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Book News Thursday: Never Let Me Go Trailer, Books That Changed My World, and More

  • Never Say Never: A trailer has been released for the upcoming feature film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go.

    The film stars Oscar nominees Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, with a screenplay by The Beach author Alex Garland (who also wrote the screenplay for 28 Days Later). Here's the Fox Searchlight synopsis:

    As children, Ruth (Knightley), Kathy (Mulligan) and Tommy (Garfield), spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.

    It opens in select cities on October 1st, 2010.

Book News Round-up:

  • Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood blog reports that the UK's Waterstones bookstore chain expects Stephenie Meyer's The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner "to be the biggest-selling book of the year."

    Publisher Little, Brown says it has already sold 226,589 copies in the UK — despite the fact that the novella is still available online for free. So much for piracy.

  • A Twitter trending topic that even the web-phobic (and the Wall Street Journal) can love: Books That Changed My World.
  • Later this summer, the Michael Cera-starring feature film version of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim graphic novels will hit theaters.

    Personally, I'm much more excited about the 8-bit-style video game version. The trailer alone makes my thumbs all twitchy in the very best way.

  • This Moleskine Kindle cover is almost awesome enough to make me want a Kindle. I'll just hope one day they release something similar for the iPad.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park officially opens tomorrow at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Last night's grand opening had the movie stars in attendance.
  • How one writer went from rejection to self-publishing success, thanks to Kindle. I think the language of his faux rejection letter is just a little too telling: "Although the writing, action, and characters in The Ark were great, it is simply too exciting." Uh-huh.
  • NPR goes on tour with bestselling author M. J. Rose. Click here to read Rose's posts for the blog.

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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.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $7.95
  2. The Short Second Life of Bree...
    Used Hardcover $1.25
  3. The Beach: A Novel Used Trade Paper $4.50
  4. Never Let Me Go: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $10.50
  5. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little...
    Used Trade Paper $7.00

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