J. M.] Coetzee and sees John Malkovich playing a disgraced university professor.

  • The fate of deceased Masterpiece Theatre host Alistair Cooke's pelvis remains a mystery.

    Apparently this is one of a plethora of postmortem mishaps, from the misspelling of his name to the incorrect entry of his birthdate, Social Security number, and even the time and cause of his death.

    These slip-ups, however, didn't prevent the "removal and sale" of his arms and legs. If you've already had your breakfast (or lunch), read the whole gruesome tale here.

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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. Red Dragon Used Trade Paper $5.95
  2. Silence of the Lambs
    Used Mass Market $4.50
  3. Hannibal
    Used Mass Market $1.95

  4. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  5. Disgrace
    Used Trade Paper $5.95

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